Long Beach Neighborhood Beer Guide
The southern coastal tip of LA County houses some of the best craft beer destinations out there, with all the action happening in the South Bay and, the highlight of this guide, Long Beach. From Belmont Shore to Bixby Knolls, right on down to Downtown Long Beach, this is your guide to drinking great craft beer in the LBC.
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
Here’s an obvious choice, and for good reason. Beachwood brews award-winning beers every year and they don’t seem to be slowing down. Couple that with their fantastic BBQ, and you’ve got yourself what some would call food+beer heaven. Beachwood pumps out a number of different IPAs such as Melrose, Hop Ninja, Amalgamator, and Greenshift, but they also brew a variety of styles impeccably such as Mocha Machine Imperial Chocolate Coffee Porter, Tovarish Russian Imperial Stout, and a ton more. Further south, Beachwood also houses their original BBQ restaurant in Seal Beach and a production brewery with tasting room in Huntington Beach.
247 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
The Blendery is Beachwood’s sour and wild ale facility that’s been producing fantastic barrel-aged beers from the get-go. The beers range from fruited sours to hoppy brett beers that you can enjoy inside the wood-adorned walls that seemingly take on the same appearance as the barrels in which the beer is aged. The Blendery is right around the corner from Beachwood’s brewpub, so you can go from wild to insanely hoppy in no time at all.
25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803 – Belmont Shore
Belmont Brewing Co. is one of LA County’s oldest brewpubs and proudly serves only ales out of their 7-barrel system. Their oceanfront location is extremely hard to beat as is the happy hour, making this a great spot to catch the sunset while dining on great food and house-made brews.
4244 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 – Bixby Knolls
Dutch’s Brewhouse is a “brew on-premise” concept that allows the public to come in, brew their own beer on Dutch’s small-batch system, come back to bottle, label, and drink it. Pretty unique to the area. Dutch’s Brewhouse also has several taps of local beer to pair up with their food menu. From the looks of it, it’s a casual pub experience that is open to all ages.
3630 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 – Cal Heights
There’s not too much to say yet about Liberation as they are still in construction phase, however, their plan is to open up in 2017, so we’ll be back to update this when the time comes.
518 W Willow St, Long Beach, CA 9080 – Wrigley
Long Beach Beer Lab is one of the newer breweries in the area that doesn’t carry official “open” hours quite yet. In the meantime, they typically announce their spontaneous hours on social media and by the looks of it, the locals are digging the beers so far. The design of the taproom puts you right into the brewery, and the attached kitchen is baking their own bread for pizza and more. Definitely a spot to check out.
3768 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90807 – Bixby Knolls
This is Smog City’s first satellite tasting room, which serves up the same beers you’ve come to love from their brewery in Torrance. Located in the mixed-use Steelcraft facility, Smog City is the perfect beer complement to the various food vendors also located there. They recently introduced wine on tap, so just in case you or your friends aren’t in the mood for a brew then you have options.
1136 E Willow St, Signal Hill, CA 90755 – Signal Hill
Ten Mile Brewing is Signal Hill’s only craft brewery so far and they recently celebrated their Grand Opening to much fan fare. Their taproom sits inside the brewhouse where they are cranking out a wide range of styles from Helles Lagers and IPAs to Stouts and Belgian Dubbels. They’re now open Wednesday through Sunday, and even extended the invitation to your well-behaved pooch.
3671 Industry Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712 – Lakewood
Located on the border of Long Beach and Lakewood, Timeless Pints focused on brewing a variety of styles very well, from their their IPA lineup to their Port of London Robust Porter. The family and pet friendly brewery usually has a food truck on hand to pair with the brews and holds occasional events such as trivia and vinyl nights.
255 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
Everyone’s favorite Koreatown beer bar expanded to Long Beach with a new cocktail program, but the same delicious food menu. Boasting much more square footage then the K-town counterpart, Beer Belly’s LB location is bright, cozy, and looks downright beautiful. It’s the kind of place where you know you can always find something good on tap to pair with the duck fat fries. And hey, why stop there? It’s right next door to Beachwood Blendery and around the corner from the brewpub.
149 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
The Blind Donkey’s Long Beach location deserves some love, even though it doesn’t deem itself a “craft beer bar”. Whiskey is the name of the game here, although Ryan Sweeney’s Goat Group is still pulling in some good beer if that’s what you’re looking for.
