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Bonnie and I have been going to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for the last couple of years. The food is incredible southern style BBQ and both the tap and bottle list have always been incredible. It’s always been a place we both enjoy to go and I’ve never been let down even when trying some outside the box. On my last birthday Bonnie took me there and I had my first Sour Stout while talking with the Owner/Head Chief Gabe Gordon about both his food and beer selection process.
Given Gabe’s attitude on craft beer and his intense focus on preparing awesome food I was very excited when it was announced they would be opening a second location. What made it even more exciting was the fact that they would be brewing their own house line up of beer. It was soon announced that they had settled on a location in Long Beach and that they would be bringing in Julian Shrago as co-owner and head brewer. Julian is a well known homebrewer who has brewed at the commercial scale with several breweries including Port Brewing and Triple Rock.
Enough background let’s talk about Beachwood BBQ and Brewing Long Beach.
Bonnie and I stopped by after taking babyRaptor to the Long Beach Aquarium on Sunday the 24th. This was my second visit as Shawn and I had stopped by a few weeks earlier shortly after the grand opening. On this trip they had 8 of their house beers on tap and had started doing taster flights. Bonnie and I both selected the following flight; Punk Wheat Ale, Uno Belgian Single Ale, Breaker Pale Ale and Melrose India Pale Ale.
|The House Beer Menu|
Punk Wheat -This was a dynamite American Wheat reminds me a lot of New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat
Uno Belgian Single Ale - The name is spot on, this was a very nice light Belgian
Breaker Pale Ale - Classic pale ale with the prefect amount of bitterness
Melrose India Pale Ale - This was the beer I was most excited to try and it did not let me down, absolutely brilliant!
After completing my taster I immediately ordered a full pint of the Melrose and spotted Julian who was in moving some beer around. I’d met him a few times now and he’s a really cool guy, as most brewers are. Most of our discussion centered on my impressions of the beers and how things were going.
Of course the beer is only half of the reason we go to Beachwood. For lunch we had an order of the smoked chickens wings (it was like eating bacon on the bone), smothered fries (really good), Bonnie got the BBQ chicken salad (dynamite as always) and I got the steak salad (probably the best cooked steak I’ve had in a while).
We had planned on meeting a friend there for lunch but while already running late had managed to go to the Seal Beach location. While we waited for her I ordered the Kilgore Stout. I’d had this stout before and really enjoyed it. I’d say it’s a bridge between a classic stout and an American pale ale or IPA. Good amount of roastiness with some sweetness and a nice hop nose. Big thumbs up.
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Before leaving a grabbed a growler of the Melrose to go and unlike the Rockbottom growler I had, I guarantee this one will be refilled often! (of course it helps that we bought a yearlong membership to the aquarium so we could have a place to take babyRaptor)