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Solvang Brewing Company
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 20
Beer Avg: 2.65
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1547 Mission Drive
phone: (805) 688-2337
Reviews by charlzm:
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on Saturday, November 5th in the early afternoon.
The atmosphere of this brewpub is old-world meets dive bar. Lots of families, bicycling enthusiasts, a few older couples and a good contingent of college-age kids. A quick glance around the room revealed almost no-one drinking beer. I should have paid attention to that warning sign and left...
We were seated immediately and given friendly though relatively sparse service by a young guy with bad hair. My buddy and I had just eaten at Firestone down the road and so only ordered the eight beer sampler. The menu offered the usual burgers, pizzas, salads and sandwiches.
You can read my beer reviews if you want a more detailed telling of the tale, but all of their beer is bad. Bad as in sour, imbalanced, poorly executed, etc...
Between my friend and I, we finished about half of each taster glass.
We asked for the check, paid and left without much drama.
Avoid this place if you like craft beer or until they step up their brewing game.
11-08-2011 17:11:58 |
More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located in the Danish-style tourist town of Solvang, this brew pub fits right into the local landscape. Right off 101, so pretty easy to get to if you're traveling in the region.
Fairly long bar with somewhat low slung stools and a funky interior that is obviously influenced by the atmosphere of the rest of the town. Lots of wood and a fair bit of color. Service was fine, nothing out of the ordinary.
Beer quality was OK. Their IPA was nothing to write home about. Decent hop finish with a bit of a malty base. Witbier was OK, probably a better representation of the style than the IPA. Stout was pedestrian, nothing special.
Worth visiting if you're in the area, if only to take in the decor and charm of this type of place in this type of city. Don't go here expecting to have fantastic brews though, there are other places in the area for that.
05-21-2013 18:29:28 |
More by colonelforbin
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25 | $$$
A tourist place with decent food and fair beer. None of the beers I've had have been above average, and have a slightly funky taste. The better half tried several wines, all of which had turned to vinegar. Not much to recommend, especially when there are so many great brewpubs within a half hour's drive in any direction.
01-08-2013 23:56:00 |
More by TheMarkE
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Nice location adjacent to downtown Solvang. Nice design and premises. Nice porch from which to enjoy a brew. So far, so good.
The problem is the beer. Most of the beers I tasted had off flavors. Particularly a kind of smoky phenolic taste. A few were way undercarbonated. The pale ale and IPA were tolerable, but everything else wasn't. I hope this was a temporary problem and that it will improve.
I went in excited and left very disappointed. Fortunately, I went to Firestone's taproom down the road and had some very good beer before departing the area.
01-07-2012 04:24:40 |
More by hiku7
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
We had to do something in Solvang. When much of the town closes down early, that really restricts the options of where to visit. There are a lot of wine bars, but I didn't come to drink wine. Luckily, Slovang Brewing is easy to spot on the main street.
Lots of space around the bar area. While you can see the city outside, it did have a cavernous/enclosed feeling. Lots of stone around the place, if I had closed my eyes I could imagine Vikings walking in for a drink. A few TV's scattered around. There's a outdoor patio as well.
It took some time before we were finally served, and at times it seemed like I wouldn't get a chance to order a second beer. Not as quick as I like, but it was friendly.
6 house beers to choose from with good descriptions; raspberry beer, kristalweizen, schwarzbier, pale ale, India Dark Ale, and something else I don't remember exactly. Also a few guest beers on-tap too, such as Rogue's Hazelnut Brown. The schwarz was awful, though the IDA was more than decent. What doesn't help is that the beers were served with almost no head, giving me the illusion that my two dark beers looked more like cola. Pints go for $5.
I thought it would be a quick trip, but my brother was tempted by Danish meatballs, so we decided to have dinner. I ordered the sausage platter, which came with two types of mustard and a fondue dip. The sausages were decent, the dips were good, the smashed potatoes seemed thin and airy.
If it weren't for my ticking mentality, I would probably pass on a second visit to Solvang Brewing and stuff myself with aebelskiver instead. Maybe the rest of the lineup is closer in quality to Helheim than Midnight Lager, but that discovery will have to wait.
09-22-2011 06:46:08 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
Was in Solvang last weekend for wine tasting, and decided to stop in here. Went to the bar, very nice appearance, with lots of wood. I had a seat at the bar, and ordered a burger, and the Blond. My wife had the Wheat.
The food was good, normal bar far, of course because I had the burger. Many other folks seated around the bar area, all seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The Blond was OK, but nothing to write home about. The Wheat was very citrus focused. Reminded me of Widmer.
Overall, a nice place to grab a bit to eat, and have a beer.
02-18-2011 01:25:40 |
More by fsimcox
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in the "Danish" town of Solvang this brewpub opened in the heart of the shopping and dinning area of town.
The viking room is where the bar is located and has a lodge feel to it with a great deal of wood. When we visited they had the following house beers on tap. An American Wheat, Blonde, Oatmeal Stout, and IPA. Guest taps included Speakeasy Untouchable, Rogue Nutbrown Ale, and a Lost Abby.
Their wheat beer was thin and didn't inspire me to have another one. Their Blonde was served, no joke, in a salt rimmed glass with a lime wedge. One word bad. Their Oatmeal Stout was very good and their IPA passable.
Where this brewpub shines more than most that I have been to is their food. Inexpensive, large servings, and very good. We had their black and blue burger with bacon and blue cheese and it was tasty. We also tried the Danish Reuben which was outstanding.
We really enjoyed this brewpub and will visit again on our next trip down south.
12-31-2010 17:56:30 |
More by bradybeer
Solvang Brewing Company in Solvang, CA