Dennis Trilles


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.



We’re pleased to welcome another brewery to the area, Ten Mile Brewing! Ten Mile Brewing is paving the way for breweries to invade our neighbors in Signal Hill. They have been brewing award winning beers at home in Lakewood and figured it’s finally time to get serious. In order to open shop in Signal Hill, they had to get some zoning laws changed. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t cheap.. So, if you’re a brewery that has hopes/plans to also open in Signal Hill, make sure you pay Ten Mile a visit and slide some cash under their door!

Ten Mile Brewing is run by father and son team, Dan & Jesse. Their family owns a cabin next to Ten Mile Creek in the Sierra Nevada’s and is where the name of the brewery comes from. Their logo is derived from Native American Indian symbols of mountains and water. Good thing I asked because I would have spent more time forming the shapes into a T and M…

Another cool thing I learned they do that I haven’t really heard of before is they condition their water to represent the area from which the type of beer they are going to brew. Huh? They do what? Depending on what beer they’re going to brew, they’ll research where the beer is originally from, figure out what minerals and what not are usually found in the water source from the area and recreate it.. I’m still not 100% sure how this is done.. I’ll have to pay them a visit one day during this process.

They will be located on Willow St one block west of Orange Ave, right across the street from the cemetery. Stay tuned as we’ll document the different stages of the brewery and their beers.

Welcome to the neighborhood!!

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As we wait for the breweries to open in Long Beach, we decided to venture to the outskirts to see what neighboring cities have to offer. For our 3rd MeetUp, we headed over the Vincent Thomas bridge to check out Brouwerij West in San Pedro! The brewery utilizes a Meura Mash Filter which is much more efficient than a conventional lauter tun. What exactly does this mean, I don’t really know either.. but all you need to know is it creates higher yields using less grains and best of all, less water. With this California drought, I guess this makes them a green brewery?

If you haven’t been yet, it’s definitely worth the trip. The space they occupy is HUGE and the selection of beer is great. Whether you want something light, fruity, hoppy, strong or sour, they (usually) have something for everyone’s tastes. Thanks to Andi for giving us the grand tour of the facility.

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

Brouwerij West
110 E 22nd St
San Pedro, CA 90731

Coming Soon: Long Beach Beer Lab

Last week we had the pleasure of hanging out with Levi Fried, Owner/Brewer of Long Beach Beer Lab. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the brewery and tasting room that is in the works. They will be located in the heart of the Wrigley area of Long Beach. This is guaranteed to be the hot spot for locals in Wrigley and all of Long Beach. Located on Willow near Magnolia, they will also be easily accessible off the 710 freeway. As we walked through the building, Levi pointed out where the fermenters, seating, bar, kitchen and mezzanine will be located. With the amazing high ceilings, It’s easy to imagine how awesome the place will look once it’s complete. Stay tuned as we will visit them regularly to update everyone on their progress. As we go, we’ll reveal more about the brewery such as what types of beer they’ll be brewing and what they’ll be serving from the kitchen.. In the meantime, enjoy the photos!

Long Beach Beer Lab
518 W Willow St Unit A
Long Beach, CA 90806
Instagram & Facebook: @lbbeer

Beachwood BBQ 5 Year Anniversary

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing is celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary in Long Beach this Saturday July 9th. They will be opening their doors early at 10:30am. This includes their Blendery location around the corner on LB Blvd. Their tap list is listed below. For more info you can also visit them at

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
210 E 3rd St.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Beachwood Blendery
247 N Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Exclusive tapping times for their ‪#‎barrelaged‬ favorites:
Barrel-Aged Barrelogenesis – 10:30 AM
Barrel-Aged Full Malted Jacket – 10:30 AM
Barrel-Aged Jean Quad Van Damme – Noon
8 Buffalo – 1 PM
Sadie – 3PM
Rye Like An Eagle – 4pm

