Westwood Brewing Company
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Rumrunner:
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
This place has gone through some positive changes recently. This was my first visit in about three years.
A brief history. WBC used to brew their own beers years ago. Aside from the Red which was good and their Scottish Ale which was awesome and is still talked about in high regard by those of us who sampled it time and time again the rest of the beers they brewed were bland blondes and unispired beer for the masses. They stopped brewing their own beer and brought in beer from another brewery under the WBC name and these beers were awful, terrible and just down right nasty. They stopped with the contracted brews and are now serving a few craft beers along with the macros and a few macro style imports. A nice impovement. There is still talk of them brewing their own beers again but I think if the line up they are offering along with a few rotating taps turns a profit they will never brew again. In fact the bartender informed me that he and the other bartenders are trying to get the owner to remove the brewing equipment from behind the bar and then build a wrap around bar. I say sell the equipment to someone who will put it to good use if brewing is not in the future. The equipment takes up too much room to be aestetically pleasing to the eye and cramps the bartenders while they are working.
WBC is located in Westwood which is considered the college town to UCLA. Plenty of shops, restaurants, movie theatres, bars and even a couple of museums in the neighborhood. Plenty to do and see.
One thing that has not changed at WBC is the lay out and atmosphere. It is pretty plain. A large bar downstairs to the left of the entrance. There is an upstairs with another bar and there are plenty of tables and chairs both upstairs and downstairs. A few t.v.s scattered about which mainly show sports. There is an outdoor area as well. Mainly the smokers use the outdoor patio. A brick building which gives the place some character and the large windows allow for natural light which is nice. Overall though there is nothing too exciting about the feel or vibe of the place.
The service we had was very good. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very attentive and even excited about beer. We chatted beer for a while and he hopes to convince management to expand the craft brew line up. Cheers to him.
The food is good. The word 'good' sums it up. The menu has plenty of variety. Salads, burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches, onion rings and the usual bar selections. They used to be known for their pizza. I did not have pizza on this visit but I have heard that their pizza is nothing special anymore.
A few tasty beers on tap now. Alesmith Speedway stout served in a schooner was my drink for the evening. They also had Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown, Bear Republic Red Rocket, Stone Pale and Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada Pale and Bigfoot, along with Kona, Sam Adams lager and White ale. Other tap selections were Stella, Pilsner Urquell, Pyramid, Guinness and the macros. Newcastle in the bottle, a few other bottle selections and a cider. they also serve wine and have a full bar. I mentioned to the bartender that they need an IPA. He agreed and said he is working on it.
The selection may not be huge but if they are going to have a few superior beers mixed in with the average and the macros I will return to WBC when I am in Westwood.
03-07-2005 07:46:37 | More by Rumrunner
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3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
Westwood Brewing Company (BrewCo) is located in the middle of Westwood Village right next to UCLA. The crowd is the usual college/young professional type so there is a lot of energy especially on game nights for the local sports teams. The prices are great (about $4.50 per pint) and the selection is deceptively good. Although there is nothing really obscure or hard to find, there are quite a few Alesmith, Stone, Victory, Rogue and Bear Republic brews to choose from so you can always find a quality beer that satisfies your particular taste.
05-02-2010 00:32:41 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
Hit this place up for the first time on St. Patrick's Day. I don't know how I've never been here before since I've been working at UCLA for almost two years, but it's kinda hidden off the main drag I guess.
Nice little place I guess, two bars downstairs plus a number of tables, also an open air section with more tables and another small bar plus karaoke/dance area upstairs. Plenty of UCLA students around, but it doesn't seem like the "party and get crazy" bar.
Service was ok. The bartenders are friendly enough even if they aren't beer experts. I can't complain. The food is ok. Nothing special, just pub food. Fries were pretty good, nachos were pretty bad.
The beer selection is big (probably 20 taps) but nothing special. Two Stone taps (PA and Arrogant Bastard) are probably the "highlights". They also had like 4 taps that claim to be WBC beers. I don't know if they're brewing again or what. I will have to ask next time I'm there. They had an IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Honey Blonde. Had the IPA and it was actually pretty good. Also a small bottle selection which included Black Butte Porter, Mothership Wit and Leffe (blonde I think). Pints were 6 bucks which is pretty much normal for this part of town.
Overall a decent place. With Father's Office, Daily Pint and other Santa Monica establishments so close, it may be hard to recommend, but if you're at UCLA for some reason and don't have a car, this is pretty accessable. Also, if they are brewing again, that's a plus.
