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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7C Greenwood Dr
phone: (843) 785-7155
(Place added by: Tubesox)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | $$$$
Beer Date Monday Dec 14, 2009...
My wife says "yes we've been to that place before; it was about 10 years ago"... Well I guess I must have wiped that late 90's bad-beer experience from my memory banks because I was stupid enough to go back for another one. I agree with the other reviewers that it is a hard to find place, but remember this is HHI and everything but the beach is hard to find. When we approached the front door the haze of a decade of good craft brew began to lift. After entering and seeing the GRUNDY serving tanks proudly displayed in the seating area behind the bar, the hairs on the back of my neck raised up as my taste buds tried to run for their collective lives.
As we do with any brew pub where we do not have house-favorites, we ordered a sampler so I could find that one (or more) jewels in HHBC's crown of offerings.
I honestly think this was the worst liquid substance that has been presented to me as beer since I made my first homebrew kit in 1983 using unboiled tap water and the yeast packet under the lid of the can of extract. The plthora of off-flavors is beyond written discription, I defer to the revious reviewer who did quite good in discribing the acetic-butyric-mercaptin-lactic-cheesy-stale-hops-vegetal-metallic-diacetyl-DMS-acetaldehide-fest of flavors bombarding my taste buds.
I'm willing to bet those grundy tanks have not been cleaned since I was here 10-years ago; that's what it would take to establish the micro-flora needed to create such a spectrum of off-flavors
This place is the worst brew-anything I have ever experienced. This place and others like it are a mockery to the craft-beer movement.
HHBC must be someone's tax shelter or money laundromat, because they ain't payin' the bills here by making & selling craft beer.
Scotty, beam me up there is no beer here.
01-20-2010 04:00:36 |
More by christmasg
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | $$$
After reading all of the negative reviews, I had to see if they were all a little hard on the place or spot on. Unfortunately for me and HHBC, the reviews are spot on.
This place really annoyed me. First of all, it was a bit hard to find because it was tucked in the back of the little shopping area with no signs to direct one where the place is. There was some nice outdoor seating and the inside looked pretty cool but mostly like a sportsbar.
Secondly, the bartender was so aloof and uninteresting it was bothersome.
Thirdly, the beer was horrible. I asked the bartender what the seasonal was and he said it was a brown ale. I gave it a try and it was worse than some of my bad homebrews. The beer was amber in color with a small, yellowish head. Aroma was very sour and green apple like. The flavor was green apples, dirty diapers, sour, astringent, bitter, and just bad. I drank about four sips and left. The bartender wasnt interested in offering me another selection so I paid and got the hell out there.
The selection was absolutely pedestrian and completely uninteresting. They had a Kolsch, a brown ale, an amber, a stout, and a wheat; how predictable. As mentioned, the brown ale was horrible so I would assume the rest are along the same lines. How this place is in business is WAAAY beyond me.
Another thing that was ridiculous, was that the growlers were $25 new, and refills were $13. So, in essence, they charge $12 for the glass. Absolutely unacceptable. I will never come back here again!
10-08-2009 00:36:50 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 3
On vacation in Hilton Head in mid-May, a week or so before the onslaught of tourist season. Came here for lunch one day, as it is touted as the only brew pub on the island, and dragged my whole family with me. Checked out the website first, which touted a selection of about six or seven different brews. When we got here I inquired where the beer menu was, and was told that they only had one beer on tap, a scotch ale, which I was then informed "tastes similar to a Newcastle." Whah? I said, "You call yourself a brew pub and you only have one beer?" to which the waiter replied, "Yeah, I get that all the time," leading me to believe this is the regular status quo. I have very much liked the scottish ales I've had, but didn't really want one with lunch in the middle of a hot afternoon to go with my pizza, but I ordered it anyway. Tasted like alcohol-spiked coffee/cough medicine. Blech. Pizza was okay, so not a total wash, but I was very disappointed. I'd be interested to hear from any one if this place gets better in the tourist season, but in May I was really disappointed with the experience.
