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Newport Beach Brewing Company
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 91
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2920 Newport Blvd.
phone: (949) 675-8449
(Place added by: WVbeergeek)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I like dbONE's review as my notes do not seem as extensive as I would like. Also, this review is slightly out of order in terms of my visitations. It should have come directly after Huntington Beach BC, just before Brewbaker's, and then Gordon Biersch (Burbank). My apologies. Here goes, FWIW:
I am a back door man and so we entered from the rear. Actually, we were searching for a parking space and happened upon the back lot. The front had a patio area which opened onto a bar to the immediate right and a restaurant area to the left. Continuing aft, a separate "J"-shaped bar was also off to the left with additional seating to the right. It was really crowded when we visited on a Saturday night, so no seats were available at either bar (!). Me, at a table!?! Wow.
Beers: NB Blonde; Pelican Pale Ale; Bisbee's ESB; The WedgeWeizen; Newport Coast Steam; and Dead Cowboy Imperial Stout were the ones available on our visit. They also make Snug Harbor Honey Ale; Balboa Brown; Lefty's Cream; Dockside IPA; Pistol Packin' Porter; and Oktoberfest.
08-22-2008 17:30:04 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
With the Friday VIP and Evening session coupled with a full Saturday at the Pizza Port 2006 Strong Ale Festival under our belts, what better way to spend a Sunday that drinking yet more beer!! The drive from Carlsbad back to Long Beach seemed a little too far so along with BAs Erica, Seagoat and HoppyJess we first stopped off at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa for some beer shopping. Then it was a reasonably short ride from there down to Newport Beach Brewing.
Of all the times that I have been to Hi-Times, I simply cannot believe that I have never taken the 10 minute drive and opportunity to hit up the nearby Newport Beach, so this was my first visit here.
Set in the Balboa Peninsula area it is situated on Newport Beach Boulevard where it forks between 29th and 30th Streets, and is just off to your left as you head South, a set of lights will allow you to turn left here down 30th Street, this in turn will allow you to gain access to the Parking Lot at the back of the main building.
Parking was tight, the back lot was almost full but whilst I managed to steal the last remaining spot Seagoat and HoppyJess struggled for a while. And if you think about winging the street parking rules - Dont!! Because the little Hitlers that patrol the streets were here checking frequently and you will probably end up with a ticket, so park wisely.
The entrance at the back is to the right of a large grain silo, which is hard to miss thanks to the fact that it is painted in a bright canary yellow. On the Silo are the names of the many brews on sale here; of note was the fact that the words John Wayne Imperial Stout had been painted over and replaced with the description Dead Cowboy Stout same beer but I guess they had to change the name for legal reasons maybe?
Inside it has a very laid back SoCal feel. Lots of faded varnished woods lend a seafaring feel, whilst a myriad of TVs adding Sports Bar into the equation. There are two bars, one lies off to your immediate right, whilst another sits against the far back wall but in front of the shining Coppers and other brewery equipment. To the left a small area contains tables and chairs bounded by 3 foot tall wooden walls. To the far right is the entrance to the outside seating area and another interior seating area. We were originally told we could sit here, and then told we couldnt, which brings me onto Service .hmmm, how can I put this? Well it *Sucks* Service is a dirty word here. If youve been here before you may not feel out of sorts, but if you are new then it is a suck it and see set up. You seat yourself and hope that one of the servers recognizes that you entered the building and are alive ..even then it may take a while to get the nod, this is where one server acknowledges you and then promptly ignores you for a while and then appears later all nice and cheery with one of those really annoying false Californian smiles. Also, it is hard to tell who the servers are at times too thanks to the fact that they dress just the same as the punters. Crap service is part of the deal here, so you have to live with it I guess but it is not good and the worst part of NBBC for me.
Thankfully, the beer range makes the wait worth while. During my visit they had Bisbees ESB, Newport Beach Blonde, Pelican Pale Ale, Pistol Packin Porter, Wedge Weizen and a seasonal special called Xmas Coffee Porter. In addition to the house beers they also had Stone 10th and Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard on Tap, so the line up is very healthy. The Xmas Coffee Porter was imbibed by all four visiting BAs and it was very good. We opted out of the food, but the Menu didnt seem to be anything that you cant get at any other SoCal Brewpub and rather standard fare.
