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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Brewery and CafeLost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Based on:
39 Beers
6,257 Hads
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 35
Visits: 63
Avg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

617 4th Street
Eureka, California, 95482
United States
phone: (707) 445-4480

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lostcoastbrewer

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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 63
Photo of DoctorZombies
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Busy at lunchtime and still got a good table. Great burger. Wife loved the clam chowder. The chocolate porter was very good. Lots of locals eating and drinking. Friendly vibe.

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Photo of Act25
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited 3 breweries rated in this order: Mad River, Eel River & Lost Coast.
All good. Lost Coast mostly a university / young crowd. Order the roast oysters with pesto! (with garlic is over kill). Their beers a bit watery and uninspired, but liked the IPA well enough to buy a well priced 6. Our waitress was great. Pretty typical restaurant rather than a tasting room.

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Photo of Christolo71
1.41/5  rDev -62.6%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1.25 | food: 1.25

They seem to have forgotten what craft beer is about they make very mediocre one note beer. The beer industry has moved forward into a cornucopia of flavors and lost coast is doing exactly the same thing that they have been doing for the last 25 years . On the rare occasion that they try something new it is a horrible half assed effort. It seems that they are a victim of their own success kind of like they are not willing to take any chances and just want to play it safe . But that's just my opinion and it doesn't mean much to anyone but me

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Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

This is a very good, enjoyable brewpub in downtown Eureka. It's in an old brick building with some nice old details,including apparently cast-iron columns, etc., outside and in,with nice big windows looking onto the street. The staff are friendly and efficient. The place can get loud and crowded but has a good feel to it.

Their beer overall is very good but not outstanding. The range at any given time is somewhat limited but has their standards on tap plus a few rotating/seasonal ones.

Food is also very good,but not outstanding - good burgers, good steak sandwich, fish and chips, etc. Clam chowder is very good.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was stop #8 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here for dinner and to try their beers. It was a Friday evening and the brewery was busy, but we were seated right away. The brewery is situated on the first floor and a mezzanine area of a 3-story, nicely restored, stand-alone building on the fringe of the downtown area. The interior is also nicely restored, and is a cool place to enjoy a meal and a beer.

We ordered a sampler flight of the 10 beers that were available. Each was brewed very close to style, and none of them exhibited any flaws. However, none of them were very exciting other than the Tangerine Wheat, which was something that we had never experienced before and we liked it a lot because of its uniqueness. The food menu was fairly standard pub fare, but it was very good, and it outshined the beers.

There are other breweries in town that we’d try first before coming back here for the beer, but if none of those breweries offer food, then we’d come back here again without hesitation.

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Photo of PortLargo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Staff is quite knowledgeable and loves to play along with a serious beer drinker/taster. Atmosphere is very casual, more locals than tourists during my visit. Food selection was above average and for such a remote spot the prices were very reasonable.

Beer selection requires several visits to do justice. Overall a pretty outstanding selection of styles, plus they are happy to serve 2 oz shooters for tasting. Conveniently located right of Hiway 101 in the middle of town . . . will definitely return.

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Photo of Rogfromcanada
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I recommend this beer to anyone from Canada travelling down the coast. This a good, refreshing beer. It is the perfect balance of a craft beer and simplicity. One could easily drink this daily if they so choose. Great job Lost Coast Brewery...you have gained a fan!

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75


After driving through the Avenue of Giants and up to Redwood National Forest, we headed down to Eureka to spend the night. We stayed at the historic Eureka Inn, a disappointment except that it was an easy walk home from the downtown breweries.

First stop of the evening was for dinner at Lost Coast Brewery. Order of lemon pepper parmesan fries were very tasty to tide us while trying a sampler tray of brews. The fruit beers like Raspberry Brown and Tangerine Wheat were all adequate but not very inspiring. The standard line up of beers were a level better, especially the hoppy ales. 8 Ball Stout and AlleyCat Amber were a step up from the fruit ales, but better were the Lost Coast Pale Ale with a soft hop nose over a sweet caramel back bone and the Indica IPA with a bold hop bite and a grassy, dry finish.

