Celebrate LA Beer Week, Long Beach-Style at These Five Local Lager-Friendly Locations


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The seventh annual LA Beer Week is arriving early this year on Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 28, to complement the first several days of summer with a cold one, or two, or three. Here’s how you can celebrate LA Beer Week, Long Beach-style from uptown to downtown and as far away as the oft-forgotten East.

The Factory Gastrobar

Without a doubt, this lager-loving Uptown locale always has something brew-related going on. Every day of LA Beer Week, guests can get a $5 draft if they wear their Factory IPA or Factory Oktoberfest T-shirt. On Monday, June 22 any guest wearing an LA County brewery or Factory shirt can purchase a draft for $5.

On Wednesday, June 24, the gastrobar will host “NeighBREWhood LBC” where residents and professional brewers Chris Walowski of Smog City Brewing and Jerrod Larsen of Tustin Brewing will bring some of their faves for guests to taste. Those that stick around can talk beer, life, politics, religion, war, literature and any other topics that certainly will come up after a few drinks have been downed.

“NIGHT OF 1000 IBUs” on Thursday, June 25 is an annual hop-takeover. New hoppy brews La Quinta, King Harbor, Congregation, New Belgium, Noble and Three Weavers will make their Factory debut.

“No we don’t have a hefe or a pilsner—only giant hoppy beer that will wreck your palate and make you talk funny!” said Owner and Chef Natalie Gutenkauf.

Last, but not least, LADIES DAY on Saturday, June 27 will feature a keg of Unite Pale Ale that was brewed to celebrate International Women’s Day. All ladies can drink this brew for $2/pint from open to close.

“It’s only appropriate that the female-owned Factory Gastrobar has a day in LA Beer Week set aside for the ladies!” said Gutenkauf.

For the most up to date and detailed info, check The Factory Facebook page here.

Alex’s Bar

On Tuesday, June 23 hard core drinkers and singers can enjoy a night of Heavy Metal Karaoke at Alex’s Bar, bringing you the Hells Bell’s-style hops and brews Expedition Stout, Quinannan Falls, The Wild One and Oarsman Ale. For more information, be sure to visit the Facebook event page here.


Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

While Beachwood’s LA Beer Week events may not actually feature LA-based product other than their own concoctions, guests can get a taste for Beachwood-sanctioned brewers from as far off as Portland, OR next week. All events begin at 6:00PM; no tickets or reservations, first come, first served.

On Tuesday, June 23 Beachwood will surrender 15 taps to Cascade Brewing to serve some of the finest sour beers in the world, including several of the “Live” series, as well as several that have never been served outside the brewery’s tasting room in Portland, OR.

Cellarmaker and Friends will present eight Cellarmaker beers on Wednesday, plus offerings from seven of their friends The Rare Barrel, Sante Adairius, Marin Brewing, Berryessa Brewing Social Kitchen & Brewery, Monkey Paw & Societe Brewing.

On Thursday, Societe Night will feature 10 beers on tap from the San Diego-based Societe Brewing Company.

For more information, don’t hesitate to call Beachwood at 562.436.4020.


Public Beer Wine Shop

On Saturday, June 20th the brew-friendly hole-in-the-wall in downtown Long Beach will host their What the Funk Ever sour beer event. Purse your lips and get ready for a sour celebration with six different sour beers on draft. The downtown Los Angeles-based Zagat-rated top 10 Chinese restaurant Peking Tavern will provide their popular pork and sichuan dumplings starting at 7:00PM, while DJ CORNEJO will funk up the joint with an RnB, Funk and Soul playlist. Click here to RSVP via Facebook.

To round out a full week of beer-related goodness, Public will host an art show in conjunction with an all LA brewery beer list on Saturday, June 27th. Small batch beers from Highland Park Brewery, Phantom Carriage, Craftsman, Monkish Brewery and Smog City, among others will be featured. Several local photographers will be showcasing their portraits of Long Beach residents, shots that were captured all over the city. Click here for more information.

Eldorado Bar & Grill

It’s a distance from the shore, but if you’re down for a roasted pig-on-a-spit-type celebration, check out this neighborhood joint’s outdoor wood burning rotisserie and Roast Pork Dinner to follow for $12.

Wash down that juicy pork with a slew of boozy beverages from the sports bar’s week-long Ballast Point Tap Takeover, including a $7 flight of Pale Ale, Grunion Pale Ale, Calico Amber Ale, Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin and Watermelon Dorado Double IPA. Guests can also choose a hefty glass of the Victory at Sea Peanut Butter Imperial Porter or a lighter libation, as in the aforementioned Grapefruit Sculpin, on nitro.

For more information, click here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.