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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
101 East Imperial Highway
phone: (714) 257-0101
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
If you have to drink beer in Brea, you can't do much better than Taps.
Taps is foremost an upscale restaurant and you may feel a little out of place in shorts and T-Shirt. I typically opt to sit in the bar area if I can find a seat.
First of all, they have a cask but it's hidden and you have to ask for it, I don't think they advertise it. I have been there half a dozen times when they have a cask offering; each time I start out with a cask and am usually disappointed and move on: it's always sour.
Their other brews are not bad, but in my opinion, not great. A few I have enjoyed more than others: Pale Ale, Porter and Cream Ale.
The food is not cheap: $25-35 an entrée but it's top notch and worth the extra dough. If you sit in the bar, they also have a much more reasonable bar menu.
Parking is a zoo. If you are going to Taps you will probably spend 40+ a person, so opt for the $6 valet, it will save you a headache.
Also, if you drink too much, fear not, Edwards movie theater is across the street.
03-27-2008 23:48:17 |
More by kbm
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited about 7:30pm, Thursday, 03/06/08.
The first thing I noticed before entering was the valet parking doing a brisk business with Audis and BMWs. I opted to self park and walk 50 yards.
The building is large and the decor is primarily wood. Wood is everywhere. There is an oyster bar, a dining area, a bar and a large outdoor patio. Amenities include a humidor (they are cigar friendly on the patio).
In the bar area, where I sat, there's a large, lit fireplace which you can watch if you prefer to ignore the many flatscreen TVs all tuned to the same soccer match.
Brewery visible through window near bar as well. Illustrated placemats on the table helpfully explain the brewing process for anyone who cares.
The scene: women in their late 20's and early 30's in business attire and hoop earrings, wandering around clutching aluminum Bud Light bottles. Oh, and the men who are interested in them. People are either well-heeled or trying to look the part. Either way, they're not here for the beer. It's a noisy place, conversation all but dorwning out the piped-in 80's rock.
Wait staff and hostesses were uniformly attractive, friendly women. Service was reasonably prompt and accurate.
The food: I had a swampfire pizza (a California Pizza Kitchen style pie: a flat, dense crust topped with with chicken chunks, feta cheese and tabasco-laced sauce). It was good but a bit much of the same thing by the last slice. The prices are not unreasonable, but this is not a neighborhood bar with fish and chips. Sticker shock can be avoided by paying careful attention to the menu.
Their beers are well-executed and there are some interesting variants on style, but this is basically a restaurant that just happens to house a brewery. If you're looking for an inexpensive place to kick back a few quality beers, maybe have a cigar and enjoy an afternoon or evening, try the patio. A large party can be fun if you've got some other beer geeks with you. Otherwise, you may want to steer clear.
03-10-2008 17:31:10 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on the way home from Hi Time in Costa Mesa. I was impressed with how much they had (currently 8 beers and theres lots more through out the year). The pumpkin beer as well as the APA and IPA were quite good.
The atmosphere was busy and noisy and all the tables were pretty close together but it was friendly. Didn't try the food as I made sure to stuff myself with Wendys from down the street so I wouldn't be tempted to spend more money. The food did look good though. The bartender was nice and helpful but the waitresses didn't listen to a damn thing I said, they just kept asking me where people from the table had gone thinking that they were skipping out on the tab. I don't know if the service would have been better if I had been spending more money but I was there to try the beer and not to enjoy a good meal.
I fully intend to go back through out the year to try the other 20 or so beers that these guys make.
11-11-2007 09:20:35 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
finally made it taps on a friday for happy hour. arrived around 3:45pm and the bar area was already full! my wife and i got basically one of the last seats in the bar area.
if into winter seasonals this is the time to go. was able to have a pint of pumpkin and ocktoberfest as well as the year round hefe. the pumpkin was the best pumpkin brew i've had so far. so good that i got a growler to go. all the beers we had were very tasty and cost $3.25 during happy hour. i am just hitting myself over the head for waiting so long to go. taps also offers several non-beer alcoholic drinks for happy hour too.
