Newport Beach Brewing Company
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 107
Beer Avg: 3.55
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Reviews by Rumrunner:
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I found the Newport Beach Brewing Company to be very inviting with a very friendly vibe.
Located in the heart of Newport Beach, the streets are very busy and there are plenty of shops and restaurants in the area. They have their own parking lot and this is a major plus because the street parking if any can be found is metered and no one likes to venture out to the meter every couple of hours.
The building is good sized. If feels like a sports bar brew pub on the inside. A plain but warm atmosphere to this pub. Nothing fancy or overwhelming but not boring either. Two bars and brewing equipment behind each bar. Both bars are medium sized and made out of wood. Plenty of tables and chairs fill the rest of the floor space. A good number of t.v.s for sports viewing in various places for the sports viewer. I am sure they do great business during football season. A good sized out door patio where one can people watch. They have heat lamps for cooler evenings.
The service was excellent. I sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly, attentive and genuinely made me feel like a regular. Cheers to him. This is a very well run establishment.
The food was good. Better than cheap bar food but not gourmet. Check the website for the menu listings. It is pretty vast. Burgers, salads, fish n' chips and plenty of other items. This is a very good spot to have lunch. They also have a full bar. I did not notice guest beers. I think they carry some macros but no other craft of micro brewed beers.
They generally have between three and five of their own beers on the taps at any given time. I tried the Brisbee's ESB and I have to say it was very nice. The O'razio's Irish Stout was pretty good. Nothing spectacular. Tons of nitro in this one. It took forever for the beer to settle down. I thought it was going to jump out of the glass. Anyway I hear their John Wayne Stout is very bold and well crafted but it was not on tap at this time. Check the website for the beers that are on tap at that time.
I will return to the NBBC if I am in Newport Beach. I would not make a special trip down here but I do recommend giving this place a try.
Note: They do have growlers but first purchase is 'ouch' twenty dollars. After that the growler fills are nine dollars.
07-02-2004 07:20:49 | More by Rumrunner
More User Reviews:
2.95/5 rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
If you can sit on the patio facing a tv on a game day this is a decent place. Beers get warm quick and i find the service is rather slow...
In my opinion there is nothing very exciting about the beer selection and limited menu at this place... Redeeming quality is that it is by the beach, affordable and casual
09-05-2013 19:49:10 | More by breeb714
3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
This enduring place hasn't been reviewed for a while, so I'll give my first impression. It really seems like the 1970s, only the TV screens have gotten bigger. In fact the tvs dominate the sights and sounds of this place. We tried three beers. They seem to try some more adventurous styles but sort of fumblingly. Ten taps with blonde, pale, IPA, and other usual styles well represented. More interesting was a tart cherry sourish stout and the 18th anniversary over-funked Belgian style.
I have to say that even expecting the usual mediocre greasy bar food, the food here was as bad as I've had in a brewpub. For $11 you get a plate of lasagna with grainy ricotta, meat ground to a paste, and everything seemingly boiled down. Mealy tomatoes on the salad, and greasy cheese on a limp slice of damp pizza-like stuff. The fish and chips had the weirdest smell of the dishwasher with a whiff of amonia. No seasoning whatsoever but the breading was unpleasantly bitter. I give points for service since the waitress offered to omit charges for the fish without being asked.
For some reason, there don't seem to be many interesting beer spots along the whole Huntington-Newport-Laguna coast. There are a couple of corporate places but not much between my favorites-- La Sirena in far south Laguna and Beachwood in Seal Beach.
04-27-2013 05:22:55 | More by mactrail
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Brewco is my local brewery... In fact it's only a short walk or bike ride away from me. I've been coming here since 1998 and have always loved the brew pub feel it gives off. Sure the service isn't always the best but I usually do have great service and the dudes who work there that love beer are really cool when you show interest in beer yourself. Remember that you are at the beach where people are a little more laid back... In other words don't be impatient and if you need something they are cool enough people to approach. I see some pretty negative reviews on here and I guarantee those are one offs and that another visit would turn the original impression around. The food is great and the brews are good too. There is always something new on tap that I like to try and I also have my standard Pelican Pale Ale while I'm visiting. The patio is fun and at night the whole place goes off and brings in a fun local crowd. For a little brew pub I think they do a great job at making some good beer and great food.
08-10-2011 01:53:16 | More by OCBeerBaron
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Gotta love the location of this place … 3 blocks from the beach.
Decent selection of beer … although some were a bit “interesting”. I attewmpted to order three different beers … each time the waiter was like “let me bring you a sample first and then decide if you want a full pint” … went through three “tastes” before I actually found one suitable for my palette … LOL, no really into cucumber aftertaste.
Food is ok … nothing thrilling, but nothing offensive either. Prices are going to be a touch high since this is an Orange County beach town … but considering the area, very reasonable.
No special trip to this place is necessary … but if you’re in the area, by all means grab some local brew!
07-13-2011 21:45:33 | More by AlexM
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Visited the brewpub on a recent trip to Newport Beach. Had a couple of pints and nachos.
Beer list was pretty decent for a small micro brewery. It included a few easy drinking beers (steam, amber, blonde, etc.) as well as an IPA, double IPA, barrel aged brown sour, nitro stout and a couple of others. Atmosphere was typical pub style. Service was well informed and friendly.
I had the IPA and the steam beer, which were both good. Would have gone back has we visited for more than just a day. Worth a visit if you are in Newport Beach.
07-07-2011 00:46:22 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Newport Beach Brewing is located on Newport Boulevard not too far from the PCH. There is street parking as well as a lot behind the building, and there are entrances on both sides.
The inside is very open with a lot of wood and the bar is on one side with brewing tanks right behind it (along with an inexplicably placed Cincinnati Bengals sign). We sat outside on the ground level patio, and there was an upstairs one too.
NBB's beer selection consists of 6 beers including a couple rotators/seasonals. The beers are also available in a sampler tray for $9. They included on my visit a Pils, APA, ESB, IIPA, Barley Wine and Barrel Aged Imperial Dunkelweizen. Half the beers were average and the other half were above average.
Service was decent on a late afternoon. The place was not overly busy to begin with, and our server didn't need to check on us often anyway as we only had the beer sampler.
We did not try any food on this visit.
All in all this brewpub was a nice stop a coastal-type trip we took that day. Hard to complain while having a decent brew on a patio near the ocean on a beautiful sunny day in CA.
10-14-2010 03:26:33 | More by Dogbrick
Newport Beach Brewing Company in Newport Beach, CA
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.