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Belmont is located in, and named for, a beautiful, upscale section of Long Beach along the coast. It sits adjacent to the Belmont Pier and has patio seating facing the water.
The interior reminded me of an old seafood restaurant, but smaller with an awkward entryway, where the bar was best reached by going through the kitchen, but you are instead directed around tables to get there. Behind the bar sits the brewing facility with several fermentation tanks.
There were six beers on tap when I went, as well as six other guest taps, mostly Californian. The samples were served in large shot glasses on top of a sheet of paper identifying them. They were: Top Sail, an amber, Marathon, a lager, Long Beach Crude, a stout, a strawberry blonde and a pale.
The tray looked excessively light.
The amber was lighter, and a little disappointing in flavor and body considering its darker color. The lager was tasty and not ridiculously light. The stout was too carbonated and too light for me, but would have worked well as a porter (I thought it was initially). Very chocolaty. The strawberry blonde was very tasty, really more like soda than beer. The strawberry flavor wasn't dominating and was more "in" the beer as opposed to a syrupy taste. The pale was the real treat. I didn't think it was a pale at first because it was actually lighter in color than the lager. But this thing had a kick to it. The hops were balanced but very present, and the body and flavor, although lighter than other American pales, at least kept up to them somewhat.
The food looked good, with quite a bit of seafood on the menu in keeping with the seaside location. I didn't order food, but the menu was more on the upscale side with prices a little higher than I'd be willing to pay for dinner at a brewpub. They have some great happy hour specials though, with $3 pints and, during the reverse happy hour after 8:30, $7 pizzas.
The location has parking issues. There are a few spaces on the street (39th Place) outside, but the lot nearby is for the Von's market, which likely tows.
reviewed on: 2008-10-05 21:52:20