the happy hour appetizers are an excellent deal. all appetizers are $5.00. this is a bargain given that most of the appetizers are more than double the price on the normal lunch/dinner menu. we were also provided from some fresh hot bread free of charge. so, my $$ value rating is ONLY for happy hour. if not happy hour, this can easily become a $$$$ place.
atmosphere was nice. seems like the place attracts a regular crowd given how full it was so early in the afternoon on a friday. taps is somewhat upscale but, casual. during happy hour, i felt my jeans and button down shirt was very appropriate attire. some people were dressed up and some dressed down (a few even in shorts). but, seems like the normal dress code outside of happy hour is more business, business casual, or professional.
service was a bit slow at first. it took some time before we got our first round of brews but, after that it was it was above par.
the parking lot on the side of taps can get full fast. a good portion is blocked off for valet parking at a cost of $6.00. when we arrived, luckily there were a couple spots in the open parking area to left of the valet section. also if the lot is full and you don't want to valet, i noticed a side neighborhood street right before you get to taps. it could be possible to park there as an option given there are not restrictive street parking signs on that street.
overall, i was very impressed with taps. the quality of food for happy hour is excellent and their brews are probably some of the best when it comes to brewpubs/brewery-restaurants.
you can't go wrong with happy hour given the prices and their happy hour is generous in time ... ~2:30pm to ~6:30pm or so. but, seems like the key is to get there early as it fills up quick. if not in the area, this is something you want to plan out (maybe leave work a hour or two early).
we'll be back for sure. we did stop by about a month ago on a sunday but, they had brunch going on and were not seating anymore. they did allow me to look around and i will say the brunch looked very tasty! i know my wife wants to go it for sure ... price is something like ~$31-32 per person. if eating lunch or dinner, think $30 (if not drinking) - $50 (if drinking) per person.
if getting a growler, make sure you ask for the growler card. the 6th fill is $1.00.
10-29-2007 20:28:39 |
More by koolchas
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in Taps Fish House for dinner and beers on a weekday night while on travel for work. When I first drove up, the valet parking ($6), and the suit jacket wearing clientel that were walking in, almost convinced me to keep on going. But, I decided to at least poke my head in and see what was up. The inside was a lot more inviting, and my colleague Tom and I found a comfortable spot at the bar.
The place is very impressive on the inside and you can tell that someone dropped a small fortune putting this place together. The big bar, high ceilings, ESPN HD (with the Ducks game), oyster bar, fireplaces, booths and tables all seemed to blend nicely into an atmosphere that easily could accomodate a wide variety of tastes. Think of it as the perfect place to invite your future in-laws, when trying to make a positive impression, while still remaining true to your own preferences.
I started the evening with the IPA on cask which was a nice hoppy West Coast style American IPA that went perfectly with the raw oysters that we ordered as an appetizer. This I followed with a swordfish entrée and Taps' award winning Irish Red, both of which were quite good. They had a decent selection of 8 or 9 of their own beers on tap and one beer (the IPA) on cask. The service was quick and professional, and the music was mostly classic 60s, 70s, early 80s rock.
My first impression was that this was mostly a good seafood restaurant that just happened to also make decent beer. But, the beers are generally better than that description might imply. That said, I would avoid their rye beer, which I found to be a poor representation of the style.
10-18-2007 06:16:40 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Update 2/9/10: No more Taps logos on glassware :-( I've tried more food, and it is great. The jambalaya is yummy, the seared tuna is great, and the calimari well worth trying. The waiters/waitresses are well trained to answer your beery questions as well.
A hybrid of seafood restaurant and brewery, Taps offers an oyster bar to go along with their beer bar. 32 beers are brewed throughout the year, however around 8 drafts are available on a given day, plus a cask, and the selection turns over frequently. Happy hour offers $4 pints, and there's is unique by starting earlier than other HH's, at 2pm! $5 pizzas are offered during that time too, and it makes for a good entreé.
You're greeted with brewing equipment as you walk in, and when you pass that, head to the right for the beer bar, don't head straight or end up at the oyster bar. Several banners hang from the ceiling with some of their beer than have won awards over the years. (Their Irish Red Ale had the most banners). The bartender was very knowledgable about the beers and tasting notes, and your beer is poured into sexy looking pint glass with the Taps logo on it.
This is my choice for top brewpub in Orange County.
