The beach at night is exactly where I would want to enjoy a good craft beer restaurant. It simply brings together many elements that work well together: a hearty meal, a malty pint, bustling foot traffic and the wafting sea breeze. BrewCo in Manhattan Beach nails the formula, making it an ideal place for a night out, social loitering, celebration dinners, or really, any occasion that requires food and alcohol.
Options Upon Options
For microbrewery restaurants, the beer selection is make or break. Fortunately, the menu at BrewCo is as solid as you would expect. The beers are of national and international origin, with plenty of attention given to Belgian’s formidable offerings. The types of beer are out in full force: hefeweizens, lagers, stouts and porters all make an appearance. Common brands have a spot, like Fat Tire and Stone Ruination, but there are signature harder-to-find brands like Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Houblon Chouffe.
But lets say you’re trying to party and the even the idea of beer is too filling for you. Before you go to a whiskey bar, consider BrewCo’s equally formidable wine & liquor menu. While you’re not going to find a 1947 Château Cheval Blanc, BrewCo serves nearly two dozen types of recent red & white wines. There’s cocktails & margaritas for sweetness, and a stock of vodka, tequila, gin, rum and scotch whiskey that outdoes your local supermarket. They take your beverage needs seriously.
One might almost forget they serve food when faced with this, but they do. BrewCo excels at the foods that make great beer pairings. Namely, burgers, steaks and various other meats. They have a center cut filet mignon on the menu, as well as baby back ribs, ahi tuna and salmon if you want meat in other ways. It’s one of the uncommon places to get lamb, either ground in a Greek taco, or in an occasional special menu burger.
A Classic Atmosphere
If it’s a night on the town, you want a sharp atmosphere. A place that feels cool and imbues that coolness to all those present. BrewCo is furnished in a modern, urban, graphic design-heavy style. Think exposed brick walls, vintage industrial ceiling fans, faux-Shepherd Fairey graphic posters and a general Bostonian feel. At night, the lighting is appropriately dim and the bar stools are occupied.
They gain a lot from its proximity to the sand and water. It’s nearly an open-air dining room with its absence of windows or dividing walls, but you can be seated far enough inward if you want to avoid the inconveniences of outdoor dining like wind. Still, the Pacific is always a stunning and attractive part of the Manhattan Beach dining experience.
The immediate intersection and street is hugely popular. It won’t be your only dining option on the corner of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Ocean Drive. It is, however, a top flight beer venue with a great location. What more could you want on a Friday night dinner?
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BrewCo – (310) 798 – 2744
124 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266