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North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
444 N Main St
phone: (707) 964-3400
(Place added by: Mark)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We arrived just prior to closing so the schwag room straight through the entry was closed. Off to the left was the dining room which was likewise closed. A cooler sat to the right of the doorway just before the entry to the bar. A semi-circle of benches and tables was just inside of the bar area with the short bar off to the left. The bar was an elegant carved wood bar with a matching mirrored back bar.
Call ahead and arrive early.
Beers: Eleven (11) - Scrimshaw; Blue Star; Red Seal; Acme Pale Ale; Acme IPA; Pranqster; Bro. Thelonius; Old # 38; Old Rasputin; Old Stock; and Red Seal on cask.
08-24-2008 22:03:14 |
More by woodychandler
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: 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 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$$
Went back for my first return to North Coast in about 15 years. I wasn't wowed the first time, and the second time, was even worse.
Atmosphere outside is beautiful. It ain't bad inside. Restaurant area to the left, ridiculously priced gift shop straight ahead, old wooden pub area to the right.
Quality, eh, the beers are ok, very much stuck in the late 80s, English style versus American. Copycats. They definitely make some great beers, but rarely show any degree of experimentation or worthiness otherwise. And quality goes to things beyond just the beer, if it was just the beer, it would be a 4. Service, staff was decent, although they did forget and still charge for my girlfriend's lack of garlic fries she ordered. They also were quick to add the automatic tip on our party of six adults.
Selection? Terrible. They have one of those websites that sucks, claims to have all this barrel aged stuff on tap. Get there, nothing. None of the barrel aged stuff on tap (which is ok because its expensive, way better having regular rasputin).
Food? Terrible and expensive. Big on the deep fryer, small portions of not particularly good stuff.
Would not visit again on my own initiative (which this second trip was not). Don't eat here.
08-02-2012 23:17:00 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Located on the east side of route 1 there is not really much of a view of the beautiful area from the Taproom/Restaurant. Inside there is a nice bar area with a fireplace and a view of the brewery across the street. The restaurant area is in a different room and there is a spacious patio area.
All stainless steel tap nozzles, wood tables, chairs, bar, and bar cabinet along with the fireplace gives the place some character. Did not see the kitchen and the restroom was clean.
Service was friendly and knowledable, befriend your bartender.
All of the North Coast and ACME beers were available, no cask available today (two cask engines) or guest beers. Possible notables being the ACME beers and definite notables being the Old Rasputin I. Stout and Prangster. A local favorite is to (if I remember correctly) blend two thirds Old 38 Stout with one third Old Rasputin, evidently to get a pint size heavy Stout (by law).
The food was a disappointment even with others at the bar however one noted that the fish and chips were their specialty.
Beer was reasonable and food was expensive.
06-10-2005 20:08:24 |
More by Troyone
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Delighted! Was drivinfg down the coast, having already stopped at other breweries like Rogue and Lost Coast. Driving down 1 and bam, there it was! Strangely enough, I'd never heard of them. Wha?
Low and behold, I took a look at their beer list...and whats that, Pranqster? Old Rasputin? Brother Thelonius! haha, amazing beers i've had many times before, but its just one of those breweries with such a genric name that I never thought to remember or look up. What a treat.
Got a sampler and shared a couple pints with the wife. The saison was delish. Great atmosphere, aside from the unfortuatly poor taste in music playing. We didn't do any food, having eaten recently, but spent over an hour enjoying their brews. Great place. If you ever find yourself near Fort Bragg/Mendocino, stop here!!!
08-03-2009 20:07:40 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a recent trip to No. Cal. on 11/30
Took a trip out to Fort Bragg - because I wanted to hit the brew pub and because the girlfriend wanted to see the town. Sadly, we didn't see much of the town, but ate and drank well at this brewery!
Two different rooms, dining and the pub. Pub is where we sat, full of little seats, typical pub looking - wood stools and tables. Nice friendly and timely service. There isn't an extensive menu - mostly your basic pub menu type food but with a Northern Cal twist on it - I got the Mark's north beach special (which was sort of like an italian) and my girlfriend got the pulled pork. Both were quite tasty. 12 beers on tap so I got to try some new stuff and HAD to get Old Raspy on tap!
I'd visit this place again!
12-11-2009 20:02:31 |
More by Jayli
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
As I've always been a big fan of North Coast's lineup I was quite happy to finally have the opportunity to check them out. The brewery across the street was closed along with gift shop but we were happy to discover another giftshop in the taproom and grill, which is where we were headed anyway. Discovered we hit it on "Taco Tuesday" which means 1 dollar tacos at the bar area only. Most of their lineup was on tap with Red Seal on cask and Rasputin and Old No. 38 both on Nitro. Was quite crowded around dinner time on a Tuesday and took awhile to find a place to sit. As I was standing waiting for a table I was apparently in the waitress' way and I received a rather angry excuse me, so apparently stay the hell away from her. Of course, she was running around like crazy, but I was rubbed slightly the wrong way. I'll let it slide. Gift shop is packed with good gear and while the bottle selection was small I was able to grab a bottle of their 25th anniversary beer which I am looking forward to trying.
Overall a nice stop, entirely worth it. I would've liked a tour of the facility across the street but I don't know if or when they offer those. I can't wait to return some day.
06-24-2008 22:02:20 |
More by kleffman
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North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill in Fort Bragg, CA
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