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Los Gatos Brewing Company

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Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 26
Beer Avg: 3.64

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86
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 7.3%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

130 North Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos, California, 95030
United States
phone: (408) 395-9929

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willjschmidt

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$

This is a fun place to get a beer and some good food. It gets really packed on weekend nights so arrive early or make some reservations. The beer is nothing more than decent. I've sampled around six of their beers on previous visits and none of them were great but all decent efforts. However, the food is really good. It's much better and much higher quality than the standard pub fare.

I would recommend it for people that live in the area and are looking for a nice place to get some good food and some decent beer. It's not a place that would be a destination just for the beer.

04-15-2007 16:51:06 | More by willjschmidt
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johnhkelm

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-06-2014 04:27:08 | More by johnhkelm
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LittleDon

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$

I had the fortune of visiting Los Gatos while I was in San Jose for business. There are only a handful of establishment with decent beer in this town, LGB being one of them. Dark wood interior with plenty of space and a warm, mountain town feel. Service was excellent as the waitperson had plenty of suggestions for beer and food. Unfortunately, both beer and food was just average. The tri-tip sandwich, which sounded great, was grisly and lacked flavor. The beers were somewhat better, not bad, just average. Not good enough for a repeat visit.

11-05-2011 19:20:01 | More by LittleDon
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jcmcmathnh

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went there for dinner with family while visiting. Did the sampler-

pils, weizen, octoberfest, maibock, cask brown ale. had a roasted chicken with potatoes. others in my party had burgers and liked them. the woodfired pizza was good too.

pils- light bodied, clear, mild hop and malt flavor, drinkable- 3.5
weizen- cloudy, nice banana and clove, mild spiciness, slightly watery not much head to speak of- 4
octoberfest- nice amber color, caramel and toast, light hops, drinkable, slightly too sweet- 4
maibock- tastes strongly of alcohol, not balanced, sweet with some hops, pretty undrinkable, couldnt drink a pint of this
2.5
brown ale on handpump- nice lightly roasty and chocolate notes, mild hop, drinkable but light in body like the rest of the beers. 4

overall thought the beers were a bit on the thin side. the weizen would be good if it had a bit more body and head retention. always puzzles me when micro weizens have no head since my hombrewed ones always have a huge head. maybe carbonation issues?
would go back but wouldnt go out of my way. by comparison, Rock Bottom beers would be better across the board, more body and flavor, wider variety. good food.

06-11-2009 18:07:56 | More by jcmcmathnh
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RunDWP

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Located in upscale, old money Los Gatos, it appears to be located in some sort of converted small factory or warehouse. Somewhat upscale in the furnishings and interior. Sorry, I found most of the beers rather ordinary, and almost identical in the hops character, with the malt really the only changing characteristic. The pilsner had the least malt with a piney hop bitterness, the pale ale had the same piney hop character with more malt, and the Oktoberfest simply had some caramel malt with the same hop bitterness. The standout beer was the Hefe, which really had a great spicey, clove, chewing gun flavor you get with a good German Hefe. It's a style that quite frankly, few on the West Coast do particularly well. I've had a few dinners here, and they've all been good to great, but food is a little pricey for what you get. I live nearby, and expect to be back, but not a place I'd go way out of my way for.

11-12-2008 15:31:32 | More by RunDWP
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beerjournl

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$

We've been here at least three times and each time it is consistent. The beer is good quality, but nothing remarkable. On this last visit they only had four offerings of in-house brew, and none of them were special in any way. The Octoberfest was probably the best of all. The Hefe was very "empty" with none of the flavors you'd expect from any hefeweizen. It was more like a plain wheat beer without much body or flavor. One of our group had the sampler and preferred the pale ale over the others.

The food was quite pricey and after waiting a long time to get a table, we opted to just get up and go somewhere else to eat this night. I've had meals here before and they were very good, so the quality is there, but they are very proud of their meals, and the prices are probably "reasonable" up there in the Los Gatos upscale area.