03-20-2008 07:43:11 | More by rxdrewthejew
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
UPDATE: Sometime between April and August of 2008, four house drafts have been introduced. These are apparently Firestone Walker "generic" beers that are labeled as Westwood Brewing Company brands.
Once upon a time, those metal cannisters behind the bar were actually used to brew beer. Now they're just there for looks, since BrewCo (as it's known around the area) no longer brews. The draft craft beer list is better than your average bar by a long shot, though there are the usual make-believe craft beers (Bare Knuckle Stout, anyone?).
The food is a hair better than average, but it too was once much better and more adventurous than it is now. And while the bartenders are a good-looking and friendly lot, the service is a bit slow.
Ambiance is college crowd lite, with gaggles of cute girls banding together for protection (as if they needed it) from feminized guys. Some testosterone charged young men got into a "Faggot!" shouting match last time I was there, though. Turns out one of them was a bouncer! Uhhh...
There is live music from time to time: some acoustic, some amplified rock. It is kept safely away from the main room in an upstairs loft area. Parking is valet and cheap, unless you snag some free street parking at night. Overall, the place has been dumbed down from its heyday in the late 90's and early 2000's, but is still a welcome stop if you're coming out to see my band play there. :-)
03-10-2008 23:18:25 | More by charlzm
3.38/5 rDev -2.3%
I first went to Westwood Brewing Company after they stopped brewing their own beer. They had three Angel City beers on-tap. About a year later they ditched the AC and put a whole bunch of great micro and regional craft brews on-tap. They had AleSmtih Speedway Stout and Nautical Nut Brown, Stone AB and Pale Ale, Bear Republic Red Rocket, Paulaner Hefeweizen, and a few more great choices. Brew Co had a good run, but now they have three taps of Deschutes, Fat Tire, Kona Longboard Lager, Firestone Double Barrel, Pilsner Urquell, and a bunch of crap that's either made or distrubuted by Anheuser-Busch. Bareknuckle Stout, Beach Bum Blonde, Jack's Pumpkin Spice, Bud Light, Rolling Rock, Widmer Hefeweizen, Redhook IPA, etc.
Even when they had a great beer selection, I never exactly enjoyed spending time there. It's hard to describe what's so unwelcoming about the place, but I'll try. It's always fairly empty unless it's a Friday or Saturday night, which can be a very good thing in some bars, but in here, I end up feeling like a loser- as if I was the one person who ended up going to some unpopular kid's party. The normal weeknight crowd is a few guys sitting alone at the bar talking to the bartenders/waitresses and groups of UCLA students asking for the monthly $3 a pint special. Not the motliest crew. It didn't help that there was no music playing when I stopped by Tuesday night.
I noticed Deschutes Cascade Ale on-tap, which sounded interesting, but I didn't know what style it is and I didn't want a blonde ale so I asked the bartender. After she figured out that I was asking her what kind of beer it is, "Is Cascade Ale a Pale Ale or Blonde..?," she said, "It's dark, like red." I ordered it and it was tasty, but if that pale ale is red, real red ale must be black. I don't expect a beer geek, but a general understanding of the product you're selling is somewhat helpful. Oh, and she could play Jillian Barberie's little sister. Pigtails under a Hard Rock Cafe hat with a leopard print bill (Always a classy look) and an annoying raspy voice.
The food was fine, I had chicken tenders, because it was too late to order from the full menu, and the quality was good. I suppose I might like Brew Co. a little more (Or dislike it a little less) if I didn't see it de-evolve from a great selection to a few good beers and an "I hope they got paid well for it" Anheuser-Busch love fest. Father's Office and Third Stop aren't too far away in either direction and BJ's, a few blocks north, is a better choice if you're stuck in Westwood and want a bite to eat with your pint.
10-12-2006 12:36:58 | More by goschool
4.2/5 rDev +21.4%
I went during lunch hour, while waiting to meet up with an old friend. I thought the tap selection was fantastic. I had a little trouble finding the place on foot and it didn't help my friend due to the massive LA traffic at all hours of the day. The inside was clean and somewhat refined. At the time they had the Firestone Double Barrel on tap and the beer tasted great. They take good care of their lines, which, although expected, was a great relief. The service was good, not exceptional. The bartender was fairly friendly but not that talkative. He didn't seem to be too knowledgable about the beer he was serving, which seemed to me to be a little disconcerting. However, the pints were poured properly and he kept a smile on his face, which is great. I found their selection to be above average. It wasn't exceptional, but I loved that they had Arrogant Bastard on tap (for me), and my friend was able to get the stout that he desired. The meal quality was better than expected and I would definitely eat there again if I lived in the area. The prices are reasonable for the quality of beer and food.
