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 slander:
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slander from New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Oh, fuck; the neighborhood. Sorry. Neighborhoods. Plural. But then it got moreso downtowny and less scary those last few blocks, with the threat of not finding one’s car upon return decreased significantly. Which I’m all about when in a rental in the foreign land that California is...

Corner joint, eased in. Off to the right, a wraparound marble topped bar with a cushy soft lip, wood base, and phat phoot box. Seating for 10 or so broken once by a large pillar and again beyond the shorty corner. And no bar would be complete without glowing, coaster sized, beer cooling spots with breweries I can’t see as having approved their participation in the ‘Chilldisc’, their edges illuminated in changing colors.

Matching marble barback counter, holding 32 handles on 2 rows of 16 each on the barback, a few of which are empty. Glassware countered to both sides of & behind the taps, and a rack on the end with tulips, snifters, flutes, & stemmys. Bottles coolered below and around the bend. Stained glassish logo piece behind the bar above, and shelved inlays to both sides with random bottles displayed.

Big windows over both sides of the corner, and beigey walls otherwise; gargoyle action, placards & tins, and flatscreens in the corners. Tap handles displayed in rows up high along the wall borders. Dark ceilings, exposed ductwork, and massive wrought iron chandeliers with candle looking lamps. Drop bulb lamps in rows, mounted solos, and strung holiday lighting.

4 hightops just off the bar in 2 rows, and 2 lowboys back past there. Bar counter space & a single hightop in the windows up front, and more of the same to the rear below the center draft boards; a slat triptych piece with magnetic strips, maybe, I can’t quite tell. Nook in the back corner with tables, some with kitchen views, and 7 tables of mix & match catching a nice breeze in the side porch over Promenade (Had to put my hand out to make sure there was nothing there before I smashed into the lack of a door).

So, 27 taps up just now, 2/3 of them American craft; the majority of these Bear Republic offerings (Big Bear Stout, Hop Rod Rye, Cuvee De Bubba Wild Ale, Roggenbier, Nor’Cal APA, Heritage Wee Heavy, Grand Am APA, Short Track Dunkel, Jack London ESB, and Rebellions Apollo & Delta), on the heels of an event this past weekend, and the remainder a mix & match more Cali (Ballast Point Smoke Screen, Sudwerk Maibock, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin, El Segundo Citra Pale Ale), than not (Epic Brainless on Peaches, Great Divide 18th Anniversary Oak Aged IPA). The other 1/3 are imports, Belgian heavy (Dupont Avec Les Bon Veux, Van Honsebrouck Bacchus, Drie Fonteinen Zwet.Be, Ellezelloise Hercule Stout, Het Anker Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Unibroue Blanche De Chambly, Palm, Lindemans Framboise, Schlossbrauerei Au-Hallertau Piwo Grodziskie, Youngs Double Stout).

Wanted the Bear Republic Cuvee De Bubba Wild Ale but it kicked. They did, however, have a lone pitcher of it left in the cooler that I was happy to have at. It didn’t suck. Moved onto the Bear Republic Jack London ESB, grainy but lovely, and then toggled samples of the Bear Republic Rebellions, and having deemed the Delta to be the better of the two, I did imbibe. Returned the next night for more of the same. De Dolle Dulle Teve now added to the mix; Ben is foolishly drinking it while I went at the Bear Republic Rebellion Delta again.

And a bottle list; 132 selections in all, the menu broken out by style. Who, I wonder, granted them Fantome? I like the way ‘lambics & other sours’ (Drie Fonteinen, Hanssens, Rodenbach, and Russian River Consecration), live in a different place than ‘fruit beers’ (Lindemans Kriek & Peche). Nice list overall. Orval runs a toward the top of the range $11, but the priciest item on the menu is the Scaldis Prestige @ $45, with a not so close second De Molen Pek & Veren @ $34.

Big board of foodings dangles to the rear. It’s late, so we’re going to get something on while we can. I did the grilled chicky sandwich, and Ben, the ribeye & white cheddar burger. I violated his fries in his absence.

Servers were good. Ben said “For a place that considers itself a serious beer bar, when you ask what a beer is, they go wiiish and pull you a pinch without hesitation”. I agree and do like that. All sorts of specials, foodwise and drinky drink, too. Girls dressed in catholic school garb do not offend. And they’ve got a really good jukebox. I’ve been running it for more than an hour now. I apologize to no one. Ben attempted to add behind my 16 songs, which are awesome, ‘cause I gone selected them, and I have much better taste than you. I could do some time here…

Oct 02, 2012
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ruzzal from Texas

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

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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

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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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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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