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When the Long Beach Beer Lab (LBBL) first opened, it was a welcomed addition to Wrigley since the neighborhood largely lacked a central food or drink hub—let alone its own brewery.
Keeping up with their tradition of opening in Long Beach spaces and places outside the usual suspects like DTLB or Bixby Knolls, Levi Fried of the LBBL announced that he will be creating a taproom in 19,000 sq. ft commercial space known as The Uptown, North Long Beach’s new development at Atlantic and Harding.
In other words, it’s Long Beach’s first dip into the local independent beer scene, following the recent announcement that East Long Beach would be scoring its first independent brewery by way of Steady.
“Our Uptown development will house a satellite taproom for LBBL coming in the summer of 2019, which is one part of a larger expansion the brewery is undertaking both in manufacturing and retail,” said Fried. “LBBL is dedicated to Long Beach and North Long Beach has been neglected from the artisan scene for too long. We would like to bring the entire Long Beach scene into the fold—it’s in our name and a huge part of our mission.”
The project joins two other soon-to-be developments in North Long Beach, including the similarly named Uptown Commons at Atlantic and Artesia spearheaded by Frontier Real Estate Group as well as Canvas by LAB Holdings, the folks behind Costa Mesa’s famed anti-mall The Lab.