Alcatraz Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 167
Beer Avg: 3.36
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by BigBry:
3.5/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located at The Block in Orange, easily walking distance from our hotel.
Large building, with lots of open space, restautant style seating, plus a long bar. San Francisco theme (as mentioned by other reviewers), nice and clean decor.
Visited on a mid-afternoon, so the whole mall area was pretty quiet. Only a couple other guys at the bar, so service was quick and attentive.
The bartender was knowledgable about the beers, 6 regular taps and 2 rotating seasonal beers. I tried the Pelican Pale and Weizenbock.
Didn't have any food on this visit, so can't comment.
Prices were very reasonable, especially if you can catch happy hour.
Kind of a 'chain restaurant' feel, but I was happy to spend my afternoon there.
02-18-2009 02:55:45 | More by BigBry
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in during a recent shopping trip for the wife. We were at the Block and since I shuffled my feet a long while she looked for shoes for her and the kid. I got some beer for my troubles.
It was a Saturday early afternoon when we stopped in and it wasn't crowded at all. We sat in the bar area just to make it quick since all I wanted was their flight to see if they were any good. I got all the beers they had tapped plus a freebie pour of the Marzen which wasnt ready to come out yet since the wheat wasnt gone out of the kegs. All in all I had the:
Alcatraz Big House Red
Alcatraz Kleine Muellers Honey Weiss
Alcatraz MacLeod's Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale
Alcatraz Packbrau Marzen
Alcatraz Penitentiary Pilsner
Alcatraz Raspberry Wheat
Alcatraz Searchlight Golden Ale
Alcatraz Weiss Guy Wheat
They weren't bad but they weren't OH my god good either. A decent beer flight for those that like a lighter beer on a hot day.
The service was excellent and the bartender was an absolute pleasure answering questions for me. The food was good and we just lucked out and made it for their happy hour. We had the Wontons. They were very good. If you're in the area stop by you might like it. Remember you are in the heart of Orange County so you will pay a bit more for food and drink and parking sucks. If you have the cash valet it.
11-02-2010 03:10:02 | More by FosterJM
3.38/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
After a successful trip to Total Wine in Tustin, I dropped off my precious cargo at the house and headed to Alcatraz Brewing in The Block for some beer and a meal.
We parked pretty close luckily as it appeared that, based on the parking lot, the place was packed on a Thursday afternoon. We walked up to the building on the corner as I snapped a few shots and were seated promptly upon entering. The weather was gorgeous so we sat under the sun-faded umbrellas outside.
Service was fast and we ordered up two sets of beer samples then made room on the table to keep them out of the sun. While we waited on our brews we decided on our food then placed our order. In the meantime, the beer was decent, most suitable for refreshment on a hot, sunny day. All of them arrived pretty fresh too, definitely a good thing.
Alcatraz had some appetizing looking burgers, one of which my girlfriend got, but for fear of burning myself out on burgers during the trip (kind of a stupid thought, huh?) I got a Chicken Caesar Salad instead...for just under $10. I figured for the price it had better be one hell of a salad. Nope. It came on a normal sized plate and still tasted decent but I could go to Olive Garden and get twice what I got here for half the price. Disappointing to say the least. At least the French Fries were good.
As far as the prices go, we definitely paid for eating at the location we were at, not for what we got. It wasn't absolutely outrageous but definitely a bit pricey for the quality and size.
I do have to say that the décor of Alcatraz Brewing was by far it's best aspect. The outside featured a tall grain silo-like attachment (that I doubt was actually functional) above the front entrance. Inside was a pretty large replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. The booths were set in rocky outcroppings and a large landscape painting adorned the back wall. The brew house section and fermentation vessels were visible from behind glass opposite the long bar. Although we sat outside, the inside had a very nice feel to it. Overall it's a decent location but not a place I'd rush back to on a second visit to California. There are plenty of other locations within a few minutes that would be more commanding of a stop than a mediocre and slightly overpriced brewpub/restaurant in The Block.
06-15-2010 02:42:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.15/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped in while killing time after the Bruery Reserve Society party a month ago. I've been here twice and both times came in the middle of the day when it wasn't crowded. That is what brings the atmosphere score up a tad as I don't think I could stand being in the Block at Orange on a busy Friday or Saturday night.
The interior is decorated nicely and is kept clean. The bartenders are nice and somewhat accomodating. The food is alright but over priced and the beer is at best alright and over priced. They do a bit of experimenting in the beer styles as they have a strong ale, various fruit beers, quad, doppelbock, and eisbock (only for the beer dinner). The results aren't always spectacular though.
Worth trying once but unless there is some item on the food menu that you are really attached to a quick beer sampler will be enough.
