Your Beer Belly has just gotten bigger. The venerable Koreatown craft beer and craft food spot now has a second location in Long Beach and it swings open their doors November 11!
Jimmy Han and his team have taken the corner spot on Long Beach Boulevard & Second Street and created a space that is an amped up version of what we have come to know and love. The tap list can now go 24 deep, you can now get artisan cocktails and there are now many more barstools to sit at and watch the action.
The space is minus the outdoor seating of its older sibling, but the windows and the kind-of private booths with wooden slats that rise to the ceiling make for an open and surprisingly not noisy environment to enjoy the food and drink inside.
There are some new menu items like the BLVD Burger with candied bacon slaw, sharp cheddar, arugula, hot smoke mayo and an optional sunny side egg to create some separation from the Koreatown choices, but you can still get the duck fat fries and those serious desserts that are perfect to share with friends.
The expanded taps will allow for bigger events and for much harder choices as you scan the beer list for the day. To stay updated on happenings and events and to get a $1 draft beer at the Long Beach location sign up for their LBC email list right HERE.
You will find yourself riding the Metro Blue Line to 1st Street quite frequently once you see the beer that they are pouring.
Your Beer of the Week is the 20th or XX version of Firestone Walker’s Anniversary series. Over the past few years, the Paso Robles brewer has enlisted winemakers to help them create a blend of beers to mark the special occasion. This year Scott Hawley. from Torrin Vineyard, had his blend chosen as the best. This year the blend is 40% Parabola, 20% Stickee Monkee, 17.50% Velvet Merkin, 12.50% Bravo and finally 10% Helldorado. You will be tasting Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Central Coast Quad, Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Brown Ale and a Blonde Barleywine in every sip.
There are two wildly different beer dinners on the horizon, one in El Segundo and one in San Pedro. First, on November 16, the restaurant Sausal teams with The Bruery to highlight the new Share This: Mole beer along with other classics from The Bruery alongside the Nuevo Rancho cooking of Chef Anne Conness. The 2nd Share This is part of a series of beers where a portion of the proceeds from the bottle sales goes to charity.
If you would prefer a little more Norwegian style dinner, then Brouwerij West is hosting Lutefisk & Lefse on November 20. The former is a cured whitefish and the latter is a Norwegian unleavened bread. There will also be rommegraut, a sour cream porridge. Bold beer and food flavors.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.