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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!