Beer and beer food galore at the Weiland brewpub in Long Beach

Malloy’s and Bixby’s Brooklyn Deli, among others. Their beer is a Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout, which is exactly as it should be.Weiland sits on a restaurant-intensive block in Bixby Knolls, just down from E.J. There’s Belching Beaver Brewery as well, just because. It’s got a good corner location, with easy parking in the back, lots of big screens for the sports of the moment (you know, beer and sports, they’re made for each other), and a menu of drinks and dishes that can be consumed casually, or seriously, as you wish. And the collection is just fine, with plenty of the best-known names in craft brewing: AleSmith, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas and Stone. Or, if your taste is even more eclectic, there are a score of other brews on the menu, which are offered as a beer sampler of three tastes for $7.
★&#x2605Address: 4354 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach.Information: 562-595-5700, Brewpub.When: Lunch and dinner, every day.Details: Full bar. (But mostly beer.) No reservations.Prices: About $20 per person.Cards: MC, V.
This strikes me as beer food. And there’s a big menu, that includes a generous happy hour from three to seven every day, a long happy hour during which to knock back $5 cocktails, $5 beers, and a sundry of easy-does-it dishes priced from $2.95 for kettle chips, to $7.95 for wings, Buffalo shrimp, ceviche, pulled pork sliders or a grilled chicken quesadilla. But then, most things strike me as beer food.In a world of Beer Ice Cream Sundaes, there are few limits to the mix.For those coming here for a proper meal, the choices are many, and then some: three pages of dishes, ranging from the casual, as in Korean steak tacos, Kobe beef cheeseburger sliders, and a chile verde mac ’n’ cheese, to serious sit-down dishes like the rib eye, the hanger steak, the grilled salmon and the braised short ribs. Mostly, I lean toward the more casual side of the menu at Weiland, which brings me to the rather madcap options for burgers here.
And for them, there’s a mess o’ mixology here, fancy drinks with lively names such as Mercy Me, Goddess of Wisdom and Monkey Julep.All that and wine tooThere’s a wine list that’s almost all from California and almost all by the glass, which is good, and even gooder. For those inclined to bend an elbow, Weiland is a fine and dandy destination. Now, when in a place called Weiland Brewery Restaurant, I lean strongly, for obvious reasons, toward beer. But I’m told there are folks who don’t like beer, though I’ve met precious few in my life.
No gleaming tanks filled with beer coming of age, no Rube Goldberg-style tube and drips and spillways along which the brew flows from hop-scented mash to golden beverage.There wasn’t a brewery when Weiland was in downtown L.A. Just so you won’t be disappointed, there is no brewery to be found at Weiland Brewery Restaurant in Bixby Knolls. either.But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a Weiland Beer, four of them in fact, found at the top of the sizable beer list: a Blonde Lager, a Hefeweizen, an Amber Ale and a Hoppy Pale Ale, served at a very reasonable $6 per.