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8 Great Breweries in Long Beach

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...

Sep 28 7 minutes read

Long Beach is giving San Diego a run for its money when it comes to local breweries. They just keep popping up and they are pouring some really high-quality brews. If you're looking for a great way to unwind and hang out with some of your favorite people in a cool and relaxed atmosphere - head to these eight great local Long Beach breweries.

Ballast Point

110 N Marina Dr.

Long Beach, CA 90803

Speaking of San Diego, Long Beach is lucky enough to have one of their most famous breweries, Ballast Point, open up a location here at the marina. It's a gorgeous location with stunning views of the ocean, complemented by the high-quality brews we have all grown to love from Ballast Point, and a great menu too. The Grapefruit Sculpin IPA and a best seller, and they always have fun seasonal selections to try too. You can grab a table or a spot at the bar downstairs, or head upstairs to the outdoor seating area, which is where those great views can be enjoyed most!  

Liberation Brewing

3630 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90807

Located in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, this is one of the newer Long Beach breweries - it opened in May of 2018. Customers love the selection of beer and the atmosphere which is family and dog-friendly with plenty of space and games to play. The owner, Dan, has an interesting story too. He was a home brewer and rock star who played trombone for the famous Ska/Punk band Reel Big Fish for 20 years. Ron retired in 2014 to start building the brewery and celebrated his grand opening on May 3rd, 2018. If you’re an IPA lover, this is a great spot for you.

Beachwood BBQ

210 E 3rd St.

Long Beach, CA 90802

The Downtown Long Beach Beachwood location is a great spot to grab lunch, happy hour, or dinner, and features a rotating menu of brews that always include some fun and unique seasonal varieties. Regulars know that they can also fill up some growlers and enjoy some Beachwood suds at home, too. Some of the unique beers on tap right now include an Imperial Red Ale called Beer of the Dragon, a Milk Stout with Coconut called Coconudder, and a West Coast Style IPA called Hoppa Emeritus. 

Dutch’s Brewhouse

4244 Atlantic Ave

Long Beach, CA 90807

It makes sense that you get a really “friends hanging out in the backyard” vibe at Dutch’s Brewhouse because that’s how the whole thing came to be. A group of friends started “checking in” on Facebook and Instagram to “Dutch’s Backyard” when it was actually a backyard. The owner and his brother were searching for a place in Bixby Knolls to enjoy a brew (that wasn’t a chain restaurant) and couldn’t find what they were looking for - so Dutch’s Brewhouse was born. This spot is unique because you can not only enjoy the craft beers they brew - but you can brew your own! Kids can even make their own root beer or soda. 

Steady Brew Beer

2936 Clark Ave

Long Beach, CA 90815

This is another new spot on the Long Beach brewery scene and so far is getting very good reviews. Their mission is simple - “make the beer that Long Beach would be proud of.” So far they’re right on track! They are located in a recently updated strip mall and are both kid and dog-friendly. Their beers are fresh and delicious, and you can enjoy them there or take some home in cans. The fan favorite right now is the Grasshopper IPA so make sure to give that one a try when you visit. 

Ten Mile Brewing

1136 E Willow St

Signal Hill, CA 90755

Family owned and operated, this Signal Hill brewery welcomes you as part of their family right when you step in the door. “Beer brings people together” is one of their mantras, and it rings true personally for them too. Father and son brew team Dan and Jesse started brewing beer together at a time when their relationship was not the best, and the experience turned their relationship around and also sparked the idea for this business. The taproom is warm and inviting, and Dan is quite the host. Start out by ordering a flight to see which beer you like best. 

Long Beach Beer Lab

518 W Willow St

Long Beach, CA 90806

Located in the Wrigley neighborhood along the Willow corridor, you’ll find Long Beach Beer Lab, where they are brewing up “ales, sours, and tonics,” along with house-baked sourdough bread. There is both a downstairs and upstairs area to enjoy your refreshing brew. The food menu has some very tempting options that go great with their brews, including vegan options. They get rave reviews for their pizza as well. Another thing that people love is the parking lot that opens up to patrons after 5:00 PM! Parking can be a struggle in Long Beach, so that parking lot is a real bonus.

Smog City Brewing

3768 Long Beach Boulevard #110

Long Beach, CA 90807

They started their beer brewing adventure in Torrance, but Long Beach residents can head over to SteelCraft to enjoy some Smog City brews. SteelCraft is an outdoor food-hall made out of old shipping containers. It makes for a really fun afternoon to head over to SteelCraft, grab a cold beer from Smog City’s extensive offering, and try a couple different snacks from the other vendors there. If you like sours you will find a couple delicious ones to try, or start with a flight (that’s probably the smartest thing to do for all breweries), and feel free to ask the staff any questions you might have. They are very friendly and knowledgeable. 

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