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Taps Fish House & Brewery

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89
very good

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Active Beers: 64
Beer Ratings: 742
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

101 East Imperial Highway
Brea, California, 92821
United States
phone: (714) 257-0101

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DoubleJ

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

Update 2/9/10: No more Taps logos on glassware :-( I've tried more food, and it is great. The jambalaya is yummy, the seared tuna is great, and the calimari well worth trying. The waiters/waitresses are well trained to answer your beery questions as well.

A hybrid of seafood restaurant and brewery, Taps offers an oyster bar to go along with their beer bar. 32 beers are brewed throughout the year, however around 8 drafts are available on a given day, plus a cask, and the selection turns over frequently. Happy hour offers $4 pints, and there's is unique by starting earlier than other HH's, at 2pm! $5 pizzas are offered during that time too, and it makes for a good entreé.

You're greeted with brewing equipment as you walk in, and when you pass that, head to the right for the beer bar, don't head straight or end up at the oyster bar. Several banners hang from the ceiling with some of their beer than have won awards over the years. (Their Irish Red Ale had the most banners). The bartender was very knowledgable about the beers and tasting notes, and your beer is poured into sexy looking pint glass with the Taps logo on it.

This is my choice for top brewpub in Orange County.

07-16-2007 17:53:45 | More by DoubleJ
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SwillinBrew

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

I was meeting my mom for lunch at Lucilles BBQ down the street and i arrived a bit early so drove down to Taps for a pint, glad i did!

I've been here before and forgot how charming this place is. I was in right about the time the early lunch rush shows up so it wasnt crowded. As you walk in, you're greeted by the receptionist on the left and if you go to the right, you'll hit the bar. Behind the bar is the patio area. The bar was spacious and of dark wood, just the way i like them. There were some big screens to round out the bar, not overpower but complimenting. I had a pint of the oatmeal stout and it was fantastic. The bartender was friendly and quick on the service. There were about 8 beers on tap, hitting most of the styles. I sampled a few via the bartender giving me shot glass tastings... quite a cool dude.

While i didnt try the food, i've had it before. It's of the seafood/New Orleans variety... quite tasty if i recall correctly. The beers were reasonable on price but the food can get expensive. All in all, this is a very nice place to take a date and for a good meal in a cool environment that has great beers. Visit this place if you get the chance.

12-29-2006 06:22:59 | More by SwillinBrew
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MiScusi

California

4.63/5  rDev +17.5%

Went to this place for lunch today, a Saturday. We got there fairly early so there weren't too many people there. As we were leaving after we ate, we noticed the place (especially bar area = big) was filled up.

Our service was excellent, the food came very quickly, as did the beer. The food (trout/rice, burger/garlic fries) was very good, and the beer is well known by its patrons to be very good. On tap when I was there they had a California Ale (IPA), Oatmeal Stout, Pumpkin Ale, Winter Bock, an English Ale on cask, plus a few others (8 total on tap). You can always find out exactly what is being served that day by going to their website, which has a cool little feature showing all their different styles they brew, and which ones are on tap, and which is in a cask.

The place has a pretty cool atmosphere. A big projection screen and tv's placed by the bar as well let you watch plenty of sports. It's all dark wood, which gives it a real neat feel, especially right now as it's lined with garland and christmas lights.

The outside area has a bunch of heating lamps, no matter where you sit I don't think you will get cold. There is also huge brick fireplace built along the wall. The service in this outside area was very good when I've sat there.
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Went again today (5/10/07) after an Angels game, this was my 3rd time there and for the 3rd straight time the service was impeccable. Our waitress (Amanda) was always making sure we were fine on drinks and food, and always with a smile. The food came fast and in great shape and the beer were brought promptly. I don't see how the service can get any better in my experiences.

12-17-2006 05:11:34 | More by MiScusi
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amoebalink

California

2.88/5  rDev -26.9%

place is a fish house and brewery in Brea, CA.
I've been to the place to eat the food, but recently visited the place just for the beer.
It has a good selection of beer available (a total of 6 plus a cask conditions variety).
reasonably priced at $4-5 per 12 oz of beer.
you can also get a growler for $12 and refills for $10 for all the beer except the cask conditioned variety.
That was a bummer, since it would be nict to be able to fill a growler of cask conditions ale for a beer tasting party so that non beer drinkers would know what a cast conditioned ale tastes like.
overall a nice beer place to visit.
the food is very decent and price is acceptable, though a bit pricy.
expect to spend about $40-50 a person if you want a nice 3 course dinner with a beer.

09-15-2006 08:35:41 | More by amoebalink
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Rezzin

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

First off I have to admit that I don't recall many of the beers at this brewpub - it's been over 4 months since I've last been. We plan on going at the end of this month so I'll be sure to edit my review after we do so (in regards to the beer).

The atmosphere is upscale yet somewhat casual. I wouldn't come in jeans and beat up tshirt but they won't kick you out. The help is good to above average but make sure to make a reservation if you go for dinner. Projection TV, large bar area, oyster bar, heated patio area - you won't be dissapointed with this place.

The food is absolutely outstanding. My wife loves to come here for the cajun crab cakes alone. I normally stick to the fresh catch menu and almost always start with a 1/2 dozen oysters.

Be prepared to drop ~$100 for a nice dinner for 2. Appetizer, main course, alcohol, desert and tip. Pricey but money well spent. If you're looking to impress your girl - you can't go wrong here. One of my favorite restaurants in North OC. So without the beer review - I give a solid 4.5.

