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
congregationalehouse.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.14
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
58
pDev:
10.14%
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Reviews by dcgunman:
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dcgunman from California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I found out about this place while checking out the event schedule for LA Beer Week. Thinking this place has been opened for over 6 months. I was shocked to find out it has only been opened for only a month.

Parking was no problem. Time of arrival was around 430pm. Happy hour time. There are limited metered parking out front on Broadway Blvd. Otherwise there are parking structures throughout the Promenade. My first impressions when walking in was "Nice" but "smaller" than what I expected. The layout was nice. As you walk in the front entrance you see on the wall in front of you the food menu. To the right on a blackboard you see the draft menu. Behind is the bar with the hard liquor and taps are. To the left is an outdoor seating area. with room for another 20 or so. We took a seat outdoors and the weather was decent at the time. The draft menu on their website was not updated as they were showing Sculpin and Brewdog Tokyo Stout (18%ABV) and a few others on the draft menu. I went striaght for Sculpin as I did not see it on their website. Tokyo Stout would end up next and my last before leaving there.

To order your beer, drinks and food you have to stand in line at the bar register and order that way. No problem there. Maybe a little inconvience for some. We ordered the Rib Eye Burger, Portabello Flatbread and sweet potato fries. All were exceptional. The food menu is not large. But what they do have looks very good. And the happy hour prices made it even better. After ordering we moved inside to sit as the temp dropped and most headed inside. When we got at 430pm there were probably around 110-13 people inside. When we left an hour and half later, it was packed. All seats were taken and a few hung out outside. The crowd was mostly younger adults. You would of thought it was Friday night with the amount of younger adults at this ale house.

Overall the draft menu was very respectable and the food, though minimal, outstanding in quality. Congregation is a bit of a drive from hb (Beachwood BBQ alot closer for me), I will definitely be going back this this fine establishment soon. Especially when Beachwood Brewery BBQ opens up here in the Promenade. "Oh, did I mention that Beachwood 2 is rumoured to be at the Promenade. Just a couple of shops down from Congregation. This will be very cool if and when it does happen. A big plus for craft brew in Long Beach.

Cheers to Congregation Ale House for an outstanding establishment.

Oct 08, 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