Beachwood BBQ

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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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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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

There is nothing I can say about this place, that hasn't already been said, but I just want to add my 2 cents. I am from Tennessee and we have nothing even close to this place. If the constantly changing taps, knowledgable servers, and friendly atmosphere aren't enough, the food is truly outstanding. I have ordered something different every time I have been there. I started out the with pork ribs, and I must say being from Tennessee, I know my way around a hog and Beachwood's is among the best I've had. I travel to Long Beach frequently for business and I am so happy that I have found this gem. If there is a such thing as a perfect place, this would have to be it. I guess the only flaw would be that it only has 22-23 taps, but with the varied selection that they always seem to have you don't even notice.

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

Although biased, being a native Seal Beach er, this place is a GODSEND. I've been around the world, done the Huyghe Brewery, the Guinness' - the Heinekens - the Pacifico beer tours but the Beachwood BBQ is a gem. If you wanted a good beer in Orange County you really had to go down to Newport or Huntington or way up to Long Beach. BUT NO MORE!

Beachwood - in my opinion - brought real beer culture to Orange County. I cannot rave enough about this place. Go, check it out for yourself, its worth the drive down (although keep in mind the beers are at 10% + each, so you're not driving back). And make sure to ask for a sample of the constantly changing beer list. Literally the draft beers change daily, with 65 specialty beer bottles, and a constantly changing draft menu of 24 + you could go here daily for the rest of you life and have something new each and every time. BEACHWOOD is not a beer bar but a REVOLUTION!


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Photo of ChaseBoat77
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been here 5 or 6 times now and I've finally decided to give it a 5/5. My only complaint is that its awesomeness is well known, so it is very popular and can get pretty busy. I've always been able to finagle some room to stand in the bar area, but I've learned to get there early if I want a bar seat. Awesome tap list with a great variety of beers, including some of their own brews, which are always spot on and worthy of a second and third round. This place stands on its own as one of the top beer bars in CA. The fact that it's in such a cool town is the icing on the cake. You have to visit this place if you're even remotely in the area.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Finally got to check this place out yesterday as a belated birthday present from my family

Located on Main Street in a really cool part of Seal Beach next to several other bars and restaurants, near the ocean, does not look like a beer hot spot from the outside

This place was tiny with like ten tables total, but by the looks of the wall, they will be expanding some time very soon, cool athmosphere and everybody seems real excited and relaxed, the owner and beer guy, Gabe is a real cool as well

Unfortunately, the two beers I planned on trying today ran out right before we got there, St. Bernardus Wit and Moonlight Twist of Fate, but I was not worried about it after I tasted the different Rubicon beers I ordered

I had a Rubicon Black Capricorn black IPA and a Monkey Knife Fight pale ale, and an Ommegang Hennepin saison farmhouse ale, prices were around six dollars a pint which is a bit pricy

Only had ten taps or so and other consisted of Victory Prima pilsner, Stone Double Bastard, Unibroe Trois Pistoles, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown and Speedway Stout

Place was super clean and our waitress was on top of things the entire time, knowledgable about beer too, she even gave us four different tasters before we ordered

Nice selection of beer for such few taps, have had some beauties here in the past like Moonlight Reality Czeck, some hard to find Lost Abbey stuff, and rare tap only beers from Bear Republic

Food was awesome as well, had 1/2 chicken and beef brisket with sweet potato fries, hushpuppies, corn on the cob, and cranberry cornbread, all for only fifteen dollars

I cannot wait to go back to this place, especially now that I know it is less than a half hour from my parent's house, so when I come visit them, it will become a frequent trip like Naja's is

Very highly recommended and one of the best food and beer combinations I found here on Beer Advocate

Update: Gabe is the one of the coolest guys in the craft beer world and this is the best damn food you will have!

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

Convinced my wife to come here on our honeymoon vacation for Disneyland. It's about a 20 min drive from Disneyland area. We visited Sunday, Nov. 29th about 8PM.

When you walk in, the bar is on your right and the dine in area is to your left. We stood at the bar while I slobbered over the tap last. After 1 minute the bartender asked us if we wanted a table and were immediatly seated. The facility itself is really small but clean and neat. I was happy that the tap list was in the dinning room as well. Kind of cool to see how the "hopcam" is setup. Its just a small webcam that takes daily snapshots.

