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Farmer's Harvest

Farmer's HarvestFarmer's Harvest
BA SCORE
100
world-class

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 6.11%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

19111 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, California, 92648-2307
United States
phone: (714) 475-1600
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(Place added by: Halcyondays on 05-12-2010)
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by opwog:
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opwog

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +2.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Let me start with something short for the short attention span crowd by saying...WOW!

Now as far as Farmer's Harvest, I have a feeling that there are going to be two different customers that they will have. 1 - people who care enough about their produce that they don't simply pick it up at the grocery store and they then may also grab some good beer. Then there is customer type number 2; which is me and probably more likely anybody reading this review on Beer Advocate...people who want a great beer selection and who may also pick up some snack mix or veggies that their significant other may need to complete dinner.

But as far as the beer, these guys have gotten into this about as full blown as anybody I have seen. There is a very impressive selection already (only been open for a few months) and the pricing is consumer friendly. The one thing that I saw here that I rarely see is that the beer is completely laid out by style. That means that it does take some getting used to when searching for specific beers, because breweries are split up all over this long cooler. I would say that if we could turn back the hands of time, this would have been the better way for all beer shops to lay out their beer, but now it is a matter of retraining how we look for beer. Only time will tell if this lay out will work or not for most customers. I like the idea, but if Joe wasn't there helping me find certain beers, I would have left with only half the haul that I went in intending to buy.

The staff there are all incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. On my first visit, they didn't have a beer that I wanted, so the clerk noted it. That beer was there on my next visit! Also, they have price breaks at different quantities on many of beers, so definitely look closely at the price tags of your favorite beers. This is a must stop for people living in or visiting HB.

06-09-2010 09:00:30 | More by opwog
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.44/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I have been to Farmer's Harvest a few times now and it never fails to impress me each time. Walking in, you get a small community market with a homey Whole Foods feel to it. There is obviously food and fresh fruit and vegetables in the store and a cluster of coolers for beer on the far wall. The workers are always super nice and helpful with everything. Their beer selection is pretty amazing as is the freshness and rotation of beers. Prices are reasonable compared to other places and I am always sure to find stuff here I can't get anywhere else. It's a bit of a drive off the freeway but it is worth coming here at least once.

10-12-2011 16:55:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MiloHoP

California

5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Where can I begin to describe this store. First off I have shopped other shops but all seemed distant with interactions with staff. When I first stepped into this store was greeted with smile and "how can I help you" from staff. Wasn't till I met a good friend now Mike (the beer guy). I make sure to visit the store and Mike once a week, he always has some secret surprises waiting every week. He keeps the beers stored correct in fridge and always has them stocked. You can find all the standard and limited releases here guaranteed. If you are in the area make sure to make a stop and say hi to Mike and staff at Farmers harvest.

08-22-2011 16:58:12 | More by MiloHoP
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aziadeh

California

4.72/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

I am very fortunate to live very close by and visit at least once a week. Just like everyone says, great selection, able to by singles without committing to a six-er, blah, blah. What makes this place great to me is the fact that they are open till 10pm! Most of the other sources of fine craft beer greatness in the area close at 8 or 9pm. Mike is a great guy and fun to talk to.
One tip is to get on the e-mail list. They send out an email about once a week and it usually will have some sort of discount on the produce and most importantly a discount on the beer. Usually in the form of $5 off $30 worth of beer.

08-12-2011 23:40:31 | More by aziadeh
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beersoaked

California

5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Farmer's Harvest has been my secret spot for beer ever since it opened up. It's a little farmer’s market with fresh produce, natural foods, and over 300 craft brews along their refrigerated beer wall. Ask for Mike or Elie, both will help you to choose some unique beers from their huge selection.

They recently closed down their tasting corral to make more room for groceries. But according to Mike McCullah they are working with the city of Huntington Beach to get permits for parking lot tasting events. I went to a bunch of the in-store tastings and am anxiously waiting for the next tasting event. Until then you can find me wandering up and down the beer wall looking for the next great beer.