03-02-2010 01:37:53 | More by t0rin0
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in here yesterday on our mini Orange County brewery tour.
The place is San Francisco themed, as you might expect from the name. Which is cool, but doesn't necessarily make sense in Orange, CA.
The food is better than your average bar food, but still has the usual brewpub fair of burgers and greasy fried stuff. We went with the appetizer sampler which featured some spareribs which were quite good, actually.
The bar offers 8 different Alcatraz Brewing taps, none of which were terribly impressive. Which, I suppose, isn't terribly surprising considering the location in a large shopping center.
The best thing about this place was the service. Our waitress was attentive and helpful, which I always appreciate.
The prices are pretty high, and considering the product you receive, not really worth it. If you're in the area, it's not a terrible place to stop in, but I wouldn't make a trip just to come here.
01-18-2010 03:57:44 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I would not waste your time.
Great Golden Gate Bridge art in the middle, great tourist location, pretty restaurant.
Beer is mostly bland to passable. Heavy concentration on chick beers. Seven total beers on our visit.
Bartender was a slug. Knew little about the beers and less about service. Took fricken forever for samplers and we were the only two at the bar.
Place was dead when we were there, maybe 15 total people at 7:00 PM on a Sunday. It is in an outdoor mall, and the mall was packed. Shows something when the other bars are packed and Alcatraz is empty.
Anaheim is the land of the chain, and Alcatraz is not a chain. So that could be part of the problem.
Did not eat, after the wait on beers did not want to risk dinner.
There are better places to get beer in Anaheim.
06-26-2009 00:19:11 | More by moreyeel
3.6/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
I went on a Sunday afternoon only because Hollingshead was closed. This place wasn't bad at all. sat right @ the bar, bartender very friendly but lacked knowledge of some of their selection(beers). I got a smapler set, it was hit and miss with some of the beers. I must say the Imp. Stout was tasty and so was the pale ale.
Growlers seemed over priced (in the 20's) for the quality of beer.
Even though it can be pricey here; its not a bad place to hang out and have a brew, esp. if youre a local.
05-07-2009 23:36:28 | More by getkrunkhoe
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
they really push the alcatraz/san francisco angle here and, for me, it works. nice replica of the golden gate bridge runs through the dining room and bar areas. about half a dozen seats at the bar with about the same amount of tables in front with booths in the back.
service was prompt though we probably missed the midweek lunch time rush. everything was brought to out as ordered. questions were answered sufficiently and any adjustments to the menu were catered for.
quality is a mix of food and beer. food being closer to 4.0 and beer 3.5. the angus burger was pretty darn good. second only to the kobe burger i had at the cheesecake factory. tasted the clam chowder which was nice, but the soudough bowl was farily bland.
had the beer tasters whch came with six of their offerings. golden ale, wheat, helles, pale, red and stout. difficult to judge from two oz tastes, but the first five did not leave much of an impression. the stout (8.5% IS) was tasty. if i was going for a pint, it would be the red, helles or stout.
not a bad place to find yourself in to break up the day (though hollingshead is only a couple of minutes away by car). they do growlers which may be something to consider if you live in the area or visit often.
01-28-2009 20:11:26 | More by joecast
2.73/5 rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
If you don't want to walk up and down this decaying outdoor mall with the old lady when she's spending your hard earned money, you might consider ducking in her for a brew, though the quality of the beer is nothing to write home about. Rather unimaginative beer offerings with halfway decent pub fare make the visit tolerable, but in the end the beer connoisseur which be much better off dropping her off at the curb and hightailing it to Hollingshead about a mile away. I guess if your were sequestered in Alcatraz this beer might taste good, but there are other fine breweries (Pizza Port) in Orange County for the wandering beer traveler to spend too much time here.
01-07-2009 16:04:13 | More by jdense
3.35/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped by here after spending the day at Disneyland. Took me just over 5 minutes to get here - a major plus when you are tired and have 2 tired kids along with you. Inside was kinda of neat with the Golden Gate Bridge over the dinning room. The rocky booths were a little odd (from the outside, it looked like they were booths with drop cloths over them - I thought they were doing work on the place). Service was great and fast (then again there was only 2 other tables when we were there). Food was OK (I only ordered a burger). Beers were all mediocre. They even ran out of their seasonal earlier in the day and didn't have anything to replace it with. They also mixed up my Wheat and Strawberry Wheat beers (trust me, I think I can pick out that Strawberry smell and taste). I could understand the mixup if they were anything resembling busy (I think all the workers where watching sports).
12-02-2008 15:42:54 | More by hopdog
Alcatraz Brewing Co. in Orange, CA
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.