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Long Beach Beer Lab Prepares to Open

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With a calm, yet excited mood at the newest brewery to open in the Los Angeles area, the feeling in the air is one of readied anticipation.

 

Located in Long Beach, the newest brewery in Los Angeles County is hoping to open in the coming weeks. After many months of planning, preparation, and building, Long Beach Beer Lab is set to open almost at any moment.

With most of its furniture in place, Long Beach Beer Lab (LBBL) is gearing up to serve a variety of delicious beers, as well as baked goods. While LBBL awaits chairs, screens for its menu, and various supplies here and there, it is a brewery that has been in preparation for quite some time. Nevertheless, it is on the cusp of readiness with beers already on-tap and soon to begin with occasional soft openings to limited groups.

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Describing their beers as “an experience of experimentation in a curious science of suds”, their website further explains that LBBL is “a small manufacturing brewery dedicated to fermentation-forward beverages. With our passion, hard work, and methodical attention to detail, we take pride in creating the highest quality ales, sours, and tonics.”

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For those interested in sour beers, LBBL certainly adds to the sour ale offerings in Long Beach, such as Ballast Point and Beachwood Blendery, helping make Long Beach a destination for beer-drinkers in the LA-area. When they open up soon, they plan on offering - amongst other beers - a golden sour, a blueberry-cranberry sour, and a farmhouse saison aged in red wine barrels.

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However, sours are not going to be the only genre of beers they will be making. They will also be pouring their LB 4 LB, a New England-style IPA, which was recently on-tap at Dutch’s Brewhouse. This beer is juicy, hazy, grassy, dank, with some tropical fruit and slightly floral, yet with a relative dryness on the palate and dry finish. It is quite a tasty beer, especially in the summer. They even plan on offering two different versions of this beer to see how they compare.

 

With two-dozen taps, LBBL plans on having six guest taps in addition to their house beers. When they open up, they plan on offering six house beers, but plan on expanding the offerings once they have brewed more beer. For a further sense of the beers they plan on pouring, you can check out the beers page on their website. They also will offer sparking water on-tap, as well as cold brew coffee on nitro.

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Since they are still waiting on equipment to arrive, they have yet to brew on the premises. However, that has not stopped either Dr. Levi Fried, LBBL’s brewmaster and chief scientist, nor Ariel Druck, LBBL’s head brewer, from brewing elsewhere, specifically at Brouwerij West and Laguna Beach Beer Company (the latter of which has been known to be involved in special collaboration). While they do have a 20-barrel stainless steel fermenter and five 10-barrel stainless steel fermenters, “most of the fermentation has been done in barrels,” according to Druck.

 

Beer, while certainly an exciting aspect of any brewery, is not the only product they make. “Alongside our beverage manufacturing, we have a small production sourdough bakery,” states their website, continuing, “Using wild microflora harvested from local fruits and incorporating malt grains from the brewhouse, our inquisitive nature allows us to push our cultures to the limits.”

 

“Everything is based off of the fact that we do sourdoughs that share grains with the beers,” says Harmony Sage, LBBL head baker. There will be different combinations of breads, sandwiches, and even “pizzas that have pilsner malts in the dough” to match with the beers. "Every bread will have different beer malts depending on desired fermentation and flavor," adds Sage. The fare will all be vegan or vegetarian, as there will be cheese in the pizzas. In an effort to be locavorous, says Sage, LBBL will be "locally sourcing all of our produce from Long Beach Farms." As far as appetizers, they have a double fryer and will consistently offer French fries, and plan on switching up the appetizers, depending upon the seasons. It sounds like some tasty fare will be offered up!

  

While LBBL plans on a handful of soft openings in the coming weeks, the plan is to have their grand opening in 6-8 weeks, which they plan on announcing on their Facebook page.

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