Lost Coast Tacos for dinner. Mine had a crisp, crunchy battered outside with a delicate white fish inside surrounded with a flour tortilla, shredded cabbage, lime sour cream and fresh pico de gallo. Ordered a draft of Great White Beer with my taco: spice on the tongue is complex and stimulating to drink; secret blend of Humboldt County herbs, according to the menu; light and refreshing with a lot of flavor. One of only two LC beers I've had before, it's light and refreshing with a light of flavor. Understated spiciness of the beer blends well with the bready and slightly fishy tacos. Gloria had the tofu version of the taco and liked it as well. A nice range of veggie options on the menu for being so far north, and we appreciated the choice.

Lost Coast is a family friendly restaurant, even on a Saturday night visit. Feels like a bar in my small hometown in Iowa but with a lot better beer. The slightly slow but friendly service with quick, honest recommendations. The rustic atmosphere that was loud but still pleasant to talk in. Overall, it's a place in which the beer is about what I expected and has a warm, welcoming feel that many locals seem to call home.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/09/lost-coast-brewery-eureka-ca.html.

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Photo of DrunkenMonk
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

While I love Tangerine Wheat, Lost Coast is a lot like Eureka. I WANT to love the place, but the atmospere drives me away. It has so much potential, yet is stuck in its mediocrity.

The fish tacos weren't that good. The beer batter was awful; acting as grease mops. I had the sample paddle of 10 beers. I really liked the apricot wheat. It was lighter flavored than Pyramid's and I liked it. The paddle was confusing though as the beers were placed haphazardly rather than light to dark or sweet to bitter. So the pallet was given a work out.

The place was cramped and dark with various junk on the walls. They really need a decorator to give this place some life, as the atmosphere is grungy. It looks like someone had ten bucks to decorate with and went to a yard sale to find things.

Like Eureka I want to love this place. But the surrounding homeless and transient population tarnish it. Sadly, many of the locals contribute to the grunge element as well. Yet, the surrounding communities don't appear to have this problem.

Redecorate, hiring a professional.
Hire a chef, not a cook- and make better food.
Get a bigger place, or remodel to create a gift shop area for the shirts and drinkware, etc.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.43/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The location is good coming south on 101 through the downtown. We always parked on the side street and it seems like parking shouldn't be an issue in the back.

They had cute Halloween decor and while I don't like their beer's graphic design, the bar has a nice assortment of brewing decor.

Service was great, not too busy.

10 regular beers for sampler and 3 seasonal, not bad!

Food is a little above average.

Decent prices.

Overall, I don't really like their beer that much to frequent often, but if you are in town, it is not a bad place to check out.

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Photo of tjensen3618
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

After a long but beautiful drive down from OR we planned on staying in Eureka for a night to get some rest and check out the area.
The brewery is in the downtown area, the vibe of the whole are seemed strange, the buildings had great architecture and had so much potential to be a great little town but we seemed to be outnumbered by homeless folks by about 5:1. We were there on a Thurs. and I am going to be generous and assume this isn't the case over the weekends.

The inside of Lost Coast was dated, the whole place felt a bit grimy. I was happy with their beer selection as there were several more interesting styles available than what we can get in bottles down in So. CA. I got the Barleywine which was very nice, they should start bottling that one!

There menu was standard brewpub fare, burgers, sandwiches, wings, maybe a pizza or pasta dish, etc. The food was decent nothing great nothing bad.