03-15-2006 20:43:17 | More by Rezzin
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joecast

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

wow. taps huh? looks big from the outside, is big on the inside. went to the bar area to the right from the entrance and through the dining area. sat at one of the booths, very comfy. bar could probably seat a dozen, with enough tables and booths for another couple dozen. and thats just the bar!

atmosphere is laid back, casual (but not too casual), and friendly. pretty upscale, but not so much to put you off just going on for a beer. the big projection screen had espn on, as did the flat screen we could see from our booth. place was probably less than a third full on a weekday lunch.

quality is up there. from the look of the place, to how they serve the beer. i had the sampler which came on a prepared paper place mat with a space designated for each beer. nice touch. each one came in a small shot glass as well as another sheet of paper to describe each beer style.

service was prompt and friendly. nothing spectacular, but certainly not lacking.

selection is pretty wide ranging. dopplebock, belgian strong, cream ale, pale, hefe, alt which was also served on cask! interesting selection for a cask i thought, but still, they had cask. only had the sampler, but each seemed at least above average and had some nice qualities to them. good banana and clove in the hefe for instance.

i didnt rate the food as my wife and i only shared a seafood salad, but damn, it was good! and big. together we still couldnt finish it. lots of shrimp and crab meat. and they brought over some bread before we even had a chance to ask for it.

value, well. you get what you pay for. really, the beer was $4.50 a pint, not bad, but the food was pretty pricey. $20 for the salad.

overall, a very nice place if you want to impress some people while you sip away at some good beer.

01-06-2006 02:24:11 | More by joecast
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PuckLSHS

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Taps is my home away from home....well, except Naja's in Redondo.

Taps is one of the greatest finds in the Southern California (LA/Orange County) area. Their seasonal's are excellent and the brewer there comes up with some pretty amazing stuff. My favorite brews are the Alt, 90-Shilling Scotch Ale, Thomas Jefferson and the Oktoberfest. They generally sell out of most of the seasonals pretty fast, but they rotate quickly and they are never without a wide selection.

The food here is phenomenal. I would definitely suggest the nachos (I ask for shrimp nachos and they are happy to help me out with that one)...the oysters and the seafood here is top-notch. You really can't go wrong with any of the menu items as the quality of the food is excellent.

The service is hit or miss sometimes. The wait staff is fairly slow in their service, but they are quite attractive which makes up for it at times. The bar staff doesn't know a lot about the beers so don't ask them any specifics...just roll out a few tasters and decide for yourself.

Hit up taps if you want to find a great place to chill and watch the game on a saturday or take the date to a fancy dinner on Friday night. You won't be sorry.

11-02-2005 20:00:27 | More by PuckLSHS
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BrewMaster

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

The great thing about Taps is the food and the waitresses. Their beers are average at best and disappointing for the most part. On tap they usually have 7 of their own beers plus a cask-conditioned beer of theirs. The waitresses at this palce are surprisingly attractive which just added to the evening. The food is truly exceptional, but not cheap. The medium-rare filet mignon was absolutely perfect but the lobster tail had been sitting under a heat lamp I think. We were there for a company event with about 10 of us and the service was great. I would go back to Taps for a good meal, but I couldn't care less about their mediocre beers.

01-13-2005 20:16:10 | More by BrewMaster
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ALECOHOLIC

California

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

My perception of Taps has been declining steadily. Great brews with an interesting rotation are their strongest assets. My poor marks for service are misdirected. The service is good but management policys and decisions suck. I attended their beer dinners last fall '03 and spring '04, both were wonderful. I get a heads up from the brewer last August that the next dinner would be in October. So I try to stay tuned (call and ask, watch the website, etc.) as they fill quickly. The OC Register runs a story a week or so before the event (I missed the article) and the dinner books up immediately. My patronage (and others I know) to the previous events that have grown in popularity is in mgmts rear view mirror. Next bad experience: I pick up a growler of pumpkin ale for Thanksgiving with the anticipation of returning on Tuesday 1/2 price refill night advertised on the board behind the bar. I loved the pumpkin ale. I finally get around to returning with my growler on a tuesday and get short shrift about the offer being cancelled as of late. The bartender says that some people were abusing the offer. Instead of taking a tough stance and punishing (saying no) to the abusers, management shuts it down on everyone. I felt like I was in 3rd grade all over again. Managers are paid to be the bad guy now and again and they need to stand up to customers that get out of line. I'll return again for a beer or for Sunday brunch (and a beer) but I will no longer frequent the joint.

12-23-2004 20:50:39 | More by ALECOHOLIC
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ChappyCubsFan

California

3.51/5  rDev -10.9%

This brewpub is the epitomy of the saying, "Beauty is only skin deep". How can such a great looking place have such poor-tasting beers? What a crying shame. It's located in the downtown area of Brea, CA. Plenty of parking around back. When you walk in, you almost don't feel like you're in a brewpub. This place is very elegant with fine linen tablecloths and well-dressed bartenders and waitresses. There is a lot of mohogany panels throughout the eating area, and much of the bar area is done in mohogany. Very classy and very elegant looking. Now the bad news. We ordered a sampler and did not care for any of the beers. I hate to give them low marks for not having any American hops or malt in their beer recipes, but they lacked any character. It was hard to tell some of the lighter ales apart. I was expecting a robust porter or stout and was very disappointed. Following the sampler we each ordered a pint of their IPA but walked out leaving our glass half full.

01-03-2004 04:27:13 | More by ChappyCubsFan
Taps Fish House & Brewery in Brea, CA
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