Service was awesome. Our waitress was freindly and attentive. Even the waitress' assistant was super aware of our levels of water in our glasses and made sure to keep them full at all times. WOW!

Selection was insane. I saw stuff I have never even heard of before. Not to mention it was on tap! Beware though, most prices listed are for a full pint and IMO is waaay too much beer for what they are offering. Make sure to ask for half pints if you plan to try several different beers. I had a full pint of their "Casked" offering; (Brewdog?) Paradox Smokehead. It was so thick and overpowering that it got me full and bloated that I couldnt enjoy dinner and the other beers I ordered. Moral of story is to specify desired portions of beer you order. Even a half pint of smokehead would be too much...

Food was awesome. We got smothered steak fries for an app and was suprised at how large the portion was. Fries where very cheesy and spicy. Even my wife who isn't a fan of spicy food thought they were awesome. Our main course was already out before we could even get halfway through the fries. I got a burger and she got a chicken sandwich. Both good portions. We both had to get to go boxes.
Value is awesome. For $6+ to get a pint of a special brew is really good. A half pint for the heavier stuff is a must though. We will definately be back next time we are in town.

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

Beachwood BBQ has been my favorite restaurant/bar for a few years now. I've ordered nearly everything on the menu and get a new world class beer every time I'm in. Gabe, the owner is always around and is friendly and helpful, as are all the servers and the bartender. Most of the servers are also very knowledgeable about the beers available and have usually tried most of what's available (with how quickly beers go at this place it'd be impossible for them to try everything). If I can't decide what to get I usually ask for a recommendation, and it's almost always spot on, or a pleasant surprise. As far as the food goes I'd say Beachwood has the best BBQ (in California, dont have a hissy fit Southerners). A lot of people might raise criticism that there's often a pretty decent wait to get in, but it's always worth the wait and I'm not normally a patient man. 20+microbrews on tap, ever changing menu full of delicious meats and inspired appetizers (Mini Lamb Corndogs w/ Habanero-Berry Catsup, Baked Mac and Cheese, Smothered Steak Fries), with a friendly atmosphere and a happy hour menu. What more could you ask for?

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Frosty11161
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the premier places for a great beer with great food.

Chalkboard always changing, come in 1-2 weeks later and expect to see most if not all be different. Spin the wheel if uncertain. With long beach open, this is usually a locals spot, dont' be surprised if on a weeknight a few bottles are purchased from the in-house bottle list and shared amongst other patrons.

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

The things I miss most about living in Seal Beach. The beach and Beachwood BBQ. Seriously didn't realize how good I had it until I left. This THE best beer drinking establishments I have ever been to. Atmosphere is nice. Right down the street from the beach. Usually pretty crowded especially if it is a special night so get there early although there is plenty to do and see while waiting for a table or you can grab a beer. THe food is incredible. The pulled pork sandwich and sweet potato fries were my go to but there are many great dishes and appetizers that can be ordered. The tap list is always changing. A good selection of beer can always be found and there is something for everyone. Service was always high end, everyone was extremely knowledgable and friendly. I frequented this place weekly for the year I lived there and try to make it down when I can now. Can't wait to try out the newer bigger location in Long beach when it opens.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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 Choop
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beachwood has a BA rating of "World Class" and it deserves it. This place is a beer lovers dream, and if that wasn't enough the food is SPECTACULAR.

We live about 5 miles away and hit up Beachwood at least every few weeks. My buddy and I make it a point to set aside a few hours each month to spend at the Beachwood bar and enjoy whatever they currently have on tap. The staff is awesome and know their beers. You can get a taste of any of the beers before making your decision and when your decision is made it is served in the correct glass.

The food is wonderful. I always get the pulled pork on a pretzel bun and then throw on one of the many sauces that they provide. As for sides, everything is delicious but the skillet cranberry cornbread with honey butter is insanity in dough form. My mouth is watering just writing this.

My wife and I had been thinking about possibly moving recently and I told her that we had to stay within a five mile radius of Beachwood. Suffice it to say.... we decided to just stay put.

