Beachwood BBQ

Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ
136 Ratings
Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ

Type: Bar, Eatery

131½ Main St
Seal Beach, California, 90740-6316
United States

(562) 493-4500 | map

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Added by instrumentality on 02-06-2007

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Photo of eaglefreak
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

First visit to SoCal from Jackson, MS. I had researched the area on BeerFly and knew that I had to visit BW BBQ. I had beer mailed Gabe, the owner, and he told me to please introduce myself. I checked the beercam on the website and saw that Pliny was on tap. Gabe advised me that the keg would be empty prior to my visit on Sat. night, 8/22/09.

Me and a co-worker arrived Sat. late afternoon. The place was packed and there was a pretty long wait. There were many Avery selections on tap, as Thursday (8/20) was Avery pint night. I promptly ordered a Maharaja - nice. I then met Gabe, who found me and my friend a spot at the bar so he could take care of us. Gabe then advised me that he unexpectedly received a keg of Pliny, and he had tapped it in the back so I could have some - awesome. This was not even on the menu.

The food was very good. I had smoked tuna and my friend loved the mixed meat plate. Got an app on the house, thanks Gabe. We really had a great time here. Would definately go back. The hospitality we received was amazing. My friend is not a craft beer guy, but he was very impressed with BW. This is a top-notch bbq beer joint. I thought the tap selection was great, but Gabe apologized. He said he would have had more, but he was gearing up for the big Sour Fest that was to begin on Tuesday, hate I had to miss that! When you visit, make sure Gabe knows you are a Beer Advocate.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited 08/16/09 w/ my girlfriend while on vacation in SoCal. Came in late, around 9:15ish, so I didn't get to have any food, but did have a few pints.

A - Very busy, but there were a couple of seats at the bar. A nice small-town neighborhood feel to it. I wouldn't have guessed it would have such an awesome beer selection if not for BA.

S - The bartender was awesome, very friendly, super-quick. Even as the place was closing down, she said we should stick around and have another beer or so while she was cleaning up, which was very nice since I wouldn't get back there anytime soon.

S - Awesome draft/bottle selection, 'nuff said. I checked out the menu for BBQ, but the kitchen was closed by the time I arrived.

F - Didn't try.

V - Great pricing for SoCal.

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Photo of jdense
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited 8/5/09 with a couple of Bruin homeboys.

Been looking forward to visiting for some time, Smallish hole in the wall feel, small bar area with about 8-10 stools, pretty crowded, with adjoining dining room about 8 tables. The beer selectio of about 20 taps ran towards summer brew (Ommegang Hennepin, Allagash White, Sumner Kolsch, Allgeyer Pils, North Coast Wheat). A bit light on IPAs (Hop 15, Tustin, Karl Straus Rye) but it is summertime. It was cool to see new beers get posted on the Blackboard, check out the webcam to see what's on tap. It was obvious that a lot of thought and care had gone into the beer selection, always something amazing on tap. Not the biggest selection in terms of number of taps, but a great selection of outstanding beers that will give a BA pause before ordering-decisions, decisions!!!

The food was pretty good, we ordered the fried pickles for an appetizer, and had the pulled chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll with the sublime blue cheese grits as a side. It wasn't the best BBQ I've ever had (spent a lot of time down in Texas Hill Country, podnah) but it was pretty good for SoCal. You won't have any trouble finding a nice beer pairing for anything on the menu.

Parking is a bitch, unless you take the back alley, good luck finding a spot on the street. Most certainly worth a visit for an OC-bound BA. Very Highly recommended.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Wow I can't say enough about this place, its great! Stopped in on the way home after a surf session at trestles for lunch. Had a Oro de Calabaza 07' and a Maracaibo Especial 07. Both were very good, and well kept. The pulled pork is freaking money and so are the fried pickles. Mixing there special mustard, Hot sauce, and vinegar is a good idea... Owner is a great guy and more than happy to talk beer. I will be back for sure at the end of July for a Sour Beer Week. They keep a large cellar of rarities, and this should be a good showing of them.

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Photo of tedho21
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A fabulous place. Went here on a whim while in town for business and was glad I did.

