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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

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Half Moon Bay Brewing CompanyHalf Moon Bay Brewing Company
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272 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

390 Capistrano Rd
Half Moon Bay, California, 94019
United States
phone: (650) 728-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hmbbrewingco

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Reviews by willjschmidt:
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A brewpub located in Princeton-by-the-Sea, about 5 miles north of Half Moon Bay. Great location, right on the water, just a few hundred yards from Pillar Point harbor where one can purchase live dungeness crabs right off the boat. Typical brew-pub food with much more emphasis on seafood. The food is also a bit on the pricey side. The beers are all pretty good, if none are outstanding. I had their wet hop IPA which I had previously sampled at the Toronado's wet hop festival. Not bad but it was one of the weaker offerings at the fest. Also had their regular IPA which was a pretty good IPA. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Photo of Geoffq
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Paccamacca
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Martin_carvalho
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger---one of best ever

Double Overhead IPA....phenomenal and deadly

Firepits....stellar setting

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BMWiens
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Oaktown2017
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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...

Photo of colonelforbin
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Right on the coast, this brewery has an ideal location if you like hanging out by the ocean as I do. Really nice outdoor patio and a great wraparound bar as well.

The standard beers are not outstanding but pretty good, all things considered. I've probably been here 5-6 times by now and I've had some pretty good brews here but it can be hit or miss. Depends on what some of the special beers as are as these come and go. They are generally the best. Was here last weekend and had a delicious harvest pumpkin ale, a fresh hop IPA and their Oud Bruin, all delicious.

They tend to make English style ales, so a little on the maltier side and not so many hops, but the single hop IPA was a deliciously hoppy brew.

Can't go wrong with the location and ambience and the beer is generally quite enjoyable so check it out if you are in the area.

Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here mid afternoon on 3 Dec 2009.

Nice spot, right on the ocean, good views. Sat outside at one of about 20 tables. Kind of chilly with the breeze but they had gas heaters going.

About four of the tables were taken, otherwise the place was deserted. Service was attentive. Tried a couple of the samplers ($1 ea for a 4 oz pour). Beers were pretty average.

Did not try anything off the menu, claimed to be 'California Coastal Cuisine'. Seemed to be mostly pub fare with a slight emphasis on fish/shrimp.

Good place to stop in at if you are in the area but would not suggest going very far out of your way to get here.

Photo of Genghis22
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I've had bombers of the amber ale, but never visited the HMB BC until this past Saturday. I was pleasantly surprised.

The amber never struck me as anything too special, so my expectations were low. The scenery was awesome, and I really liked the vibe outside with all the chairs and firepits.

We however, sat inside and enjoyed a nice meal with quick and polite service. I had their fresh hop IPA and the Brown. Both were very good.

I would go back. The beer was good, the food was tasty, and the atmosphere was great.

Photo of bbothen
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located right on the bay in beautiful Half Moon Bay. The place is pretty popular due to the location.

Several outside tables with firepits and an outside bar give the patio a real surf beach kinda feel. I dig it. Inisde has several tables and a big bar right in the middle of the place. Nice fireplace & couch with some Greatful Dead memorabilia.

All the beers are solid. Typically they have 8 or so brews on tap. Stout, porter, amber, Pale, Hefe, & a light. Last time I was there they had 3 different IPAs. The standard, an imperial, and another specialty. All very drinkable. Around Christmas time I remember a brown ale that was aged with sour cherries. I appreciate the experimentation. Their flagship Mavericks Amber ale is also available in bottles.

The food is solid as well. I really enjoy the clam chowder. Other favs are the snapper sandwich & burger.

I really enjoy coming here. Around sunset is great time. Grab an outside table with the pacific ocean & a nice house made brew...what's better?

Photo of bjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch on Tuesday during our drive from SF to Carmel. Located in Princeton-by-the-sea, this brewery is situated across the street from the ocean on Capistrano Ave. As you walk up to the brewpub, you're greeted by a large patio dining area with about 30 tables for patrons. Not only are there tables, but also leather arm chairs placed around fire pits. A very nice touch, considering it gets cold at night by the ocean. The outside patio area is larger than the inside dining area. The bar is located inside to the right (dining to the left), and theres a function room in the back for private parties with birds eye views of the brewing apparatus. The place seems to be a night spot as they had multiple bands listed for weekday and weekend shows. A very nice atmosphere being right next to the ocean.

Typical pub grub fare with an emphasis on the sea. More fish options than anything else, which I gave a thumbs up to. I had the special tuna tombo tostada. Grilled tuna, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cilantro, rice, black beans, all on a crispy tortilla (2 of them). Quite a nice and refreshing lunch that left me just full enough. Emma enjoyed a bowl of clam chowder, which she poured hot sauce all over (even took a pick for GBO). Clam chowder was quite good loaded with clams and spices. A top notch west coast example of New England Clam Chowder.

On to the beers. 8 in all. Brown, light, amber, pale ale, stout, 2 ipa's, and a hefe. I sampled 3...Emma 2. English style ales. Served in 12, 16, and 20 oz. glasses ($3.75, $4.75, $5.50 respectively). Also available are 4oz. tasting glasses for a $1.

My first was the Tunnel Vision IPA (brewer's special). Good caramel malt backbones with a nice infusion of EKG's and then cascades to round out the hops. Good bitter finish, but the malt really was the big player in this one. Second came the Extra Stout with a dark brown, almost black hue. Roasted malty notes with caramel and molasses. Slight dark fruit flavors. Thick and juicy.
Maverick's Amber. Caramel malt base with a hint of fruity hops that turns minty. I noted it had a skoal mint chaw flavor, for those of you who know what that tastes like. More on this later as I took home a 22oz. bomber ($4.00)--only beer they bottle, though you can purchase kegs from them-price unknown. Growlers=$17, $12 refill. Nice stout flip-top growlers. I didn't partake. A nice little brewpub with pretty decent food in a great fucking location--beers did not wow me though.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Here with the wife to see Mavericks, which is a major big wave surfing destination. No big waves until winter. This nice establishment is very close by.

The place has a dining area, a sun room, and an outside area. We ate in the sun room. Has a bar to sit at, regular tables and high tables.

Selection: IPA, Amber, Light, Stout, Hefe, ESB. ESB was excellent. Hefe was decent.

Service: eh... Our server forgot about our water and was inattentive at times. Slow, but friendly.

Food: very tasty. Wife got the spicy calamari. I got a chicken quesidilla which came with very good guacamole. The quesedilla was very expensive for some unknown reason.

Beautiful area in an interesting town. Well worth the visit.

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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in Half Moon Bay, CA
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