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Long Beach’s Big Boozy Moment Continues With New Craft Distillery

Plus, a food festival in Crenshaw and a California-inspired cannoli

Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Long Beach’s boozy wave keeps surging in 2019, with a record number of new breweries opening in the south LA County city. There’s Portuguese Bend distillery, the forthcoming Ficklewood Ciderworks, and now Wilie’s Tin Shop distillery. Willie’s opened last week, just behind the cocktail bar and restaurant Roxanne’s Bar & Lounge. The Press Telegram has all the details, noting that owner Robert Molina is serving vodka for now, with plans to craft rum, brandy and whiskey down the line.

The 1,000-square-foot distillery, which opened in a former metal shop that originally bore the same name, can be a bit tricky to access. The speakeasy-like vibe means drinkers have to book an appointment on Wilie’s website, then walk through the alley behind Roxanne’s, stop at the brown door next to the metal gate, and knock on the door for entry.

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli” at Alameda Supper Club

Alameda Supper Club’s pastry chef Leah Chin-Katz took cannoli construction to new levels. LA Magaine profiled Chin-Katz’s California-inspired twist on the traditional Italian dessert, and it looks incredible.

Wings love in Glendale

Glendale’s Greyhound Bar & Grill wants to make sure you get your fill with wings. Every Wednesday, $.50 cent wings are on the table — along with vegetarian options from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Didn’t know Greyhound sports some of the city’s best wings? That’s partly due to its 20-plus house made sauces.

Crenshaw Square Food Festival

This Saturday, the Crenshaw Square Food Festival takes place right in front of Earle’s on Crenshaw. Earle’s will serve up dogs at the free event from noon until 4 p.m., as well as restaurants like Orleans and York Deli and the South LA pop-up, Donut Grown Up.

A new and needed caffeine option near Cal State LA

Cal State LA students will be able to get their caffeine on at the future Tierra Mia. The company didn’t provide details on an opening date for the building at Eastern and Tim Avenues, according to The Eastsider.

A porridge crawl throughout Southern California

LAist composed a selection from Southern California’s porridge explosion. The list is sorted by country with Los Angeles restaurants representing China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam in a steaming hot bowl. Long Beach’s Phnom Penh Noodle Shack, SGV’s Chao Dem, and Bon Juk make an appearance.