This place has a lovely set-up, a well-worn and established Brewpub that knocks out some great brews, and it is for the solid brews that you should come here, the rest is so-so and ancillary to the solid regular brews and excellent specials. I hear that the Dead Cowboy Imperial Stout is legendary, so another trip may be in order here in the coming months, or after my next visit to HiTimes even.
Thanks to Seagoat and HoppyJess for the inspiration and directions as well as the lovely Erica for the company. Ill surely be heading back here in the future and if I play my cards right I may just get to try some of the better specials when I do.
Last Visit: Sunday 3rd December, 2006.
12-10-2006 22:42:22 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Update 8-4-09: The pizzas are quite good. There is rotation in the draft lineup, which is nice, and they have a small bottle selection of guests beer as well. $4 pints on most house beers.
Although the area is notorious for its parking meters, there is some free parking provided by Newport Brewing out of street view. I came in at noon for a quick pint, and one which I found to be enjoyable: Bisbee's ESB. During my visit, they had six house brews on-tap and six guest taps (such as Union Jack IPA, Blanche de Bruxelles, Stone 11th Anniversery Ale). The beer, unless noted, is served in typical tumbler pints glasses. But watch the pours; I was noticably short-poured by my bartender. There are many bars in this area of Newport Beach, but this one actually makes their own beer, and as a bonus, it's pretty good.
06-12-2008 23:57:26 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Newport Beach Brewing is located on Newport Boulevard not too far from the PCH. There is street parking as well as a lot behind the building, and there are entrances on both sides.
The inside is very open with a lot of wood and the bar is on one side with brewing tanks right behind it (along with an inexplicably placed Cincinnati Bengals sign). We sat outside on the ground level patio, and there was an upstairs one too.
NBB's beer selection consists of 6 beers including a couple rotators/seasonals. The beers are also available in a sampler tray for $9. They included on my visit a Pils, APA, ESB, IIPA, Barley Wine and Barrel Aged Imperial Dunkelweizen. Half the beers were average and the other half were above average.
Service was decent on a late afternoon. The place was not overly busy to begin with, and our server didn't need to check on us often anyway as we only had the beer sampler.
We did not try any food on this visit.
All in all this brewpub was a nice stop a coastal-type trip we took that day. Hard to complain while having a decent brew on a patio near the ocean on a beautiful sunny day in CA.
10-14-2010 03:26:33 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped here with my girlfriend for a few hours today around four after spending some time on the surfboard at 36th street, this place is right on the corner of 30th and Newport, nice big parking lot in the back, first thing I noticed when I walked in was that they were out of the Uber Ganger Eisbock and that was the main reason for my visit, missed it by two days but that is alright, sat down at a table near the bar, two bars in the place with seating both inside and out, did not order food because it looked expensive and we were not too hungry yet, we ordered a beer sampler with seven brews and it was nine dollars, a little expensive but the glasses were four ounces which is more than anywhere else I have been to expect BJs, it came with Newport Beach Blonde, Bisbee's ESB, Pelican Pale Ale, Village Idiot IPA, Resurrection Imperial Coffee Stout, Amarillo Red, and Elmer's Reserve Bourbon Stout, the two stouts were my favorites, you can look at my reviews on all of them in the near future, they had six guest beers that included Arrogant Bastard, Brother David's Double, Paulener Hefe-Weiss, Storm King Stout, Chimay Red, and Duvel, those ranged from five to nine dollars, place was pretty pricey overall, three different people working near the bar and they were all helpful and friendly, cannot go wrong with the atmosphere, you are in Newport Beach you know, lots of elderly couples in there enjoying some pints, nice mellow crowd, pizza and mexican food looked good, maybe I will try that next time, will go back very soon since my beach of choice is less than a mile away, glad I checked this spot out today
03-01-2008 08:06:11 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Newport Beach Brewing seems to be located in the "hot spot" of Balboa Island. Entrance is in the back but parking is plentiful out front. Immediately, the comfortable environs are a welcome vibe. Hoist a seat and observe the wooden planks that create the interior. Sports on the tvs are everywhere.