No real complaints, just nothing remarkable.

04-25-2008 17:09:30 | More by beerjournl
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monkeybeer

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Los Gatos is a nice quite town about 30 mile North of Santa Cruz and just south of San Jose. LGB fits right in to the upscale town of Los Gatos. The restaurant is a very nice brew pub. High ceilings lots of wood around, nice bar, and a general upscale with out being snobbish. The food is very good and I have not had a bad meal there. The beer is above average, and they serve some styles in a variety of was (cold or slightly warm). It is a great atmosphere for a night out with a loved one, to take the family, or a group of friends. It is owned by a local family and you can defiantly tell.

10-18-2007 00:10:21 | More by monkeybeer
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John_M

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Seems like it's high time I reviewed this place, it being essentially my home town brewpub. Of course by the time this place came into existence, I'd long since moved away from Los Gatos.

I'm trying to remember what was in the building before LGB took it over. In any event, the place has almost a warehouse feel to it, although in this case a warehouse that has been "gussied up" considerably. There are very high ceilings in the brewpub, and LGB tries to pass itself off as an upscale, fine dining location that just happens to make its own beer. There is a lot of wood all around the place and the dining area is slightly raised.

In all fairness, I've generally had pretty good food at LGB. They do a good job with their ribs, and the rotisserie chicken is not bad as well. The cajun cole slaw is flat out excellent, and there is a nice smokey flavor to the baked beans. Service can be up and down here, depending upon how busy the place is. It's usually pretty good, however, and I had a particularly positive experience one time I was here with my mother and nephew. They made up a chocolate sundae on the spot for him that was big enough to feed an army (and quite made my nephew happy).

As for the beer, it's OK. It's gotten better over time, and I can entirely tolerate the hefeweizen and maibock. That being said, the beers here are really nothing special, and I find it interesting that LGB has such an upscale liquor selection and (expensive) wine selection.

Despite my less then flattering review, business here continues to thrive. I highly recommend making a reservation in advance if you plan to dine here on Friday or Saturday night, and I would be remiss if I failed to mention that Los Gatos has long become the "drinks after work" destination for much of the silicon valley. Hence, expect the brewpub to be absolutely packed on weekend evenings, with often times a line out the door.

Prices are generally pretty high here, which you would expect for a place like this located in ultra expensive Los Gatos. Still, if I happen to be in town this is a place I frequently drop by, provided it's not a weekend evening. You could do much worse.

10-15-2007 16:18:42 | More by John_M
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bradybeer

California

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$

Located in the very nice town of Los Gatos, this brewery provides an upscale experience for beer lovers. You can walk in from the parking area or the side. Once in you will see the bar located at the far end of the building. The bar is large and stunning and is from a brothel in my home town (St.Louis,MO). They had the following beers: Pale Ale, Hefe, American Lager, Pils, and Pale on cask. My wife and I tried all but the American Lager and concluded that the beers weren't great-but as with the Hefe, Pils, and cask Pale-very good. Service was excellent We didn't eat here but plan on maiking another visit.

08-24-2007 20:45:06 | More by bradybeer
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Durge

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

I visit Los Gatos on business regularly and this is an easy choice for bringing a customer or just to go out with the local crowd. My ratings are a bit uncertain because I view it as a somewhat better restaurant than brewpub. Service at the bar is typically very difficult because of crowds any time after work. Service in the dining area is usually better, with a black tie appearance for generally casual dining. Food can be excellent at times, more ordinary at others, but usually pretty good. The beer is inconsistent by my experience. It doesn't seem to be the focus of this place from what I can tell, but I've had some decent choices on occasion, never bad. If you can avoid the crowded hours this is a much happier choice and you can have a pretty good meal with your beer! It's not really that pricey considering the area, but it does try to exude a little class and you can drop a few bucks pretty quick here.

06-25-2007 20:05:08 | More by Durge
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Los Gatos Brewing Company in Los Gatos, CA
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.