Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
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Reviews by nickd717:
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
This brewpub is in a great location north of Half Moon Bay in the pretentiously named village of Princeton-by-the-Sea, close to the famous Maverick's surfing destination. Drive from where I live in Palo Alto is about 40 minutes. If you can manage to come here on a nice day (HMB tends to be chilly and foggy), it's a really great spot to sit outside and drink some beers. There's a huge outdoor area and quite a bit of space inside too.
Service is average to a little above. The place seems to be decently well-staffed.
There's a lot of your typical pub food, very seafood-heavy since it's on the beach, with some more interesting options on the menu as well. Good quality of food. The chef here actually does my company's holiday parties, and he knows his way around the kitchen for sure.
The beers are in the average range. They have some interesting specials (including some occasional -bal aged stuff), but their standard lineup is very standard: golden ale, pale ale, amber ale, IPA, brown ale, hefeweizen when I was there. Not really catering to the beer geek crowd.
Overall though, this is a solid place. I'll be back, no question.
07-20-2010 17:37:51 | More by nickd717
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2.99/5 rDev -20.3%
Brewpub on the coast, south of San Francisco.
Beers: they try to make lower alcohol brews. Kudos for the attempt. Some end up watery, but it's better than being unable to drive after a single beer.
Food: nothing outstanding.
Service: watch your beer or the server will take it, try to push you out before you're done.
Parking can be limited especially on weekends.
07-20-2014 15:12:45 | More by BMWiens
4.09/5 rDev +9.1%
I arrived here for lunch as it opened. It was a bright sunny windless day that was perfect for sitting in their abundant outdoor area. The outdoor seating overlooks the harbor across the road. It is a nice setting for lunch. I was immediately offered a menu and ordered the fish tacos. They were above average.
The beer selection was pretty good, but I only had time for a couple of half pints. I tried the Princeton by the sea IPA first and thought is was a typical West Coast IPA. Nothing special but pretty good. Next was the session Maverick Back in the Saddle Rye IPA. This was also pretty good. I could barely tell that it was a session beer.
The service was excellent and attentive. Everyone seemed pretty happy. Overall this is a great place to visit if you are driving along the coast or staying the night in Half Moon Bay.
05-08-2014 04:57:03 | More by Beer21
3.66/5 rDev -2.4%
Stopped in recently on a coastal drive down highway 1.
Arrived to town a little before they opened at 11:30 for lunch, so we toured the town for a bit. Nice beach, a row of little shops by the boat docks, and an awesome little smokehouse right on the other side of the highway, Creekside Smokehouse (purveyor of assorted smoked fish, smoked spreads, and salmon jerky to die for).
Inside there was a carpeted dining room with an aquarium, view of the boats, and a senior lunch crowd. To the right was the bar, so we went to the bar. A little fireplace in the corner with a stained glass Greatful Dead art piece above it, and framed articles around the place. A beer distributor douche in a suit was high fiving every employee in the place, loudly rattling off corpo-speak catch phrases all the while. Ugh. "Yeah, I lost 7K on that brand last year!" No one seemed to care.
Bartender offered samples but was preoccupied with other stuff, handing us some printed sheets about the beer in lieu of answering questions. Overall the beer felt like a second fiddle novelty here, seasonals weren't clearly identified, didn't see any brewing equipment, upscale restaurant vibe, etc.
Nachos were something like $16 here, and all the appetizers were in the double digit range, so we opted for lunch from Creekside Smokehouse on the beach.
Best beers here were the IPA and "Mad Bum Bitter" which was wet hopped with Citra. Other typical seasonals were Oktoberfest and a Pumpkin Ale that were just ok. Missed the Sour Brown Ale and Citra Lager, bummer. Better luck next time...
10-09-2011 01:53:30 | More by emerge077
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in Half Moon Bay, CA
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.