05-13-2003 16:34:49 |
More by jennie
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$
My wife and I had a very average IPA which was the high point of the visit. It was hoppy but rather unflavorable. The table next to us was complaining about the root beer to the brewmaster who explained to them that it was an early attempt at root beer and he was not happy with it. I am not concerned that they would serve a low quality product and hope the customers would not notice. The food was not great and the service was poor. We pointed out a cock roach crawling around by our table to our waiter who promptly stepped on it. I only hope there were not more in the kitchen.
05-29-2008 23:17:00 |
More by jgspears
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$
We've been coming to this brewpub every spring since it opened a decade or so back. The quality of the brews has fluctuated over the years from almost average to awful and then back to almost average again. So...when we walked in the doors during happy hour on a Tuesday and saw only 3 other customers at the bar I immediately was a bit uneasy about our choice for dining this night.
My worst fears were confirmed when my wife and I both received our IPA's: they weren't bad....if it was a wheat beer. Somewhat yeasty and light--but no taste of hops whatever.
I then tried the porter....which tasted much more like a chocolate stout. Their blueberry wheat was...well, very weak, indeed--and not at all like a wheat.
Simply put, one of the worst selections I've come upon in my search for fine ales. Just plain awful!
So, if you're looking for fine ales on the island, head on over to the Mellow Mushroom where they have Racer 5 and Stone IPA on tap. You can't go wrong with those choices.
05-19-2009 22:25:20 |
More by badgerphil
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3 | $$
Yikes. I only tried their IPA when I went for dinner, but it was pretty damn bad. Flavorless, and a bit....stagnant tasting. The bar tender poured it like he was trying to aerate wine or something, and virtually all the carbonation was gone when it got to me. I didn't venture to try any of their other beers, just stuck with Yeugnling after that as a cheap alternative.
I ordered a pizza, and the wrong one was given to me. When I told the waiter, he made it out like it was my fault. When the right food actually came, it was actually pretty good though.
So, if you are not looking to drink their brewed beer, and don't mind relaxing with friends through the service, their food is pretty good. However, if you want real beer and not something that I would put below Miller's entire lineup, go to The Lodge right next door. By far my favorite bar on the island.
07-21-2010 03:29:12 |
More by PantherLightning
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
I visited HHBC around a month ago and I was very disappointed. Now I will have to admit that I have only been to HHBC one time in my life but they also say you only get one chance to make a first impression. The place was hard to find because it was located in the back of a group of bars called the triangle but that was not really a problem. The atmosphere was good and the bartender was friendly. The beer was awful. They only had 3 on tap at the time a light, porter, and an IPA. All three tasted, nearly, the exact same. In all three there was a strong metallic taste and it tasted like all three were brewed with juniper berries. Maybe I am off the mark about HHBC but I know that my visit was very unsatisfying. If you are in the area and want to visit a brewpub your best bet may be to make the 30 min drive to Moon River in Savannah.
08-15-2009 07:27:12 |
More by thesyko56
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: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Well, we ain't in Kansas anymore, Toto. Here, I stood out like the proverbial turd in a punch bowl. Have I ever mentioned just how much I enjoy being stared at as if I were a pile of doggy doo on the sole of someone's shoe? The only thing that our arrival lacked was the sound of a needle scratching across a record as everything came to a dead stop. Oof.
It sat in the back of the Hilton Head Plaza and the main entryway opened onto a game room with a couch and several video games to the left, the m.d.s. in the center with a DJ booth and logo item display attached to it, and the laminated octagonal bar to the right. Booths lined the front windows with a working fireplace in the right corner. A patio deck was outside to the far right. In the back left corner, they had a private VIP lounge with leather sofa.
Beers: Theirs is a hybrid system using a small mash tun and brewkettle in combination with extracts. The products are on the watery side, as you might expect, but they are trying. Probably not worth a special trip, but if you are in the area....
Island Light; Lighthouse Lager; IPA; Winter Ale; and Mocha Porter.
12-16-2009 22:04:07 |
More by woodychandler
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