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Hilton Head Brewing Company
Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 12
Beer Avg: 2.47
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7C Greenwood Dr
phone: (843) 785-7155
(Place added by: Tubesox)
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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Where do I start? I read about this place on Beer Advocate, but had to really seek it out. No mention in any of the Hilton Head magazines or info guides. The website is very hard to find. The Beeradvocate link is wrong. It is HiltonHeadBrewpub.com. Until we called the number from the yellow pages, we were not even sure if it existed anymore.
It is located in a very cool spot. Off the main road, just outside one of the island plantations, there are about 4 or 5 bars all tucked together, alongside a stream. This entire place must get packed in the summer months.
The brewpub is nice inside, but certainly has a dark, clubby feel to it. There are a series of booths along the window. It does look like they serve food, but we didn't order anything.
Here is my take, from what I saw and what I gathered from the friendy and outgoing bartender. This is a "brewpub" in search of the identity. Newer owners bought a brewpub and kept it as such. But, they along with their website are pushing mixed drinks and the typical macro beers (like most other club'like spots).
They had on tap, a winter ale, winter wheat, IPA, porter, one or two others. Not bad. The 2 winter beers were actually pretty decent.
I mentioned to the bartender, as a brewpub, aside the club scene, they can make money by promoting the "brewpub" side of their establishment, advertising in Ale Street News, and others for example.
Their focus is not on their own beers. I wonder in six month or a year from now will they just drop that and put Bud and Miller on tap instead? I hope not. I do not really think the owners understand that being a brewpub is a unique thing...with some decent beers on tap, you can draw in a beer "geek" crowd in the day and still have your club DJ scene at night.
02-19-2008 15:04:04 |
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11-21-2013 10:26:15 |
More by GatorCoop
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 4.5 | $
The wife and I stopped here last night because it was a perfect compromise; she knew if like to stop by a brewery and she looked up the menu and saw they had sweet potato French fries. It was win-win.
Well... The best thing about this place was the sweet patato French fries. In fact, the SPFF were world class. Probably the best we have ever had.
Casey the bartender was very friendly and seemed like she really has made a respectable effort to learn about the beers.
The place looked like and crappy dive bar in a college campus except for the copper tanks that were just there. No attempt was made to showcase them or even incoorprate them into the layout and flow of the restaraunt... It's as if the tanks/brewing equipment is seen as a nuisance.
$3 for 2 oz pours of all 5 of their own beers in a flight-- very good price. Very crappy beer.
The beers they had available were:
Summer ale - possibly the best of the bunch. At least there was nothing offensive about it.
German Wheat - not too bad. I'd be proud of this if it were my homebrew.
Chocolate Porter - really? This was an atrocity to all things chocolate, and all things Porter for that matter.
Amber - based on presentation on tap handle I assumed amber ale... Nope. Amber lager. Wasn't bad. Possibly 2nd best.
IPA - this was beyond lousy. No hop aroma or flavor. Watery and thin.
All the beers were watery and thin. None had much flavor. I'm amazed this place can stay open when The Lodge is 15 feet from their door!
If you come to the island, stop here just so you see I'm not exaggerating-- then walk next door to The Lodge.
09-28-2012 15:10:18 |
More by AleWatcher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Came here merely to enjoy local beer from a Brewing Company I haven't visited yet. Came with two other friends while staying in the Sea Pines Resort.
Walk right in and you have yourself a BrewPub with kettles on your left and a restaurant all around it. We nestled in at the bar where there was a live, acoustic set going on right behind us. Good vibe.
Almost tapping our beers into chilled glassware, I immediately found myself walking down to the other side of the bar to stop our bartender. She didn't even understand why I wanted non-chilled glasses but this was okay.
Our bartender couldn't promote any of their beers, so we all went with the Shipyard IPA. Average IPA but happened to overhear a conversation I wasn't too happy about. A customer was talking about the styles he enjoyed (amber ales, pale ales, lagers, etc.) and when he asked what the tender would drink, she replied, "well, I'm not a big fan of our beers, but we do have Bud Light".
Wow... I think if the owner of the brewery overheard this too, he wouldn't only be disappointed but may have had other plans for this bartender. No longer working here!
Selection was good including 4-6 of their styles (can't remember) but none of the others interested me.
I've heard they have good food here so hope to be back but was a bit disappointed in the service and how the bartender handled her opinion of Hilton Head Brewing Co's brews. She should have simply let him try them all for himself instead of her negativity.
07-22-2012 20:12:26 |
More by DCon
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here on vacation on 6/8/12. Small facility, not many options to choose from. Two of their home brews were still brewing and i was unable to try. I did however try their Peach wheat beer which was not to impressive. The atmosphere was probability the most enjoyable due to the fact my wife and I sat out in the patio with some live entertainment. For the food I tried their wings (chipotle bbq) which was excellent, but if your looking for new beers to try, you can probably scratch this one off your list.
