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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
201 Main Street
phone: (714) 960-5343
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 25
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1 | $$$
If you are standing outside of Huntington Beach Brewing Co, turn @ and make the drive down to Newport Beach Brewing Company. Trust me, do yourself a "flavor"
Cheers: The red ale was decent enough. When it FINALLY arrived.
Jeers: An insult to the brewing community. Sure it has a outdoor elevated patio, but that patio is mobbed with pretentious d bags and their even lamer friends: the staff. Actually, that's the only thing that HBBC has going for it. I am willing to be that the same lameo bromos that frequent this trainwreck would still shuffle on down if they served Busch Light in plastic cups and said that it was the Blonde Ale. An upgrade to their food would be to serve bait from the pier and call it sushi. But then again, sushi might get all insulted and stuff and go konichiwa on HBBC. Which is just what this place needs: a swift kick in the keester. Saying that this place is horrible is an understatement. Service was atrocious, staff was rude and arrogant, food was sub par. If you read the Yelp reviews, they just don't care about how patrons in the community perceive them. Honestly, the WORST restaurant and bar (notice that I didn't call it a brewery/) that I have ever experienced. This is a never again.
09-22-2011 01:36:21 |
More by wailingwench
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
Well, I went to Huntington Beach with one of my friends during a Saturday afternoon. I took him on his first beer tasting tour as he was about a month into his 21st. It took us a bit of time to find the place and parking as it is insane on the weekend, and trekked upstairs to hit up the bar. Upon arrival, we both sat down and stared at the menu. Nothing too special. Standard blonde, stout, APA, Pale and Hef. Their seasonal was a horrible attempt as a Scotch Ale.
The bartender was not a very friendly gentleman to me. We sat for about 20 minutes asking him to help us, but he was chit chatting with one of the "locals" that he knew. I had to ask the barback for a taster set in order to get him off his butt and give me the beer to taste. We almost walked out, but I decided to do my best and get a review out of this area. Not worth it. The beer was horrible and most of the people at the bar weren't even ordering it. If anyone knows me, I am pretty generous in my ratings, but this place made me very upset. Maybe the guy was just treating me different because I look young and am a woman, but I have never been so upset or treated like this in a brewpub.
I would never go back there. I would suggest driving elsewhere or going to a restaurant around the corner that offers a pretty decent belgian beer selection. If not, travel to Newport Brewing or Laguna Brewing instead.
04-18-2006 22:58:14 |
More by PuckLSHS
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 1.25 | food: 3 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | $$
This place is barely visible on the busy Main Street in Huntington Beach, stopped there yesterday after a long day at the beach, cannot emphasize how busy it was, thanks to both Memorial Day weekend and the AVP tournament going on down at the pier, walk up a narrow staircase to this place which sits only on a second story above a retail store, place is not very big inside and has more of a sports bar feel, atmosphere is what you would expect from this area and beach vicinity, the beers they had on tap were Pier Pale Ale, Golden Bear Brown, also their blonde and Helles, guest tap was Stella Artois and some macros, did not stay long and just tasted a few of the beers and checked the score of the Dodgers game, bartenders were pretty awful, took a good ten minutes to get their attention, they were just talking to one another while a bunch of customers were waiting, probably would make the extra drive to Newport Beach if I was in this area again and wanted a beer, might be worth checking out because there is not much else in Huntington except for BJs across the street
05-25-2009 16:04:37 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$
This place relies on its location.
How can someone resist a nano brewery? well, try your best to resist this place, if you're ever in the Huntington Beach area.
Atmosphere: the best part, the only good part. and upstairs restaurant with a nice outdoor dining area that over looks the huntington beach shopping area
Quality/Selection: the beer was awful...honestly one of the worst breweries out there. they only have very poor examples of common styles. My guess is that the purpose of this place was to be a gimmick to make money rather than making good quality beer.
Food: also terrible. extremely greasy, burnt, and just poor quality.
If this brewery was not in a touristy area, it would've failed very quickly.
08-20-2011 21:03:28 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
I was in Huntington Beach waiting for some family for dinner elsewhere so I figured I'd pop in and grab a pint.
They had 4 regular taps:
Huntington Beach Blonde
Pier Pale Ale
Golden Bear Brown
none of those particular appealed to me but the specials, TTTripel (yes it had that many "T's") and the Schwartz Black Lager, did. I order up the tripel. It was ok, definite thin in taste and fullness. I wasn't impressed. I got a call from my family and they in town. So I drank about half of it and took off.
I guess I'd give one of their other brews a shot, but, to be honest - I wouldn't go out of my way to go here.
12-30-2005 21:09:54 |
More by sloejams
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
There are a few brew pubs in Orange County, but this one has always been confounding. The rents this close to the beach must demand high turnover, so all else has to be sacrificed to reach that goal. For years this place has been around and rarely was it ever packed. In fact, it was many a weekend night that I could go in there and just be one of 15 or so people inside of a large open space. I think that the main issue has always been that the beers are just not up to par for anybody. They don't satisfy the craft beer fan, yet they are still too eclectic for the macro beer drinker.
I would have loved to see if they could have worked their beers to draw in both the craft beer fan and have one micro lager that tastes like a macro, just to satisfy the tourist traffic. Instead, they concentrated on moving more hard liquor and adding flat scren TVs. This has worked from a business perspective of driving more traffic for the short term, but I don't buy into this as a great long term strategy for a brew pub.
The previous brewer must have had his taste buds removed, because for years they poured beers that were basically undrinkable. There is no posible way that any brewer tasted these beers and thought that he was serving good beer. Then they brought in (or moved up) a different brewer who added one or two beers that have been OK, but generally speaking, the beers haven't improved much.
If you are a completist trying to hit as many brew spots as you can in the Orange County area, you will get an eyefull of beach girls and even some half way decent views from their elevated patios. Walk the pier at sunset and enjoy the scene to make this downtown stop worth while.
08-21-2008 08:17:36 |
More by opwog
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
This place can be tough to find as it's upstairs (above a Baskin Robins) and you have to see the small door and follow the stairs up to the restaurant.
Fairly small inside but there is a good sized bar and several tables inside. There is also a patio outside with seating (and it has some of those heaters which are useful in the evening).
The beer selection is fairly small. They had five house beers and a guest beer or two. The house beers are not very good at all, and the guest beer I remember being on was Great White (also not very good).
A sampler of all of the house beers (and they threw in the Great White) was reasonably priced, $5.50. Food items seem priced about what you would expect.
I can't really (in good conscience) recommend this place because, well, their beers suck. Not to mention parking in Huntington Sucks, too.
03-27-2011 00:44:04 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped by for a drink on a very rainy Monday evening. As expected there weren't many people and they were getting ready to close. Ordered the sampler - beers were all very solid examples of the styles they represented. Particularly enjoyed the Pale and Weissbiers. The menu looked tasty but we had just come from dinner. Inside the place has a nice stone look with a good sized fireplace, and the brew kettles all located directly behind the bar. All in all a nice place to grab a pint - especially when you can actually take advantage of the nice patio area.
3/14/05 - After another couple trips to this brewpub, I had to come back and edit .. and not in a good way. The last two times I have been there they have only had 3 brews on tap. Tonight I tried the Brickshot Red and the Pier Pale, and both were thin, lifeless, and tasted off. Service has ranged from mediocre to indifferent.
03-15-2005 06:57:18 |
More by rowew
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
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