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Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Outstanding food and guest tap list. I loved this place, I just wish they had more than one of there own beers left the day i arrived. That said the many beers they did offer were carefully chosen and dynamite. I had to visit the longbeach location to enjoy their beer, and that place was also worth the trip. Best Gastropub i've been to, I see why the have been ranked #1 in that category for multiple years!

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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 deliriumfest
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Simply put: this place is awesome! Spent two straight days here last August for Sourfest 2009 and flew all the way from MN to do it. The line up was exceptional (check out the hopcam on their website) and don't even get me started on the food! Plus, Gabe is really sweet to have a few beers with. I'm looking forward to spending another day here in January after the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation Celebration dinner which the Beachwood happens to be catering. I would high recommend this place to anyone!

Stopped by again late January 2010 the day after the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation Party to watch the Vikings game. Once again I was overwhelmed with the quality of the food, beer and service I received - Gabe even brought out a Sui Generis to share with me. As I was sitting there I realized that the Beachwood is my idea of heaven!

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

I absolutely love this place. It's a small restaurant in a very laid back beach city in North OC that serves exceptional beers and exceptional food. This combo is very rare to find, but when you do find it, patronize the hell out of the place. The service has always been excellent and everyone, from the wait staff to the owner/chef, are all just very nice people who love beer and food. Only downfall is that the wait can sometimes be a pain because of its size and popularity, but its a good pain because you'll likely be sipping on some good beer.

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

I only had pork for the first time in 10 years last August, but I ordered the Wild Hog Meatloaf with Blueberry Gravy. The meat was just divine, the gravy was great, and my two sides (asparagus and sweet potato fries) were plentiful and tasty. Friends ordered the appetizer fondue (delicious, delicious cheese and sausage), the rabbit/chicken stew (they said it was great), and a delicious pulled chicken sandwich. As good as all the entrees were, the highlight might have been the cream spinach, which is not a personal favorite but probably would be if everyone made it like Beachwood.

I looked at the Bottle List and asked about the FW11 they had listed. Gabe came out and told me that they were cellaring the rest for the future and suggested some really great alternatives. I ended up going with 2006 Old Guardian on draught but Gabe came back and told me Pliny was almost gone and they were replacing it with an Aecht Schlenkerla beer, so I got a Pliny, killed the keg, and was presented with samplers of the new beer. It was the Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche (brand freaking new!) and it tasted sublime, smoked but mellow and subdued, drinkable as all get out. Paid the bill, thought to myself "This place is incredible!" and started walking out the door.

Only to be stopped by Gabe sitting one table over with some friends. I'm asked to share a drink with them, and I look down to see a black liquid in the glass and a bottle of BT on the table. Welp. It was...incredible. Talked beer and life with Gabe and the guys for at least half an hour, one of the most pleasant experiences of my life. Great people, great food, great beer. And I got a little gift just for stopping by! This is a place that every single person on this site should experience at least once.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had been meaning to get in here for a long time. Finally did this past Sunday and it was everything I expected and more.
First thing, we're seated and the eyes are drawn to the tap list, twenty-one amazing beers, including one on cask, and not a dog on the list. Started with Stone Chipotle smoked porter on cask, damn tasty, served in the correct glassware and at the perfect temperature. I had the pulled pork and sausage while the wife had the albacore along with a multitude of sides and some amazing corn bread. Followed the porter with an Urthel Hop-It, again served in the correct glassaware.
Service was wonderful and very attentive, atmosphere was laid back. The owners Gabe and Lena are great, very friendly.
I'll definitely be going back.

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Photo of mrvid123
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is simply the best! I would move in if they let me.

Best burger around
Tap list so good it is sort of unfair to anyone else in the game.
They do half pours of most anything you see on the list.
Pricing can't be beat.
Even though the place is small and can get crowded they always make sure to keep you updated on wait time and keep you happy at the bar while you wait to be seated.

The place is kept clean. They run a tight ship. I love taking a peek at what beers are on deck when visiting the bathroom too :)

I try to branch out and try something new off their food menu each time. I can't think of many other places who have earned my confidence like that. Try the muscles!

Too many good taps on to ever dip into their bottle list, but that looks legit too.

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Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
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