The beer selection is fabulous. 21 taps plus a beer engine and the selection is always changing.

While I was there, 5 kegs were just kicked and I got to see the chalk board menu being changed and the owner taking care to clean the tap lines before switching to the next up (they do this between each keg).

I also overheard talk about some kegs in house that won't be served for 6 years because they'll be better aged and there was some vintage beers (2003) on tap.

The BBQ was excellent and reasonably priced. Truly a place that appciates great food and great beer

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Photo of Schultz
4.8/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Arrived around 5:00 on a recent Saturday evening and got a seat at the bar. Glad I arrived when I did as there was a waiting line formed by 6:00.

Bartender was friendly, quick and very informative about the beers available. They had about 20 taps which consisted of a variety of styles and brewers, none of which I would consider to be common beers. Beer was served in proper glassware, perfect temperature and was definitely fresh. In the couple of hours i was there 3 kegs were kicked and switched to different brands. Enjoyed a Racers X, Blind Pig, Stone Belgium IPA, and a Pliny the Elder while there.

While everyone raved about the food I thought it was average at best, no comparison to BBQ places back east. Could be a personal preference as i prefer my BBQ to be cooked with sauce on, not dry rubbed and sauced later. Blue cheese grits to die for but the ribs were tough and chewy.

This is a definite stop for all beer lovers when in the area and was definitely my favorite spot during my week in Southern California. You can tell it is run by people that love beer and you have to love a place where the owner is active and visible in the daily operation.

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Photo of errantnight
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Couldn't love this place more.

Gabe et al are wonderful folk, always feel welcome there. Happy to fight the line and the crowds... which are ever-present because this place is the worst kept secret in Seal Beach. The best bbq I've found out here in the Los Angeles area, probably the best rotating tap selection (they get just a little more love from the San Diego neighbors than the LA County folk do)... what is there to say that hasn't already been said? Thoughtful bottle list, best lines out there (proprietary CO2/nitro lines, same that Blue Palms have), always a great time, a regular destination visit for me 'n' the Misses, and the number one place I take out of towners when they visit. Make a point to get there.

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4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Given the large amount of long-winded reviews, I'm keepin' this short 'n sweet.

1) Anyone who knocks the BBQ sauce is smoking crack.

2) La Folie on tap? WTF? The beer selection here is unparalleled.

3) Smothered steakfries.(bleu cheese+applewood smoked bacon +buffalo sauce/ steak fries= tastebud orgasm)

I love this place so much, we're having them cater our wedding... that and it was our first date. My fiance often kids that I'm more looking forward to the catering and beer than I am the actual ceremonial unification of our lives.

No comment.

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Photo of vacax
4.7/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: Simple yet attractive decor greets the visitor, my favorite feature being the array of chalk boards for the rotating beer selection. Cozy unit in picturesque Main St. Seal Beach, right next to the beach. Frequently full of seekers of fine beer and delicious food. Common to see other BeerAdvocates, Long Beach Hopheads, and other beer fans eating drinking, and sharing special bottles and homebrews. Very welcoming.

Quality: A high level of dedication to beer. Proper glassware, always up to date information as to what is available with price, and the HopCam even tells me what is on tap when I'm not there. Everything is done right.

Service: The employees are exceptional. They are all helpful and knowledgeable about the beer and food selections and have no qualms with bringing out tasters if you are unsure about a selection. The only setback is that this is a small, popular place. The employees are great, but they can get swamped when it is busy.

Selection: Arguably the best rotating taps in the LA region (or for that matter everywhere south of the Bay Area and north of San Diego). 22 rotating taps and one beer engine. No BMC, not even any boring crafts really. Normally a broad range of styles and a special attention for rare and interesting beers. Quite a great beer place.

Food: Delicious and interesting menu. Nice BBQ and innovative food without being pretentiously pseudo-fancy like some bars have been doing as of late. Barbecue is all North Carolina style, slow smoked with dry rub and four homemade sauces are available at the tables. Interesting dishes populate the menu such as the wild boar meat loaf with blueberry gravy, or the buffalo sloppy joe with pickled onions and fried sage leaves. Famous sweet potato fries. Must have: the macaroni and cheese, appetizer during dinner hours. Lots of choices but my favorite is the regular old Smokehouse Burger--a half pound of sirloin and brisket makes a delicious burger, preferably with blue cheese on top served with greens and fixin's on an artisan bun.

