Is Long Beach a Craft Beer Mecca?
This Gastropub Is Further Proof That Long Beach Is a Craft Beer Mecca
BY SARAH BENNETT
It took five years for Jimmy and Yume Han to open a second location of their iconic Koreatown gastropub. And when they did, they put it right in the middle of another bustling nightlife destination — downtown Long Beach.
The original Beer Belly brought a new craft beer awareness to its neighborhood; when it opened, it was the only spot in Koreatown serving beer poured out of fresh kegs sourced from local breweries (Southland Beer became the second such establishment last year). Long Beach’s Beer Belly, by contrast, opens in an area that is already a bona fide craft beer destination.
Around the block from Beer Belly’s 2,800-square-foot corner unit sits one of the best brewpubs in the world, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing. Beer Belly shares its south wall with Beachwood’s year-old winery-like sour beer project, the Blendery. Also within stumbling distance is the original Congregation Ale House, as well as Public Beer and Wine, the taproom and bottle shop owned by chef Eddie Ruiz.
Beer Belly, which opened in November, fits right in. It's more than just an L.A. concept transplanted farther south — it's an addition that advances Long Beach’s reputation as a craft beer mecca.
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