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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7C Greenwood Dr
phone: (843) 785-7155
(Place added by: Tubesox)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3 | $$
This was located in the Sea Pines area in a strip mall around the traffic circle area. When walking in you see a stand with tee shirts and other gifts. We walked to the bar area which had a load of stools. Game area is in the back, and the brewing area is clearly visable from the bar.
When we asked what beers were available, we were told Mocca Porter, Raspberry Wheat and Summer Blonde were all that was available. It's July 4th weekend and this selection was as weak as a brewpub could have.
The beers were average at best, and the food was also not earth shattering but basic (and cheap) pub grub.
Very sad when looking for local beers you are offered a poor selection and they are unispired. I would not recommend this place for any beer hunters.
07-07-2008 22:22:08 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | $$$
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: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Went here during a Memorial Day vacation.
Atmosphere is good - as long as it's earlier than 7:00. I went in "The Triangle" the night before and it was as bad as Athens, GA (or any SEC town, save Nashville) on a gameday weekend. I went again the next day to try out the beers and only three other people were at the bar. Brewing equipment is in the back behind a wraparound bar in the center of the room. A game room, including fusbol sits to the left of the entrance and there are a decent amount of windows allowing for views in the back of the place. Not a bad place, but again, don't go there too late on a weekend.
Quality was alright. All glassware was room temperature and not logo'd, but the pours were lackluster with only a wispy layer on top when served to me.
Service was good. The guy was friendly enough, but he didn't know a ton about beer, calling the IPA hoppy when it was anything but.
Selection is alright. They had six different beers on-tap while I was there with a generic imported selection.
Food was not so great - I really think that's the first time I didn't finish a bowl of chili. It was basically tomato sauce with meat and beans.
Value is a bit overpriced, especially for what you're getting in return.
Overall I could've done without my $18 bar tab from this place as I enjoyed none of it. I wish I'd read the reviews more carefully and headed to Mellow Mushroom.
06-03-2009 20:27:27 |
More by glid02
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3
Didn't realize that this was on the site. We stopped in here over the summer while on vacation. I was initially excited after learning that there was a brewpub on the island, and we had a dd. I was hoping for some tasty microbrews, since all the other places we had been to had Bud cans and dudes singing the same songs on guitars.
The atmosphere reminded me of every other sports bar that college kids go to. Big beer signs on the walls, assorted other junk, underaged waitresses and hostesses feeling too important...
They only had one or two of there own beers on tap. I settled in with the IPA. It wasn't bad, but seemed watered down and muted. Besides that, they had the usual macro selection. Food was straight up pub grub, that took a while to get there.
On the good side, they seemed to handle loads of kids easily, but that is about it. Bring a cooler to HH with your own selections...
12-22-2004 14:18:22 |
More by Dithyramb
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: 3 | $$
Where do I start? I read about this place on Beer Advocate, but had to really seek it out. No mention in any of the Hilton Head magazines or info guides. The website is very hard to find. The Beeradvocate link is wrong. It is HiltonHeadBrewpub.com. Until we called the number from the yellow pages, we were not even sure if it existed anymore.
It is located in a very cool spot. Off the main road, just outside one of the island plantations, there are about 4 or 5 bars all tucked together, alongside a stream. This entire place must get packed in the summer months.
The brewpub is nice inside, but certainly has a dark, clubby feel to it. There are a series of booths along the window. It does look like they serve food, but we didn't order anything.
Here is my take, from what I saw and what I gathered from the friendy and outgoing bartender. This is a "brewpub" in search of the identity. Newer owners bought a brewpub and kept it as such. But, they along with their website are pushing mixed drinks and the typical macro beers (like most other club'like spots).
They had on tap, a winter ale, winter wheat, IPA, porter, one or two others. Not bad. The 2 winter beers were actually pretty decent.
I mentioned to the bartender, as a brewpub, aside the club scene, they can make money by promoting the "brewpub" side of their establishment, advertising in Ale Street News, and others for example.
Their focus is not on their own beers. I wonder in six month or a year from now will they just drop that and put Bud and Miller on tap instead? I hope not. I do not really think the owners understand that being a brewpub is a unique thing...with some decent beers on tap, you can draw in a beer "geek" crowd in the day and still have your club DJ scene at night.
02-19-2008 15:04:04 |
More by Nutleybeer
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went here with my family while spending a week in Hilton Head. On the whole, I could definitely tell that this place focused on its club night scene. When you first walked in, there is a large open area that I would say served as a dance floor with a bar in the center. The tables that are in there are around the edges. On the whole, it was darkly lite as well. I didn't really hear any music played playing and they had ESPN on the TVs.
As for the beer, they only had 2 out of the 5 of their own draft beers available. I tried the mocha porter and my father had the summer blonde. The porter was decent and so was the blonde. I want to comment that the blonde was in fact blonde so at least they have seemed to fix the color issue that some other reviewers had complained about. The waitress was young and a bit eager but have no real complaints. I didn't ask her about the beer since they had a flyer in the menu explaining what the beers were. All of the food came out rather quickly and tasted good. We order 3 pizzas and split them amongst the 9 of us. The pizza was New York style so it was big thin slices. I thought there menu was pretty large for a brewpub as they had pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. Nothing outstanding but at least a little more choice than some other brewpubs I have been too. On the whole, I would say that this place is worth going to if you need some place to go to dinner one night but I probably would not make a trip just for the beer. I would at least call in advance and ask how many and what beers were on tap.
06-28-2008 12:44:04 |
More by jeonseh
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Was on the island for vacation for the first time and tried to seek out the beer spots around town. I had read about HHBC on BA prior to my visit, saw some average reviews, and decided to see what it was all about. Stopped in with my Dad to have a couple pints.
The place wasn't easy to find, but, after spending some days on the island, I learned that this wasn't uncommon. It's not that it is hidden, it's that Hilton Head seams to have standards around the island on how your business can be located/situated on the pristine landscape...I actually enjoyed this aspect.
When we walked in, the place was empty...it was around one in the afternoon, and it seemed the bartenders were catching up from the night before, stocking the bar, etc. We walked around a bit, checked out the brewing equipment, which seemed pretty basic...situated just behind the bar...just some small kettles. The bar wrapped around the center of the main room, and there were five or six taps for their own brew.
Once I got the bartender's attention, I asked to try the Mocha Porter. He gave me a sample in a tiny plastic shot cup. It looked good, dark, a decent head on on the small sample, but the taste did not match. It was metallic, off-tasting, and generally off. My Dad and I opted for two pints of the IPA.
We retreated to the back deck which overlooked a little lagoon, and set in to the IPAs. To our dismay, the IPA was around the same quality as the Porter I sampled. It was off, tasted metallic, and seemed like more of a beginner's homebrew than something that would come from a Brewing Company. I was not impressed at all. We didn't even finish our pints.
When we walked back in to return our still half-full glasses, I noticed the bartenders stocking the bar with Bud Lime and some other frilly beer drinks...which led me to believe that the Hilton Head Brewery bases most of it's revenue on the night party scene, and not much on the quality of their own brews. I kept wondering to myself if the brewmaster actually thought the beer was worthy of selling to the public, or if it was brewed as more of a novelty.
At any rate, I'm glad I checked it out, but was not impressed at all with the quality of the beer. I was much happier finding some six packs of the Palmetto Amber and Sweetwater IPA (which we can't get in Ohio), smoking a cigar, and sitting by the ocean. The brewery might have potential if they took their beers a little more seriously.
07-02-2009 03:30:44 |
More by movingtrain
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