Alpha Galactic | American Pale Ale
Amalgamator | West Coast-Style India Pale Ale
2015 Annihilator | American Barleywine
Beer Camp Pilot Batch Stout | American Stout
Black Moon Rising | Belgian Dark Ale
Brews Dickinson | Hoppy English Summer Ale
El Verano | Belgian-Style Saison
Foam Top | Cream Ale
Full Malted Jacket | Wee Heavy
FV9 | Double India Pale Ale
Glenlongbeach | Scottish-Style “80 Shilling”
Hayabusa | Japanese-Style Lager
Hef Leppard | Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen
Hop Jitsu | India Pale Ale
James | American Brown Ale
Kilgore | American Stout
Knucklehead Red | American Red Ale
La Cabra | German-Style Weizenbock
LBC IPA | West Coast-Style India Pale Ale
Oatmonster | Oatmeal Stout
Onyx | Imperial Stout
Pablo Escobeer | Colombian Coffee Porter
Rose Royce | Belgian-Style Saison
Rubia | Belgian Style Blonde
Street 3 Block 2 | Hoppy American Pale Ale
Tart Simpson | German-Style Berliner Weisse
That’s What She Said | Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale
Udder Love | Milk Stout
Ultrahop 2000 | India Pale Ale
Un Atout | Belgian-Style Saison
Uno | Belgian-Style Single Ale
Wholly Smoke | Smoked Porter
8 Buffalo | Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Barrel-Aged Full Malted Jacket | Wee Heavy
Barrel-Aged Jean-Quad Van Damme | Belgian-Style Quadrupel
Rye Like an Eagle | Barrel-Aged Imperial Rye Brown Ale
Sadie | Barrel-Aged Dark Ale
2016 System of a Stout | Imperial Armenian Coffee Stout
2015 Tovarish | Russian Imperial Coffee Stout
Barrelogenesis | Barrel-Aged Barleywine
Mrs. Stoutfire | Imperial Smoked Stout
The Bruery Collaboration
For the first time our anniversary beer will be a barrel-aged brew…
Barrelogenesis: Malts converge to form an astronomically rich barleywine that takes a year-long journey in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Flavors & aromas of toffee, caramel, vanilla, & oak will sustain for light years to come.
Available on draft and in bottles ($20 / 22oz.)
And to up the ante even more…
We’ve decided to release bottles of this year’s edition of Barrel Aged Full Malted Jacket, our Scottish “Wee Heavy” ale aged in Bourbon barrels on the same day!
Available on draft and in bottles ($20 / 22oz.)


The opening date of the new Ballast Point location in Long Beach has long been a mystery. We all knew it was coming, but when exactly was the mystery. Even with contacts on the inside, we still couldn’t get the info. While at our 2nd MeetUp on Wednesday, one of the members mentioned, “Ballast Point is opening tomorrow”. Sure enough, with just a simple Facebook post, it was announced they would be opening their doors at 11AM the next day. I guess when you’re as big as Ballast Point, all you need is a little Facebook post to inform the masses.

On Thursday, June 30th, we were fortunate enough to have been able to be there as the doors opened. Pulling up, you can see construction still going on as they are putting on the final touches to the building. We strolled around the building, this place is massive and impressive. After taking a lap, we jumped in line (yes, there was a line) around 10:50. We were probably 20 back.. Right at 11, they opened as scheduled. We were really happy that we went right as they opened because from the photos friends posted later in the evening, they showed how packed the place was.

There are 2 levels and 3 bars, 2 downstairs and one upstairs and plenty of places to sit all over. The most popular spots, I imagine, will be the upstairs areas overlooking the bay. It was an honor to meet Chris and Dougie, who run the actual brewery and got to check out their operation. Their first brew is officially in process and they expect it to be ready in about 3 weeks. Did we mention this location will be focusing on their Sour Program?? Can’t wait! Below is a photo of Dougie bear hugging his Bretts…


Need to charge your phone or plug in your computer? The bars, or at least the first one I sat at in the back corner of the first floor, have outlets for both plugs and usb. They also have the hooks for women (or men) to hang their purses.


