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Rancho Brews

Rancho Los Cerritos is brewing up something special for its 175th anniversary, partnering with Liberation Brewing Company in Bixby Knolls to offer special limited release beers.

A fruit-infused variety will be released starting Friday, March 22, with new iterations introduced throughout the year. Each will be inspired by the Rancho’s gardens, trees or history.

The first beer in the series, Adobe Haze, an orange-infused New England-style IPA (6.1% ABV), will be available in the brewery’s tasting room at 3630 Atlantic Ave., according to Liberation co-owner and brewer Eric McLaughlin.

McLaughlin visited Rancho Los Cerritos last month to handpick oranges himself, and six Rancho staffers and volunteers assisted with zesting the fruit — more than 8 pounds of zest alone — that infuse the beer.

Adobe Haze will be on tap at Liberation while supplies last.

No More Cider

Great Society Cider & Mead tapped out last week.

“Friends, the time has come for our last call,” owners Brenda and Otto Radtke said.

Downtown Long Beach’s cider house had been offering craft cider, mead and food at the corner of Broadway and Atlantic Avenue since 2016. Prior to that, the 601 E. Broadway spot was occupied by Peppercorner.

“We’re selling the business as a choice to enhance our long-term wellbeing,” the Radtkes said. “It’s time for us to spend more time together, have kids and see our friends and relatives more often.”

LBX Adds

The list of new tenants opening doors soon at Long Beach Exchange keeps getting longer.

LBX, which has been opening in phases since last year, is located at the southwest corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street and is comprised of approximately 266,000 square feet of stores, shops and restaurants on more than 26 acres, including two acres of communal open space.

Developer Burnham-Ward Properties recently announced the addition of several new businesses set to join the already installed anchor tenants (such as Nordstrom Rack, PetSmart and ULTA Beauty). Here’s a rundown on the additions: The UPS Store, Navy Federal Credit Union, Deka Lash and Runners High.

“Our team has worked hard to identify the needs of the local community in East Long Beach in order to carefully curate a unique blend of retailers, eateries, entertainment and services at Long Beach Exchange,” according to Steve Thorp, partner at Burnham-Ward Properties, which is developing the property. “It has been incredibly rewarding to see the positive reactions from the residents and employees in the area — they truly have welcomed each new tenant with open arms.”

Additionally, LBX this month welcomed Popbar, a natural, handcrafted gelato business that features more than 50 customizable flavors.

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