Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
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2.6/5 rDev -25.1%
Hit up Oggi's on the way back from visiting the BevMo in Orange. We decided on stopping in here before hitting up Alcatraz Brewing Co with a group of friends. I had heard pretty good things about Oggi's and was quite surprised when neither my buddy or I liked their beers. They tasted very watered down and not cared for...we felt as though they tasted more like extract beers.
We looked at the menu and didn't really see anything as it was all pizza and other meals.
Got the taster set and ended up throwing out most of it. The only beer that was decent was the stout, so we finished that. The rest of it was just not good. The bartender was nice but not attentive, so we just didn't think the experience was worthy of a return visit to try the food.
I was told that the Mission Viejo location was MUCH better and that Orange did not have the same brewmaster. Too bad...I would have liked to have tasted the real Oggi's beer...brewed the way it should be.
04-19-2006 02:50:17 | More by PuckLSHS
2.75/5 rDev -20.7%
Newly constructed in the Orange 'Crossroads' (formerly the 'Mall of Orange'), this Oggi's is just to the south of Wal-Mart and right on the main parking lot.
The dining room and bar are separated by a 5' pony wall as this location attempts to be more of a sports stop than an actual brewpub. The sports bar atmosphere is furthered by the proclimation of 'Thirty TV Sets', including a monitor in the Men's room (I didn't check out the Ladies room).
Food is standard Oggi's; Pizza and southwestern cuisine.
Draught Lineup (as of 12.28.2004):
California Gold Cream Ale
Sweet Spot Hefe
McGarvey's Scottish Ale
Torrey Pines IPA
Black Magic Stout
Hopjuice DIPA (Brewers Special)
The bar also sports a full selection of wine & spirits
I found the glassware less than beer-clean and all draught beers poured without a collar of foam...low execution for a $4.26 pint of beer!
While sports fans will undoubtedly enjoy their visit, true followers of good beer will be somewhat disappointed.
01-02-2005 08:38:21 | More by IceAce
2.85/5 rDev -17.9%
I went here with some friends Saturday night after trying to track down some things at like five different Best Buys in Orange County, had only been to the Corona location before this one and this stuck out as being worse, was looking forward to Hop Juice and of course it was their one beer they did not have while we were there, they had six of their own including Black Magic Stout, Torrey Pines IPA, Paradise Pale Ale, Sunset Amber, California Gold, and McGarvey's Scottish Ale, pints were around four dollars but that was probably because it was during happy hour, nobody was in the place, which is sad if you are located in an extremely busy mall, pretty plain inside and has an old sports bar feel, was not the cleanest and seemed a bit rundown to me, people working there were not exactly the friendliest either, pizza is decent but a bit overpriced, BJs and other brewpubs got it beat on the food side of things for sure, not the best stop but glad I went once, might be worth checking out
01-07-2009 06:26:56 | More by Floydster
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
I used to hit up Oggi's on a regular Sunday afternoon basis and still drop by occasionally. I would never go to Oggi's just to drink: In my opinion, it's first a restaurant, then a sports bar then a brewery. I've had quite a few of their brews and none of them really stood out. The Scottish ale wasn't bad. Their Russian Imperial Stout that made my toes curl, I swear my fork would have stood straight up in the glass.
The food and beer is priced well. If you are looking for somewhere to relax and watch 30 sporting events simultaneously, have a beer and pizza for a few hours, Oggi's is your place.
04-14-2008 20:08:15 | More by kbm
3.36/5 rDev -3.2%
A gorgeous sunny day and a trip to Hollingshead Deli was in order to pick up a Growler or two of the excellent Pliny the Younger. After meeting fellow BA's Swillinbrew and OCBrewFish and sampling a few brews, it was decided to head out for a break to the relatively nearby Oggis in Orange County for a few Brewpub bevvies with fellow BennyPil who met us there.
Situated in the Mall of Orange, just look for the Wal-Mart and it sits to left of that, and in front of Cost Plus World Market that also sells a few good bottles if you fancy some beer shopping at the same time.
Exterior has a rather drab pale brick appearance, but it is inviting enough, broken as it is with large windows allowing a glimpse of the Brewery on premises. The small galvanized sheet steel silo and fenced off outside seating area with angled roof for protection from the blazing sun add a little something to differentiate it from all the other nearby utilitarian looking retail outlets.