There’s tons more awesome I can say about having Ballast Point in Long Beach, but I’m sure everyone already knows how awesome they are.. So instead, enjoy the photos…


For our 2nd MeetUp, we “met up” at Timeless Pints in Lakewood. Those who showed up early were able to meet the Brewer, Chris, and also receive the Grand Tour of the facility and learn a little about the brewing process. They moved up the release of their newest seasonal beer, Smokey Chocolate and Rye Stout, from Thursday to Wednesday so the group would have a chance to have a pint or two.

The group has doubled since the first MeetUp and we’re excited to meet so many awesome people who also enjoy or are just as interested in craft beer. If you’re interested in joining us for our next adventure, CLICK HERE and join our MeetUp Group!

A huge shout out to Rae @ Timeless Pints for working with us to get the event set up and thanks to the Brewer, Chris, for sticking around longer than he normally would to meet and chat with us!

For anyone living in/around Long Beach/Lakewood and/or if you’re just passing through, definitely stop by, they’re right off the 405!

Timeless Pints
3671 Industry Ave
Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 490-0099

LA Beer Week 2016 Kickoff Festival

LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival
June 18, 2016
Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown LA
Author: Dikla Tuchman
Photos: Dikla Tuchman & Rachel Ann

It’s official: LA Beer week is in full swing! With over 80 craft breweries pouring, more than half of which hailed from the Los Angeles area, LA Beer Week’s kickoff festival in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, June 18 drew huge crowds and loads of unique brews. From bigger, more established LA spots like Karl Strauss and Angel City to the barely-a-year-old nano brewery 8one8 Brewing in Canoga Park, there was strong turnout from all corners of the vast and diverse LA County craft beer scene. Representation from the LBC included Beachwood and Timeless Pints, both breweries drawing large lines and happy drinkers.

The most popular styles pouring at the weekend’s big kickoff were unsurprisingly IPAs, from sessions to doubles to fruit infused hopped-up pale ales. Among my favorites was the El Mas Guapo, a guava IPA from Transplant Brewing Company in Palmdale. Coming in at only 5%, the guava gave this brew a nice, fruity finish with lots of citrus notes. Definitely a refreshing sessionable summer beer! Another citrusy, crisp IPA was from El Segundo Brewing, the Mayberry IPA. El Segundo never ceases to disappoint, and the Mayberry made a perfect pairing with a cheesy pastrami sandwich from Berlin food truck.

To my surprise and delight, many local breweries brought out some impressive sours. Among my favorites were two of the barrel projects from Craftsman Brewing in Pasadena. The Honesty Ale was a tart, sweet American Wild made with tons of cherry juice. Coming in at just over 7%, this should be carefully consumed in the sun. Even heavier hitting was the absolutely delicious and drinkable El Prieto sour dark ale. At 8.4%, this evil temptress lives up to its name, after the El Prieto hills in Angeles National Forest. This dark sour would make a great entry point for those who may not enjoy overly tart sours, as this one had lots of nice dark cherry and plumb notes, very juicy but not too much pucker. A more classic and wonderfully drinkable sour was poured by the fine folks at Eaglerock Brewery, the Zaigermiester. A sour ale coming in at only 5.7%, this incredible drinkable sour aged ale was brewed with tons of apricots and mangos. Juicy, sweet and tart.

One of the most creative and surprising brews I tasted included the PCH (Pale Chocolate Heaven) by Santa Monica Brew Works, a light-grain porter brewed with a liberal amount of cacao nibs and hint of vanilla. Don’t let the color deceive you, this caramel-colored ale has plenty of malty flavor and body, though light on the tongue. On the nose, this creamy brew replicated Nestle Quick. As I found myself instantly transported to happy childhood memories, it became hard not to love this sweet, chocolatey treat. PCH makes for a great dessert beer that doesn’t sit heavy and goes down easy even on a hot Southern California day. I will definitely be looking out for more by this still-young and impressive brewery from Santa Monica.

As the heat climbs, there will continue to be an array of eclectic beer events to choose from throughout the rest of LA Beer Week held throughout LA County, including a few here in Long Beach. Check out the schedule and keep an eye out for other coverage of LA Beer Week from your friends here at Craft Beer LB. Cheers!