Newport Beach Brewing Company
Active Beers: 31
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Beer Avg: 3.55
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
3.23/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
With the Friday VIP and Evening session coupled with a full Saturday at the Pizza Port 2006 Strong Ale Festival under our belts, what better way to spend a Sunday that drinking yet more beer!! The drive from Carlsbad back to Long Beach seemed a little too far so along with BAs Erica, Seagoat and HoppyJess we first stopped off at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa for some beer shopping. Then it was a reasonably short ride from there down to Newport Beach Brewing.
Of all the times that I have been to Hi-Times, I simply cannot believe that I have never taken the 10 minute drive and opportunity to hit up the nearby Newport Beach, so this was my first visit here.
Set in the Balboa Peninsula area it is situated on Newport Beach Boulevard where it forks between 29th and 30th Streets, and is just off to your left as you head South, a set of lights will allow you to turn left here down 30th Street, this in turn will allow you to gain access to the Parking Lot at the back of the main building.
Parking was tight, the back lot was almost full but whilst I managed to steal the last remaining spot Seagoat and HoppyJess struggled for a while. And if you think about winging the street parking rules - Dont!! Because the little Hitlers that patrol the streets were here checking frequently and you will probably end up with a ticket, so park wisely.
The entrance at the back is to the right of a large grain silo, which is hard to miss thanks to the fact that it is painted in a bright canary yellow. On the Silo are the names of the many brews on sale here; of note was the fact that the words John Wayne Imperial Stout had been painted over and replaced with the description Dead Cowboy Stout same beer but I guess they had to change the name for legal reasons maybe?
Inside it has a very laid back SoCal feel. Lots of faded varnished woods lend a seafaring feel, whilst a myriad of TVs adding Sports Bar into the equation. There are two bars, one lies off to your immediate right, whilst another sits against the far back wall but in front of the shining Coppers and other brewery equipment. To the left a small area contains tables and chairs bounded by 3 foot tall wooden walls. To the far right is the entrance to the outside seating area and another interior seating area. We were originally told we could sit here, and then told we couldnt, which brings me onto Service .hmmm, how can I put this? Well it *Sucks* Service is a dirty word here. If youve been here before you may not feel out of sorts, but if you are new then it is a suck it and see set up. You seat yourself and hope that one of the servers recognizes that you entered the building and are alive ..even then it may take a while to get the nod, this is where one server acknowledges you and then promptly ignores you for a while and then appears later all nice and cheery with one of those really annoying false Californian smiles. Also, it is hard to tell who the servers are at times too thanks to the fact that they dress just the same as the punters. Crap service is part of the deal here, so you have to live with it I guess but it is not good and the worst part of NBBC for me.
Thankfully, the beer range makes the wait worth while. During my visit they had Bisbees ESB, Newport Beach Blonde, Pelican Pale Ale, Pistol Packin Porter, Wedge Weizen and a seasonal special called Xmas Coffee Porter. In addition to the house beers they also had Stone 10th and Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard on Tap, so the line up is very healthy. The Xmas Coffee Porter was imbibed by all four visiting BAs and it was very good. We opted out of the food, but the Menu didnt seem to be anything that you cant get at any other SoCal Brewpub and rather standard fare.
This place has a lovely set-up, a well-worn and established Brewpub that knocks out some great brews, and it is for the solid brews that you should come here, the rest is so-so and ancillary to the solid regular brews and excellent specials. I hear that the Dead Cowboy Imperial Stout is legendary, so another trip may be in order here in the coming months, or after my next visit to HiTimes even.
Thanks to Seagoat and HoppyJess for the inspiration and directions as well as the lovely Erica for the company. Ill surely be heading back here in the future and if I play my cards right I may just get to try some of the better specials when I do.
Last Visit: Sunday 3rd December, 2006.
12-10-2006 22:42:22 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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.