Tap Takeover: Beachwood Brewing Buys Beach City Brewery

Tap Takeover: Beachwood Brewing Buys Beach City Brewery

(Photo via Beach City Brewery)

(Photo via Beach City Brewery)

Saturday, March 26, marked a sad day for Huntington Beach brewhounds. Beach City Brewery, our first production brewery, closed its doors after nearly two years of business. But with this sad suds story, there exists a saving sip. In this case, it's Beachwood Brewing.

Known for their unique rotating craft beer taps, cask ales, and savory low-and-slow barbecue, the Southern California brewery has purchased the Beach City space—including all of its brewing equipment—and plans to reopen in mid-May as both a production brewery and tasting room. The Huntington Beach location will mark the fourth in the region, alongside two in Long Beach—including its concept-driven tasting room The Blendery—and one in Seal Beach.

Beachwood Co-Founder Gabe Gordon remains tightlipped on details until the licensing process is finalized, but he offers: 

We are getting ready to embark on a pretty large expansion...Our hope...is to increase our production capabilities over the next five years to upwards of 8,000 barrels. This will allow us to introduce more consumers to a steady line of Beachwood Brewing products via retail outlets such as bottle shops and grocery stores as well as restaurants and bars throughout Southern California. Our beers are increasingly growing in demand and this production facility allows us to expand at a rate we believe the market can sustain.

Beach City Founder Glenn Closson says:

Beach City Brewery was a huge risk that we took, and I feel we accomplished taking a dream and materializing it into a reality. Being approached by Gabe and Julian was a tough decision, but one that I know will be a huge positive impact on the craft beer industry in Orange County. I have always been a huge advocate of the craft beer industry as a whole...Even though Beach City Brewery is closing its doors, I feel that the community it built with our great staff and local regulars, the small legacy that it is leaving behind will still be respected and missed by them.

A true brewhound indeed, Closson serves as the Secretary & Treasurer of the Orange County Brewers Guild, and was instrumental in its launch. Beachwood will replace Beach City in the guild, and Closson hopes to remain active at the new space.

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