Overall it was an ok experience, however next time I'm in the area to enjoy the beauty up there, I'll probably steer clear of Eureka as a whole.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped in the late afternoon to find the place relatively full. Decor in the brewery was nice, and it had a friendly atmosphere. Managed to talk to bartender who happened to be from the Chicago area. As for beers, one beer stood out for me, that being the Great White. Appreciated the Tangerine Wheat for its uniqueness, however it was not to my personal taste. I recall the prices being reasonable, perhaps being the least expensive of my California brewery tour. Would probably stop again if in town, but considering the amount of other choices in California... if only in town.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on my way back to Portland. This was the first time I'd been by Lost Coast in a number of years.

LC Brewery and Cafe is a good size restaurant/pub, fronting right on hiway 101/4th street in downtown Eureka. The place has a very relaxed, informal vibe, with a good size bar area in the center/right part of the pub, and with some rickety tables and chairs spread around haphazzardly both around the bar area downstairs, as well as upstairs in the auxillary dining area. There is also a pool table and some pin ball machines in the back area. The place was bustling at 5:30 on a Sunday afternoon, and I was impressed by the number of families I saw in attendance (which speaks, I think, to the value aspect of the food menu - good size portions of decent food at reasonable prices). As for the beer, all 13 beers on the draft list were brewed in house, consisting of the core beers, three fruit beers, and three seasonals (one of which, the cherry stout, was on cask). I sampled the great white wit and the imperial stout (the latter seemed very similar to the regular 8 ball, but was a bit richer, higher in alcohol, and had a bit more of a punch), both of which were very enjoyable and well made. Service was fine for what it was. Our young waitress was quick, efficient and friendly. I tend to doubt she knew much about any of the beers available, but I didn't really require any assistance or advice anyway. As for the food, it was OK. The wings I ordered were nothing special but still pasable, but my friend's portabello and spinach quesadilla was actually quite good. Prices here were quite reasonable I thought. Pints for the core beers were $3.50, and my two beers and our food came to under $24 total after tax.

All in all, I was happy with our visit to Lost Coast. Neither the food nor the beer is going to leave anyone going "wow" after a meal here, but nevertheless, this is a good place to stop for a relaxing respite after a day of driving on 101. Hopefully it won't be another decade or more before I stop by here again.

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Photo of rayzorwit
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I rarely give high marks to a place as I am giving Lost Coast Brewery. I cannot say enough how much pleasure I get from coming to this place time and time again. The food is great, the beer is top notch and consistent, the ambience is super.

The brewery is locatedin Old Town Eureka, which is the old part of Eureka. The building which houses Lost Coast was built in 1892 and delivers a wonderful atmosphere. The drawback to this location is that there is no patio for enjoying the fresh air.

The food is excellent. Chicken wing lovers are going to love the wing sauce. What is truly great about this place is that great care is placed on providing vegetarian dishes and they are well marked on the menu. The price range for the food is typical of any pub. Take a look at the menu on their Web site and you can immediately see there is great potential in pairing food and beer.

The beers are superb. The one thing about Lost Coast is that you can count on their beers being consistent, meaning that subsequent revisits of the same beer will be similar to the prior ones. They produce seasonal beers which are always worth trying out.

All in all, this is the pub I will recommend if you're passing through and can only afford one brewpub visit in town.

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Photo of Jayli
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Headed up here on a recent trip to No. Cal. on 11/29

