Glenn Closson loves beer. And he knows how to brew it, too. These reasons, paired with his desire to do something fun with his MBA in finance and give back to the Huntington Beach community, motivated the birth of a new brewery in town. Appropriately named, Beach City Brewery will soon open its doors and start pouring a selection of craft brews.
Located in an industrial pocket of HB just off Beach Boulevard between Talbert and Slater avenues, the 4,200-square-foot watering hole is now just an empty warehouse. But in just a few weeks, it will transform into an industrial 15-barrel brewery, bar and tasting room. In keeping with the surfer vibe of Surf City, imbibers will rest their beers on longboard bars and watch as their aptly named brews are poured from taps resembling the iconic HB Pier.
The concept, according to Closson, is simple: "When you come in you'll see the equipment everywhere and where the beer was made, and then try whatever beer you want." Cheers to that.
To start, Beach City Brewery will offer four flagship beers, including a pale ale, an IPA, a stout and a hefeweizen. The delicious spectrum lends itself nicely to beer flights, and Closson tells us growlers are also on the menu. Missing from the menu are eats, aside from palette cleansers, but fear not. Closson has rumbling bellies covered with food trucks rolling up on the weekends to sling their treats to brewhounds.
Everything down to the bar stools is still in the works, but the community will be invited to the brewery to learn how to homebrew on November 2—an event timed perfectly with the American Homebrewers Association's international Learn to Homebrew Day. A soft opening for Beach City Brewery is tentatively scheduled for December 14, with the grand opening tentatively slated for January 11.
The brewery has a strong backing already, including a consultant with 16 years of brewing experience at a popular local microbrewery under his belt. The hunt for Beach City Brewery's head brewer continues, as does the search for local spots to distribute its beer.
Aside from brewing local, traditional, tasty beer, Closson aims to keep his brewery as local and geared toward the community as possible. The Orange County native, who has hopped between HB, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach over the years, tells us of the brewery location, "I'm glad we're back here because now it gives me a reason to move back. I definitely wanted to move back."
Welcome back, Closson. We anxiously await a pint of your finest craft creation.
Beach City Brewery is located at 7631 Woodwind Drive in Huntington Beach, 714-425-4756.