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Tustin Brewing Company
Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 174
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
13011 Newport Avenue #100
phone: (714) 665-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to TBC since almost the beginning (1997). The beer was average at its best. A visit once a year was enough to see if there were any changes for the better.
I moved to the Irvine area in 2005. The place/beer was still average.
Finally, about 3 years ago, the powers to be at TBC saw the light and started to produce really good beer. Their current brewer, J.Porter, is producing some great beers. There is even a cask ale on a regular basis, mmm, cask ale, mmm!
There are always at least 7 house beers on tap and maybe an experimental ale on as well. Plus, there are 5 or so guest beers on as well.
The food is top notch too. The Cajun Lamb chops are my favorite.
TBC is sports bar, so on Saturdays and Sundays, parking can be difficult.
Tustin Brewing Company is the best brewpub in the area: Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Newport.
12-29-2010 01:52:29 |
More by HaggisIBM
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been enjoying Tustin Brewing Company since it opened. In the beginning it was just off and on. The improvements in the last couple of years has made me a true regular.
First of course is the beer and they now have quite a few medal winners to prove it. I really have enjoyed the Old Town IPA from the beginning. Now, Jackson's Double IPA has really impressed me. Sometimes I am in the mood for a porter and the Great American Brew Fest bronze medal winning Blimp Hanger Porter calls out to me often. Occasionally an exceptional cask conditioned brew comes online and it is always worth a try. I wish they would add a beer suggestion to pair with certain foods just for fun. They also pour some of the standard big corporation beers but for the life of me I don't know why anyone wants to drink that stuff. There is a full bar for those who enjoy a cocktail on occasion.
Great beer calls for great food and the recently updated menu is no disappointment. I look forward to Taco Tuesdays for the value. They took away my standby standby Cajun lamb chops appetizer then more than made up for it with a reasonably priced main course of Mediterranean Lamb Chops. The award winning chili hits the spot too.
Last but not least is the service. They really pack the place when a good game is on but they always seem to know when my mug is nearly dry. I always get a smile from the servers as well, maybe its because I am smiling too?
Parking can be a challenge at times, there is parking around back just drive around the side next to Nieuport 17 and hang a right. always a spot back there.
12-01-2010 05:53:51 |
More by SherwoodRN
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I've been to TBC about a dozen times over the past 4 years and have introduced it to a handful of friends. I live about 4 miles up the road, so it is pretty convenient. However, visiting a local 'neighborhood' brewpub only a dozen times in the past 4 years isn't that many times and there's a reason for it: the atmosphere.
Located in a small strip mall with boutique restaurants and shops, TBC has the ideal spot on the street side of the property. However, it's still fairly difficult to notice it. I don't know if the owners like the word-of-mouth publicity, but better signage would definitely improve the flow of patrons. I've been in there plenty of times where I found myself wondering how a place like this can stay in business with so few customers. The busiest nights are Thursdays for extended happy hour specials and the weekends. I have yet to join them for a Monday Night Football event, but I'm sure that has a decent draw. Expect a large number of older men on Mondays for Mug Club.
The interior decor is dominated by wooden furniture and wall mounted tv's. It has more of a sports bar feel than a brewery. The high ceilings make the space feel cavernous. For some reason, the layout doesn't seem to flow. I'm not sure if it's the 4-foot wall separating the bar from the dining area or what.
Despite all the empty seats, service still seemed slow. Don't expect a hostess to greet you at the door; you may stand around for a few minutes until a waitress notices you. There's typically only one bartender and he/she may get stuck talking to their friends at the opposite end of the bar without noticing other guests trying to catch their eye for a refill. It doesn't seem like wait staff in the dining area are knowledgeable about the beers they are serving. They also get average to low marks for friendliness.
The food is average. It's nothing spectacular and entree's seem about $1-$2 over-priced for the quality and portion size. But then again, this is the OC. Kitchen closes around 9:30-10pm, so don't expect to have a late night snack after attending a sporting event or concert. The beer bread is really good though and goes well with any beer... which brings us to the beer. TBC beers are decent; most seem like they are brewed for the masses so they lack that wow factor that keeps TBC from being more successful. I was impressed that they came out with an Imperial Red recently. And their barleywine was good as well. I wish they posted more info about their beer on the beer list; at least provide the ABV next to the beer so we know what to expect. Overall their beers get a B-. Guest beers are pretty good. I've enjoyed a pitcher of Maharaja here with my girlfriend. They have kegs for purchase, but be sure to give them a 3-4 day advance notice.
One last note: parking can be terrible! On a somewhat busy night, you may drive around for 10-15 minutes fighting for a spot due to other restaurants' patrons and shoppers. Park across the street at Trader Joes if you get impatient.
09-03-2010 18:59:35 |
More by Mooch273
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I went here with my girlfriend and her dad and some of his friends today after a bike ride. It was packed inside, so we chose to sit out on the patio.
The inside is your fairly typical brewpub type setup with lots of TVs, a long bar, and a pretty decent sized seating area. The decor is fairly classy, I guess, for what you'd expect from a brewpub. That said, it is Tustin.
The house beer list is not huge, but they do have some very nice guest taps, including Pliny, Blind Pig, Racer X, Hop 15, and some others that I can't recall. They also had a handful of their own beers on tap.
The food is, for the most part, your typical bar food, but pretty tasty. I enjoyed the Teryaki burger and was quite pleased with it.
The service was very good, especially considering how packed the place was.
