Whoever said drinking beer is a waste of money has never bought a glass of Rock Bottom’s Fire Chief Ale. Released once a year along with a special themed menu of spicy foods, Fire Chief Ale is the brewery chain’s most selfless promotion, one that donates a portion of the proceeds to local fire departments and their charities.
Downtown’s historic core welcomes its first wine and craft beer bottle shop and tasting room this week thanks to Public, a dual-purpose drinks space which opens for retail sales today in the bottom floor of the Walker Lofts on 4th St.
Just months after winning five medals and being named Best Mid-Sized Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Long Beach’s Beachwood BBQ and Brewing has garnered even more acclaim for its beers.
Out of 745 breweries from around the country that submitted 4,809 beers for judging at the largest commercial beer competition and festival in the world, Beachwood brought home five medals, including two golds, and earned the coveted title of Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year.
When Rock Bottom Long Beach’s Brewmaster Hayley Shine left to helm the chain’s Chicago flagship in December, she left behind a newly rennovated brewpub in a city teeming with craft beer potential. Shine’s successor, Thomas Mercado, has spent the last six months taking advantage of his new location, keeping fresh beer on the rotating in-house taps and becoming a part of the Long Beach community.