If you’re fanatical about all things Taco Bell, you really need to move to Newport Beach.
Whenever the fast food behemoth wants to test out a new product or service, they almost always use their Newport Beach locations as a testing ground. It makes sense since their corporate headquarters is located in nearby Irvine. When they partnered with Lyft to create “Taco Mode” ridesharing, this is where they did it.
The Bell has been trying to transition into more sophisticated realms for a while now, recently announcing that they would open new locations that serve alcohol. The first cantina-style Taco Bell in California will be holding its grand opening Friday in, you guessed it, Newport Beach. When they do, they’ll also be answering a question scholars have pondered for generations…what does Taco Bell: The Beer taste like?
Taco Bell's first house beer, an Amber Lager made with @FourSonsBrewing, goes on sale today in California. Read on for more about private label beers. https://t.co/8x8ba7QKvP pic.twitter.com/sl2V0bLCza
— BeerAdvocate (@BeerAdvocate) December 14, 2017
This cantina-style Taco Bell will include offerings such draft beer, bottled beer, sangria, and eventually “Twisted Freezes,” which is basically a slushie spiked with tequila, rum, or vodka (they’re still waiting on their spirits license). Per Eater, the company will also introduce Beach Bell, a Mexican-style amber lager they created in conjunction with Huntington Beach-based Four Sons Brewing. According to OC Register, the Mexican-style amber lager was developed with a “unique flavor profile to enhance and compliment Taco Bell’s food and flavors.”
Along with Beach Bell you’ll also be able to order Lagunitas IPA or Modelo Especial on draft as well as Coors, Coors Light, and Pacifico in cans. The food menus are identical to that of any other Taco Bell except that they also include six shareable items including Cheesy Bacon Jalapeño Dippers and Naked Chicken chips.
As for this fancy Taco Bell restaurant, it’s located close to the beach, includes a 14-seat bar, and features a collection of Edison lights perfect for your Instagram pics.