Prices are about standard for LA. Mostly $6-7 pours.

Beachwood BBQ is a requirement for all BAs in the region. Oftentimes it is necessary to sacrifice great food for great beer or vice versa. Beachwood is the best example I have come across of a beer destination without compromise. Here I get great food and great beer without any concessions.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

If you go to Beachwood for happy hour, you will not leave disappointed. A $5 bbq sandwich, paired with some of the finest beers that southern california can get it's sticky fingers on, will set you straight after any day at the office. The staff is friendly, and knowledgeable, the beers are delicious and they understand the bond between man, beer and smoked meat. It isn't uncommon for me to be their 2-3 time s a week, and there are still dudes there more often. Beer lovers of southern California, this is your Valhalla.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I'm in LA for work this week so I stopped by on my drive up. I'd never been to Seal Beach before but it looks like a nice place, though it was hard to tell in the dark. The Main Street had a bunch of pubs and little shops. It reminds me of a place I've been before, but I can't remember where exactly. Maybe that's the beauty of Seal Beach. It reaches out to you on a different level of reality, transcending GPS coordinates and becoming ubiquitous and maybe, just maybe, immortal. It was dark though, so I can't be certain.

Beachwood Barbeque is a small place that you might walk by without realizing it's a beer bar. The facade is less attractive than others nearby, but it houses some a fine beer selection. I sat down at a small table and was immediately helped by a server who explained to me the finer points of craft beer. He then presented me with a bottle list and explained to me that they had none of the bottles on the list, but that it represented a list that would one day detail the beers they had available in bottles. I must say, it was a very impressive list of beers they did not have.

The tap list was very good. Beachwood maybe had 18 taps? I'm not sure on the exact number, but it showcased a nice mix of Belgian and American craft beer. I ordered a Hop Henge to drink and the smoked chicken with baked beans and corn on the cob. I was a bit surprised when the food was brought to me 3 minutes after I ordered. Don't get me wrong, I love prompt service, but I immediately wonder how long the food has been sitting around when it comes to me that fast. Somehow I forgot that I loathe the flavor of smoked meat. How a person forgets something like that is beyond me. Despite that fact, the chicken was not bad. The beans and corn seemed to have been prepared quite a while before I arrived, so they were not too great.

For some reason the people at the two nearest tables to me were yelling instead of talking. They didn't have beers in front of them but it was obvious they were either half deaf or they'd been drinking for the better part of the day. That was pretty annoying.

To conclude this roundabout review, I wanted to check this place out because I'd read about it, and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't come here to eat again, but I might return if I saw something good on the Hop Cam (awesome) and I was in the area. This place has a fine beer selection.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My last (and favorite) leg of a whirlwind SoCal beer tour. Heard about it from Patrick Rue from the Bruery. Small, unassuming place with a laid back atmosphere. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. The tap list was very good, but a little smaller than usual because the restaurant was preparing for a barrel-aged Ballast Point series. Even so, I had Alesmith Anvil on cask. The Ballast Point event wasn't supposed to start until 6, but the bartender tapped a keg early so I could try a brew. The food was excellent. Great beer, great food, great atmospehre, and one block from the beach. A must stop for any SoCal beer visit.

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Photo of Nick3
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited this place on Dec. 26, 2008.

Great beer selection featuring about 25 beers on tap representing small american craft breweries, belgian abbeys, and germany as well. Bottled list was 50+ deep and featured many countries in addition to the standards. Place was clean and the customers and staff were friendly. Our waitress was also knowledgeable and able to recommend a variety of different beers based on your tasting preferences. When I went, they had St. Bernardus Christmas ale on tap which was a special treat. They also have a webcam that always updates you on the current beers on tap. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping by this place for a couple beers.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've "been around the block," so to speak, with beer bars and stores in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area. Hollingshead, Naja's, Father's Office, various Yard Houses, The Abbey, you name it, I've probably been there at this point. The only exceptions I can think of being Stuffed Sandwich, Lucky Baldwin's, and Verdugo, none of which I've been to, yet. Not to detract from Hollingshead, or even Naja's, I would have to say that Beachwood BBQ is, by far, the most overall positive experience I've ever had at any beer bar, much less any place with good beer AND good food.

