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Meet Garrett Carroll of Ambitious Ales in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Garrett Carroll.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Garrett. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Our operation started as a home-brew endeavor back in 2010 after being inspired by our experience in Portland at the annual Oregon Brewers Festival. We quickly upgraded to all grain brewing and continued to educate ourselves through the process of experimentation. We came up with our core lineup of beers that we love to produce on a regular basis. After brewing for numerous friends weddings, serving at non-profit events and sharing our beers with craft beer enthusiasts and other brewers, we felt we were on to something. This began our journey to convert this passion into a business.

We spent over a year looking in Anaheim for locations for Ambitious Ales and kept coming up dry and not finding the right spaces nor the landlords. We were tipped off by some friends in the city of Long Beach that they had recently changed laws for breweries to open up. So, we decided to start looking at Long Beach as an alternative location. We paired up with an awesome broker who spent around 5 months showing us different properties. Then we finally came upon the Bixby Knolls area and found the newly vacant Tuttle Camera store on 4019 Atlantic Ave. We instantly fell in love with a building that has tons of character and history. The Bixby Knolls neighborhood has been very welcoming and it fit the exact community vibe we have been searching for.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Smooth road, there is no such thing! Haha!

Like most businesses starting from scratch, it requires lots of time, effort and money. We planned for everything we could, but there’s always bumps from negotiating deals that fall through. Hitting bumps with city regulations and permits and finding solutions to fix them to pushing back project deadlines and raising more capital. It’s all part of the journey.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are currently in the build-out phase of our brewery space. It will consist of a 10BBL brewing system pieced together from different breweries tanks and manufacturing equipment from all over the US. We will have a tasting room and patio that will serve a rotation of our core lineup and a mix of IPA’s, Saison, Mixed Fermentation, barrel aged and infused beers. Our core lineup is our attempt to reinvent classic beer styles with unique ingredients that intrigue craft beer enthusiasts and engage those new to craft beer. Along with beer we plan on serving cold-brew coffee, made in-house with a rotation of local roasters, and soda made in-house. We will not serve food in our tasting room but will encourage people to have food delivered from the local restaurants in the Bixby area along with occasional Long Beach food trucks.

Ambitious Ales is very excited to be part of the evolution of the Bixby Knolls and Long Beach Beer movement.

One of our values is to be a community asset. So finding the right community was crucial to the foundation of our brewery. Our aim to become a community asset is built on the notion of beer as a social connector and lubricant, and the historical role of breweries as gathering places in communities. We strive to create a tasting room that offers our customers an experience that augments their role as community members.

What were you like growing up?
My main love in life has always been music and food. I have always been an inquisitive person, always researching and tinkering with things, which naturally followed with my passion for brewing. Coming up with recipes and watching something go from paper to brew to final beer.

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Image Credit:
Garrett Carroll, Jerome De Leon, Jon Cuthbert, Juan Carrillo, Danny Karpinski

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1 Comment

  1. RM

    May 15, 2018 at 22:14

    The make some delicious beer. And gosh are they a bunch of nice, handsome fellas!

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