Best Craft Beer Bar in L.A. (2011)
Twenty-four guest beers rotate. Julian Shrago brews 12 excellent in-house beers and charges less for these beers because there's no shipping. Beachwood BBQ and Brewing recently hosted its annual Sourfest with a list so good some beer geeks took vacation days so as not to miss any gems. Owner/chef Gabe Gordon puts on beer-pairing dinners with brewers who are the best in the area. From managers to bartenders to servers, Beachwood staff know their beer. But there is no "We're smarter than you" snobbishness like we get at places that don't serve ketchup. You won't find a joint with more knowledgeable beer fans lined up at the bar next to you. The bar conversations give it the edge in ambience over any competitor. Gordon designed the "flux capacitator" line system so that each beer is served at its optimal temperature, and his lines are always clean so the beer is fresh. A "hopcam" tells you 24/7, online or via phone app, what beers are available. 210 E. Third St., Long Beach. (562) 436-4020, beachwoodbbq.com.
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