Ballast Point Tasting Room
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We don’t have the building plans to back this up, but by our estimate, Ballast Point has the biggest patio in LA County. They’ve got three huge spaces over two levels, which is more than enough room to spread out, and they’ve also rearranged tables to ensure proper social-distancing guidelines (in case you’re wondering, yes, the pic above is old). The food is pretty much what you’d expect for a brewery (burgers, fish tacos, and flatbreads), but you’re really here to sit and look at the ocean for the first time since the beaches closed - the entire place is on Alamitos Bay, so you can stare at the boats going out of the harbor all morning. You’ll also drink some excellent Southern California-brewed beer, like the boozy imperial porter Victory At Sea, aged in High West barrels, or their classic, ubiquitous Sculpin IPA. Seating is first come, first serve.
If anyone chooses a regular patio over a patio that looks out over the ocean, they are not to be trusted. Which is why, when given the opportunity, you should never pass up an afternoon at Ballast Point. Sure, the atmosphere is one ice luge away from being a Phi Kappa Alpha recruitment party, and you can find Ballast Point beer in any grocery store in LA, but once you get up to the second-floor patio, none of that matters. With panoramic views of Long Beach harbor and the coast, this is what drinking in California is all about.
With its views of the marina and Seal Beach, Ballast Point is the best place to drink outdoors in Long Beach. It’s much calmer after work than on weekends, when it can feel a bit like a frat party. Almost everyone here will be coworkers and friends meeting up to drink IPAs you can’t find in a grocery store, and eat things from a solid menu of bar snacks.
Sure, you can find Ballast Point beers in every grocery store in California, but no one at this Long Beach taproom is here because they’re on a quest for rare brews. They want to enjoy the airy, two-story space with 360-degree views of the marina and the Pacific Ocean. On weekends, the Billabong-enthusiast crowd definitely becomes a bit much, but the good news is that this place is so big, you’re always able to find an empty corner away from the chaos.
Do you really need to go to a tasting room for beer you can find at any grocery store? Yes, you do. The Ballast Point Tasting Room is basically just a massive, two-story shrine to day drinking, only with the best views in Long Beach as an added bonus. On weekends this place becomes a bro-pocalypse, but luckily it’s so big, you can always find a quiet corner to get away from that guy in a Quiksilver hat shouting about his threesome in Brazil.
If anyone chooses a regular patio over a patio that looks out over the ocean, they are not to be trusted. Which is why, when given the opportunity, you should always have Ballast Point Long Beach waiting in your back pocket. Sure, most people obviously come here to drink beer, but their food menu is solid in its own right with burgers, fish tacos, flatbreads, and other things that go great with beer.
The Ballast Point Tasting Room in Long Beach isn’t so much a tasting room as it is a gigantic, two-story shrine to day drinking - that also happens to have the best views in town. On weekends this place becomes a bro-pocalypse, but luckily it’s so big, you can always find a table for you and your friends to post up and talk about that guy in a Quiksilver hat shouting about his threesome in Brazil. When it comes to the food, stick to the burgers and fish tacos.
Do you really need to go to the tasting room of a beer brand you can find in any local Ralph’s? When that tasting room is Ballast Point in Long Beach, the answer is yes. On weekends, this place becomes a bropocalypse, but secure a couch on the roof, grab an IPA, and stare out over the Long Beach harbor, you’ll have completely forgotten about that guy in the bathroom who showed you his DJ Khaled tattoo at the urinal.
It wasn’t long ago that Ballast Point was a hard-to-find IPA you’d only hear about from your friend who follows beer stores on Instagram. Now, the San Diego original is one of the biggest craft breweries in California, and they just opened a fantastic bar/restaurant in Long Beach. The massive space is perfect for big groups, and also just grabbing a beer with a friend (or a date) on the patio overlooking the water. Also, their food menu holds up well, too.