Beachwood BBQ and Brewing is one of the most decorated craft breweries in Los Angeles, and it has built a fervent following that often lines the Long Beach Promenade on bottle-release days and packs the restaurant during special events.
And there are plenty of those. Beachwood makes so many different house beers in its tiny brewery that it had to release a calendar so its fans could keep up.
Brewmaster Julian Shrago has won the hearts of L.A.'s hop heads with his numerous fantastic IPAs, but he's just as adept at stouts, Belgian-style ales, and about every other style that he brews up.
Beachwood's bottled IPAs have been a huge hit at local bottle shops, and the days of walking into a store and finding a bottle of Melrose IPA in the cooler are pretty much gone. I spoke to several beer sellers who all said that the Beachwood secret is out, and they can't keep the brews in stock. If you want to score a bottle, you'll need to be quick about it, make friends with your local beer shop staff, or show up at the Long Beach brewpub on bottle release days (usually Tuesdays, but follow Beachwood on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop).
As for upcoming releases, bottles of fan-favorite Amalgamator IPA already came and went, and this week saw the release of 8 Buffalo -- the brewery's first "large scale" barrel-aged beer. The beer, unofficially named Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo, is a 12% alcohol imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for a full year, and a bottle will set you back about $25 - if you can find one.
The next IPA bottle -- Thrillseeker -- hits the scene again on March 25, and Bulldog Irish Stout will be pouring at the Beachwood locations in time for St. Patty's day. Hop-Fu! and Hop Ninja round-out the draught releases for March.