Congregation Ale House

Congregation Ale HouseCongregation Ale House
Congregation Ale HouseCongregation Ale House
Bar, Eatery

201 E Broadway
Long Beach, California, 90802-4841
United States

(562) 432-2337 | map

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Reviews by cornsnake23:
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cornsnake23 from California

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So since I added this place to the database I've been able to visit twice now. One time was for lunch and beer the week of their opening, and the second time was just for lunch (no beer).

I have to say they are doing an amazing job being a beer geek destination. The cicerone they have on staff knows what he's doing and must have some great connections in order to get some of the rarities I've seen/drank within the few weeks they've been open.

The bartender, Tod, was very friendly. Granted I was there midday, so I don't know how chatty he would've been at night when the place is supposedly packed. Even the servers had time to chat a bit seeing as I was one of the few customers who came in for lunch.

The look of the place is great. The bar follows the theme of being an abbey, lots of dark wood, black twisted metal, and even their logo in stained glass behind the bar. Now of course it is NOT an abbey, but they did get the bar blessed by Father Abbot from the Maredsous Abbey a week after they opened.

The food here is great, however I do wish they offered more on their menu and made their serving sizes a bit larger. But considering how fresh and unique the food is, I understand why the menu is as small as it is. Everything is made in-house, from the sausages to the sauces. I've tried the prime rib burger, which was cooked to perfection. I also tried the duck and bacon sausage, served on a toasted roll with sweet roasted peppers, onions, and spicy mustard. Also, the french fries are pretty good, but the specialty sauces make them even better. They have quite a few to choose from. I enjoyed the blue cheese sauce, the pesto mayo, and the sriracha ketchup.

As for the beer, they have a great selection of taps with a lot of rare specials all the time. The first time I was there I drank New Belgium LoF Dark Heather Saison, DFH Palo Santo, Kern River Class V Stout, Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich, and a couple others that I can't remember. All were poured in either a 16oz pint glass or a 12oz tulip depending on abv and style. They do have other correct glassware such as branded chalices.

All-in-all, I'd say this place is a great addition to the area and I look forward to going back many more times. Granted it is a bit pretentious, and the price points may not be perfect. Considering the location the bar is in, it fits in very well.

Sep 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
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ruzzal from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Sep 18, 2019
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evanwoertz from California

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Feb 19, 2019
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Mar 28, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

3.85/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Really cool vibe. The guy who helped us was proud of their beers and when asked a few pointed questions leapt into a "beer" conversation. Really advocated for us trying a few beers beyond what we had planned. Cool guy. A good variety of styles, and well chosen guest beers.

Apr 08, 2017
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gr8fulbeerhead from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This place was great. Cool vibe inside and nice street side patio. Food was outstanding. Bottle and canned beer selection is extensive. Even the picky beer drinker should be able to find something here.

Feb 27, 2017
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deniserat from California

5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jun 15, 2016
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HippieDave56 from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

May 30, 2016
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GMan310 from California

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

great place to grab a beer nice look as well can be packed with people sometimes and loud so definitely a hangout spot.

Feb 07, 2016
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fthegiants from California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nov 12, 2015
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SanFranJake from California

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Apr 10, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Mar 31, 2015
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Ernie_The_Dude from California

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

A great spot. A smaller selection then the Azusa or Pasadena location. Burgers are out of sight. Sunday Mass includes A pitcher of Bloddy Marys at a great price. Very easy access to public transit if you intend to put down a few and not want to drive.

Mar 23, 2015
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OneBeertoRTA from California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This spot right next to Beachwood Brewing started out as my place to go when Beachwood was packed or had events. Slowly it became equally if not preferred to Beachwood as Beachwood's food as slowly gone down hill. What happened to your nachos Beachwood?

The draft list is hit or miss but most often hit. I've had Abyss, Knuckle, Alpine and numerous limited offerings in the past. There is always something good and interesting on the draft list. The food is as perfect as it gets for beer food. Brats, burgers, fries and tots many different ways with 8 sauces I can think of off hand.

I love how you place your card down and can order from anywhere. The service has always been good and the patio is the spot to be. There are also TVs for game nights.

Great spot overall that I will continue to frequent.

Mar 22, 2015
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midlifec from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Mar 21, 2015
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WildDalby18 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Mar 12, 2015
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ol_dirty_jaysta from California

5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Huge selection of beer! Great place.

Jan 26, 2015
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Modernrickk from California

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Jan 01, 2015
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devilfluff from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Dec 11, 2014
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2GOOFY from California

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Nov 29, 2014
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DorianB from California

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Nov 18, 2014
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Ohsdrummer08 from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Nov 04, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Oct 21, 2014
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getkrunkhoe from California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Aug 21, 2014
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fuzzchud from California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Aug 13, 2014
Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 58 ratings