Long Beach seeks to Lure Craft Breweries to city

Three council members want to see if more craft brewers can be accommodated in Long Beach.

An item placed on Tuesday’s agenda by Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal and Councilman James Johnson asks for City Manager Pat West to report back in 90 days on the city’s licensing and zoning policies for micro-brews and brew production, engage the local brewing community and examine best practices in other cities, including San Diego and Torrance.

Long Beach currently has three “brewpubs”: Beachwood BBQ and Brewing and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery downtown, and Belmont Brewing Co. in Belmont Shore.

–Staff Writer Eric Bradley