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Huntington Beach Beer Company
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 28
Beer Avg: 3.02
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
201 Main Street
phone: (714) 960-5343
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place over 4th of July (actually July 3)... It took my wife and I almost 2 hours to get there from West LA, so I was in a pretty lousy mood when we got there. However, I was pleasantly surprised as soon as we went in. To begin with, happy hour is from 2-6, with $3 pints and half price apps (and almost the whole menu is on there)... I started with a Krystalweizen, which was remarkable, since I had never had that style before. It was quite hot that day, and a filtered weizen hit the spot. I also tried the blonde, which was good, but not remarkable. Service was excellent. They dropped my shish kebab, so all our beers were free. Good food, good beer, good service.
07-06-2008 22:25:58 |
More by kb199
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 1.25 | food: 3 | $$
Visited on Sunday, April 13th at about 4:00pm.
This establishment is a short climb up a narrow staircase (or elevator ride) from the flesh circus of Main Street Huntington Beach. There is a small waiting room just outside the restaurant proper where we waited twenty minutes for a table (for a party of two), despite there being several tables available. When we asked the hostess why we couldn't be seated at one of these tables, we were told that the waitress serving them was on a break.
When she came back, we were seated along a window near the bar. The place was full of young locals and tourists, almost all of whom were more interested in watching sports on the three or four flatscreen plasmas than in good beer.
I looked at the six beer taster: Huntington Beach Blonde (no thanks), a cream ale (not into these lighter styles), a "spring lager" (please, darker and more robust beers) a pale ale (they were out of it), an oatmeal stout, a red ale and Franziskaner hefe (a good beer, but I was not there to have anyone else's beer. I wanted to try theirs). I passed on the sampler and just ordered the stout, which was passable but not much else. For a second pint, I tried to order the red, but was informed they sold out between my first order and my second. I switched to soda.
From the time we ordered food to the time we got it was almost 20 minutes (total time in the establishment before we got food: 45 minutes) before we got our small pizza (tasty) and turkey burger (not so much).
A table near us was seated about five minutes sooner than us. They got their food, ate it and got "to go" boxes for their leftovers before we got our food.
In summary: a place that can't manage its business through effective wait staff scheduling, can't handle the demand for their own beer, can't deliver simple dishes quickly and has a weak beer selection. Next time I'm in Huntington Beach, I'll probably go across the interesection to BJ's.
04-14-2008 03:16:22 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located in the heart of Huntington Beach just a couple blocks from the beach above a Baskin Robbins. A nice atmosphere, tons of tvs with sports, a big bar and a decent amount of seating. The service was ok, the waitress we had didn't know much about the beers they sold, which was a bit disappointing. The selection was your average finger foods, burgers, soups, and salads. We had the nachos and they were good, plenty to eat.
We went on Tuesday when they shut down the entire street, so the brewery was running a special on pints, which was nice. The beer was not extremely impressive, but if you are in the area this is a great place to go check out. I tried the porter and the IPA, both were decent beers, nothing amazing.
Overall a good hangout that I will go back to if I am in the area.
03-18-2008 02:42:31 |
More by wingman14
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I grew up in the OC and always hate going back to visit family and friends. The culture never really jived with me, it's almost impossible to find anything locally made, or authentic save for a good burrito here and there. I had seen mentions of this place in a few of the beer rags and thought I'd make it a point to take an old friend there and check out what HB has to offer.
I wasn't expecting much, because some of the other breweries I've been to in The OC were pretty lackluster. To our surprise the food portions were huge and tasty, and the beers were decent. I had their Belgian Ale which was kind of basic, with a nose of corriander and clove and a bit of body. The Kolsch was amazingly clean and crisp.