02-17-2006 01:10:01 | More by poluti
3.8/5 rDev +9.8%
I've been to this place many many times over the 3 years I've lived in the greater Los Angeles area and it has improved with each visit. They used to brew their own beer and it was average to below average and thats being generous. I would still go there because lets face it...in Westwood there isn't much as far as beer to choose from. Lots and Lots of nice fancy upscale dining but you'll find great winelists and expensive food. This is more of a laid back college environment type establishment.
On my latest visit I was happy to find that they have scrapped brewing their own beer. I guess I'm not happy that they scrapped it, but on the other hand they just couldn't get it right so it was time to move on. Now they are basically more of a beerpub/eatery. They made some decent selections on tap: Road Dog Ale, Paulaner Hefe, Fat Tire, Pilsner Urquell, Sierra pale, Widmer amber, Sam Adams Lager, Kona Lager, Stone Pale, Stone Arrogant, Alesmith Nut brown, Alesmith Speedway stout, Bear Republic Red Rocket. Not the most extensive list but worthy of stopping by after work on my way home and be more than satisfied. They rotate often so the beers on tap change dramatically every few months. Don't come here if your "Picky" as the service is marginal at best. It's a college town and the waitresses are usually busy talking about their nails and who they are dating than what's in my glass....doesn't bother me all that much but for beerfly I had to add it. To my surprise the Alesmith stout was actually served in a goblett which blew my mind. The reason I was surprised by this is everything was served in a pounder glass before so I don't know if its new management or ownership but something changed. Food is solid. Nice beer battered onion rings. Burgers are all big and well prepared. They have a nice selection of pizza's, fish taco's and also some veggy type dishes to keep most anyone content. I don't remember ever getting bad food here just be sure to ask for everything up front because you might not see your waitress for a while when its busy. Happy hour is M-F 3 -6pm, 1/2 price drafts and appetizers. Lunchtime on a Saturday is a nice time to come. The college kids are busy watching the game sucking down schwill somewhere so its pretty dead. Parking anytime in Westwood can be difficult if your trying to go on the cheap. Most of the time I have to park in one of the pay lots which is a minimum of $5 and I've payed upwards of $10. If your lucky and you don't mind getting honked at you can wait for someone to pull out of street parking ....if your lucky.
09-15-2005 04:59:27 | More by DogFood11
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
This place has certainly changed for the better since they stopped pretending to brew good beer and started serving good beer on draught. I was there during happy hour and for $3 had an excellent Arrogant Bastard. Judging from that, the lines are well maintained and that's pretty much my priority. They also had Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Alesmith Speedway Stout and Brown, Stone Pale, Paulaner Hefe, the increasingly ubiquitious Fat Tire Amber (someone is doing their job), Kona Lager and various standards. I didn't eat this visit, but they do a fine job of serving standard bar food. We don't go out west too often, but knowing there's a decent beer to be had makes it a little less shunned.
8/08--this place went downhill fast. They might have a Stone and during happy hour it might be ok, but beer wise this place is not trying. The pendulum could swing back, but I'm just updating.
09-09-2005 21:21:18 | More by keaton
2.49/5 rDev -28%
While staying at one of the fraternity houses near the UCLA campus, this place was recommended by the frat places as one of the great places to visit ;) Walking in being carded and being ushered through the bouncers gave it that going-out-in-college feel to it. The place was huge, with a whole second floor with another bar and outdoor standing area. They were going to do a comedy show up there, which the guy assured us would be awesome and that they're always have "stars" from the area show up to watch it. We might have stayed to see that if our waitress hadn't told us that's it terrible (she also accurately told us their beer was awful, so we were unclined to trust her).
The beer really was quite bad, and the Brown Ale was just about undrinkable. The Hefe Weizen was normal. They had maybe 6 of their own beers on tap as well as several others and lots of cheap bottled beers. The waitress said that they were having a hard time getting the carbonation right, which accounted for the lack of it, and she also said she thought they were having BJs make their beer for them because they were having a hard time nailing down a brewmaster--which also led to the low quality in their beer because they could only order in large quantities which just left it sitting around...
Wouldn't go back here unless I heard proof that there beer had improved.
09-06-2004 18:03:17 | More by donnebaby
Westwood Brewing Company in Westwood, CA
84 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.