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Beer Available At Congregation Ale House - Long Beach (arranged by most recent)
Ninkasi Dawn of the Red India Red Ale 93, Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler 81, Bootleggers Black Phoenix 93, Drakes Cocoa Caliente Porter , Dogfish Head Sixty-One 67, Epic Hopulent IPA 97, Congregation Ritten In Black , Congregation Cocoa Porter , Congregation Dark of the Covenant with Brandy Soaked French Oak , Congregation / Green Flash Weizen Invictus , Faction Anomaly White Chocolate Stout 82, Firestone Walker Double DBA 99, Congregation Eternally Strong Brotherhood
TuskerPombe (2) Fontana, California | October 1, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best craft beer experiences in Southern California!
trampdaddy (43) California | November 10, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
WOW finely A place near by with a great selection of eclectic beers. the burgers are off the hook and thier is public transportation near by (Blue Line) that will get me close to home. This one is worth a drive if you dont live close. Make your way to the LBC and have a pint or 2
JoeTheYounger (49) Lake Arrowhead, California | March 10, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Went here finally with a date and had a great time. Cool atmosphere with 30 something taps. I had a Stone smoked chipotle double bastard, 2007 Old Guardian, and a Racer 5 all on tap. Food looked pretty good but I ate prior to arriving so ill check that out next time. Service was super fast every time. They are in the process of opening a new location in Pasadena soon.
davidflores99 (12) Lakewood, California | January 4, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
another great spot in long beach (right by beachwood) with a great beer selection and awesome food, i love their rib-eye burgers, although it can get a little pricey
yackery (8) California | December 12, 2010| Updated September 24, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Welcoming place with busy, friendly staff.
"Congo" has well-lit, flat-screen TVís, wooden flooring, tables, stools, exposed ceiling and vent work in a contemporary, urban neighborhood and a nice patio on the Promenade. Unique is the fine-sounding juke box with an excellent selection for all tastes. This is a fun place for the young urbanite; or a beer connoisseur can find offerings of sour beer, delicious stouts, and many more in the rotation.
The cement walls can begin to echo loud conversations like a full chorus and drown out the music as the crowds fill in and the staff goes to mass (no pun intended) service mode.
The bottle (and occasionally draught) prices range from understandable to ridiculous - so I like a preview if possible. This is the first place I found to charge a dollar for a tasting. Tight margins. Hopefully it goes to the server since I would tip them that much for a taste - usually ;).
Despite its religious motif, Congo is unpretentious, and its "unconventional tavern" service model means that customers order at the counter (like McDonaldís) - though staff are roaming with electronic pads for most efficient (not chatty) ordering. No complaints.
The food is minimal, but interesting, artful, and adequate.
A pair of ceiling fans rotates (two fans on one rotating spindle) to blow the smoke down and create positive pressure inside making for minimal smoke from the patio. Still, the over-stimulation can interfere with enjoyment of the more deeply subtle selections, and finding a quiet corner to savor a serious dollar-an-ounce-or-four beer can be next to impossible. CAH does offer a "chosen one" usually a pint selection from the rotation at $3 when available. Thatís the best deal.
There is nearby competition for craft beers on tap at Beachwood BBQ - a brewery / beer bar / upscale BBQ / chop house a few doors down the Promenade where there are now other new bars and restaurants. So this spot is becoming a beer mecca for anywhere near Long Beach.
abcfan (11) New Jersey | September 13, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed the knowledgeable bartender! Duck and bacon sausage on flatbread was a nice treat. Had about 30 taps and 50 or more bottles. Very nice time.
BMan1113VR (422) Los Angeles, California | September 26, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Literally a few doors down from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing. A worthy stop with a good tap selection and local stuff. Nice looking interior (dark wood, elegant) and a nice covered patio. Didnít try the food, but it looked decent. Nice and knowledgeable staff members. Prices were decent. A worth while stop if you are at Beachwood.
Nate (294) Indiana, Pennsylvania | May 1, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Had dinner on a Monday night. Seating is first come, and service at the tables is a bit sparse at times. The beer selection, bottle and taps, is pretty good. Bottles are way overpriced, the taps are all $6-9, but a very eclectic selection. Food is limited to small plates, sandwiches, and flatbreads, but tasty. Nice hangout and decor. Waitress in a Catholic schoolgirl outfit is a bit kitchy, but overall a cool place.
fourplayed (11) Lakewood, California | October 18, 2010| Updated November 2, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Downtown long beach just east of pine ave. Opened Sept 2010í. Great selection of on tap 24 brews and over 150 bottled brews. You need to get in line to place your order. But, if you start a tab the waitresses will come to your table and take additional orders for beer or food. A sparsely decorated room going for a rustic church vibe. High ceiling with exposed air ducts and plumbing all painted in dark flat black to keep it subtle. Wrought iron chandeliers. Heavy Distressed wood tables. Outdoor patio area. Waitresses were wearing catholic schoolgirl plaid skirts with white button up collared shirts. A bit more pricey then Iíd like. But a nice area/place to hang out in when your near the beach. Parking can be tough during peak hours. Public pay parking is available.
t0rin0 (1510) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 7, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited a number of times since Beachwood Brewing opened next door.
This is considerably smaller than the newest location in Azusa which is the location that I visit most often. The theme is the same, the food is the same, and the beer selection is slightly better here. Very dark inside, kind of loud, pretty good beer selection, good food, the girls all wear the Catholic school uniforms accompanied by the short skirts, and they have these neat cooling coasters built into the bar. Those coasters are pretty neat but I donít think they do much when you set a stemmed glass on there. Prices are a bit high on food and beer and parking can get expensive too but the lot next door does 2 hours for free. This is a must visit at least once, and you can hit this, Beachwood, and Rock Bottom all on the same visit.
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