144 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
Bo-beau is a cool French restaurant and bar that features gourmet food, cocktails, and beers. They even have an impressive rooftop lounge for good measure. On the beer side, they have really stepped things up from the last time we checked them out. You can usually find some San Diego staples on tap from Stone and Coronado, as well as plenty of rotating beers from Firestone Walker and much more.
5372 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 – Belmont Shore
Brix at the Shore claims to deliver a “New York Experience” presumably because of the high-stacked deli sandwiches. But there is nothing New York about the beer with some tasty options from your favorite west coast breweries. So, savor a thick pastrami sandwich and wash it down with beers from Smog City, Barley Forge, and Acoustic Ales.
201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
Congregation’s proximity to Beachwood makes it somewhat of a destination spot, and they do a good job at satisfying your palate with good food and brews. The Long Beach chapter consistency pulls in solid beers from The Bruery, Russian River, Stone, and, of course, their very own Congregation beers being brewed at their Azusa brewpub.
601 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
So, you won’t find much craft beer here (they have a few bottled options), but the growing popularity of craft cider and mead is just too hard to ignore. Great Society is located just down the road from Congregation and Beachwood, and features over 20 taps of cider and mead and a full kitchen that cooks up burgers, sandwiches, salads, and other great sounding pub grub.
121 W 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802 – Downtown Long Beach
Public Beer Wine Shop is no stranger to the LBC crowd. Their helpful staff will help you find the bottled & canned beer you’re looking to pick up, and their taps will fill your glasses with the likes of Noble’s Naughty Sauce and El Segundo’s Mayberry IPA. They recently started a new series of beer dinners and themed beer + food pairings featuring some of LA’s best brewers, so keep your eye on our events page for the next one.
200 Nieto Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803 – Belmont Shore
Before Quinn’s temporarily closed for expansion and renovations, it was serving up some pretty good craft options on tap here. We’ll leave it here for now, but will make sure to update this guide with what you can expect once they open the place back up.
4020 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 – Bixby Knolls
Rasselbock is your modern-day German pub serving up traditional German fare including sausages and boasting a big beer list. The beers on tap cover the wide varieties of German brands and styles with a bottle selection ranging from saisons to ciders.
5331 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 – Belmont Shore
Riley’s is your easygoing bar, but features gourmet pub food, including their awesome pizzas, and plenty of good beer on tap. For us, it would be a great place to catch your favorite sport on TV while chilling out with local LA and OC brews.
5271 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 – Belmont Shore
Simmzy’s is another one that seems obvious, especially since their Burbank location showed up on our SFV guide. Simmzy’s has a great spot in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, and incorporates a friendly vibe with its open layout and communal table set up. Plus, it’s one of just a few spots in LA pouring Simmzy’s house-brewed beers, which are worth seeking out.
4242 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 – Bixby Knolls
Stateside Crafts is a retail location with a tasting room component that does a nice job at curating an eye-catching tap list featuring the likes of Beachwood, The Bruery, and Revision with plenty of beers to take home. Stop in for a bottle, grab a pint at the bar, or do what we do…both!
After perusing cooler after cooler, neatly organized by style, it became apparent. The Bottle Shoppe is a legitimate stop for your craft beer to-go. It doesn’t appear as though they are getting some of the harder-to-find options, but the overwhelming selection make it easy to find something solid to drink. Additionally, they have an exceptional selection of wine as well for when the mood strikes.
4360 Stearns St, Long Beach, CA 90815 – Long Beach / Circle Area
4110 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 – Bixby Knolls
Corked is pretty much killing it in the craft beer, wine, and liquor areas with massive selections from around the world. It looks as though they still go by Stearns Liquor in a couple differing online profiles, so it may be confusing as to what it’s really called if you haven’t been there yet. But all that aside, these are the bottle shops to go to when you’re in need of your libations to go.
402 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802 – East Village
Just on the other side of Long Beach Blvd. from Beachwood and Beer Belly sits Hops and Vines – a cozy bottle shop that is boasting a pretty awesome selection of national, regional, and local craft beer. They also receive shipments of limited distribution releases, so make sure to check out their Instagram for announcements.
With a number of new places opening up all over Los Angeles, there’s a good chance that I missed one that belongs on this list. If so, let me know in the comments below. Additionally, if you want to chat about the Long Beach craft beer scene, drop us a line below or hit us up on Twitter at @HoppedLA. Cheers!