06-14-2012 16:12:35 |
More by theshoe316
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
I first came to the HH Brewing Company roughly 10 years ago, when I first started drinking "better" beers. Remembering a good experience (and throwing caution to the BA reviews), I came back here mid-August, 2010.
The restaurant is fairly large, but it was completely dead and was extremely hot. Perhaps it picks up in the evening, but I suspect not. My wife and I sat at the bar.
They have only five beers on tap at any time (however they claim to brew many more, but are limited by the number of taps they have. This seems like a simple problem to fix if you're truly making quality beer that is profitable). I tried the IPA and my wife ordered the Raspberry Wheat. The IPA smelled great... but it tasted terrible. It was bitter, unbalanced, lacked any sort of nice hop flavor, and had virtually zero malt. Essentially, it was a bitter glass of water, but with a bad astringent / rotten fruit after taste.
The raspberry wheat beer, however, was actually quite good. Although I'm not a fruit beer drinker, I did enjoy the sips I took from my wife's pint. It was fairly reminiscent of a raspberry cider or possibly even a lambic.
One way to judge a micro-brew / brew pub is by looking at the list of other beers they serve. HH Brewing Company had a very extensive list of non-HH Brewing Company beers (however most of them are macro-brewed "craft" beers). Clearly even they lack confidence in their own abilities.
08-10-2010 13:14:33 |
More by gamera
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3 | $$
Yikes. I only tried their IPA when I went for dinner, but it was pretty damn bad. Flavorless, and a bit....stagnant tasting. The bar tender poured it like he was trying to aerate wine or something, and virtually all the carbonation was gone when it got to me. I didn't venture to try any of their other beers, just stuck with Yeugnling after that as a cheap alternative.
I ordered a pizza, and the wrong one was given to me. When I told the waiter, he made it out like it was my fault. When the right food actually came, it was actually pretty good though.
So, if you are not looking to drink their brewed beer, and don't mind relaxing with friends through the service, their food is pretty good. However, if you want real beer and not something that I would put below Miller's entire lineup, go to The Lodge right next door. By far my favorite bar on the island.
07-21-2010 03:29:12 |
More by PantherLightning
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I wouldn't say this place is as bad as some of the other reviewers, but it is not very impressive. The place is difficult to find and was empty at 1:00 PM. I did try their pale ale and it was OK, just average. Maybe at night this place picks up, but during the day, it is dead. There was very adequete staff, very helpful and eager to serve. The bartender actually gave me directions to another pub, 30 feet away, that did have some impressive reviews. I did not have any food, but local reviews show that it is decent at best. My advice, go next door to The Lodge.
06-08-2010 02:56:26 |
More by Jacksongvl
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
This is an ok place to gab something to eat...however I would never drink a beer there. They have some of the worst beer I have ever had from a brewpub, and the critics agree with me. Its bad beer. The food is very barry...I say over half of it was fried, and the onion rings were pretty damn good.
The atmosphere was similar to a small sports bar. There were about 3-4 tvs around the bar and they were all sports.
The service was above average, but not exceptional by any means. If you want to grab a beer, stay away. If you want some bar food, feel free to stop in. I am sure most of the people that go here are out of towners.
05-10-2010 01:24:00 |
More by woodske1
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | $$$$
Beer Date Monday Dec 14, 2009...
My wife says "yes we've been to that place before; it was about 10 years ago"... Well I guess I must have wiped that late 90's bad-beer experience from my memory banks because I was stupid enough to go back for another one. I agree with the other reviewers that it is a hard to find place, but remember this is HHI and everything but the beach is hard to find. When we approached the front door the haze of a decade of good craft brew began to lift. After entering and seeing the GRUNDY serving tanks proudly displayed in the seating area behind the bar, the hairs on the back of my neck raised up as my taste buds tried to run for their collective lives.
As we do with any brew pub where we do not have house-favorites, we ordered a sampler so I could find that one (or more) jewels in HHBC's crown of offerings.
I honestly think this was the worst liquid substance that has been presented to me as beer since I made my first homebrew kit in 1983 using unboiled tap water and the yeast packet under the lid of the can of extract. The plthora of off-flavors is beyond written discription, I defer to the revious reviewer who did quite good in discribing the acetic-butyric-mercaptin-lactic-cheesy-stale-hops-vegetal-metallic-diacetyl-DMS-acetaldehide-fest of flavors bombarding my taste buds.
I'm willing to bet those grundy tanks have not been cleaned since I was here 10-years ago; that's what it would take to establish the micro-flora needed to create such a spectrum of off-flavors
This place is the worst brew-anything I have ever experienced. This place and others like it are a mockery to the craft-beer movement.
HHBC must be someone's tax shelter or money laundromat, because they ain't payin' the bills here by making & selling craft beer.
Scotty, beam me up there is no beer here.
01-20-2010 04:00:36 |
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