07-16-2007 17:53:45 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was meeting my mom for lunch at Lucilles BBQ down the street and i arrived a bit early so drove down to Taps for a pint, glad i did!
I've been here before and forgot how charming this place is. I was in right about the time the early lunch rush shows up so it wasnt crowded. As you walk in, you're greeted by the receptionist on the left and if you go to the right, you'll hit the bar. Behind the bar is the patio area. The bar was spacious and of dark wood, just the way i like them. There were some big screens to round out the bar, not overpower but complimenting. I had a pint of the oatmeal stout and it was fantastic. The bartender was friendly and quick on the service. There were about 8 beers on tap, hitting most of the styles. I sampled a few via the bartender giving me shot glass tastings... quite a cool dude.
While i didnt try the food, i've had it before. It's of the seafood/New Orleans variety... quite tasty if i recall correctly. The beers were reasonable on price but the food can get expensive. All in all, this is a very nice place to take a date and for a good meal in a cool environment that has great beers. Visit this place if you get the chance.
12-29-2006 06:22:59 |
More by SwillinBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to this place for lunch today, a Saturday. We got there fairly early so there weren't too many people there. As we were leaving after we ate, we noticed the place (especially bar area = big) was filled up.
Our service was excellent, the food came very quickly, as did the beer. The food (trout/rice, burger/garlic fries) was very good, and the beer is well known by its patrons to be very good. On tap when I was there they had a California Ale (IPA), Oatmeal Stout, Pumpkin Ale, Winter Bock, an English Ale on cask, plus a few others (8 total on tap). You can always find out exactly what is being served that day by going to their website, which has a cool little feature showing all their different styles they brew, and which ones are on tap, and which is in a cask.
The place has a pretty cool atmosphere. A big projection screen and tv's placed by the bar as well let you watch plenty of sports. It's all dark wood, which gives it a real neat feel, especially right now as it's lined with garland and christmas lights.
The outside area has a bunch of heating lamps, no matter where you sit I don't think you will get cold. There is also huge brick fireplace built along the wall. The service in this outside area was very good when I've sat there.
Went again today (5/10/07) after an Angels game, this was my 3rd time there and for the 3rd straight time the service was impeccable. Our waitress (Amanda) was always making sure we were fine on drinks and food, and always with a smile. The food came fast and in great shape and the beer were brought promptly. I don't see how the service can get any better in my experiences.
12-17-2006 05:11:34 |
More by MiScusi
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
place is a fish house and brewery in Brea, CA.
I've been to the place to eat the food, but recently visited the place just for the beer.
It has a good selection of beer available (a total of 6 plus a cask conditions variety).
reasonably priced at $4-5 per 12 oz of beer.
you can also get a growler for $12 and refills for $10 for all the beer except the cask conditioned variety.
That was a bummer, since it would be nict to be able to fill a growler of cask conditions ale for a beer tasting party so that non beer drinkers would know what a cast conditioned ale tastes like.
overall a nice beer place to visit.
the food is very decent and price is acceptable, though a bit pricy.
expect to spend about $40-50 a person if you want a nice 3 course dinner with a beer.
09-15-2006 08:35:41 |
More by amoebalink
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
First off I have to admit that I don't recall many of the beers at this brewpub - it's been over 4 months since I've last been. We plan on going at the end of this month so I'll be sure to edit my review after we do so (in regards to the beer).
The atmosphere is upscale yet somewhat casual. I wouldn't come in jeans and beat up tshirt but they won't kick you out. The help is good to above average but make sure to make a reservation if you go for dinner. Projection TV, large bar area, oyster bar, heated patio area - you won't be dissapointed with this place.
The food is absolutely outstanding. My wife loves to come here for the cajun crab cakes alone. I normally stick to the fresh catch menu and almost always start with a 1/2 dozen oysters.
Be prepared to drop ~$100 for a nice dinner for 2. Appetizer, main course, alcohol, desert and tip. Pricey but money well spent. If you're looking to impress your girl - you can't go wrong here. One of my favorite restaurants in North OC. So without the beer review - I give a solid 4.5.
03-15-2006 20:43:17 |
More by Rezzin
Taps Fish House & Brewery in Brea, CA
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