Beer selection is a tad spotty, but thanks to guest taps, the selection widens to a formidable offering. This place actually cares about beer. Try guest taps of Stone 10th Anniversary, North Coast Prankster and Stone Arrogant Bastidge!
Service was kinda lame. Looks like the 'tender was asleep at the switch, but who really cares?
Pizzas are $6 on Wednesdays. They are huge!
Last call: Could you take your Mom here? Yes! Clean Men's room might mean clean b-rooms. Comfy T-shirt ambiance and food was ok to good. Try the ESB.
09-22-2006 06:52:07 |
More by blitheringidiot
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Located on the Balboa Peninsula, this was the third brewpub opened in Orange County. Our first stop when reached Newport Beach this summer, this place was an amazing little brewpub.
The brewing equipment is all located behind the bar, and this place is a comfortable environment to catch some lunch and a brew. As for the service they were helpful in selecting the beers for our sampler, and at helping us choose a sandwich for lunch. They had about eight beers running when were there the beers that left an impression were Beach Blonde, and the Wedge Weizen named after the famous surfing locale, along with the John Wayne Stout, a two time GABF winner. We were really hungry, so everything was really good. Any food was good at the time so I can't give their food fair judgement. A great place to chill after hitting the beach!
03-30-2003 08:49:38 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Visited the brewpub on a recent trip to Newport Beach. Had a couple of pints and nachos.
Beer list was pretty decent for a small micro brewery. It included a few easy drinking beers (steam, amber, blonde, etc.) as well as an IPA, double IPA, barrel aged brown sour, nitro stout and a couple of others. Atmosphere was typical pub style. Service was well informed and friendly.
I had the IPA and the steam beer, which were both good. Would have gone back has we visited for more than just a day. Worth a visit if you are in Newport Beach.
07-07-2011 00:46:22 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in here yesterday with a group of friends after doing some cycling.
Things did not get off to a good start. We had 12 people in our group (fairly large, I understand) and we were given a table on the patio that could fit about 8 people. When we asked if we could get an extra small table to add on to fit us more comfortably, we were told no.
A couple people in our group were not interested in having beer, so they ordered sodas. The beer came out reasonably quickly, but we had to ask multiple times about the sodas. When they finally came, the waiter made a patronizing and sarcastic comment.
The beer was mediocre, but I already knew to expect that to be honest. The food was not too bad for your basic brewpub food, but again, a service problem showed itself.
I had ordered a turkey burger, but the waiter had (apparently) decided I wanted a hickory burger. When the food came out, we made this error known, but nothing was done about it. After waiting another 10 minutes, we found another member of the staff and told them about the error and that we were still waiting. By the time I got my food, everyone else at our table was long since finished eating.
Maybe if you just sit at the bar and have a few beers this place isn't so bad. But, I would not bother coming here for anything more than that.
While this review focused far more on the service aspect of NBBC, I feel that is honestly just as important as any of the others. You can have good food and beer, but if your service is awful, then I'm not going to enjoy myself. The inverse is true as well: if you your service is good and friendly, I'm more inclined to overlook some substandard food and/or beer.
07-05-2010 22:15:30 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Overall a very nice brewpub located in the heart of Newport Beach.
Nice setup inside with two long bars with brewing equipment behind. Sat at a table and ordered a sampler as well as food. Food was very good quality - I had basic fish and chips, but they were above average. SO had fish tacos that were quite tasty. The beer was all decent - nothing phenomenal but all decent representations of the style. I was a little dissapointed that the John Wayne Stout wasn't available this trip, but with the food and beer I may have to make another visit. Also, the large parking lot behind the brewery is a convenience not often found in SoCal. Our waiter was also nice enough to give us directions to Goat Hill!
All in all an enjoyable experience.
01-21-2005 07:36:25 |
More by rowew
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