I’ll never forget my first time stumbling into Beachwood BBQ & Brewing back in 2011. A much-thinner me stood mouth agape and eyes crossed looking at the two tap lists: one of guest beers, which was easily better than most bottle shares, and one of house beers made by rock-star homebrewer-turned-pro Julian Shrago, who joined Gabe and Lena Gordon as Beachwood business partners.
Then there was the smokey barbecue menu to match all that great beer. Add to all that a cool vibe and knowledgable staff, and it’s easy to see why Beachwood won Best Brewpub in America two times out of seven at the Great American Beer Festival.
The trio will celebrate the restaurant’s eighth anniversary on Saturday with a huge, Bayou-style barbecue. We asked them to elaborate on the details.
OC WEEKLY: What’s happening on your anniversary?
GABE GORDON: For the barbecue, we’re doing whole pigs on spits over wood—as well as tri-tips!
JULIAN SHRAGO: More beer! We’re really letting loose and getting creative with beer for the anniversary. We’ll have a host of new beers we’ll be tapping that day. Look for a smoothie beer that’s 40 percent pure fruit! There are also some new IPAs with experimental hops in the mix, along with a few pastry stouts such as Vanilla Fudge. For those who like classic styles, we’ll have our Loma Prieta [German-style] pils, as well as a yet-to-be-disclosed spin on one of our flagship IPAs. Lastly, we’ll have a special beer to commemorate the anniversary [with eight hops and eight malts], which will be available on draft and in four-packs of cans.
Bayou Barbecue Eighth Anniversary Celebration at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, 210 E. Third St., Long Beach, (562) 436-4020; beachwoodbbq.com. Sat., 10:30 a.m.
Greg Nagel has been writing about beer since 2011, is an avid homebrewer of wine, cider, and beer, is a certified Cicerone Beer Server, level 1 WSET in Wine, a podcaster with the Four Brewers Show, and runs a yearly beer festival called Firkfest happening on June 29th in Anaheim!