Much is spoken about Beachwood's selection of beers, which is certainly exceptional and I will get to in a second, but I think my favorite aspect of the place is the staff. All, from the guys behind the bar (Kyle in particular, I think his name is - bald-headed dude), to the cute waitress gals, know something or another about beer, if not a great deal about the subject. Moreover, though, they're generally friendly and very, very accomodating folks. Both times I've been there, the bartender has given customers a pint way past when he's "supposed" to be (read: closing time and last call is pretty flexible), and are just a very friendly group of guys. This past visit, we had a separate tab going for food at our table and beer at the bar, and there was no mix-up or problem - the bartender even would have my beer brought to the table for me. You can casually chat beer with the tenders, and they are very, very generous, in my experience, with giving you nicely-sized samples of anything you want in small wine glasses, free-of-charge. If you're curious about something or even just ask about it, they're quick to give you a sample before you can even begin to say "no."

The food is also very good. I've only had the pulled chicken sandwich, but it was tasty and smokey, and very reasonably priced at a flat $9. The variety of sides available for each sandwich is impressive - I got the corn on the cob, my friend some hush puppies. Their menu is stock full of interesting foods - bleu cheese grits come to mind. Anyway, I just keep hearing better and better things about the food, which seems to be the exception and not the rule for places with good beer.

Of course, there's the beer. I'm as much of a BA as most, and have heard of or tried most beers I come across at restaurants, but I find myself struggling to keep up when I get to Beachwood. They get stuff that other places can only dream of - limited batches, one-offs, breweries that normally don't pop their heads up in California, you name it. How they do it is beyond me. For instance, this Thursday, they're having a Stone RIS vertical tasting, with 2004 through 2008 RIS's - and not a bottle tasting, a DRAFT tasting. So, in other words, they got their hands on mini-kegs or full kegs of Stone RIS's going back to 2004. None of their beers are macro at all - you simply can't find anything that isn't craft beer here. Glassware is always appropriate, if not dead-on for a style. They even have a glass-rinser, which, the bartender said, was "MacGyvered" together. When I was there I had a Oskar Blues Old Chub, an Allagash Black, a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, a Port Brewing Moonlit Sessions, and sampled both Marin Brewing White Knuckle Double IPA, and Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager. None of the beers went above $7 a glass, most being between $5.00 and $6.50. A glass of New Belgium La Folie was only $5.00!

Anyway, can't say enough about the place. Get there, now.

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Photo of TrollCrow
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have visited Beachwood twice in the last three weeks. Both visits were memorable. The first visit was me and my 8 year old son. A nice outing because the wife and I have three girls as well. It was good to be just us guys. When I first went in I wasn't sure how it was going to be with my son. Not a lot of kid stuff. However, both patrons and staff seemed to go out of their way to smile and be nice to him. I order a root beer for him and I enjoyed a Pliney the Elder while we watched the Lakers and waited for our table. We waited about 15 minutes for a table. We decided to split a rack of ribs. We both loved the ribs and had a great time. I looked up at him and he at me with the BBQ sauce all over our faces and we just laughed at each other. It was cool. I had Karl Strauss Poter Cask made with Malt Balls with my meal. I could go on and on about how much I like this place so I leave it by just saying that if you want just a cool place to go, go somewhere else, this place is F'n cool.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Beachwood BBQ is a very small place right on Main Street about 1 block from the beach in Seal Beach, just down from the Abbey. The beer list is on the wall with a pretty good selection, not as good as the places around San Diego but for O.C. it was pretty good. About 20 taps, including Pliney the Elder. After a couple of beers I discovered they had bottles also but there wasn't anything too exciting on that list for me. The food was fantastic. I had a combo plate of pulled pork and ribs. The ribs were extremly well made. Had fried pickles also that made a great appetizer for 2 for 3 people.

