Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Beachwood BBQ & BrewingBeachwood BBQ & Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

210 E 3rd St
Long Beach, California, 90802-3188
United States

(562) 436-4020 | map

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Added by beachwoodbbq on 07-04-2011

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Reviews by slander:
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4


Parked, like, right there (pointing), a stone’s throw from this place in a strip of plaza, some. Funny, this neighborhood seems strikingly familiar (as if we were hereabouts last night around the corner; that which makes for a good one-two revue). Plenty of time on our hands just now, but decided to bag elsewhere and just set up; do the time at Beachwood while waiting for that kid sister of mine, hours away from arrival she be...

Decently sized “L” shaped wood bar with corrugated framed pieces on a wood panel base and a foot box, seating for 16 on leather chairs. Large windows behind the bar offering brew room views, and the barback counter below holding 3 raised “T” towers of 12 each in a long low run. Some of the tap handles are random trophy heads; others are just wood blocks, some carved. Glassware behind the taps countered and shelved below. Handpump on the end; dead, as are most in SoCal post the Real Ale festival in Carlsbad.

House taps listed lining above and a slat pegboard to the left listing guest taps. There’s a panel there with gauges that I can only assume show levels of keggage. They call it the “Flux capacitor’, as I would, too. I think it takes (like) 1.21GW, apparently, it regulates pressure for each keg. A single flat in the far corner of the bar, and BBQ sauces racked to the right of the windows.

The walls are a pale blue, and no, we’re not arguing whether it’s sea foam or robin’s egg, why would you say that? Logo house prints and a trio of cow, beer, & pig ‘sum of the parts’ pieces, and some vintage black & white beery prints down on the far end. Slab cement floorings and grayish ceiling with some coral end pieces with drop lamps at both ends. Exposed duct work, drop bulb in a bowl lighting along the bar and suction cup lamps elsewhere.

On the far end of the bar, a dozen shorty tables, some pushed together and the ones to the rear sharing common benchage and views of outside somethings. The other end of the room holds 4 booths and 3 shorty tables. Halfway in between, 3 garbage doors of panel glass, fronting a pair of 2 seaters each, and the out front seating pen; partially awned, holding 20 square red metal tables solo, in twos, trees, or more. Wood benchings along the perimeters, heat lamps, and planterings on the outside ends.

10 house beers (Foam Top Cream Ale, nice Kolschy goodness; Tart Simpson, a Berliner, pleasant tartness, not too sour, refreshing; El Verano Saison, local sage honey, a lovely Saison; 3rd Dimension Tripel, 9.5%, a big beer, Belgian sweety, finishes dry dry; Breaker Pale Ale, Columbus, Centennial, & Cascade, solid Pale Ale; Forever Bitter, nicely balanced, good malt backbone, an excellent bitter; Knucklehead Red, caramel & toffee, a deep red; Pole Position West Coast IPA, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, & Summit, a great IPA; Hop Ninja West Coast Imperial IPA, a mere 8.9%, not overly sickly sweet, Simcoe, Amarillo, & Columbus; Kilgore American Stout, roasty, awesome, bitter, chocolate, coffee). Foam Top Cream Ale, Forever Bitter, Knucklehead Red, Pole Position West Coast IPA, & Kilgore American Stout were the best of the lot, but really, there was no suck in the mix. The beers here are simply very good. We started with everything was pint & sampler, and now we’re in shorty mode.

+25 guest taps (‘cause a brewpub needs that), roughly 3/4 of them American craft, mostly Cali offerings, with a few out of regionals. The other 1/4 are imports, and for some reason, the house Beachwood Kilgore American Stout (nitro) is in this mix. Now, maybe it’s me but with what they do for house beers, I don’t feel like they need guest taps, let alone 2 dozen of them. So, the bottled list of 40 selections (1/3 or so Belgian, another 1/3 US craft, and the rest beers of the world) may just be overkill unnecessary. I just don’t see the point of it. And some of them bitches are pricey pricey, too. I’m just a-sayin’.

We will need to food then. Started with some apps; Ben, the Lena’s famous fried pickles (dill) and I, the blackened albacore sashimi, which was quite nice. For entrees, Ben hit the tater tot casserole (duck gravy of madness, I lifted some from his plate) and as I had been contemplating the Que, gone ‘et the baby back rib (damn good)/salmon (had some kind of apricot chutney of didn’t suck on it) combo. Choice of sides, I opted for cayenne & honey glazed carrots (slivered, very very good) and the tangy slaw (solid), and was dealt a cranberry cornbread bonus. 4 sauces jarred in a rack tableside; spicy, sweet, mustard, & vinegar to mess with. All was well.

Brewer Julian dropped by to visit (hey, man). Good news, the Red Sox are getting hammered. I just texted Phil to remind him so, ‘cause I’m a good friend. Great house shirt reads “If a cow is in a coma, does that make it a vegetable?” Good food, very good beer. I approve.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of user785335
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of AlvinLin
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jvandever
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
4.69/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Nifty place near downtown Long Beach in a modern space yet with fantastic retro branding. The beer selection is astounding with around 24 drafts and a great representation of styles, but holy cow West coast IPAs Batman! Amalgamator in particular was downright gnarly - I could drink that beer like water.

We have never had a more talkative, thorough and knowledgable server at any brewery. He knew which hops were in what ales, he recommended what to drink with what food, what on tap was freshest, the best selling beers, et cetera. Just nuts.

They also make most of their food from scratch, including a ridiculous selection of legit BBQ. Honestly we were both very underwhelmed with the food here, which also isn't the cheapest. I had the ribs and the wife had their sweet potato burger, and neither of us were very impressed.

However, great atmosphere, great people, great beer - can't pass that up!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Beachwood is a must visit for avid beer fans who also like BBQ. It's in the neat section of Long Beach and has a 60's like feel. The place was Hopping on a Tuesday night. The beer and food were quite good. Troy our server was cool and helped to pick a few beers off the length menu. There is plenty to chose from. The food was excellent....had the three meat....pork, ribs and brisket....pork was the best...followed by brisket....for sides I had the blue cheese grits and vanilla yams....both very good.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of HaoleToYouToo
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BoredRocks275
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of eLeMeNOhPee1
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of chrisjws
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of JayBeer77
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great food, vibe is awesome, beers are amazing. They are making some of the best ipa period.

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Photo of hoptooth
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Chaddiechadchad
4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good food, good beer. Been here many times.

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Photo of LocestLXCX
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Came here for a Societe tap take over. While the Societe beers were good, the Beachwood beers stole the show. They brew a lot of different beers and have a lot on tap. Tried 6 - 8 and didn't have one I didn't enjoy. The food was pretty good but honestly that's not why I was there. As far as the vibe goes it's nothing special. Was pretty packed with a typical restaurant like feel. Will definitely go back though.

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Photo of Camillo
4.24/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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