The place was pretty empty and it was nice looking out over main street in the cold night. The waitress was pretty chatty. One thing that struck me as absolutely bizarre was when the staff took turns cranking up rap videos on the dozens of huge tv's. From oldskool 2short to some hyphy crap. It's all fine and well, I'm a fan of hiphop myself.. but it was a bit comical seeing all these skinny white kids bumping rap music. I was hoping to be treated to some surf punk music or whatever it is the OC's known for.
01-09-2008 06:02:31 |
More by DIYMonkey
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$
Went to the Huntington Beach Beer Co. at about 3:30 pm on a Wednesday afternoon. The place was practically bare, but there were 2 other patrons at the bar. The place looks like a simple oceanside bar, with surfing decor and other aquatic decorations around the restaurant. I still hadn't been to my hometown brewpub, so this was a good opportunity to check it out. I had the Altbier and the Brown Ale, both good, but nothing to write home about. Went during happy hour, so the 2 beers were only $6, a great deal. While they make good beer, I think they emphasize their mixed drinks more than their beer, even though this is a brewpub. All and all, though there are some problems, I think this is a good brewpub, and nice to have it in my own backyard, they even had Moylan's Hopsickle on-tap which was cool to see. Parking downtown can be a mess, so I wouldn't go during peak hours, but overall, I enjoyed my time spent there during happy hour.
Edit - I'm seriously docking the atmosphere score here due to my last visit, let me tell you why. They allow smoking on the outside patio. Fine. But if you do that, keep the door to the rest of the pub closed please, the stench drifted in and became unbearable in my section. I tried to move to a section free of smoke, but they said the tables there were reserved. Fuck. I chugged my beer down and paid as fast as I could. Makes me really not want to go back again.
11-29-2007 02:38:58 |
More by Halcyondays
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
As has been said, go for the view, whether of the sun-kissed girls milling around down on the street, or of the setting sun...or of the construction nearby.
The beer isn't good enough of a reason to go, so be sure to sit outside and enjoy the view.
I can't say that I've ever had special food here, though I've certainly given them enough chances. Service has been fair on their best days, but terrible on others. Beer knowledge has been pretty poor, and impatience is high - you work in a freaking brewpub, so be prepared for me to ask questions about what you make!
I have always found the Pier Pale Ale to be pretty good and quite drinkable, but never got into the unspectacular red - can't remember the name, but it involved "brick." The only other brew that made a distinct impression (not favorable) was a Trippel with excess coriander.
My hotel always has a fridge - next time I'll get a slice at La Rocca's, a bottle of something decent I picked up at BevMo or whatever, and enjoy the sunset actually on the beach.
08-09-2007 01:11:01 |
More by udubdawg
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
After spending the Saturday at the Stone 10th Anniversary Party, and after hooking up with BAs Seagoat and HoppyJess it seemed only natural to have continue the previous days libational excesses and start with Spicy Burger and Garlic Fries lunch at OBriens followed by stops at Pizza Port San Clemente and then yet more wallet loosening activities at HiTimes in Costa Mesa. But a detour up PCH from Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach was afforded us as the sun began to set to allow the out-of-town guest BA Erica to go into the Pacific Ocean.
After a feet wetting near the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, it was only a short walk back up the white sandy beach to PCH. Huntington Beach Brewing is on the second floor of a building that is situated a block in from the Pier and beach front at the crossroads of Main Street and Walnut Avenue. The discrete entrance is located on Main Street, and a short trip up a flight of stairs brings you out into a small open area. Lots of HBBC paraphernalia are on display in a couple of wooden cupboards at the top of the stairs. Here you will also find a Surfadelic large grainy picture with the words P ease seat yourself .the L seems to have been lost at some time in the past.
Tables work off to your left, enclosed in an area that is darkened, close to this there is a door that leads out onto an open air balcony which houses six or seven tables, enough room for twenty or so people. This is where we decided to sit. But off to the right the bar sits against the back wall and works back down what is a rather small interior.
Our party of four took a table right on the outside balcony and we had a fine view of the beach, pier and the gorgeous ruby sunset. However we all noted the new construction work off to our right which may very well destroy the balcony view in future.
