Huntington Beach Beer Company

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Huntington Beach Beer CompanyHuntington Beach Beer Company
BEER AVG
3.07/5
Based on:
17 Beers
19 Reviews
Place Score: 77
Reviews: 27
Visits: 44
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

201 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California, 92648
United States
phone: (714) 960-5343

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Reviews: 27 | Visits: 44
Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

After spending the Saturday at the Stone 10th Anniversary Party, and after hooking up with BA’s Seagoat and HoppyJess it seemed only natural to have continue the previous days libational excesses and start with Spicy Burger and Garlic Fries lunch at O’Briens followed by stops at Pizza Port San Clemente and then yet more wallet loosening activities at HiTimes in Costa Mesa. But a detour up PCH from Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach was afforded us as the sun began to set to allow the out-of-town guest BA Erica to go into the Pacific Ocean.

After a feet wetting near the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, it was only a short walk back up the white sandy beach to PCH. Huntington Beach Brewing is on the second floor of a building that is situated a block in from the Pier and beach front at the crossroads of Main Street and Walnut Avenue. The discrete entrance is located on Main Street, and a short trip up a flight of stairs brings you out into a small open area. Lots of HBBC paraphernalia are on display in a couple of wooden cupboards at the top of the stairs. Here you will also find a Surfadelic large grainy picture with the words “P ease seat yourself”….the “L” seems to have been lost at some time in the past.

Tables work off to your left, enclosed in an area that is darkened, close to this there is a door that leads out onto an open air balcony which houses six or seven tables, enough room for twenty or so people. This is where we decided to sit. But off to the right the bar sits against the back wall and works back down what is a rather small interior.

Our party of four took a table right on the outside balcony and we had a fine view of the beach, pier and the gorgeous ruby sunset. However we all noted the new construction work off to our right which may very well destroy the balcony view in future.

Beer range is very staid; Hefe Red and a Pale, though we decided to try the Special which was the Rye Beer…it turned up in Pitchers and tastes like a Dunkel Weizen, pretty drinkable and a tasty treat, so much so we that we ordered a second Pitcher. That said, the beer range is pretty dire and the quality of the other brews is at the very least questionable.

Service was curt, a healthy does of “I’m busy” mixed with a trademark Huntington Beach brevity, far from welcoming or warming but it never left us hanging. The service was very functional, the servers busy and courteous yet I couldn’t help but feel that the overall level of honesty was low, they seemed to look at the punters and decide the level of wealth, and hence tip, and act accordingly.

What to say, Huntington Beach. Parking sucks, the gorgeous people suck, the general wealth of the area sucks, the beaches and surfing rule, I do love the down to earth “real” surfer dudes but I hate the middle aged have all the gear rich surfer middle men. In short, I both love and hate Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Brewing Company also falls into this love/hate relationship, it has a special location ……but not much else, worth popping in though.

Last Visit: Saturday 9th September, 2006 (3,118 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Phil-Fresh
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Being that I live down the street from Huntington Beach Brewing Company I wish it was a great brewery or even a decent spot to drink. Unfortunately, this place falls flatter than a pint left at room temperature for two weeks. The house beers mostly miss the mark and often have attenuation issues, but there are a few decent guest taps. The food borders between acceptable and terrible.

This is the only brewery I’ve ever been to where the place turns into a dance club on Friday and Saturday nights. If you are eating dinner and aren’t finished by the time dancing starts, your food and chair will be taken – you’ve been warned! (642 characters)

Photo of peraltaspade72
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Descent food, poor service, great patio and indoor area. Irish Red and Ocktoberfest have been good here for 10+ years. Great prices on growlers. (144 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
3.41/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Great location. Grab a seat on the patio if available for good people watching. Sadly the beer and food are just mediocre. (122 characters)

