Big news for craft beer fans in Long Beach, who half a decade ago ago only had a handful of options for enjoying their hoppy ales and lagers in the heart of the city: Koreatown's Beer Belly is coming to part of town.
Long known in beer circles as both an important touchpoint for the rise of craft beer (particularly for Koreatown) and an enduring place to catch rare beers and meet industry types, Beer Belly seems a natural fit for Downtown Long Beach. Similar things have been happening there of late, with places like Beachwood Blendery opening up and helping to anchor the neighborhood.
Now comes owner Jimmy Han to take over a spot at 255 Long Beach Boulevard, with presumed plans to expand on what he does in Koreatown, while bringing something new to market. Acording to Downtown Long Beach, Han isn't keen to give up too many details on what's to come, but the man is always interested in keeping things, well, interesting.
He's the building owner behind the short-lived but definitely out-of-the-box Whiz cheesesteak shop (soon to become Here's Looking at You), and does an annual giveback event where he'll let customers trade in low-quality beers for something a bit better.
More news on Beer Belly Long Beach as it comes, but with a pending ABC license already in the works, it could be sooner rather than later that Long Beach gets a taste of what Han has to offer.
Beer Belly Long Beach
255 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA