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Huntington Beach Beer Company

Not Rated.
Huntington Beach Beer CompanyHuntington Beach Beer Company
BEER AVG
3.07/5
Based on:
17 Beers
19 Reviews
Place Score: 77
Reviews: 27
Visits: 45
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: 45
Reviews by opwog:
Photo of opwog
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

There are a few brew pubs in Orange County, but this one has always been confounding. The rents this close to the beach must demand high turnover, so all else has to be sacrificed to reach that goal. For years this place has been around and rarely was it ever packed. In fact, it was many a weekend night that I could go in there and just be one of 15 or so people inside of a large open space. I think that the main issue has always been that the beers are just not up to par for anybody. They don't satisfy the craft beer fan, yet they are still too eclectic for the macro beer drinker.

I would have loved to see if they could have worked their beers to draw in both the craft beer fan and have one micro lager that tastes like a macro, just to satisfy the tourist traffic. Instead, they concentrated on moving more hard liquor and adding flat scren TVs. This has worked from a business perspective of driving more traffic for the short term, but I don't buy into this as a great long term strategy for a brew pub.

The previous brewer must have had his taste buds removed, because for years they poured beers that were basically undrinkable. There is no posible way that any brewer tasted these beers and thought that he was serving good beer. Then they brought in (or moved up) a different brewer who added one or two beers that have been OK, but generally speaking, the beers haven't improved much.

If you are a completist trying to hit as many brew spots as you can in the Orange County area, you will get an eyefull of beach girls and even some half way decent views from their elevated patios. Walk the pier at sunset and enjoy the scene to make this downtown stop worth while. (1,687 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of fureousangel
3.13/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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)

Photo of nasastrums
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.6/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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)

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