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North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
444 N Main St
phone: (707) 964-3400
(Place added by: Mark)
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Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to North Coast since it first opened, back in the mid/late 80's when I still lived in Memphis, Tn. In those early days there was no ACME (that I can recall) line-up, and the "specialty" beers were the Old Rasputin and Pranqstar, supplemented by the occassional seasonal. Still have my original Red Seal Ale sweat shirt from those days.
Amazingly, the taproom itself has changed very little from those early days. As you walk in the front door, there is the main dining room to the left and taproom to the right. The taproom is always the choice I opt for, with it's fireplace, wood fittings and comfortable vibe (except that the place is so damn popular now that it's almost always crowded there). Nothing wrong with the dining room, with its family oriented focus and above average entree selections. I just always feel more comfortable in the tap room.
The tap room at capacity can probably hold around 30 folks, with another 10 or so at the smallish bar. These days North Coast typically has between 10 and 15 beers on tap, with the regular line-up, ACME and various speciality/ultra premium beers (red seal ale, pilsner, wheat, stout, couple of ACME beers, rasputin and pranqster, the stock ale, some seasonal/artisan beer, and maybe a couple of beers on cask).
The quality of North Coast beers has always been outstanding and they've got the GABF medals to prove it. One of the local pubs back in Portland (Moon and Sixpence) has the red seal on cask as their standard house ale. With it's relatively low alcohol and great flavor, the beer is perfect in that capacity.
To get back to the taproom, the only real quibble I have with the place is the service. Every once in a while I'll get good service there, but unfortunately that's the exception. Most of the time it's very slow, and I've waited up to 15 minutes to get my credit card back after paying my bill. Granted the place is popular and usually crowded, but even the times it's not so crowded service just seems inordinately slow.
As for the food, it's really pretty good. They do a nice job with steaks and fish in the main dining room (which you can order in the taproom as well if you wish), and the taproom grub is also usually very good. Have had some very good steamed clams there, and the fries and clam chowder have been equally impressive.
This place has always been solid, and I appreciate the fact they're branching out more and more in the brewery, with the Le Merle and Brother Thelonious. This place is a gem and always worth a visit any time you're driving along the Mendocino coast and feel the need for some decent food and flavorful beer.
09-09-2007 15:46:33 |
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More by elkinbrown
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
Great beers...good food...average digs. We go to North Coast Brewery whenever we stay in Mendocino. It's worth the trip up. The place could use some updating but who really cares as long as the beer is cold and flowing? The food is generally a bit better than normal bar and grill grub. Thumbs up.
04-13-2013 22:12:17 |
More by Ilovebeer1549
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$$
Went back for my first return to North Coast in about 15 years. I wasn't wowed the first time, and the second time, was even worse.
Atmosphere outside is beautiful. It ain't bad inside. Restaurant area to the left, ridiculously priced gift shop straight ahead, old wooden pub area to the right.
Quality, eh, the beers are ok, very much stuck in the late 80s, English style versus American. Copycats. They definitely make some great beers, but rarely show any degree of experimentation or worthiness otherwise. And quality goes to things beyond just the beer, if it was just the beer, it would be a 4. Service, staff was decent, although they did forget and still charge for my girlfriend's lack of garlic fries she ordered. They also were quick to add the automatic tip on our party of six adults.
Selection? Terrible. They have one of those websites that sucks, claims to have all this barrel aged stuff on tap. Get there, nothing. None of the barrel aged stuff on tap (which is ok because its expensive, way better having regular rasputin).
Food? Terrible and expensive. Big on the deep fryer, small portions of not particularly good stuff.
Would not visit again on my own initiative (which this second trip was not). Don't eat here.
08-02-2012 23:17:00 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I don' understand when successful businesses use old buildings but don't update and fix them up. It cheapens the experience and tarnishes their reputation.
Such is the case with North Coast. Decent food, good service, great beer, but my overall memory is of how tired and old the building was....especially the bathrooms. I'd hate to see the kitchen.
Anyway, I had a good lunch...fish and chips with Acme pale ale. Mmmm. I'd visit here again when I'm in the area, but I hope they fix the old place up.
07-22-2012 06:38:49 |
More by DrunkenMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stayed in Fort Bragg for a night last weekend and of course I had to check out the North Coast Brewing Company. Unfortunately I went on a saturday and the main brewery was closed even though I don't think they would of let me inside since they aren't giving tours right now so all I could do was look from the outside and see some of the tanks. I went to the gift shop, browsed around and got a pint glass to add to my collection. Later that evening I went back to the taproom and grill for some dinner. I had to wait a little bit to get a table but it was only 10 minutes. Service was quick and efficient. I had the fish and chips which were very good, it hit just the right spot for me. My only complaint as another BA has mentioned is that they charge the same price for 10 oz of their higher alcohol beers like Old Rasputin as they do for 16 oz of their lower alcohol beers like Scrimshaw and I think you can only get 10 oz of the higher alcohol stuff. I understand it might be them trying to curb people from getting hammered but I would like a full pint of Old Rasputin and not have to pay the 16 oz price even though it's only like 50 cents. Other than that this place was a nice choice for me and my girlfriend and I'm glad I stopped in. It was the only thing to do in Fort Bragg besides go to glass beach.
09-16-2011 05:17:23 |
More by BigB415
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$$
Diner-quality food, gourmet prices. North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill is in the spirit of those wannabe-upscale, pretentious, profit-driven, California places with corporate overtones. As opposed to the funky, hole-in-the-wall, local joints that don't take themselves too seriously and are all about awesome beer, while providing something simple and reasonable to chomp down on while you enjoy their fresh brew. Beer-wise, I was disappointed and a little put off by the fact that they only have their standard offerings on tap (no seasonals or aged styles), and they actually won't even serve you a full pint (16oz) of their stronger, more interesting ales (Le Merle, Old Stock Ale, Old Rasputin, etc.). Oh sure, you will pay the same amount (in some cases, even more!) but you will only get an 8-10 oz serving, and in the case of Old Stock you only get 6oz!!! So, basically you are paying more for the alcohol content in the beer, not the actual beer! Would you do such a ridiculous thing with wine which has as much as 18%?! How stupid. If they really think their beers are that valuable then why can you buy 12oz. bottles at grocery stores for a reasonable price? If they are concerned about people getting wasted then why not put a disclaimer on the beer menu...and, while they're at it stop serving wine and tear out the full bar? I've been to many, many brewpubs and never seen such a strange and slightly condescending practice. If you've never been to a brewpub, this place is for you. Otherwise, avoid it. There are much better places in N.Ca. that are worthy of your hard earned cash (Bear Republic, Triple Rock, etc.).
05-10-2011 22:04:09 |
More by MadeInOregon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After a long and wonderful drive up the PCH, I stopped into Fort Bragg for the night and had a flight of beers. I was impressed with Brother Thelonious as I surprisingly had not had it yet, and Old Rasputin is alway top notch. The taproom was rather crowded but people were friendly and even made a spot for me at the towards the end of the bar. The service was good, but didn't distinguish themselves as great. I also don't recall them having much for special releases at the time, but then again I might have been under the influence. Would I recommend it? Come on, they make Old Rasputin and several other great beers.... if you're in the area, you're gonna wanna stop here, along with probably umpteen other California breweries.
01-13-2011 08:11:34 |
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