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Eel River Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Eel River Brewing Co.Eel River Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 1,706
Beer Avg: 3.47
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1777 Alamar Way
Fortuna, California, 95540
United States
phone: (707) 725-2739

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

casapy, May 02, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%

Great selection of organic beers here. The food is AMAZING and features a lot of seafood. The vibe is very local, lots of loggers and farmers are hanging out every time I visit. I just tried their new citra hopped rye when I was there last, forget the name but it was great! Almost a summer beer but tasted so good because of the hot dry weather we've been having.

sierrrita, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Gatordaddy, Dec 05, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -13.5%

This place looks it has been around for a while. Nice long bar inside and a bunch of tables spread throughout the rest of the place. Inside is a restaurant, aside from the bar. Nice enough atmosphere, seems like a lot of local families visit this place. A handful of TVs dot the restaurant/bar area.

Had 12 or so beers on tap when I was there, including a few barrel aged versions of some of their regular beers. Nothing really stood out too much. Pretty pedestrian beers by and large. The Raven's Eye Imperial Stout was OK and the barrel aged offerings were nice to try. Wouldn't call it mediocre, but nothing too special.

Service was fine, nothing out of the ordinary.

Decent atmosphere, decent beer. Worth a stop if you are in Humboldt County but there are other spots nearby that are better.

colonelforbin, Nov 22, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -6%

Wife and I stopped here while travelling through Cali on vacation and it was quite close to where we stayed in Ferndale, located near the beautiful Eel River.

Good sized bar, nice chill atmosphere, cool decor. A good locals joint. Beer is slightly above average and I respect the organic ingredients though not necessarily translating into a superior product. Selection was decent, had 8-10 samplers with a few limited/seasonal brews on tap. Food was quite good and organic as well.

williamjbauer, May 22, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +9.4%

Atmosphere: 5

This place makes you feel at home. There seemed to be a lot of locals here and everyone was very friendly. Smiling, talkative, and courteous. The old-timers were there in full-force, and I think that's great. Everyone was super-cool. Despite the 'organic' tag and the quality beer, it struck me as a middle-class kind of place. I happen to like that. Also, multiple TV's, outdoor seating in a lovely garden...it's nice. Me and my girlfriend both loved the atmosphere.

Quality: 5

The beer was very good. It's fresh and organic. I did prefer the Earth First Double IPA, which was more expensive, but it was still cheaper than many of the breweries I've been to (especially Rogue - don't get me started). Burger and fries were outstanding. As I remember, they have land and cattle where they produce beef, but I may be wrong on that - check my facts there. Either way - this was good food. A great balance - good food and beer.

Service: 4

Service ranged from stellar to mediocre. We came in here 3 times - once at the bar and twice in the seating area. I think this is all about timing and who you get. Overall - no complaints.

Selection: 4.25

Good.

Food: 4.75

Excellent fries, burger, and free peanuts on Tuesday. Good food.

Value: $$ Reasonable

If your drinking the regular beer, the value is fantastic. They have a happy hour with cheap organic pints and even on a regular day it's not that bad. I happened to like the Earth First Organic Double IPA seasonal, so I paid more. Either way, this place is certainly reasonable, if not a great value.

Summary:

We almost skipped over this place but decided to stop by and I'm very happy we did. We had a wonderful time here. The beer was delicious, the food was great, and the atmosphere was wonderful. Everyone was friendly. If I lived nearby I would go there again and again. If you pass through Fortuna and this lovely part of the real Northern California (I lived in SF for 15 years and that's Central Coast to me), you should stop here. There's even a few hotels next door (but not much else). Side note: also stop by Humboldt Redwoods and the Avenue of the Giants to be delightfully belittled by coast redwoods older than your great-great-great-grandma.

WheelsRule, Apr 13, 2013
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Eel River Brewing Co. in Fortuna, CA
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.