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The Catch

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4 Ratings
Ratings: 4
Reviews: 1
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 3.39%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2100 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, California, 92806
United States
phone: (714) 935-0101

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(Place added by: DoubleJ on 02-27-2010)
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I've heard about the legendary Catch a number of times, but never went to the old location west of Angels Stadium. That location has moved to its current location on Katella Avenue. Don't worry Angels fans, it's within easy walking distance of the stadium. Anyways, the waitress I had at TAPS Brewery three weeks ago told my party that The Catch had gotten serious with their beer menu. I figure that I might as well check it out while it's still quiet before baseball season.

The Catch is divided between a lounge (where most people were hanging out during 4pm) and a restaurant. Several TV's around the place, spacious interior, and a bar that's shaped like home plate. There a small winding stairway that leads to a bevy of wine refrigerators and at some seats you can actually see Angels Stadium through the window. There's plenty of outdoor seating too.

Folks make a big deal about their food, but I must admit that I didn't experiment with any. I went straight to the bar, and was greeted by a rather friendly bartender. Around 4:30pm, a second bartender joined him to pour drinks and for thirsty customers. I also saw a large number of table servers walking around the lounge.

(UPDATE 5/17/10: Steaks and seafood entrees with run $20-30 on most items, running over $80 on surf and turf, but at least the seafood I've experimented with is very high quality. Seared ahi tuna is a good way to go, as are the stuffed shrimp I tried from my friend. The presentaion of the entrees are also stunning to look at before you dig in.)

Because this is Beer Advocate, I feel that I'm obligated to talk about beer. I couldn't imagine the beer list of The Catch v1.0 when it opened in the late 70s....me thinks lots of Lowenbrau, Moosehead, and Bud back then. The Catch v2.0 takes a more serious approach to its beer selection. The bottle lists about 15, with Westmalle Tripel, HOTD Adam, La Roja, Orval, Rochefort 10, Ten Fidy, Green Flash Barleywine, and Chimay Blue as the highlights. The tap selection, however, is where this place sparkles at. Twenty five taps (19 on the island inside the bar, 6 off to one side of the bar), but even when you account for some duplicate taps, comes out to 20 draft varieties. And they rotate! If I were blinded by which place in Orange County had this kind of tap selection, I would have said Beachwood BBQ first. Ok, one of the selections is Bud Light, but looks past that and you are teased by Black Phoenix, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Hoegaarden, Duvel Draft, Mischief, Oude Tart, Angel's Share (how appropriate), Prima Pils, Saison Dupont, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown, Telegraph Reserve Wheat, and several varieties of beer from TAPS (it's about bloody time a bar owner put these guys on-tap at their bar!). Beers comes in curved pint glasses and tulips, and also a little cold for the stronger varieties (I learned that when drinking Angel's Share). Beers are generally fresh and taps are well maintained, and there is some rotation among different beers.

The Catch is not cheap. Drafts go from $6-9, and yes, even Bud Light is $6! Fortunately, most of the drafts were at the lower end of that scale. As stated earlier, entrees usually run $20-30. In fact, me a friend fell 11 cents short of $100 (w/tax, but w/o tip); that bought us two entrees, four beers, and a delicious, freshly made cobbler dessert. If you're going to The Grove or Angels Stadium, give The Catch a try. Or better yet, come here anyway.

One more thing: mention this place whenever someone asks in the forums for a bar near Disneyland. The Catch is only 2 miles east of there. Just go down Katella.

DoubleJ, Feb 27, 2010
The Catch in Anaheim, CA
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.