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Your Guide to the Best Craft Beer in Long Beach

Your Guide to the Best Craft Beer in Long Beach

Best Craft Beer in Long Beach, CA

Last Updated: September 9th 2019 By Gary Magnone

The southern coastal tip of LA County houses some of the best craft beer destinations out there, with Long Beach quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing beer regions in all of Los Angeles County. 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.

The 4th Horseman

Long Beach
Bar

121 W 4th St, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

Housed in the former Public Beer Wine Shop space, The 4th Horseman is a craft beer and pizza shop brought to you by Martin Svab and Ryan Hughes formerly of Phantom Carriage Brewery.

They brought the horror theme over to their spot, featuring a dark, apocalyptic motif, arcade games, a killer pizza menu, and of course, some really awesome craft beer.

Ambitious Ales

Long Beach
Brewery

4019 Atlantic Ave, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

Ambitious Ales is a new 10-barrel brewery located in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls neighborhood featuring 5 core beers plus rotating specialty releases hitting on a range of different styles. The beers are served up in a modern, industrial-style tasting room with patio facing Atlantic Ave.

Annex Beer Bar

Long Beach
Bar

4300 E Stearns St, 90815, Long Beach, CA, US

For those familiar with Long Beach, you might be confused seeing Annex on this list. But the longstanding divey beer bar has recently brought in a local craft beer focus, giving locals some more options to choose from at the taps. Annex continues to check off the dive bar boxes with being cash only, windowless, and full of shuffleboard tables. Not bad, not bad at all.

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

Long Beach
Brewery

210 E 3rd St, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

Beachwood Blendery in Long Beach, CA

Beachwood Blendery

Long Beach
Brewery

247 Long Beach Blvd, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

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Beer Belly Long Beach

Long Beach
Bar

255 Long Beach Blvd, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

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Belmont Brewing Co

Long Beach
Brewery

25 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803

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.

The Blind Donkey in Long Beach

The Blind Donkey

Long Beach
Bar

149 Linden Ave, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

Bo-Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap in Long Beach

BO-beau kitchen + roof tap

Long Beach
Bar

144 Pine Ave, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

Bottlecraft Long Beach

Long Beach
Bar

4150 McGowen Street , CA , 90808, Long Beach, CA, US

Started in San Diego, Bottlecraft is a fast-growing craft beer retailer with beer bar and bottle shop locations in North Park, Liberty Station, Little Italy, Solana Beach and more.

Their newest location is a beer bar located in The Hangar food hall at The Long Beach Exchange where they have 30 craft beers on draft from local and regional breweries, frequently tapping beers you don’t see in the LA area all too often!

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Naples Wine & Spirits

Long Beach
Bottle Shop

5764 E 2nd St #150, 90803, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

California Heights Market in Long Beach

California Heights Market

Long Beach
Bottle Shop

3766 Orange Ave, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

California Heights Market is a neighborhood liquor store in Long Beach featuring a walk-in cigar humidor, a walk-in beer cave, and a fantastic selection of craft beer & wine.

Commodity

Long Beach
Bar

1322 Coronado Ave, 90804, Long Beach, CA, US

Commodity is a modern style coffee bar in the Zaferia neighborhood of Long Beach, serving up local coffee and light bites alongside several taps of local craft beer.

Congregation Ale House in Long Beach

Congregation Ale House

Long Beach
Bar

201 E Broadway, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

Corked

Long Beach
Bottle Shop

4100 Atlantic Ave, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

Corked is an excellent liquor store located in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach boasting a wide selection of liquor, wine, cigars, and craft beer.

Corked on Stearns in Long Beach

Corked on Stearns

Long Beach
Bottle Shop

4360 Stearns St, 90815, Long Beach, CA, US

Corked is an expansive, no-nonsense vendor of spirits, wine & wholesale kegs, with a large craft beer selection in the Circle Area of Long Beach.

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Dutch’s Brewhouse

Long Beach
Bar

4244 Atlantic Ave Long Beach, California 90807

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.

The Eldo

Long Beach
Bar

3014 N Studebaker Rd Ste C, 90808, Long Beach, CA, US

The Eldo (formerly known as the El Dorado Bar & Grill) is an American / South African themed gastropub located in Long Beach featuring a unique international food menu plus 25+ rotating taps of craft beer with frequent tap takeovers.

Happy’s Liquor

Long Beach
Bottle Shop

4172 Norse Way, 90808, Long Beach, CA, US

Happy’s Liquor is a liquor store and neighborhood market located in the Lakewood Village area in Long Beach carrying a great selection of craft beer.

