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Huntington Beach Beer Company

Not Rated.
Huntington Beach Beer CompanyHuntington Beach Beer Company
BEER AVG
3.11/5
Based on:
16 Beers
31 Ratings
Place Score: 77
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 19.18%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
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 by wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
1.5/5  rDev -52.8%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

After my first ever surfing experience, I was exhausted and hungry, and I had a thirst that could only be quenched by a carb replenishing beer. After everybody in our party shot down the lame place my Aunt had in mind, I looked up and noticed a brewpub across the street that we all agreed on.

The brewpub sits on the second floor of another business. Has a rather large patio area with a nice view of the beach and the Main Street. The bar is pretty large and has lots of TVs, like a typical sports bar brewpub. There was a disappointing 3 house beers on tap (IPA, Pilsner, Stout), in addition to the guest tap: Firestone Pale Ale.

First of all, I had changed out of my wetsuit, but I stayed in my board shorts and rashguard, so I forgot my wallet in the car due to lack of pockets. Even though I am 26 years old and was traveling with two librarian women twice my age, along with my aunt and her boyfriend, who are even older, I was not served because I forgot my ID. Seriously... my bad, but come on... everybody was asking me what they should order. LOL. Fortunately the waitress turned the other cheek when I ended up having my mom buy me a few pints. Other than that, the service was pretty decent. The bar wasn't nearly as busy as some of the horror stories I've read about before posting my own review, although the patio seating was completely packed.

Anyway, the Pilsener was surprisingly very good. Nice and hoppy with a clean, crisp finish. The stout was good, but nothing too spectacular. The IPA was kind of a disappointment, however, especially considering how refreshingly hoppy the pils was.

The food was very good. Just typical sports bar food, but everything was fresh. My salad was really good. Just enough dressing, and the ranch seemed like it was homemade. Everybody else enjoyed their food as well.

Overall, it was a pretty good experience. Good specials and affordable prices on both food and beer.

Photo of Floydster
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2

This place is barely visible on the busy Main Street in Huntington Beach, stopped there yesterday after a long day at the beach, cannot emphasize how busy it was, thanks to both Memorial Day weekend and the AVP tournament going on down at the pier, walk up a narrow staircase to this place which sits only on a second story above a retail store, place is not very big inside and has more of a sports bar feel, atmosphere is what you would expect from this area and beach vicinity, the beers they had on tap were Pier Pale Ale, Golden Bear Brown, also their blonde and Helles, guest tap was Stella Artois and some macros, did not stay long and just tasted a few of the beers and checked the score of the Dodgers game, bartenders were pretty awful, took a good ten minutes to get their attention, they were just talking to one another while a bunch of customers were waiting, probably would make the extra drive to Newport Beach if I was in this area again and wanted a beer, might be worth checking out because there is not much else in Huntington except for BJs across the street

Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I have been to downtown Huntington Beach a number of times, but I had never been able to spot HBBC on Main Street. There's a single door and a menu at street level, but that's it. This time I kept my eyes peeled for an address. I found it, opened the door, went up two flights of stairs, and I was at the bar.

There were some diners both inside and outside the place. If you sit outside, you can get a good view of Main Street and the beach. Sitting inside, you get a good view of multiple flat-screen TV's and a few kettles. Kind of cool inside, although most of the people there weren't drinking beer....not a good sign.

Six house beer were available: Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Blonde Ale, Wheat Ale, Schwarzbier, and Red Ale. In addition, there is a small collection of guest taps. Glassware is chilled and the usual shaker pint glass, but despite the chilled glass, my helles lager wasn't as cold as I would have expected. My beer was okay, no great shakes.

My server at the bar was friendly and took good care of me. I even got a glass of water when I didn't ask for it. For food, I went for a "pub favorite", shrimp and chicken kabobs with french fries. The kabobs were quite good, the fries were okay. Next time, don't serve the fries on a bed of lettuce or some of them will get soggy. A little pricey as well: lunch and a beer cost me more than $17.

A so-so visit. I might be back if I were close by, but the beer and food isn't going to grab your senses in a good way to make it worth a long treck.

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +30.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Ascending a flight of steps, the glass case of logo items was to the left at the landing with the m.d.s. to the right with benches to sit on while waiting for available seating. It was located right on Main Street in Huntington Beach so it stays popular during all open hours. They had a very personable waitstaff who checked their t-shirt supply for me, allowed me to take pictures and provided me with a sampler, this last courtesy of Mike, our generous server.

The huge, laminated wood bar was "U"-shaped and included the brewhouse and four FVs as its back bar. The bar was to the right upon entering with restaurant seating to the left. There were more tables and chairs off to the right, past the bar, with balcony seating beyond that.

Beers: HB Blonde; Brickshot Red; Main Street Wheat; Pier Pale Ale; HB Kristal-Weizen; and Golden Bear Brown Ale. I really liked the brown due to its relative lack of sweetness.

Photo of opwog
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Huntington Beach Beer Company in Huntington Beach, CA
77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.