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Craftstitution is excited to host a second beer from our beautiful hometown – Long Beach, California – with a 22 of Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus! What is The LBC? You may have heard of us. We used to have a sizeable Naval Shipyard which played a vital role in maintaining our Pacific Fleet during WWII. My father worked there until they closed in the 90s. More recently, we have enjoyed the smooth beats of Snoop Dogg (née Lion, née Dogg) and Sublime…and then Sublime with Rome. Those are our some of our chillest celebs. Ships. Snoop. Sublime. See a pattern emerging?
Suds. Our beer scene is pretty awesome, too. We play host to Joe Jost’s, Belmont Brewing Company, Rock Bottom, Congregation Ale House, Timeless Pints (technically in Lakewood, right over the border, and close/cool enough to call our own), Ballast Point (…soon, according to a certain B.P. brewer with whom we spoke), and Beachwood Brewing. It isn’t like Long Beach was not badass enough before our beer scene started to grow. We are just upping our game and getting better. Dear Portland and San Diego: your backs…watch them.
Lovin’ is what I got – as in, “I’m lovin’ this beer.” Beachwood is one of those places that you have to visit when you’re in Long Beach. Forget Shoreline Village for your dining needs. Sorry, P.F. Chang’s but Beachwood hollers “Long Beach” a little bit more authentically. Seriously. Make your way to Broadway and go east. You almost immediately encounter a picturesque little plaza. In that plaza, you’ll find one of Long Beach’s best brewhouses, Beachwood Brewing.
Beachwood is not just one of my favorite dines in Long Beach, it is a nationally recognized brewpub. Beachwood took home gold from the Great American Beer Fest for their coffee beer, Mocha Machine. It is one thing to find a brewpub that is easy on the wallet and has good food. It is a completely different challenge to find a brewpub that is easy on the wallet, has good food, and has consistently good ale. Beachwood is in the center of this Venn diagram (cheap – good food – good beer). Let’s recap: Beachwood has good stew and good brew. What more reason do you have to go? How about Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus…
Tell me, are you a badfish, too? One of our favorite things at Craftstitution is when breweries have anniversaries. When they do, expect a special brew. Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus was brewed in honor of Beachwood’s 4th anniversary (Cheers, B.B., we’ll drink to that). Our SoCal readers know that IPAs are a dime a dozen, but not all IPAs are created equally, nor are all IPAs readily drinkable. Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus breaks the mold.
How many hops could a hop-brewer hop if a hop-brewer could hop hops? The answer is more than you can count on one hand. Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus has Citra, Mosaic, Comet, Galaxy, Millenium, and Equinox hops which give this IPA a very pleasant aroma and strong notes of resin, citrus, and tropical fruit. This is easily one of the best IPAs we have tried here at Craftstitution.
If you are not in or around Long Beach (which you should be because LBC is a great city), you will be hard-pressed to find Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus in a bottle near you. It is a limited release and it is a very impressive IPA. I went to my local beer mart to purchase an uncommon brew and as soon as they stocked Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus, customers snatched it up. I was lucky that a friendly cashier informed me about Hopernicus. This IPA changes the game for me.
Hopernicus is balanced between fruit, citrus, and pine in such a way that few other IPAs can equate. The IBUs are over 100, but it is so well-composed that one hardly notices it. The only thing that precludes over-enjoyment of Beachwood Brewing Hopernicus is the hefty 10% ABV. Otherwise Hopernicus does to myriad, mediocre IPAs what Copernicus did to geocentricity. Cheers and happy anniversary, Beachwood, you are well qualified to represent the LBC!