God bless America.
This month, San Pedro Brewing Company celebrates 6 years of providing my hometown with one of its few, truly cool hang-outs. And, for four of those years, it’s provided us with the only local microbrew – treating us to such delights as the Point Fermin Pale Ale, the Shanghai Red, and a Christmastime special that’s called Blitzen for a reason.
Microbreweries seem to be all the rage these days – so much so that it’s easy to confuse them: the semi-clever names, the stock menu of bar food, the obligatory weekly entertainment. Well, not here. There’s nothing stock about SPBC’s menu, which is varied and always meticulously prepared to be more than your average burger-and-fries. My personal menu – enjoyed on my birthday for each of SPBC’s six year’s so far – Gaffey Fries to start (french fries smothered in cheese, bacon, chives, sour cream, and love), a BLT&A split with my best friend, and at least one – okay, at most one – San Pedro Iced Tea, which puts Long Island’s to shame and me in detox for the next day. It’s rich, but that’s why it’s a once a year menu.
Other nights, it’s hard to resist the grilled salmon sandwich or the house specialty: grilled Santa Maria Tri-Tip so good you could probably use it to convert even your staunchest vegetarian friends. Sound like average pub menu items? Maybe, but you need to taste them to believe them. No soggy buns here, my friends. BBQ Pulled-Pork that melts in your mouth. Bruschetta that makes you wonder how a tomato and some basil can get you to Nirvana. This sh*t is good, get it?
And as if the food and drink weren’t enough, now I find out that SPBC also has free WiFi – meaning there is NO reason not to make the drive to San Pedro (look! I’m blogging live – right here with my beer!.
Add to all this the rotating exhibits of local artists and photographers, the inspired entertainment schedule – which now includes iPod Fridays because the owner decided the best way to figure out what customers wanted to hear was just to let them play it themselves – and SPBC fills a much needed void in San Pedro and the city generally: the true neighborhood spot that brings together some of the best we have to offer in food, entertainment, service, art, and community spirit.
Come – visit, eat, blog, drink, and be merry. Soon, James Brown (not that one, this one) will be your local hero too.
San Pedro Brewing Co. – 331 West 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; (310) 831-5663; www.sanpedrobrewing.com; open for lunch and dinner daily, Sunday NFL Football Brunch at 10am; meals from $6-$15; full bar; Trojan fans might not want to wear USC colors.