We recently revisited Great Society Cider & Mead, Southern California’s first all-cider pub located on Broadway at the edge of Downtown Long Beach. We initially discovered them as part of DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week in 2017. We now continue our conversation with Proprietor Otto Radke.
“Complementing this incredible list, our food menu fuses seasonal offerings with unexpected spicing to create dishes that don’t just taste great, but pair well with whatever profile you choose. Try our signature burger with an unfiltered whiskey barrel-aged cider from Michigan; or an artisanal cheese plate with a tart, lightly sparkling Sidra from the Basque region of Spain. There’s a variety of pairings to tantalize your taste buds.”
A standout attraction is their surprisingly deep menu for Brunch on Weekends served between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Think Cidermosas (Champagne, Cider and Orange Juice) and specialties including Salmon Benedict and Tamales (choice of chicken or cheese) & Eggs. For the ambitious appetite there is the Longshoreman’s Breakfast. It’s 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 bacon strips, 2 chicken apple sausages and toast for a modest $13.00.
“With its origins lost in history, cider remains the most noble of beverages, having played a role in Old and New World alike. These ancient elixirs, fermented mainly from apples, have been the drink of kings and presidents, farmers and the working class. Though its fortunes have occasionally wavered, cider’s incredible diversity, and close connection with the land, has led to an amazing renaissance. Cider is a beverage that deserves homage and we are the first restaurant and taphouse in Southern California to feature it!”