The interior is broken into two main areas; the front portion near the rather strangely shaped dog-legged bar has lots of high seats and stools. Behind this and in the entranceway there are many tables & chairs, neatly laid out to fill up as much space as possible. It looks a little cramped and the awkward shape of the bar also creates a bottle-neck at the front. Behind the bar the fermenters are hidden but partially visible behind a wall that has some windows, it is easier to see the copper clad Mash Tun from the outside it seems. A large wood panel runs all around the top of the wall near the ceiling. Into this 31 TVs, all of the same shape and manufacturers model, are set into it at equidistant intervals. Its quite eerie in a way when lots of different sporting channels are playing and just sitting and watching some of the punters gazing up into space, worshipping the tube of their choice, it has a Fritz Lang feel to it at times.
Beer range is pretty solid, and of course the quality at Oggis is dependable, but it tends to be highlighted by the odd rotating special. Sunset Amber, Black Magic Stout, Sweet Spot Hefe, McGarveys Scottish Ale, California Gold, Paradise Pale Ale and Torrey Pines IPA. I had the latter, a lovely IPA that drinks well, very West Coast in character. Often has the Hop Juice too but sadly not during my visit.
I didnt have any food but BennyPils Burger and Fries looked like staple Sports Bar fare, as in fact did the rest of the Menu; namely Appetizers (Wings anyone?), Salads, Pastas, Pizzas and Burgers.
Reasonable service but it was early in the afternoon and not too busy. Overall, nice enough and a solid little BrewPub, but heavy on the Sports Bar theme and a little cramped, it looks like it could get full of those awfully annoying nearby shoppers that shout and scream at TVs and bring their bored & restless kids with them. Of course, if the Left Coast Hop Juice was on I could forgive them for that. Does Growler fills too!
Big Thanks to those dangerous Orange BAs Swillinbrew and OCBrewFish for the Birthday ride out here, much appreciated chaps!!
Last Visit: Saturday 4th February, 2006.
02-18-2006 02:55:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
My first Oggi's visit was 11/29/08, to the Orange location.
Perfectly serviceable sports bar atmosphere - bazillions of flat screens, various college/pro football memorabilia. Small - not many tables.
Standard tap lineup - Pale, Amber, IPA, Scotch Ale, Hefe, and Stout, available in a sampler. (There was also a flavorless "Light Lager" in the sampler, but I don't think it had a writeup on the blackboard.) Of those, only the Black Magic Stout was above average and worth a follow-on pint.
Silliest thing was that Hop Juice was not posted, and when I asked the bartender, she said it's available in bottles only. Bartender said it hadn't been available on tap since they started bottling it earlier this year, and that BevMo's a better bet if you want to take a bottle home (half the price there).
But why have all your staff wearing shirts advertising your best-known beer, and not even carry it on tap or mention that you have it in bottles? Baffling business decision.
Beers nicely priced - $4/pint.
Menu just straightahead sports bar fare, not so reasonably priced. Excellent buffalo wings, but $12/dozen. They're known for their pizza, but I didn't try it.
Good vibe, but hardly a beer mecca. Comparable to BJ's, but BJ's seems to be a little more adventurous with the beer - they do seasonals, have interesting guest taps that I didn't see at the Oggi's in Orange.
11-30-2008 16:07:02 | More by Talisker
3.64/5 rDev +4.9%
In the interest of clarity, completeness, and other important stuff, this location is in The Mall of Orange AND it was on the Wal-Mart side at the intersection of Meats and Tustin Aves. Preciseness is so important to we beer travelers as time can be a precious commodity.
Another clarification, thanks to my brother - it is pronounced Oh, Jeez! vice Ah, Gheez! He may have been the only person ever to have made that mistake, but why allow others to potentially repeat it?
The entry was on the mall side, vice the parking lot side (another important time-saving distinction) and the m.d.s. was just inside the door. Straight ahead were a sea of booths and high tables and chairs, but to the left and headed aft was the snaking, laminate-topped bar with lots of monitors in the overhead. It was a sports bar with good beer, as others have said, so if that does not bother you, you will dig it. I dug the exposed ducting which gave it a semi-industrial feel.
Beer: My late uncle took us to the one in Mission Valley back in 2002 because he liked it so much. California Gold (4.5); Sweet Spot Hefeweizen (5.2); Paradise Pale Ale (4.8); McGarvey's Scottish Ale (5.0); Sunset Amber Ale (5.4); Torrey Pines IPA (6.8); and Black Magic Stout (7.0), mixed with Hop Juice (9.4). The latter uses hops extract, pellets and flowers but is only available seasonally and not on the occasion of my visit. Try, try again.
08-20-2008 20:36:01 | More by woodychandler
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. in Orange, CA
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.