You can still score fresh, local, independent beer

Editor’s note: This article will be updated with brewery and restaurants that offer local craft beer to-go. If you are a business owner or brewer and wish to have your space listed, send a picture, what you are offering, and delivery/pick-up options to: [email protected]

Amid the chaos of figuring out if one of your favorite restaurants is available for delivery or pick-up—I still lament, daily, that Chef Thomas Ortega’s food remains unavailable—many are forgetting that we have incredible access to local, independently brewed beer.

Yup, you don’t have to buy that Natty Ice at the market because you can get your growler filled or even have beer delivered to your front door.

In alphabetical order…

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Bottles of Pliny the Elder occasionally make their way into The 4th Horseman. Photo by Brian Addison.

The 4th Horseman

121 W. Fourth St.; 562-513-3394

The 4th Horseman not only delivers spectacular pizza—their cheeseburger pizza was one of my favorite deliveries last month—but they have a special license which allows them to deliver their selection of cans and bottles (including wine) directly to your door.

They even offered a $13 mystery bag with a six-pack of six different beers—think of it like an adult Happy Meal. You can order directly through their website or by using local delivery service, Maritime Courier.

“We also have a rotating selection of local four-packs available for pick-up or delivery,” said co-owner Ryan Hughes. “Currently, we give you Beachwood’s LBC IPA, Chapman’s Virgo Hazy IPA, Burnin Daylight’s Burnin J’s IPA, and Common Space’s Pilsner. It changes weekly.”

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The Ambitious Ales crew practicing social distancing even inside the shop.

Ambitious Ales

4019 Atlantic Ave.; 562-285-7199

Owner Garrett Carroll spent well over a year in Anaheim searching for a location for Ambitious, only to keep coming up with bad locations or even worse landlords—and then he and his crew found Long Beach and soon discovered it would definitely remain their home.

Quality, quick, and accessible, Ambitious is open every day from noon to 6 p.m. for to-go beer. Orders can be placed online, by calling or simply by walking up.

12-6 p.m. for to-go beer, orders can be placed online at their webstore, by phone or walk-up. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

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Beachwood’s selection of beers. Photo by Brian Addison.

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

210 E. Third St.; 562-436-4020

Beachwood is the undisputed beer champion of Long Beach, and definitely one of its most lauded. Named the world’s best large brewpub at the World Beer Cup and scoring medal after medal at the Great American Beer Fest, Beachwood offers not just some of the best beer in the region but in the entire country.

The Long Beach location is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and you can order online for either same-day pick-up or next-day delivery.

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A growler being filled at Bottlecraft while following the current health mandates. Courtesy of Bottlecraft.

Bottlecraft at The Hangar

4150 McGowen St. inside the Long Beach Exchange complex; 562-377-0999

This famed San Diego-based beer shop has a status in the independent beer community that is hard to deny after it went from one location to three, there, its popularity skyrocketing amongst hardcore brew heads.

After its move to Long Beach, it quickly earned the respect of the Long Beach/L.A. beer scene with its 26-tap bar that now acts as a to-go filler for growlers as well as offering cans and bottles to go. You can order online or call them.

Don’t feel comfortable walking in? They’ll do curbside pick-up for you as well.

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Cans of Dutch’s Brewhouse beer.

Dutch’s Brewhouse

4244 Atlantic Ave.; 562-420-5005

Owners Anna and Jason Van Fleet—the latter being self-described as the Chief Bottle Washer—and their vastly underrated Bixby Knolls gem offer beer to go.

“Our beers are always changing but the up-to-date selections are always on the to-go website as well as the Untappd app,” said Anna.

Even more, they have great food you’re able to attach to your beers to go.

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Liberation Brewing Company tent, during the Craft Beer LB Fest, held at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach. The festival features food, artist and local Long Bach Breweries. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rancho Los Cerritos. Saturday, September 15, 2018.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Liberation Brewing Co.

3630 Atlantic Ave.; 562-349-0133

The Liberation Brewing Company is the brewhouse that I’ve long lauded as the city’s most underrated: Fresh, quality beer that is created and served by some of the city’s most affable, caring people.

Whether you run into Eric McLaughlin brewing in the back or Danny Regan and Mike Clements up in the front, there’s something distinctly homey and Long Beach-y about Liberation. And, on top of that warmth, which can still be felt even in the age of social distancing, there’s just really good beer to go with (along with, ahem, the city’s best Nashville hot chicken, which you can take with you to-go along with your beer. Win, win, win.)

You can call in your growler order for pick-up or stop in for take-out.

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Delivery of Long Beach Beer Lab’s offerings is both safe and convenient.

Long Beach Beer Lab

518 W. Willow St.; 562-270-3253

With a newly minted online store, owners Levi Fried and Harmony Sage not only offer solid pizza but quality beer to-go or for pick-up. They are also now available on Postmates.

From distinctly unique offerings like a sour IPA with blueberries and coconut to habañero pepper concoctions, the beer at the Lab is not only truly different but wonderfully drinkable.

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Stateside Crafts in Bixby Knolls.

Stateside Crafts
4242 Atlantic Ave.; 562-352-8988

The popular Bixby Knolls bottle shop has been a destination for scoring rare beers—this past week, they had a Kings County Brewers Collective four pack featuring Marble Of Doom, Robot Fish, Lizard Wizardz, and Doogie Bowser—and they will continue to sell them.

Call in for an order for pick-up.

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Courtesy of Steady Brewing.

Steady Brewing
2936 Clark Ave.; 562-982-4046

East Long Beach’s sole independent brewery—Ballast Point doesn’t really count, even after Budweiser gave it away—is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. offering curbside pick up and delivery.

They offer canned beer filled with the following: Grasshopper IPA; Vandal Golden Ale with vanilla; Thirsty Bird Blonde; Red Ale; Steady LB Pilsner; Kocoa Stout with cocolate nibs; March Stout; and Porter of Long Beach.

And growler fills with: Jin ‘n’ Guice Hazy; Grasshopper IPA; Steady LB Pilsner; Porter of Long Beach; Playa Larga Mexican Lager; Mean Query DIPA; Red Ale; and Orna Rauna Belgian Tripel.

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Ten Mile Brewing’s head brewer Jesse Sundstrom describes a beer offered during A Celebration at Sunnyside Cemetery presented by Festival Obscura, a fundraising event benefiting the Long Beach Cemetery on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Photo by Drew A. Kelley.

Ten Mile Brewing

1136 E. Willow St. in Signal Hill; 562-612-1255

The Ten Mile is one of the scene’s most down-to-earth locations while offering up stellar brews in a space known for its quality as well as well as its loveable brewhouse hound that freely wanders the space.

You can order online, call your order in, or simply walk in for everything from crowlers to growler fills so you can safely enjoy great beer without violating health mandates.

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Sterling (left) and Ilana (right) Steffan, owners of Trademark, before they signed their lease to their current space in April of 2017. Photo by Brian Addison.

Trademark Brewing

233 E. Anaheim St.; 562-308-7722

Trademark owners, and husband-and-wife team Sterling and Ilana Steffen have taken their brewery and turned the space into one of the city’s most viable pockets of community: constantly partnering with neighbors, makers, and food trucks, Trademark has become a neighborhood hangout as much as a notable brewery.

The taproom is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. for drive-thru or pick-up, as well as being available on local delivery service Maritime Courier and through their website. You can order growlers, which range individually from $12 to $18, with a three-pack discount added and a special three-pack mixed option for $30 which changes every Monday.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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