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Meetup #14: Gunwhale Ales @ Public Beer & Wine

Our 14th meetup brought us into one-year-old bottle shop & bar, Public Beer and Wine on 4th Street and Pine. This downtown Long Beach gem specializes in serving loads of local and national craft beer on tap, with a small but unique bottle selection as well. As a special treat, co-owner and brewer Bobby Fitzgerald of new Costa Mesa brewery Gunwhale Ales brought in some beers for us to try, a variety of hop-forward farmhouse ales and an IPA. It was a great turnout and we had a chance to taste some fantastic beers by Gunwhale. Special thanks to Bobby for traveling out from San Diego to share his tasty brews with us and to Gino and the crew at Public Beer & Wine for hosting our group. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next gathering soon!

Coming Soon: Hog Canyon Brewing

We’re starting to feel a little bit like a broken record, but here comes another new micro – or should we say nano – brewery opening up in Long Beach. Hog Canyon Brewing is about as teeny as it gets and owner Larry Chavez hopes to have the brewery up and running with the taproom open later this summer. The brewery will run on a 1-1/2 barrel system in a small industrial building at 1239 Locust, next to the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony. The name “Hog Canyon” is an homage to the location of the Work Family Guest Ranch, a 12,000-acre family-owned working ranch in Paso Robles, California where Chavez grew up. The tap room will be small, seating about 20 people at a time and Chavez plans to begin serving up some traditional styles, with an emphasis on India Pale Ales, including his 15-45 IPA and a hazy IPA.

With the addition of another new brewery, Trademark Brewing, who recently announced their fall opening just across the way at 233 E. Anaheim (next to the Packard Building), Long Beach’s Washington neighborhood is soon getting an infusion of some serious craft.

Stay tuned for more photos and updates about Hog Canyon Brewing as the build-out continues and date gets closer for opening.

Beer Belly joins burgeoning downtown Long Beach beer scene

Successful Koreatown beer-focused gastropub, Beer Belly, is preparing to open its doors in downtown Long Beach this week. Boasting 24 tap handles, this second location for owner Jimmy Han has been just over two years in the making. Located on the south west corner of Long Beach Boulevard and 3rd Street, the nearly 3,000 square foot restaurant and bar combines both elements of modern, upscale design and unassuming simplicity.

Patrons of Beer Belly Los Angeles will notice one big difference in the new beach-side location right away: Liquor behind the bar. “For me it’s all about creativity,” says Han about the offerings at the Long Beach location, which include not only fresh, local beers but also creative cocktails. “The whole idea is crafty beer, crafty food,” says Beer Belly’s cocktail consultant, Karen Grill, a Los Angeles bartender who’s been working at Han’s Koreatown dive-bar Frank N Hanks for years. She points out that the addition of crafty libations is in line with Long Beach’s growing market for cocktails. “It’s really exciting to be a part of it,” says Grill, who will be helping bring the new location’s bar staff up to speed. Customers should expect to see the cocktail menu change with the seasons.

The decision for Jimmy Han to open a second Beer Belly in Long Beach was a no-brainer for the entrepreneur. “I love the community,” says Han. “There were other places we looked at. But the feel and vibe of Long Beach was right and I had to go with my gut.”

You can expect Beer Belly to showcase many local brews and for there to be a constant rotation of fresh new options. Twenty one of the 24 tap handles will be dedicated to craft brews with one tap devoted to fresh brewed coffee and two cocktails. With Beer Belly surrounded by neighboring brewery Beachwood BBQ and Blendery, along with nearby Timeless Pints and other new breweries soon to open their doors, we can hope to see several taps dedicated to hyper-local brews. “Its all about staying local, growing local,” says Han. “We want to showcase all of the new breweries and allow people to try new things.”

Beer Belly Chef Wes Lieberher has kept a good amount of the menu from the Koreatown location the same, with favorites like duck fat fries and the Beer Belly grilled cheese as fixtures. But there will be plenty of culinary surprises. Expect to find creative additions at the Long Beach location include LBC Crab Corn — corn off the cob with jumbo lump crab, bell peppers, chipotle aioli, mozzarella, lime and micro cilantro — and a Fried Chicken Cuban — pounded and cuban spiced breaded chicken, chili braised ham hock, apple beer mustard, house pickled jalapeños, Swiss cheese on a sesame baguette.

Beer Belly officially opens its doors to the public on Friday, November 11 at 5 p.m. Regular weekend hours will run Friday and Saturdays  from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday until midnight. Weekday hours will be from 5 p.m. dinner to approximately midnight. Be sure to sign up for the Beer Belly Long Beach mailing list and get your first beer at the new space for just $1!

 

Bottle Shoppe to open on Naples: POSTPONED

UPDATE: The Bottle Shoppe will not be opening this weekend, July 1st, as originally planned due to unforeseen circumstances. We’ll update this article with the new opening date once it’s known. Thanks!

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There’s a new bottle shop(pe) in town and their doors will be opening on Friday, July 1, kicking off the big holiday weekend with loads of grand opening beer events!

Owner George Younan plans to not only offer a large, unique selection of craft beers at the shop, he also promises to host regular tasting events for neighborhood microbrew lovers. A ribbon cutting and bourbon tasting will kick things off on Friday at noon, along with a tasting hosted that day by Pizza Port from 3 pm to 6 pm. Pop in on Saturday for loads of giveaways and Sunday afternoon for a special beer tasting from Great Divide Brewing out of Colorado from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Upcoming beer tastings will include Modern Times and many others are slated for the rest of the month.  “Ultimately we’d like to have tastings every Friday and Saturday, possibly other days,” says Younan. “We’re one of the few locations to do tastings and we intend on using our tastings space for many future events.” Beer tastings at the Bottle Shoppe are free and feature one ounce pours of, on average, six different beers by the featured brewery. The store will carry upwards of 600 unique craft brews.

Check the Bottle Shoppe’s Facebook page for announcements about the grand opening this weekend as well as future events. Hope to see some of you this holiday weekend at the new beer spot on Naples. Cheers!

The Bottle Shoppe is located at 5764 E. 2nd Street, Suite 150, Long Beach, California 90803.