The only bummer was that their house beers are not the greatest, but still decent beers to sit down and enjoy with some friends. And, I'd much rather come here than go to BJ's, for example.
It's not necessarily a destination, but a nice little spot to pop into.
01-04-2010 06:36:51 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I regret it's taken me so long to try this place out, as it's only a 15 minute drive for me...
On Friday nights, we usually choose from Beachwood, Pizza Port, the Yardhouse, or BJ's. This just got added to the list of Friday destinations.
The house double IPA was very good - but the guest list was superb. Russian River IPA, Blind Pig, Bear Republic stout, and Port Wipeout IPA. As a hop head first, and with my favorite desert a good stout, I was very happy with this place.
Typical brewpub atmosphere and friendly staff. Tried a cajun chicken sandwich that was just average. Chili was pretty good.
Can't wait to go back.
10-26-2009 21:09:11 |
More by Domina
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Update 8/30/09: The beers and the selection have taken a turn for the better. Belgians beers are available in the bottle, and when you have guest taps like La Folie, Pliny the Elder, and White Oak instead of macro light beers, that makes the beer geek happy inside. They have been experimenting with new beers, such as a Belgian Pale Ale, a vanilla porter, and are currently aging a barleywine in whiskey barrels. More importantly, the few experimental beers I've tried recently have been quite good. As for the regulars....
I drove down here to Tustin today to give this palce a look. It's located in a faux-French themed shopping center near Irvine and Newport. I walked in for lunch and saw that the place was bustling with diners. A bar lines up along the left side of the building from the enterence where you can see the brewing kettles.
They offer six house brews to go along with Guinness, Wyder's pear and rasperry ciders, Bud Light, and Coors Light. (Update 6/21/08: They had Stone IPA, Ruination, and Racer X on-tap as guest beers, what a turn of events!) I ordered their porter and was satisfied, though it was nothing special. Ditto their hefeweizen. Their food was filling and satisfying, making me forget that I came here for a beer in the first place.
Not a bad place for a lunch break, though the beer lacks in quality. Still, it's a good drinking environment and does the job of breaking up boring, bland fast-food from the weekday routine.
08-31-2009 00:38:56 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3 | $$
Went in on Sunday late afternoon with my girlfriend whom is also a fellow beer geek. And while we had hopes for this place as it was very close to her place we were ultimately disappointed.
Atmosphere was nothing special, your typical watered-down touristy brew pub decor. But hey it was clean. And so were the bathrooms.
Quality - We had a sampler flight of the house beers and the Porter I would maybe give a B- and that's being very kind. The rest were flavorless and drab. I couldn't even finish that terrible Red Ale. The American Pale, Hefe, and the Light Ale were just bland. The double IPA was unavailable as well.
Service was fine, the waitress while not beer knowledgeable at all was at least friendly and prompt.
Selection was not very good at all during our visit, the usual Macros were available but they had run out of Sierra Nevada and like I said, the house beers were laughably bad.
Food - Bland uninspired mediocre pub fare with little that seemed original or creative.
Value- Prices were ok considering the area.
To sum up: MEH. This place is just wasted potential. So sad. With a talented Brewer and Chef, this place at its central OC location, could be outta sight. The OC is packed with cookie-cutter corporate brew pubs (ie: JT Schmidts) and it wouldn't be hard to stand out from the pack but the Tustin Brewery seems quite content to go along with the blandness herd.
Again, such a waste.
07-22-2009 01:41:31 |
More by PopeOfAle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited Tustin Brewing Company with a friend upon his recommendation that I try their Double IPA. The large interior looks like a typical restaurant/sports bar and there's a cool little outdoor patio area too. Their house line-up of beer is decent. I tried their Double IPA both on cask and on draught, and both were quite good. I also had a coffee porter labeled as an "experimental" beer, but it was underwhelming. They had a good guest tap list such as Port's 3rd Anniversary and Stone Imperial Russian Stout. The food was good. I had a turkey burger that I really enjoyed. The service was ok. Our waitress was a little disinterested. Overall, this is a place that I would visit again and I look forward to trying some of their other beers.
07-07-2009 11:06:11 |
More by Tdizzle
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Watch your GPS, it has no idea to find this place.
Walked in as USA beat Spain, so at least there was a high note.
They have a dozen or so taps, seven were brewed, 5 were guest. Good guest beers, not just crap. Avery, Russian River, etc.
Took a bit for the bartender to figure out how to get us a comprehensive sampler. TBC does seven or eight beers in a six beer sampler. Not brain surgery.
Porter is too red, English IPA is awesome. The other beers are OK. It amazes me how breweries put lemon in wheat beer by default, even in a three ounce sampler. Basically killing any other flavors.
Food took about forever to get there. Sandwich was mediocre, fries were great. Large portions.
Nice little patio, big central area with projection screen, long bar.
Difficult parking in small strip mall. Don't bring your SUV as you wont be able to park it.
06-26-2009 00:37:04 |
More by moreyeel
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
so I decided to drop into tustin brew co tonight. I was very happy I did. I walked in and sat down at a table and was greeted by jennifer who was my server for the night. I had a racer x to start and a few things off the happy hour menu. a nice place. knowledgeable staff good music and decent food. after the x I went onto a port 3rd anniversary and finished out with a double play ipa (which was fucking awesome.) the only thing that bummed me out was the fact that they ran out of growlers. I will be back again. I would say if you have the chance stop in and have a pint. good stuff.
05-29-2009 06:05:23 |
More by Mauerhan
Tustin Brewing Company in Tustin, CA
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