Tasting Room

LIBERATION BREWING COMPANY

Rock Star musician Dan Regan and Rock Star brewer Eric McLaughlin have teamed up for one of Long Beach’s most anticipated new watering holes, Liberation Brewing Company, opening on Atlantic Ave. in California Heights. You may have had a chance to meet this duo at the first annual Craft Beer LB Festival last September where they were pouring the “Some Day IPA,” their collaboration beer with Ten Mile. I, myself, recently sat down with them to chat about their brewery’s development.

“Everyone has their plan to build a brewery, or start a band, or become a DJ,” Dan said about starting this project. “You quickly learn how serious someone is when you say ‘let’s do it’.” When he met with the man who would become his business partner, and who was looking for a new venture, Dan was given the opportunity to show how serious he was about opening a brewery. He responded by handing over a carefully put together book of plans, which he had begun soon after retiring from Reel Big Fish, and the partnership was formed. After a few more years of paperwork and planning, Dan received the building’s keys during the summer of 2016 and construction began.

At the plans’ very earliest stages Dan knew he wanted no one else as his Head Brewer, having always been impressed by Eric’s “challenge accepted” attitude and “zen-like” working style. The two met through mutual friends nearly ten years ago and quickly realized their shared interest in beginning to home brew. “It was swiftly apparent that he was much better at it than I was,” Dan said about Eric’s first few batches. When Eric left his office job to begin working for Ohana Brewing in Alhambra, his work ethic earned him his way up the ladder to Assistant Brewer. His brewing skills quickly progressed to earn him his “award winning brewer” status while with Ohana, the official Head Brewer position for Liberation, and the opportunity to help Dan build his brewery from the ground up.

Liberation’s first beer line up will include the “Figure Eight Pale Ale,” the “Jack Rabbit IPA,” and the “Cyclone Racer DIPA.” Keeping true to LBC, all of their hoppy beers are named after the old roller coasters that were found at The Pike amusement park in Long Beach. They will also be brewing a “Mostly Harmless” Cream Ale, an “Autonomy” Amber Ale, and a “Kompromat” Brown Ale (all three of which are styles that Dan wasn’t initially excited to offer until Eric accepted his hesitance as a challenge and created recipes that Dan couldn’t help but fall in love with). Eventually they plan to add some other fun styles to their tap list like a Milk Stout, an Imperial Stout, and a Saison.

Their current goal is to begin opening to the public in April. To follow the progress of the final touches in the brew house and tap room, and to be the first to hear about the upcoming soft opening dates follow their Instagram: @liberationbrewing. To learn more about Dan and Eric’s beer journeys, you can also follow the Brewmance movie on Instagram: @brewmancemovie.

STEADY BREW BEER CO

Extra! Extra! Read some more about it! Another crop of breweries are set to open in Long Beach during 2018! Steady Brew Co. is one such brewery that has taken Long Beach by storm with their first two beers already available in cans. They are currently building their taproom and new brewery location, which will be located on Spring St. and Clark Ave. near the airport.

Steady Brew Co. founders Robert, Dennis, and Aaron realized that they had something good when Dennis, who is an expert home brewer, made a batch of home brewed beer as client gifts for Robert’s fabrication company, Rock Steady (which is where the brewery gets it’s name). Their beer was a huge success and they decided to take that success to the next level. The three began to search for a place to contract brew, originally planning to have their product available only in cans. Although several local breweries wanted to be able to help, Steady Brew wasn’t able to find the right combination of circumstances for contract brewing until the fall of 2017 when they got a generous offer to brew out of Groundswell Brewing in San Diego. The Steady Brew team, being Long Beach local boys, whole heartedly want to have their beer made in Long Beach for Long Beach, so they agreed to accept the offer from Groundswell to get their beer brewing, and began the process of opening their own brewery in order to bring their brewing back to Long Beach.

Both the “Grasshopper” IPA and the “Thirsty Bird” Blonde Ale are available in cans at more than twenty Long Beach liquor stores and bottles shops including Corked at both the Atlantic Ave. and Stearns St. locations, The Bottle Shoppe on 2nd St., Hops & Vines Market on 3rd St., Liquor Land on Long Beach Blvd, and Belmont Heights Liquor on East Broadway. These two beers will continue to be available in cans when their new brewery opens and their taproom will offer a few new brews including the “Pump Jack” American Ale and the “Rocking Horse” Belgian Style Tripel.

Their taproom is opening in “Time Square” along with the Baja Sonora (which will be re-opening in April), the Creative Cakery’s new location (which is currently located on 2nd street and PCH), and there is rumor of a new Ramen restaurant moving in as well, all of which you’ll be able to enjoy in the Steady Brew taproom while you enjoy a freshly brewed beer. Be on the look out for all of these spots to be open by this summer!

Visit their website (steadybrewing.com) for an up-to-date map of bottle shops in Long Beach that offer their Blonde and IPA in cans and follow their Instagram (@steadybrewing) for construction updates and tasting events such as the tasting happening on Friday (3/02/18) at Happy’s Liquor located at Norse Way and N. Lakewood Blvd.

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.

LBBeer.com
518 W Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90806

Photos Taken From Long Beach Beer Lab’s Facebook

TEN MILE BREWING

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.

TenMileBrewing.com
1136 E Willow St
Signal Hill, CA 90755

Photos Taken From Ten Mile’s Facebook

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.

CRAFT BEER LB MEETUP #2: TIMELESS PINTS

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

Timeless Pints: Upcoming Brews

A few brews to look forward to!

1. Grapefruit Wicked White IPA – The Wicked White is a seasonal, summer
IPA for us, and our brewer, Chris, decided to put a grapefruit spin on it
this year. It will be tapped on Thursday the 16th.

2. Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse – Our Father’s Day small batch, special
release beer. This will be a fun one because it’s a first for us and we
get to share it on a special day. There will be live music at the brewery
as well for Father’s Day.

3. Smoked Chocolate & Rey Stout – Also a first, however, Chris has made a
few stouts, a peanut butter cup porter, and a black Rye IPA. This beer
will hit the taps towards the end of this month.

Timeless Pints

Had a chance to swing by Timeless Pints last week and got lucky as they had a couple of their beers that aren’t always available on tap. They had some pours left of their Scotch Strong Ale and Peanut Butter Cup Porter. Apparently they had a special food pairing event the night before and those beers were stored away for the event. The Scotch Strong Ale was delicsious, but I’m pretty hooked on the Peanut Butter Cup Porter! I’ll have to keep an eye out for when it returns.

Let’s talk about their location for a second… They’re actually in Lakewood, but most of the surrounding businesses are Long Beach! I have no idea how that little section became part of Lakewood. If you google, “Lakewood, CA Map”, you’ll see a little hangtag looking section on the bottom left that’s surrounded by Long Beach.. That’s where Timeless Pints is. If you’re not specifically looking for them, you’ll likely miss them. They’re a little tucked away. During business hours you’ll see their signs out on the main roads, Cherry Ave and Lakewood Ave, pointing the direction of where they are. Follow them!

They have food trucks that rotate through to feed your bellies. They also have trivia every Thursday and live music every Sunday. For a full list of food trucks and events, visit their website, www.timelesspints.com.

If you’re interested in meeting the Brewer and enjoying some of their beers with some great people, our Meetup Group is planning to meet there very soon. Join us to stay updated on when!

Timeless Pints
3671 Industry Avenue, C1
Lakewood, CA 90712
(562) 490-0099
www.timelesspints.com