One of the oldest operating brewpubs in Los Angeles County (established in 1990), Belmont Brewing Co. offers beautiful ocean views and the freshest suds in town. College friends David Hansen and David Lott are responsible for spearheading Long Beach’s craft-beer scene with the help of David Blackwell, who’s been brewing for Belmont Brewing since 1999. With the assistance of Lewis Martinez, a local home brewer, they’ve created a menu of core beers and a rotating beer of the month.
Besides the amazing view, Belmont Brewing features one of the best happy hours in the area. Every day, you can enjoy drink and bite specials not just once, but twice a day, thanks to a late-night happy hour that starts at 9 p.m.
While you can expect to find the classic core beer styles, some have a twist. At 4.5 percent ABV, the Strawberry Blonde is a refreshing golden ale full of berry flavor that pairs perfectly with a warm sun and fresh ocean breeze. For a special treat, ask for it blended with the Chocolate Blonde; it’s like drinking a chocolate-covered strawberry.
Long Beach Crude (6.5 percent ABV) is rich with sweet chocolate, toasted malt and notes of roasted espresso. Unlike most stouts, which are heavy, this one comes across as delicate and smooth. Blackwell and Martinez are on top of their brew game with March’s beer of the month: Give Me “Mo-Simcoe” (8.9 percent ABV) is a juicy double IPA, fully loaded with Mosaic and Simcoe hops. The bitterness lingers for the ultimate hop bomb.
Belmont Brewing Company 25 39th Pl Long Beach 90803 (562)433-3891; www.belmontbrewing.com