Craft beer has remained popular for quite some time now, and will continue to remain popular. With all of the experimentation done by brewers across the world, craft beer fans start to see many different styles, as well as meet old styles reinvented to today’s craft standards. Experimenting with ales has introduced many people to other styles such as the saison, gosé, wild ale, mead, and cider. Corporations have dulled our perceptions of ciders with all the mass-produced stuff on the market, so it comes down to local craft cideries to bring ciders back up to par along with craft beer. Ciders have a lot of popularity in the Pacific Northwest due to the climate and availability of ingredients, but craft cider has not made a huge impact on Southern California yet. Many cideries from the Pacific Northwest have reps down in SoCal, but so far the area had lacked a standing presence. That all changed a few weeks ago with the opening of Great Society Cider & Mead in Long Beach.
In the east section of Downtown Long Beach, you can discover Great Society Cider & Mead on Atlantic & Broadway. Replacing the former Peppercorner across the street from Vons, Great Society Cider & Mead represents a social pub that specializes in ciders and meads. With over 20 different ciders & meads available at any time, Great Society Cider & Mead will always have a wide range of drinks from entry-level to cider connoisseur. Similar to a brewpub, Great Society Cider & Mead allows customers to order drinks individually or as a sampler flight of four drinks. Great Society Cider & Mead also serves food; however, so far, their food has not impressed me – the meat skewers come out lukewarm, and the mac & cheese tastes bland and needs salt. I would say to visit Great Society Cider & Mead primarily for the drinks, not the food. If you intend to partake in a long session of drinking, then by all means order some food to go with all the drinks.
I do expect many new things to occur at Great Society Cider & Mead, since they just officially opened and will likely undergo many changes in the upcoming weeks. Stay up to date with what Great Society Cider & Mead has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.