Good burgers and great beer. There really isn’t that much more to life. At Simmzy’s (229 Manhattan Beach Blvd.) in Manhattan Beach, California, they excel at both. And for good measure they throw in the scenic backdrop of one of the country’s most impressive beachscapes.
Since opening several years ago, Simmzy’s has enjoyed a meteoric rise, vaulting to the upper echelon of Los Angeles County’s highly competitive gastropub scene. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon on weekends to see people lined up outside and professional athletes dining al fresco at one of a handful of tables located along the bustling boulevard.
So clearly they have some cache. But by no means do you have to show off a Super Bowl ring to be treated like a champion here. On a recent outing, I met up with beer manager Peter Shuey, who was more than happy to share tasting notes on a few of their two dozen draught selections. With such a breadth of brew to choose from, it’s essential to have a proper guide steering you in the right direction. Peter is just the guy.
When I explained my feverish penchant for all things bitter, Peter was quick to point me to Figueroa Mountain’s Hurricane Deck DIPA–an 8%er full on flavor, with an initial zest of citrus, quickly followed by a pleasantly malty finish. El Segundo Brewing’s Two 5 Left, named after a nearby runway at LAX, was a supremely satisfying Double IPA with a resiny-yet-dry punctuation of pine.
Just two pints of these heavy hitters had me feeling super special and ready to truly appreciate their trademark Simmzy’s Burger, one of the most savory sandwiches I’ve ever had the pleasure to wrap my mouth around. It was pleasing to see that they take their food every bit as seriously as they do their beer. And this is a place that’s so serious about beer they even serve their water in beer growlers!
An extensive collection of limited edition bottled beers are also available, offered at some of the most competitive pricepoints I’ve ever encountered at a beer bar. As they proudly declare on their website, “Sometimes its OK to be a beer snob.” Thanks to places like Simmzy’s it’s senseless to be anything but.