Beer range is very staid; Hefe Red and a Pale, though we decided to try the Special which was the Rye Beer it turned up in Pitchers and tastes like a Dunkel Weizen, pretty drinkable and a tasty treat, so much so we that we ordered a second Pitcher. That said, the beer range is pretty dire and the quality of the other brews is at the very least questionable.
Service was curt, a healthy does of Im busy mixed with a trademark Huntington Beach brevity, far from welcoming or warming but it never left us hanging. The service was very functional, the servers busy and courteous yet I couldnt help but feel that the overall level of honesty was low, they seemed to look at the punters and decide the level of wealth, and hence tip, and act accordingly.
What to say, Huntington Beach. Parking sucks, the gorgeous people suck, the general wealth of the area sucks, the beaches and surfing rule, I do love the down to earth real surfer dudes but I hate the middle aged have all the gear rich surfer middle men. In short, I both love and hate Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Brewing Company also falls into this love/hate relationship, it has a special location but not much else, worth popping in though.
Last Visit: Saturday 9th September, 2006
09-18-2006 05:44:30 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Hadn't been down to HB Beer Co for awhile but stopped by with my wife on a Thursday afternoon bike ride. We really enjoyed ourselves. Got to sit out on the balcony share a plate of nachos and a couple of beers at Happy Hour prices, Service was good, food was good, and I really enjoyed the Indicator IPA and my wife the Raspberry Wheat. I'm sure things are a lot different on a Friday or Saturday but on a warm, sunny Thursday afternoon when everybody else is at work, I can't complain. We'll definitely be returning to see what else the new brewmaster comes up with.
06-26-2006 20:27:48 |
More by rgrace99
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
Well, I went to Huntington Beach with one of my friends during a Saturday afternoon. I took him on his first beer tasting tour as he was about a month into his 21st. It took us a bit of time to find the place and parking as it is insane on the weekend, and trekked upstairs to hit up the bar. Upon arrival, we both sat down and stared at the menu. Nothing too special. Standard blonde, stout, APA, Pale and Hef. Their seasonal was a horrible attempt as a Scotch Ale.
The bartender was not a very friendly gentleman to me. We sat for about 20 minutes asking him to help us, but he was chit chatting with one of the "locals" that he knew. I had to ask the barback for a taster set in order to get him off his butt and give me the beer to taste. We almost walked out, but I decided to do my best and get a review out of this area. Not worth it. The beer was horrible and most of the people at the bar weren't even ordering it. If anyone knows me, I am pretty generous in my ratings, but this place made me very upset. Maybe the guy was just treating me different because I look young and am a woman, but I have never been so upset or treated like this in a brewpub.
I would never go back there. I would suggest driving elsewhere or going to a restaurant around the corner that offers a pretty decent belgian beer selection. If not, travel to Newport Brewing or Laguna Brewing instead.
04-18-2006 22:58:14 |
More by PuckLSHS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews, I wanted to check this place out last time I was down in HB. I stopped in on a slow Wednesday for dinner and drinks, and found the place to be nearly empty.
Service was fine: our waitress wasn't too knowledgable about the beers, but who cares? Make your own opinions. It's a beach town restaurant with a beach town vibe and they just happen to be cool enough to brew and serve their own beers. All of the servers were quite friendly and attentive and the vibe was decidedly chill, as you would expect.
The beer menu was definitely lacking, however. I think they had 5 beers on tap:
Double IPA Indicator
Poor Richard Ale
Their menu boasted a number of other, more varied selections, like a brown, a porter and a weisse, but unfortunately they didn;'t have any available.
The food was better than one would expect from a brewpub, decidedly light which I think is a result of having a more health (and image) conscious clientelle. The prices were right and the portions were sufficiently generous.
I would def like to come back on a weekend night when they pack the people in and the real drinking begins.
02-19-2006 04:38:54 |
More by pgroove
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