Photo of stonefan55
3.89/5  rDev +25.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2 | food: 4

great place to meet a friend for a beer however, not so good on selection of what to drink. Its more like a regular bar than a brewery with almost home brew equipment for brewing beers. (186 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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Photo of damalink
3.91/5  rDev +26.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped by on Friday.. Blonde, triple, brown, DIPA, red and stout. The DIPA was a big hoppy ale at 9%, unfiltered and delicious. Had the triple next and it had a nice candy/alc taste that was all right. Sampled the brown and it was a light roast & malty ale. I finished with Red, a nice amber colored, malty slightly hoppy ale. Overall very drinkable brews and will be back for sho. (382 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

If you are standing outside of Huntington Beach Brewing Co, turn @ and make the drive down to Newport Beach Brewing Company. Trust me, do yourself a "flavor"

Cheers: The red ale was decent enough. When it FINALLY arrived.

Jeers: An insult to the brewing community. Sure it has a outdoor elevated patio, but that patio is mobbed with pretentious d bags and their even lamer friends: the staff. Actually, that's the only thing that HBBC has going for it. I am willing to be that the same lameo bromos that frequent this trainwreck would still shuffle on down if they served Busch Light in plastic cups and said that it was the Blonde Ale. An upgrade to their food would be to serve bait from the pier and call it sushi. But then again, sushi might get all insulted and stuff and go konichiwa on HBBC. Which is just what this place needs: a swift kick in the keester. Saying that this place is horrible is an understatement. Service was atrocious, staff was rude and arrogant, food was sub par. If you read the Yelp reviews, they just don't care about how patrons in the community perceive them. Honestly, the WORST restaurant and bar (notice that I didn't call it a brewery/) that I have ever experienced. This is a never again. (1,228 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

This place relies on its location.

How can someone resist a nano brewery? well, try your best to resist this place, if you're ever in the Huntington Beach area.

Atmosphere: the best part, the only good part. and upstairs restaurant with a nice outdoor dining area that over looks the huntington beach shopping area

Quality/Selection: the beer was awful...honestly one of the worst breweries out there. they only have very poor examples of common styles. My guess is that the purpose of this place was to be a gimmick to make money rather than making good quality beer.

Food: also terrible. extremely greasy, burnt, and just poor quality.

If this brewery was not in a touristy area, it would've failed very quickly. (721 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

This place can be tough to find as it's upstairs (above a Baskin Robins) and you have to see the small door and follow the stairs up to the restaurant.

Fairly small inside but there is a good sized bar and several tables inside. There is also a patio outside with seating (and it has some of those heaters which are useful in the evening).

The beer selection is fairly small. They had five house beers and a guest beer or two. The house beers are not very good at all, and the guest beer I remember being on was Great White (also not very good).

A sampler of all of the house beers (and they threw in the Great White) was reasonably priced, $5.50. Food items seem priced about what you would expect.

I can't really (in good conscience) recommend this place because, well, their beers suck. Not to mention parking in Huntington Sucks, too. (842 characters)

Photo of 86sportster883
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Only four beers on tap:
HB Blond - A Kolsh-style ale (4.5%),
Pier Pale,
Golden Bear Brown Ale,
Hercules - A Belgian style ale (9%)

I sat outside on the deck overlooking Walnut and Main during the weekly Tues night farmer's market. The place seemed surprisingly quiet when I arrived around 6:30 in the evening. I had no problem scoring a small granite topped table overlooking the crowd, street perfomers and vendors below. Given the limited beer selection I ordered the Brown (all HB beers are $3 on Tuesdays) and the Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips ($10.50). The service was pleasant and prompt, and the food came out super quick.

The Golden Bear Brown was a big malt bomb, not bad, but one dimensional and not my favorite take on the style. The fish and chips came with two large pieces of fish, fried dark amber, and enough french fries to choke a horse. Couldn't tell what the fish was, other than bland, with each bite needing a good dose of tarter sauce.

Overall, I was unimpressed. This place is really not a beer destination, especially given the multitude of better places in Orange County (heck, even BJs across the street probably has a better selection). But, if you happen to find yourself in Surf City, and just want a cold beer with a view, the HB Beer Co. might suffice. (1,285 characters)

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Huntington Beach Beer Company in Huntington Beach, CA
77 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.