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North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
444 N Main St
phone: (707) 964-3400
(Place added by: Mark)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have stopped here a few times but not in the last few years. The beers are top quality the the food is hit or miss, usually miss so I did not do a review.
The beer is the highest quality with my favorites Red Seal Ale and the Scrimshaw Pilsner. I was a little excited to see the Acme offerings, great move North Coast. Service at the bar is also hit or miss I have had wonderfull bartenders and the some who really did not belong in the service business.
As for food two suggestions, look around and if you see someone having something to eat that looks really good then take a chance, remember I said it is hit or miss. Or if pizza or a salad will do ,go to Piaci Pizza which is also listed on BA and they have a great beer selection and good food.
07-30-2007 07:30:16 |
More by VegasBill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Fort Bragg is a not yet gentrified fishing port. For us European visitors to the US it's a great enactment of a road movie to rent a sports car and drive Highway 1 north from San Francisco to Fort Bragg, stay the night at a cheap motel, get breakfast at Egghead's, cross over to Russian River through the redwood forest, and speed back to the Bay Area. After that long, winding and scenic coastal drive North Coast Brewing Company Taproom & Grill is just the right place to wind down. Already at the parking lot I could see that I wasn't the only one who had fallen for it. Inside there were a number of single guys trying to look like they just stepped out of Paris, Texas.The crowd seemed to be a mix of tourists and locals. Can't say that I was impressed by the food although it was good enough. But the beer selection included some excellent brews, especially Scrimshaw Pilsner, with the bread-o-meter revved up to the red. I have a soft spot for that. Don't miss the circuit if you happen to come to SF and have two days to spare.
08-29-2005 11:50:07 |
More by JanM
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Sleepy seaside town location across the street from the brewery, but I made the mistake of showing up at dinner time, so the place felt like a restaurant which was too classy for me yet simultaneously smelled of old women (I think that would be down to one of the old women sitting near me, so I doubt it is a regular feature). I should have sat at the bar, but that was small and full for the vital few seconds after I walked in.
Service was rather perfunctory. The three beers we tried were good (although I wouldn't recommend the pilsner), but rather expensive at $4 a pint (particularly so given that this would have been happy hour at many bars and transportation costs have to be negligible). I would expect to pay less for the same beer if it had been shipped hundreds of miles to my hometown only for another comapny to take a cut.
08-29-2005 02:58:16 |
More by charlatan
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Start with the cask conditioned ale. Then try the Pranqster Belgium Golden Ale. You're now off to a good start. The real treat is the Old Rasputin Imperial Stoudt. What a great draft!
The beers here are worth the visit. There wasn't a bad one on the sampler.The atmosphere is non-descript and the bar room is relatively small. The food is OK, but I think they are very proud of it based on the prices.
The bar/restuarant is across the street from the brewery. Tours are sometimes available. Right around the corner is the Skunk Train ride throught e Redwoods.
If you're touring Northern California and you like beer, thi splace is a must. They certainly nailed the Imperial Stoudt style.
08-16-2005 16:24:52 |
More by GaryMorgan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Located on the east side of route 1 there is not really much of a view of the beautiful area from the Taproom/Restaurant. Inside there is a nice bar area with a fireplace and a view of the brewery across the street. The restaurant area is in a different room and there is a spacious patio area.
All stainless steel tap nozzles, wood tables, chairs, bar, and bar cabinet along with the fireplace gives the place some character. Did not see the kitchen and the restroom was clean.
Service was friendly and knowledable, befriend your bartender.
All of the North Coast and ACME beers were available, no cask available today (two cask engines) or guest beers. Possible notables being the ACME beers and definite notables being the Old Rasputin I. Stout and Prangster. A local favorite is to (if I remember correctly) blend two thirds Old 38 Stout with one third Old Rasputin, evidently to get a pint size heavy Stout (by law).
The food was a disappointment even with others at the bar however one noted that the fish and chips were their specialty.
Beer was reasonable and food was expensive.
06-10-2005 20:08:24 |
More by Troyone
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
This really is a fine well run pub. It is located directly across the street from it's parent, the North Coast Brewing Co. The bar area is a bit small but has great atmosphere and everything is well done. Red Seal ale is available on draught and cask conditioned. All the North Coast beers are available and are served in proper glassware. Prices for all beers is very fair, 3 bucks and change for a pint. While on a tour of the brewery I told the Brewmaster himself how impressed I was with the bar. He said they are aware that the finished product must be presented, cared for, and dispensed properly, or all is for naught. This a great place to kill time and enjoy quality beer. Suzanne and I both feel it compares to being in a true London local but luckily without the smoke. Food is good but a bit expensive, very limited options for vegans (Suzanne) has kept us from eating here regularly, but the beer keeps us coming back. Hard to miss, just follow Highway 1 through the center of town, it's on your right heading North. A must visit and this is a great area for a weekend getaway.
06-21-2003 22:57:11 |
More by Mark
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North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill in Fort Bragg, CA
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