Beachwood Brewing

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Some of our favorite places to eat

I was going through some photos I have taken over the last nine days and decided that since I had not put them online yet, I would take the opportunity to talk about three locations Tanya and I visit on a pretty regular basis; and always have a good time. These locations are Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach; Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach and Benihana Restaurant in Torrance.

The first batch of photos are from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, a brewpub in Long Beach that specializes in barbecue style foods. As you might imagine, because it is the furthest away, I don’t go there as frequently as I would like. Every time I go in there and read the boards listing the beers brewed on location and the boards listing the numerous high quality guest beers, I wish I could just go spend the day and not have to worry about getting home. They have an amazing tap list. Last week they were having a bottle release party for their Thrillseeker IPA Bottle Release & Spontaneous Hop Frolic and since I am a definite hop head, we decided to head down there for some lunch and lots of hops. I like their fried pickles a lot; if you go there, give them a try.

The next set of photos are from one of our favorite locations in the South Bay, Abigaile Restaurant and The Brewery at Abigaile. You have probably seen many of my posts that mention The Brewery at Abigaile because I am such a fan of the beers they brew; but the restaurant deserves similar accolades as there are always tasty and interesting items on their menu. They have an R&D Hour, which is their happy hour, which starts at 5:00 PM. They have a “Testing Area” menu that is made up of items the chefs came up with “on a whim.” The Gogi Chicken Tacos were great. Continue reading

South Bay Craft Beer Celebration at Abigaile, Hermosa Beach

Thursday night, The Brewery at Abigaile hosted a “celebration of local craft beer” and the release of the October issue of Beach Magazine which is pretty much dedicated to the craft beer scene in the South Bay area. I know it sounds like I spend a lot of time at Abigaile and The Brewery at Abigaile; but this place is so much fun and they have such good beer and food available, that it is worth making a detour over there every once in a while. Last night was no exception. As part of the celebration, Abigaile brought in all the South Bay craft brewers you hear me talk and see me write about. El Segundo Brewing, Strand Brewing, Monkish Brewing and Beachwood Brewing contributed selections to those brewed in-house at Abigaile. It was a real treat being able to make up a flight from all my favorite local brewers at one time. I suspect it won’t be long before we start seeing some collaboration brews available.

Beach Magazine is is a local magazine put out by Easy Reader, a beach newspaper that I started reading in 1971. I had heard about the upcoming issue but was not sure what to expect. I grabbed a copy last night and they cover just about every local place I can think of to get a wide variety of craft beers. They did review one location I have heard of but never visited, so I guess they are next. If you see a copy, pick it up; you will see I am not the only one loving this craft beer revolution in the South Bay.

Congrats to all the local brewers, brewpubs and gastropubs; and thanks again to Jed and Brian at Abigaile for providing such a nice and fun venue. Continue reading

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