For some time now, I have been a loyal subject of that troika, Marathon, Full Sail and Long Beach Crude. I refer not to win, place and show candidates at Santa Anita, but to the three elixirs brewed at the Belmont Brewing Co.
Situated near the Olympic swimming pool in Belmont Shore, the BBC is an appropriate haven, day or night, for a single guy or a single girl, a starlit date, a Sunday afternoon family outing or a rousing celebration. Indeed, the dress may be casual, but be informed, the beers are taken seriously.
A large aquarium one encounters upon entering enforces the marine motif. There are brewing tanks to be ogled as one bellies up to the bar, a television that occasionally shows Australian rules football or English soccer, and a large picture window from which one can scan the ocean as well as the oil derricks.
Outside, the senses are equally assaulted on a patio that overlooks the beach: the bracing salt air, the sun-washed salmon colored walls, the dazzling expanses of beach, sailboats, sea gulls, the Long Beach skyline and, finally, the Queen Mary.