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10 Long Beach Area Spots to Grab a Pint

Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Feb 9 9 minutes read

Late summer afternoons  and craft beer are a classic combination, and Long Beach is a great town to enjoy both of them. Whether you favor creative local brewers, gastro pubs and beer-centric eateries, or old school beer joints that have been serving brews in Long Beach since long before craft beer was a "thing," there's no shortage of hometown favorite spots to grab a pint or two with friends. 

So whether you know what DIPA and ABV stand for or not, whether you're a you're a waxed moustache-sporting, fedora wearing, certified beer geek or a regular joe, there're ales, lagers, pilsners, and stouts a plenty to sip your way across town on a Long Beach beer discovery. Here're 10 of our favorite places to stop along your path to local pint enlightenment.

Ballast Point Long Beach

Ballast Point has one of the best views in town. Situated at the mouth of Alamitos Bay, you can watch boats come and go as you enjoy a spot on the patio or around the fire pit. The menu is relatively basic, with classic bar food like burgers and wings, along with fish tacos and quesadillas. On busy weekend afternoons or evenings, parking can be scarce and the lines to order can be long, but once you've got your drink, you can settle in and enjoy the view.  

We're working on our summer six-pack, one sip at a time. (📸: @orrrie)

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Congregation Ale House

Based on a quasi-ecumenical organization of chapters, and following suit with full gothic regalia of decor inside the ale house, Congregation isn't kidding about their near-religious craft beer experience. If you're serious about beer and beer-friendly food, your pilgrimage either begins or ends here. As a standard-setter, or end of the line beer haven, there's no reason Congregation shouldn't become your weekly craft brew ritual.

Belmont Brewing Co.  

Opened in the summer of 1990, Belmont Brewing Company is the oldest brew pub in Los Angeles County. With a front-row view of the beach and Belmont Pier along with a solid variety of house made brews and classic grill and pizza menu, Belmont Brewing Co is a picturesque destination for everyone's favorite burger and brew combo.

We have your #taster sets already poured, get your Friday on. #weekendvibes #belmontbrewingcompany #brewswithviews #friday

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Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

Smoked meat and beer are one of those, "You had me at..." phrases. Beachwood doesn't disappoint. Whether you're here for their bbq or their beer, they skillfully excel at two equally contentious food and drink fields (ever get stuck next to an opinionated beer or bbq type at a party? Enough said). You'll find Beachwood makes beautiful west coast style beers to compliment their dry rubbed smoked meats, which are accompanied with regionally inspired sauces to dispense at your leisure. This is a no compromise kind of place.

Beer Belly Long Beach

With LA Korea Town roots, and a love for craft beer, Beer Belly takes the comfort-food-meets-craft-beer menu to the next level. Bacon fat fries, crab, cheese, and chipotle corn on the cob, and short rib parm sandwiches round out this foodie menu, and local west coast beers are on tap for a little bitterness to round out all those decadent dishes. It's a definite must visit spot for those that enjoy extremes.

Gotta get the right sides with your Fried Chicken🍗🍗🍗 #nationalfriedchickenday #itis

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Smog City Brewing Co. 

Not far from Long Beach, this brewery's industrial chic setting in a Torrance warehouse might not initially win points with your interior design friends, but its selection of hoppy, full bodied, and cask finished ales will merit more than a casual visit. With everything from kumquat saisons to wild yeast sours, it's a great spot to expand your craft beer style palette and check out what our beer region has to offer.

Dutch's Brewhouse

Inspired by the brew on premises "B.O.P." concept popular in the northwest, and by lazy days shared with friends in his own backyard bar, Dutch created Dutch's Brewhouse as an answer to his quest for a great craft brewpub in Bixby Knolls. It's a great hang out spot with solid pub fare and a beer menu of crowd friendly craft brew favorites- not to mention you can create your own beer masterpiece to share with with your beer geek cronies.

Now severing Founders KBS at Dutch's BrewHouse #foundersbrewing #kbs

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Timeless Pints, Lakewood

With a rotating calendar of food trucks, live music, trivia, and special events to pair with their microbrew tasting menu that includes grapefruit IPAs, oatmeal stouts, witbeirs, and porters, Lakewood's only microbrewery is more than worth the trip north of LBC. Don't forget to ask them about kegged beer for your next party.

Brew Kitchen Ale House

Priding itself on family culinary traditions and seasonal and creative pub fare including oak grilled burgers, pizzas, in-house smoked meats, house made sausages, and street tacos to pair with their 28 taps that includes at least 6 house brews. Additionally there's a beer expert on premises to help you navigate their menu of 200 bottled beers.

Joe Jost's

A Long Beach classic that stands on a no frills pedigree of schooners of beer, deli sandwiches, and world famous pickled eggs, no LBC beer journey is complete without a trip to Joe Jost's. Check out the line of regulars streaming in around lunch or the evening crowd catching a beer after a show in the Zaferia District and you'll know you're at the right place. Leave your craft beer pretensions at the door and embrace a taste of this 80 year old Long Beach institution.  

Nevertheless bad time for a LBC Classic !! "Summertime in the LBC" #joejosts #lbc

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We know there's others to love and new places popping up all the time, but these are a few to help you enjoy the lazy late afternoons and warm summer nights. 

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