Add another beach to the growing Beachwood BBQ & Brewing group, from Seal to Long and now to their production facility and taproom in Huntington.
The latest location was formerly Beach City Brewing. The space is, in the end, decidedly Beachwood-ian in design style from the colors on the wall and the very graphically cool and easy to read menu boards. Without BBQ streaming by on plates and since the location seems more professional building than brewery, it takes a few sips of the world-class beer before you can fully realize this is Beachwood.
That’s right, this will be the only spot without the food that is such a part of the whole experience. However, Beachwood HB is mainly production and that production will take the shape of five core beers: Foam Top Cream Ale, Alpha Galactic Pale Ale, Amalgamator IPA, Citraholic IPA and Mocha Machine, their imperial coffee and chocolate marvel. If any of those is your favorite beer from brewmaster Julian Shrago and you want the freshest batches of those beers, this will be the source.
There will be more than just those five beers on tap. Some Blendery beers will find their way there as will a rotation of other fantastic Beachwood beers. I took solace in the really well done, The Independent IPA, which comes in a glass that was created to accentuate the aromas of the IPA style. Growler fills will be accommodated here as well, with beers over 9% ABV costing an extra $3. Your Beachwood choices have grown.
Last Friday, El Segundo Brewing dropped their latest Day 1 IPA onto Los Angeles, Ha! Ha! IPA. Look for a Simpson’s eye view of El Segundo and then pop the cap and catch the Nelson (Muntz) hop aromas that waft from the inside of the bottle of this dank single hop IPA. Ha! Ha! will be under a week old if you pick up your Beer of the Week tonight.
Staying in El Segundo, this week’s Homework is to visit the new brewery there. Rob Rubens Brewing & Distilling is open on El Segundo Boulevard approximately halfway between Sepulveda and Main. When you first enter, it seems your typical brewery set-up plus distilling copper gleaming, but once you wind first to the left and then to the right you come upon their bar which lives up to the speakeasy vibe. They have a long list of beers to choose from but the Hitman Altbier with cold press coffee added is a good start.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.