Nice little brewpub that is pretty damn busy for about 2pm on a Sunday afternoon (and that wasn't just at the bar stools to watch the Sunday games). Walked in the back entrance that leads right in to three of four tables on the right, a few arcade games and a pool table is located on the left. Then you come upon the bar - relatively small bar area, like your typical restaurant, and then there is an open area of seating with little tables dispersed throughout. Laid back vibe, lots of locals there (always a good sign IMO). Great music and vibe. As mentioned, busy for 2pm on a Sunday, but wait staff was is nice and friendly. Roughly 14 beers on draft (5 seasonals). Food is outstanding! Got the stuffed pretzel with jalepeno and cheese for an app. For lunch, I got the Famous Brown with parmesan lemon fries and my girlfriend got the sliders.
Overall, I wish this place was freaking east coast! Good beer, good food, good wait staff, good vibe and CHEAP as hell!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The food was pretty good. They actually have 2 beers there that I do like which are Great White and Downtown Brown. It was good. Service was alright. My favorite part was the beer. It was pretty reasonable when it comes to price. I did love the atmosphere there. I haven't tried the other beers they have there yet but I do intend on doing that soon. If you like any of their beers it is a great place to go or if you live in the Eureka or Arcata area you have to at least try it. I went there for my birthday when I went and it was a good birthday.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The production facility was on W 3rd St, but the pub was on W 4th St between "G" and "H" Sts. It was a green and yellow building with a wide front which opened onto the m.d.s., followed by a sea of standard restaurant tables and chairs. The copper-topped, "J"-shaped bar was along the right wall and continued aft to a separate set of seating all of the way aft. Also in the back was a pool table and a few electronic games to the right and a dark green futon to the left, just before the back entrance from the rear (metered) parking lot. The interior artwork was Cubist/Picasso-like and the overhead was teeming with papier mache monsters, and oversized Black Widow spider, inflatable palm trees, and other eclectic stuff. The kitchen was off to the left with a glass case of logo items just beyond. This included the Beer Pest gamut of growlers, patches, and posters. There was additional seating on the second floor, but we were satisfied on the first floor. The service tended towards obliviousness and in my frustration, I asked for some of the "Free Wi-Fi" mentioned on the side of the building to go.

I really got a kick out of a great reproduction of an old sign for "Simonds' Milk Stout", which featured a dapper Reading Brewery barrel with his arm around a shyly smiling pint of milk as they sat on a bench under a grinning moon. So that's how it's made!

Beers: 8-Ball Stout; Alleycat Amber; Pale Ale; Harvest Wheat; Great White; Indica IPA; Double IPA; Downtown Brown; Raspberry Brown; Apricot Wheat; Tangerine Wheat; and Imperial Pils. They were so-so, at best. The advertising was better than the beer being advertised. Sad but (IMHO) true.

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Photo of kleffman
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

On the recent brewery road trip in Norcal I got to hit up Lost Coast. Right on highway 101 or whatever they call it in town you can't miss it. Although the one way streets around there are a pain. Immediately found out they had 3 seasonals on tap...chocolate porter, scotch ale, and imperial pilsner so I was excited. Sat down with a glass of the chocolate porter and via a sampler platter got to try every other beer they had on tap as well. Not too into wheat beers but the tangerine wheat smelled amazing. Food was nice, I shared some fries and a philly cheese steak and it was definitely enjoyable. I would love to visit again but I'm never in the area.

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Photo of Vansmack
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

Charging for a sampler of beer? I still don't understand this. Why!!!! The beer was crappy and the food was just ok. I have to say, I was not impressed at all. Don't go here. I would have to say that the only reason to go here is to look at the hot bod on the bartender... I believe it's marlene or something. Wow. But the rest of the place can just shut down.

The fish and chips made me hit the bathroom a few times on my way to redding. The atmosphere was full of trashy people who couldn't even afford a damn beer.

My recommendation... stay away from this place!

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Photo of dbalsock
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Atmosphere: Large front room with lots of lighting and spider that comes down to scare you in front of the door, that they've had up since october. Many tables with appropriate spacing, but nothing in here makes me feel comfortable. It's all kinda cold and impersonal.

Quality: The beers are all about average quality, with a couple being good and a couple being bad. Not much to say about that. The quality of the people that come here is about the same as the beer.

Service: The service has always been good, even when very crowded. The wait-staff aren't super knowledgeable about beer, but they will ask the bartender who has been able to answer all of my questions.

Selection: They have their standard offerings on tap, plus a couple bonus fruit-beers and a couple bonus seasonal offerings. The seasonals are always interesting and I tend to stick with them or the pale-ale.

Food: Not anything to write home about, except for maybe the seasoned fries. Everything else is standard pub-grub and not the best in the area.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Anytime i'm at the coast, I make the beautiful drive through the Redwoods down to Lost Coast Brewpub.