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Hops & Vines Market

Long Beach
Bottle Shop

402 E 3rd St, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

Hops & Vines is a cozy bottle shop located just across Long Beach Blvd from Beachwood & Beer Belly, boasting an awesome selection of national, regional, and local craft beer.

Knolls Restaurant in Long Beach

Knolls Restaurant

Long Beach
Bar

4354 Atlantic Ave #2804, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

Knolls Restaurant is a chill hangout with a patio for local craft beer & pub fare, located in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.

Liberation Brewing Co in Long Beach, CA

Liberation Brewing Co

Long Beach
Brewery

3630 Atlantic Ave, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

Opened in 2018, Liberation Brewing Co is a small 5 barrel craft production brewery and tasting room located in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood in Long Beach, CA.

Long Beach Beer Lab

Long Beach
Brewery

518 W Willow St Long Beach, California 90806

Long Beach Beer Lab is one part brewery, one part bakery, and 100% awesome. Their open taproom on the Willow corridor in the Wrigley neighborhood in Long Beach serves up a variety of clean beers, sour wild ales, and sourdough bread in a really cool lab theme space.

This is one of the more unique breweries in Long Beach, let alone LA as a whole, so we recommend heading down there to check it out, grabbing some beers and a sourdough pizza from their kitchen.

Quinn's Pub in Long Beach

Quinn’s Pub & Grill

Long Beach
Bar

200 Nieto Ave, 90803, Long Beach, CA, US

Quinn’s is back! After closing for expansion and renovations, the self-declared Irish pub is open once again with more of a sports bar feel considering the number of TVs and neon beer signs.

In addition to that, they’ve got a great pub food menu and 34 rotating taps of west coast craft beer, all priced very reasonably for a dude’s night out, get together with the girls, or just a place to catch a game on TV.

 

Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden

Long Beach
Bar

4020 Atlantic Ave, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

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Riley’s on Second

Long Beach
Bar

5331 E 2nd St, 90803, Long Beach, CA, US

Riley’s is an easygoing bar in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, offering up gourmet pub fare & craft beers on tap, plus a patio & TVs for sports fans.

Simmzy's in Long Beach

Simmzy’s Long Beach

Long Beach
Bar

5271 E 2nd St, 90803, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

Smog City Steelcraft in Long Beach

Smog City Brewing – Steelcraft

Long Beach
Brewery

3768 Long Beach Blvd, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

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.

The Stache Bar

Long Beach
Bar

941 E 4th St, 90802, Long Beach, CA, US

The Stache Bar is a laid back dive bar with a mustache theme featuring live music, craft beer, and artisanal cocktails.

Stateside Crafts

Long Beach
Bar

4242 Atlantic Ave, 90807, Long Beach, CA, US

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!

Steady Brew Beer Co.

Long Beach
Brewery

2936 Clark Ave, 90815, Long Beach, CA, US

Steady Brew Beer Co is a small nanobrewery located right near the airport in East Long Beach. Opened in 2018, these guys are cranking out a nice variety of approachable beer styles, pouring in a recently expanded kid-and-dog-friendly tasting room space featuring wall murals and communal seating, with food available from the Mexican restaurant next door.

Ten Mile Brewing

Long Beach
Brewery

1136 E Willows St Signal Hill, California, CA 90755

Ten Mile Brewing is a family-owned and operated brewery and taproom located in the Signal Hill neighborhood in Long Beach. Expect a solid lineup across a variety of beer styles, ranging from Helles Lagers and IPAs to Stouts and Belgian Dubbels. Their taproom is a big, open space, is dog-friendly, and features food trucks to pair up with your brews.

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Timeless Pints Brewing Company

Lakewood
Brewery

3671 Industry Avenue, 90712, Lakewood, CA, US

Located on the border of Long Beach and Lakewood, Timeless Pints focused on brewing a variety of styles very well, from 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.

Trademark Brewing

Long Beach
Brewery

233 E Anaheim St, 90813, Long Beach, CA, US

Trademark Brewing is a big new brewery and taproom located in Long Beach, specializing in small-batch hoppy, continental (German, UK, French, Belgian, etc), and barrel-aged beers (big beers, sours and funk).

The spacious taproom looks right out onto the brewery floor and will eventually feature up to 30 beers on tap alongside a large outdoor patio with a rotating series of food trucks.

The Wine Country

Long Beach
Bottle Shop

2301 Redondo Ave, 90755, Signal Hill, CA, US

The Wine Country is a large family-owned retail store in the Signal Hill neighborhood of Long Beach, which in addition to a great selection of wine, spirits, and gourmet foods, also features one of the best craft beer selections in the city.

Their beer buyer, Nic, brings in a great variety of local and hard to find beers and also hosts their popular Beerventure tasting event series.

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!

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