Monthly Archives: February 2018

Dutch’s Brewhouse

Dutch’s Brewhouse, owned and run by Jason “Dutch” Van Fleet, is located on Atlantic Blvd. in Bixby Knolls. As of their opening in October of 2016 it is the first “Brew on Premise” Brewhouse in this area. They have a great variety of rotating craft beer on tap, which will soon include their own original house brews, and they offer a delicious menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and more.

Being a “Brew on Premise” establishment means that the brewing equipment is available to buy a time slot with which to brew your very own craft beer right there in their brew house. Everything will be included in your brew day from start to finish, you just need to pick your favorite from over twenty original recipes and get started! The process takes between two to three hours, is recommended for up to four brewers, and costs between $255-$300 for 15 gallons of freshly brewed beer.

When the brewing is finished for the day, your beer will be fermented there at Dutch’s in a temperature-controlled space. When the beer is ready it will be filtered, carbonated, and kegged by Dutch’s brew team and you will go back for your second session to bottle it yourself. The bottles are included in the initial price and will be sanitized on-site in preparation for bottling. Once your beer has been bottled and labeled (yes, even your custom labels will be provided) it will be ready for you to take home and enjoy!

At the end of your brew day you won’t have to go far for your lunch and a pint on tap. Their rotating craft beer taps include many local Southern California brews as well as some favorites from farther away. Their ever growing menu, originally created by Frank DeLoach and prepared daily by Head Chef Brandon Lobenfeld, offers tasty appetizers, salads, and their widely praised pizzas. Currently, their menu includes specialties, such as a Frito pie (Fritos smothered in Texas chili, cheese, sour cream, onions and jalapeños), the “Brewhouse” salad (Arugula severed with bacon, blue cheese, marinated tomatoes, and red wine vinaigrette), the “Little Fidel” sandwich (with roasted pork, honey ham, dill pickles, mustard, Swiss cheese, and mojo verde), and “The Cheesus” sandwich (with melted sharp Cheddar, Provolone, smoked Mozzarella & Fontina cheeses!—Did your mouth just water? Mine did…).

All that deliciousness and we haven’t even talked pizza yet… There are currently nine different pizzas to choose from including: “The Huntsman” (with Crimini mushroom, garlic, rosemary, roasted potato, egg, and Fontina, Mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses), the “Dirty Bird” (with beer chicken, BBQ sauce, charred pineapple, pickled chilies, grilled onions, cilantro, Mozzarella cheese, and Ranch dressing), and a Chef Brandon original, the “Burgggzzzaaa” (with ground beef, tomato, red onion, house pickles, Cheddar & American cheeses, and a burger spread). If you can’t decide on which of these amazing pizzas to order, just order two (I’ve done it, and there’s no shame in my game!).

Just to spice things up even further, Dutch’s hosts frequent live musicians, and special events including a recent “Big Ass Friday” which boasted several big and dark beers on tap, an annual holiday Festivus Party, and on Tuesdays they offer a beer and taco combo special. This is the perfect place for a date night, a family Sunday-Funday, or really just any day that you want some great craft beer and amazing pizza! It’s also the only place to get your official Craft Beer LB caps, by the way. Visit their website for even more information about brewing your very own beer (or soda!) and to book your brew session. To keep up with Dutch’s rotating tap list and their special events, check out their Instagram @dutchsbrewhouse.
4244 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, California 90807

Photos stolen from Dutch’s Brewhouse Facebook & Instagram

Long Beach Beer Lab

Husband and wife team Levi Fried and Harmony Sage are the brains (and heart) behind Long Beach Beer Lab, a brewery and bakery in the Wrigley District of Long Beach. For this venture they have combined their knowledge and passion to create a one-of-a-kind brewery experience. Although the brewery opened only this past fall of 2017, this fermentation collaboration has been many years in the making.

Levi and Harmony were lovers of craft beer long before it was as popular and plentiful as it is today. Levi began to homebrew as a way to keep craft beer in their lives when they moved to Israel for his medical school, his formal training having focused on biochemistry and pharmaceuticals. Harmony, a classically trained French Pastry Chef, has been baking her whole life, starting at home with her family, so deciding to go to culinary school as an adult was a natural choice. With baking and brewing having so many similarities, it was easy for them to share and combine their interests. As they each learned and improved they even hosted their own homebrew beer pairing dinners for their friends and family.

Today, their collaboration projects have grown to impressive heights. Recently, Harmony made sourdough loaves using their house milled pilsner malts, then Levi used that sourdough and sourdough starter in the mash for the Rye Not?!? (a Kvass inspired Rye Table Farmhouse Ale), and now Harmony has used that beer to make more bread! These are the kinds of special details that make everything brewed and baked by Long Beach Beer Lab so exciting.