08-11-2011 23:59:41 | More by beersoaked
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jmgrub

California

4.58/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I made my first trip to Farmers Harvest this past weekend, as I had decided to go on a traffic-less Memorial weekend beer run to Stearns Liquor in Long Beach and thought hey, what's another 15 minutes each way. I was not disappointed. When I first walked in, I saw the area where they hold their tastings-looked like they had a few good options on tap. I then made my way over to their megafridge beer section. Beers are arranged by style, making it easy for hopheads or maltworms to choose from a great selection in their favorite style. Didn't see anything crazy in the fridge, but previous posts have mentioned that the special stuff is kept in the back. Amateur move on my part to forget that question!

I was approached not once, but twice to see if I needed help, and the guys in the beer department were more than happy to chat with me for a few minutes. The fact that they sell in singles gives the customer a great chance to sample without taking the risk on a sixer. I walked about with a few bottles of Doggie Claws, which were on sale for $4 each-what a deal! I believe there is a slight discount for mix-a-sixer and mix-a-fours, but I don't remember exactly what.

When I told them I had driven all the way from up in LA, they were shocked. If I lived in Huntington, this would be my regular spot without question! Look forward to hitting it again soon!

06-02-2011 20:39:29 | More by jmgrub
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maxportman

California

5/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Honestly I'm not a beer connoisseur but I must say that Farmer's Harvest beer tastings have helped me take enormous strides in the right direction. I've followed Mike (McBrewdude) McCullah from his former employer to FH's Huntington Beach tasting corral to help further educate my pallet. His personal experience and history in the liquor trade make Mike a true expert. If I only develop a small percentage of his knowledge I'll consider myself lucky.

As for the beer lineup, it's second to none. There are a number of core brewers that makeup its heart and soul. No JV beers here. IPAs being my personal favorites. What keeps me coming back is that I can count on finding new and exciting entries into the market. Stop by, odds are if you love beer you won't be disappointed.

03-04-2011 04:12:43 | More by maxportman
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Callmecoon

California

4.65/5  rDev -2.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Wish I lived a little closer to Huntington Beach cause this place is awesome. Love the quaint, small-town neighborhood feel when you walk in. Great selection and fantastic layout. Hadn't read the other BA reviews before going to know that the beers are displayed by style, so at first I thought it was arranged somewhat haphazardly. Picked up on the pattern soon enough and now I wish other the stores would follow suit.

I was immediately approached by a really cool, young, female beer enthusiast employee (Ellie, maybe?) who really knew her stuff. She recommended a few different bottles that I hadn't tried before and was glad to spend as much time as I wanted for help.

She also let me know they keep the good stuff in the back for those in the know, so definitely ask about that when you go in. Here's a phone picture from the day I was in:

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01-18-2011 00:54:02 | More by Callmecoon
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dan72beerster

California

5/5  rDev +5.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Farmer's Harvest is an excellent place for beer. They may not be as large as some of the "mega marts", but they sell their beers in singles so they can have a much larger selection. This is also an advantage, because as stated previously you can mix and match your beers to try different selections. Both owners, Joe & Joel, are beer fans and knowledgable. "Beer guy" Mike really knows his stuff. He'll help you find something new, give you a run down of some of the ingredients, the proper way to drink certain types of beer, and even recommend some food pairings.
Their tastings are awesome also. You can enjoy the football games while trying some great beers.
I've gotten everything from Alba Scots Pine Ale (awesome), I think all of the Oskar Blues, several Bootlegger's and Bruery beers, Noble beers along with several seasonal and limited edition specialties.
They also have a good wine selection along with organic produce and other specialty foods.

01-15-2011 20:50:20 | More by dan72beerster
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Rjhami

California

5/5  rDev +5.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

This store has an excellent selection of brews. One huge perk is you can mix and match your 6 or 12 packs with any single, allowing you to try a lot of different beers. I have picked up Russian River Pliny the Elder, Alpine Pure Hoppiness and Kern River JO to name a few. The owner Joe is extremely knowledgeable and friendly as are other employees. I have not taken part in any tastings or events but I am sure they are a great time. Prices are as competitive as I have found. The store also has a nice wine selection and fresh produce.

01-09-2011 20:08:54 | More by Rjhami
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Farmer's Harvest in Huntington Beach, CA
100 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.