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Photo of Calicoast
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First Review All: Love this place. Check the website daily to see what's on tap. Nice selection w/ thought behind it. Just back from the GABF in Denver / October. Stopped bye the Oskar Blues tent: tried the Old Chub and Gordon's, Beachwood had the 10 Fidy on tap, good stuff. Staff friendly - knowledgable. Sat at the bar with me lady for a quick lunch - she liked it alot, chats w/ the merchants - they know why they are there. Also tried the Bling Pig. Love Russian River as well as Bear Republic Racer 5. Wanted to try Pliny the Elder, picked some up at Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita. Looking for the younger - but haven't made it to Hollingsheads yet. More reviews to come - cheers to all!

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Photo of OlieIPA
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Traveled down to this wonderful place with my good friends Mike and Tyler...

A: I loved the atmosphere here!!! Not too dark, but bright enough to make out the person you're actually talking too. Not too crowded either, and the noise was minimal as well. The crowd was a mix of college students along with business professionals, which actually enhanced the experience even more for me.

Q: Very Good. Good food along with good beer makes me a happy boy...I mean man! lol.

S: Excellent! Our waitress was very attentive and seemed to know a thing or two about the beer themselves.

S: They don't have a ton of beers on tap (about 15 or 20), but every brew is top notch! A few days before I visited, they had Abyss on tap!! Yes...I said Abyss! I ordered the Rogue Imperial Porter and then Port Brewery's Santa's Little Helper. Both fresh...and both very yummy!

F: A variety of BBQ style food was available...I decided to order the Sloppy Joe with Buffalo meat! Very yummy...especially with my sweet potato fries! Overall... very good food, but nothing incredible.

Value: The food was a little pricey...but the beers were priced just right!

Overall: I know that this place was just recently rated as one of the best beer bars in the world! I can see why now. A must visit! Cheers!

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Photo of dalion037
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Come for the beer, stay for the food!!! This is a great place to have a great beer. Go to their website to see the beer they currently have on tap from their webcam. They always have atleast four to six beers that I must have. Their selections are always very fresh and current. They also have a few bottles but the taps are the reason to show up. While there you might want to get something to eat and their food is just as good as their beer. Loved the smokey chicken wings and the pulled chicken (a take on pulled pork) sandwich was great too. So, if you want to try some damn good beer and food stop by and try for yourself. I'm willing to bet you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here for the first time last friday. The place is clean and about 100 yards from the water. Its easy to miss. Things started off wrong with the bartender giving me crap about the bar being too crowded after the lady sitting there asked me if I wanted her to move over. He then turned around and started walking away before I could order a drink. When I started asking questions about specific beers and when I mentioned that I had been to Rubicon Brewing (after seeing the 3L on the counter) he eased up. Also, when we walked in the front door, the lady that came up to us acted like she didn't know what we were doing there. She started with "What do you need?" and when asked about getting a table she responded "I don't know, maybe 20 minutes". Like I said, the bartender warmed up and the overall experience was nice after the first couple minutes.

The tap lineup was amazing. "Only" 15-20 taps going but they were all very solid choices and probably 1/3 of them were ones that I had never tried. Got a 8oz glass of something called Cuvee de Raisin, and split something called Speakeasy Scottish Ale with my brother. Don't know if this is the same Speakeasy as in SF but I can't seem to find any info on it. My brother got a glass of the Rubicon Rosebud strong ale. All 3 were good beers (especially the Cuvee).

Didn't get to try the food unfortunately because we were running late and didn't have time to wait for food. Everything I saw and smelled was fantastic, but I will reserve judgement until I actually get to eat there. $16.50 for the 3 specialty beers, not great but it could have been much worse. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, even on a Friday night. I was expecting another Toronado but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of brotherliam
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm kicking myself for not going to Beachwood sooner. All around fantastic place. The tap list was very impressive with a wide range of styles and two on cask, all served in the proper glassware. I'm happy I wasn't the driver. They have a live web cam on the rotating beer list so you can see what you'll have before you get there. Brilliant. 24 taps in all with a great bottle list as well. I like a place where the owners are around and working and having fun, which is what I saw. Very friendly staff, even though it was a bit busy when we first got there they were more that helpful in getting us a beer while we waited. We ate at the bar and everything was delicious. Great sandwiches, great BBQ, great sides and great beer. Can't wait to go back.