Their vegetarian/vegan menu— described by Harmony as “Mediterranean inspired food that is California fresh and wholesome” —offers sourdough pizzas that are made-to-order, fresh donuts with specially made jam, vegan salads, paninis, veggie boxes, and of course fresh loaves and baguettes are made daily. They sell crackers, humus, and roasted nuts that are all house made as well (you should begin to see a pattern by this point). This amazing menu is always growing and changing with availability of locally grown products.

On their current tap list you’ll find a New England/West Coast hybrid IPA (Lb 4.20), a Gose with Calamansi Limes (There She Gose), a Saison with Meyer Lemons (Bier D’Agrumes), and a Coffee Cream Ale on nitro (To Blave). At the moment there is a Red Ale, a Golden Ale and a batch of Milk The Mustache in barrels, and soon the Imperial Hoppy Harmony will be finding it’s way into bourbon barrels! Milk The Musque, Needs More Cherries, and Pinot In My Mouth are bottle conditioning and the Bro.Obscurite is in bottles and available for purchase in the taproom.

On Valentine’s Day they will release a special pairing: a Pomegranate and Hibiscus Saison paired with a chocolate cake, with chocolate ganache and pomegranate reduction. Their first official multi-course beer and food pairing, lead by FOH Manager Ijaz Hakim, will be happening on the 21st of February (I’ve heard they are close to sold out!). Ijaz will also be hosting Cicerone classes at the brewery in the near future. They have plans to open a satellite taproom in “The Uptown,” a collection of local eateries set to open in north Long Beach during the summer of 2019. To keep up with their special events and changes to both the tap list and the bakery menu, follow both @lbbeer and @lbbread on Instagram.
518 W Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90806

Photos Taken From Long Beach Beer Lab’s Facebook


Owned, operated, and loved by the Sundstrom Family, Ten Mile Brewing quickly became a favorite among local craft beer fanatics since it’s official opening in September of 2017. Their unique tap list offers a wide variety of beer styles and their warm and welcoming taproom is a great space to enjoy your favorite house brews and discover new ones. Located on Willow St., just west of Orange Ave., Ten Mile is the first brewery to open in Signal Hill.

After first receiving their keys in early 2016, Dan, Joann, Aaron, Aubrie, Jesse, Kelly, Emma and Myles (along with some help from their friends) teamed up to create the brewery of their dreams. From the flawlessly hand painted beer menus to the rustic wooden bar tops the Sundstroms left no detail un-perfected. They installed their own Brewhouse equipment, designed their taproom and tap system, built the large picnic style tables, and even set up the fabulous copper piping in their gorgeous restrooms. They built “everything but the kitchen sink.”

Brewmaster Dan Sundstrom and Head Brewer Jesse Sundstrom take pride in skillfully crafting popular beer styles as well as some more traditional beer styles that you may not yet be familiar with. Their tap list includes: a Helles Munich Lager, a pre-prohibition style Kentucky Common, British and Belgian style Ales and they even have a Schwarzbier lagering! (And yes, you can get your Blondes and IPA’s here too) Soon we’ll be seeing some barrel-aged beers join their tap list as well. They currently have a batch of “Tsar of the Hill” (a Russian Imperial Stout) and a batch of Barley Wine both in barrels. The Barley Wine will also be available in the taproom “pre-barrel aged” for our tasting pleasure.

Their beers are playfully named by drawing inspiration from both the history of each particular style and the history of Signal Hill itself. For example, the “Discovery Well” Amber is named after the first oil well drilled in Signal Hill and named in honor of being Ten Mile’s first brew in the city’s first Brewery. The “Tsar of the Hill” combines a nod to its Russian style and the fact that the brewery is located on Signal “Hill.” Dan’s current favorite, “Gustav the Messenger,” (a Belgian style Dubbel) is actually named for a famously successful messenger pigeon used during the second world war, which reminds him fondly of his younger days racing pigeons!

The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours on the weekends, and they host a food truck daily. If you want to take your favorite beers home, you can fill a growler or crowler to take with you. This is a dog friendly establishment so feel free to bring your Doggos and Puppers with you so that the whole family can enjoy the day out. Don’t forget to say “Hello” to Barley the brewery dog! Follow @tenmilebrewing on Instagram for updates about new beers, events, and food truck schedules.
1136 E Willow St
Signal Hill, CA 90755

Photos Taken From Ten Mile’s Facebook