Dennis Trilles

MeetUp #9: Ballast Point

Our 9th MeetUp brought us to Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits in Alamitos Bay. Thanks to everyone that joined us! Thanks to Chris @ BP for giving the group a peek inside the Brewery. As I mentioned in a past blog post, the Long Beach location is the home of Ballast Point’s sour beer program. They have been releasing things here and there, but the real stuff (not that the other’s aren’t real) can take years to ferment. If you take a peek into the brewery, you’ll see barrels stacked inside, that’s where all the longer aging beers are sitting. Those likely won’t be fully ready for some time.

If you’re interested in joining us for our next adventure, CLICK HERE and join our MeetUp Group!

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
110 N Marina Dr
Long Beach, CA 90803

Coming Soon: Dutch’s Brew House

Interested in brewing your own beer but don’t have the space and/or don’t want to invest into all the equipment for it? Well, you’re in luck. When Dutch’s Brew House opens, which will be very soon, you’ll be able to create your own amazing handcrafted beer, bottle it, label it, and drink it!

How does it work? It’s easy.. Dutch’s has the recipes, ingredients and equipment. All you need to do is pick a recipe and the Brew Masters will guide you through the process of brewing it. Brewing takes some time, so be prepared to spend a few hours there. Don’t worry though, Dutch’s will also be pouring locally crafted beers in their tap room. So, you can drink (and eat) while you brew! After you’re done, your batch will ferment for X amount of days (depending what you’re brewing) at their facility. When it’s ready, you’ll return to bottle it, label it and eventually… DRINK IT! Have kids? Bring them.. They can also hand craft their own sodas!

Prices will vary depending on which recipe you choose and how much you want to brew. Perfect for special events or to enjoy at home by yourself and/or with friends.

Photos below were taken at a special event at the brewery a couple weeks ago.

COMING SOON: LIBERATION BREWING CO

Until we get a chance to go over to the new Liberation Brewing Co ourselves to check the spot out and see what their plans are for it.. Here’s their Press Release… Welcome to the neighborhood!

Liberation Coming to Long Beach

Liberation Brewing Company is a craft brewery coming to the Bixby Knolls/Cal Heights area in Long Beach, CA. Liberation Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dan Regan, former member of renowned local ska band, Reel Big Fish.

Liberation recently signed a lease to open at 3630 Atlantic Avenue, along the Bixby Knolls business corridor. Liberation Brewing will join the burgeoning beer scene in Bixby Knolls/Long Beach as a production brewery, manufacturing many different types of beer to be sold out of the on site tasting room, for take-home in growlers, and to be distributed to local bars and restaurants.

The idea for Liberation Brewing Company was born while Regan spent twenty years touring with Reel Big Fish, visiting breweries throughout the world. After leaving the band in 2013, he decided to put his love for craft beer and homebrewing to good use: “I had been getting free beer for a couple decades backstage at the Reel Big Fish concerts. For the first time in my life, I had to buy it at the store. This would not do. I dusted off the business plan and rallied the comrades to spread the gospel of our unbound libations. LIBERATION!” He partnered with then home brewer Eric McLaughlin, who has since gone on to win various medals for both his home brew and a 2014 World Beer Cup silver medal for Saison Noir, made while he brewed for Ohana Brewing Co. in Los Angeles.

Liberation Brewing will open to public later this year.

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