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Photo of Goldfish
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the old home town for the summer and was taken to Beachwood by a good friend. I love this place and am dying to go back. From their beer selection which is always good to the food to the friendly and knowledgeable staff - this place rocks. You'll always find someone to start up a conversation and drink with. People constantly bring in bottles and homebrews to share with the regulars. Also - it's right by the beach.


Cold smoked Abacore
MAC AND CHEESE < --- a must
Most BBQ sandwiches.

The owners and bar staff are great.

They now have a webcam of the beer board - I look at it here in NY and salivate:

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Photo of BevMoPatrick1
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is honestly the best place in southern california to find new and rare beer. With a selection always boasting something out of the ordinary, you are sure to go home happy...Pliny, Blind Pig, Racer X, just to name few gems...recently had Allagash Curieux, Trippel Karmeliet and Ale to the Chief from Avery...if you are in Seal Beach, you need to stop here. The staff is knowledgeable and will never make you feel stupid if you haven't heard of something. Also the food is killer, BBQ brisket and pulled pork are both amazing...try and wrap your lips around the flavor from the sweet potato fries or the blue cheese grits...

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Photo of MiScusi
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Beachwood is located about a block away from the beach. Right on main street that leads you right into the beach it's a great setting for a bar like this. When you walk through the door you walk immediately into the bar area, which runs front to back on your right. If you want to be seated at a table you go to the room on your left and sit down. The bar is in an "L" shape and probably has 14 or 15 seats.

The draft menu is on the wall behind the bar, on little square pieces of chalkboard that are pegged individually to the wall. Each beer get it's own board so they are easy to change out. There are about 25 beers on tap along with a cask serving. The selection is very unique. Each time I've been there I've seen things that I've never seen in this area, or even heard of (ie small offerings from big breweries). Beers are served in proper glassware... weizen glass for hefe's, nonic pints for english beers, (large) goblets for strong beers etc. Pours generally range from $5.50 to 6.50.

There is a big flat screen TV positioned at the left end of the bar, running sports which is very nice.

The service is great, very friendly bartenders.

So far I've tried the BBQ Chicken Nachos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and smoked BBQ buffalo wings. All have been very good.

If I didn't live 45 minutes from this place I would be there every day, easily.

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Photo of dbONE
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Seal Beach is a nice community. Its peaceful walking up the main from unmetered parking spot a few blocks away. This was the first time going so I dragged a friend who enjoys good beer but wont buy it and my wife. First impression when I walked in was this place is pretty clean. I didnt realize they just got with a remodel that doubled the restaurant. As a smart beer drinker we sat at the bar to be as close to the source as possible. This was a good move because we over heard people complaining about the service in the tabled area. The 22 selection on draft left us wondering were to start. Without question my wife for the Maharaja I noticed that they rinsed the glass before filling to the top. The was a regular practice for all the the beers. I started with Erics ale that was a wonderfull start to the day. My friend Eric went for the Craftsman IPA. The bartender Vanessa was fun to interact with joking back and forth mad for a great experience. She was well versed with all the beers so it was helpfull to those who didnt know about a curtain beer. The owner Gabe made an apperience and chatted us up for a bit about the workings of his establishment. An empty keg was the only thing that took his attention away. Come to find out the keg that he just put on was friggin Pliney the Elder. "Serve me up a glass good man, I want the first one". And he did! We started getting a little hungry so I got some fantastic wings and a fondu thing that was just as good. We stayed so long there was a shift change. This guy was just as knowledgable as Vanessa but not quite as fun. Oh back to the empty keg. When you go to the rest room you will find yourself surrounded by them. I cant wait to get back, the beer selection is hand picked and will change everyday. You also might find on Thursdays some guests will bring some special bottles from who knows where. Well worth it.

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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
Place rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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