First of all, Eureka is an neat town. My first visit to Eureka was the more interesting, as we were passing through town around Humboldt county's 'holiday' on April 20th. A good blend of hippies and transients provides for an exciting walk downtown, complete with chanting and mumbling vagrants, sidewalk performers, and everything inbetween.

The brewpub is in an old historic building, cool atmosphere inside, though just a bit crowded even on weeknights. Bit noisy, but otherwise good. Food menu is above average pub fare. Drinks are ofcourse great. Get a sampler! I enjoy their Brown and the Indica IPA.

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Photo of JohnMeinhardt
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I am lucky enough to live about 4 blocks away from this place. It is my go-to spot whenever folks want to go out with me. I am a huge fan of their beers. Their Downtown Brown is Halmark along with Great White, which seems to be the favorite of everyone except me. I don't like beers with fruits in them, but if you do, they have Tangerine Wheat, Apricot, and a Rasberry Brown which my girlfriend loves. Speaking of wheat, they have a tremendous Wheat Ale which tastes like a bowl of cereal in a beer glass (in a good way). I'm glad they don't pretend to be a Hefeweizen and go straight for the American Wheat flavor, which I really like. If you like dark brews, the porters and the 8-Ball stout will satisfy anyone.

Downside maybe the service is slow sometimes and it can feel cramped, even when sitting down. And the bathroom is right next to the pool table which makes it awkward coming in and out dodging cues.

All in all, I love this place and will be sad the day I move away.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I try to go to Lost Coast when ever I am in town. It is a cramp brewpub with lots of character. Look at the chalkboard for the daily selections of beers. The only foods I have had have been appetizers (wings, artichokes and nachos). All of these have been very good and well priced. I can not speak for the rest of the food because I have not had it. Eureka is a small town and Lost Coast has that small town feel. I go there with family that lives in town and they all seem to know my brother-in-law (don’t now if that is a good thing or not). It has been a while since I have been there, bit I try to get the beers that I can not get locally in bottles. I have not been disappointed with anything I have had.

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Photo of gwood
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

It's been a while since I was there but this was one of my walking distance hang outs for quite a few years.

The beers have always been good, my favs were always the Eight Ball Stout, Downtown Brown, and Indica IPA (when it came out...been a while).

The layout is a bit odd...cramped at times. There really isn't a good way for folks to flow through the place from back to front. No real easy way to get you beers away from a bar on a crowded Fri/Sat night. Good crowd there when I was there, twas my "Cheers" of sorts for a time back when.

The food was good, standard pub fare with some added touches here and there. I always went with a fried artichoke hearts/IPA combo.

If you make the trip make sure to stop here (in fact...start in Sonoma and work your way up...you'll have a blast)

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Neat pub in a neat old building in a neat old neighborhood on the edge of Eureka’s historic and picturesque, albeit hippie and hobo infested downtown. The atmosphere is part old British pub, part new California pub, and 100% freaky voodoo gypsy “I’m a paper mache artist with way too much time and LSD on my hands.” Staff are very friendly and seem to enjoy the product they serve. The food was decent but not great. I had a Navaho Chicken Sandwich. Had the fried bread been fried a touch more it would have been great. The beer sampler came with 12 beers. I really enjoyed the IIPA and was floored by their tangerine ale. It was straight up pure tangerine nectar. Very unique and delicious. The other fruit beers including Raspberry and Apricot ales were quite good as well but the Raspberry Brown was medicinal like cough syrup and pretty disgusting. The rest of the ales were all pleasing, mostly well hopped, clean, and refreshing. They were out of stout so I did not get to try that. Followed up the sampler with a pint of IIPA. Prices were very good for the quality and quantity. Overall impression is that lost coast is a fun place with some decent brews but nothing too extraordinary…yet. I do see potential.

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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe in Eureka, CA
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