Back Street Brewery
Active Beers: 34
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Beer Avg: 3.3
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Reviews by IntriqKen:
3.44/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Fun brew-pub attached to a Lampost Pizza. Entering the Pizza Parlor on the Right is a typical family pizza house but through the opening on the left is the Back Street Brewery Brew-Pub.
Backstreet offers a limited selection of 6 or 7 different standard beers (a red, a pale, an IPA, a bitter, a stout, etc) and occassionally a seasonal brew. The bitter was really nice and on the realm of being an authentic bitter. The seasonal selection this visit was a Swartzbier and while very light, it was also very enjoyable...not too sweet...a fault often found in brew pubs trying to imitate this style.
Fun, low key brew pub.
06-26-2006 05:02:37 | More by IntriqKen
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place is right around the corner from where I used to go to high school, and since being back this place hasn't changed much. The outside of the shopping center got a complete face-lift, but everything on the inside looks the same. It's connected to a Lamppost Pizza, which has great pizza, but as for as food selection goes, it's pretty limited. During the day, the people running the pizza place are also the bartenders, and when it gets a little bit more crowded they have guys actually working the bar. It's a smaller bar with outside seating, but still pretty limited bar. It's kind of a sports bar with the TVs around, but still pretty humble. Good stop if you're roaming around Irvine at lunchtime.
12-23-2011 00:12:25 | More by downhilldrift
3.64/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is sort of a cool idea for a brewpub. It's pretty much your regular local pizza place that happens to brew their own beer (a lot of it, too).
If you're facing the front of the building from the outside, the pizza parlor is to the right and the bar area is to the left (with some outside seating on the bar side of the place). They have quite a few taps, and on this occasion, had 10 house beers available.
The beers ran the gamut from putrid to good, as you might expect from a brewpub. Probably the best beer on this day happened to be the ER IPA, with the obvious worst being the Cream Ale.
We didn't have any food as we had just eaten a short while before. But the pizzas looked and smelled really good.
It's not a destination, but if you're near a Lamppost Pizza/Back Street location, you might consider stopping in for some food and beer.
09-18-2010 21:22:53 | More by womencantsail
3.64/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Lamppost/Back Street is located on Culver drive not too far from I-5 in a strip mall, and I actually had trouble finding it the first time I went by. Parking is plentiful in the lot.
The outside is not much to look at (which is why I almost missed it), and there is a small patio. The interior is segmented into a bar and a pizza place. The bar is on the left and runs almost the whole length of the place. You can almost reach the beer tanks from the bar. They use a chalkboard conveniently hung right across from the bar seats to show what they have.
The beer selection is decent. Back Street has 7-8 beers on draught including a couple seasonals, and they are available in a sampler. The beers are above average for the most part.
Service was good on weekday evening. The bartender was friendly and able to explain the beers available.
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall I don't think Pizza Port will ever feel
threatened by this place but it's a decent stop in the Irvine area.
07-18-2008 20:05:29 | More by Dogbrick
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I recently was relocated to work in Irvine for some time, and lo and behold, Back Street Brewery sits right next door to where I work. (Update: Not anymore, as I got transfered away). It's a pizza place and brewpub combination, been there, done that. But one aspect surprised me during my visit, which we'll get to later.
On one side it's a pizza parlor (Lamppost Pizza), whereby the bar sits on the other side of this combo establishment. Kind of drab inside and you have to turn your head to see the TV's if you're sitting at the bar. The service was alright, the bartender who served me was young and competent, but nothing amazing. They had about 8 house brews on tap with half of them being labled as "Brewer's Reserve", whatever that means. And the surprise I discovered here? They have several guest beers, with some of them being very good and rare brews to find on draft. During my visit, they had Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, Leffe Brune, Lindemans Frambroise, and most suprising, The Abyss.
I didn't try the hose brews this time, but since I work next door, I'm sure I'll be back to find out. Now I need to find a way to get longer breaks at my workplace so I can sneak in a beer during that time.
(Update: Came back for the pizza. The pizza is okay, but also a bit expensive for what you get. In addition, there are a lot of house beers which are made throughout the year, from Coffee Stouts and Imperial Wheats to Dark Rye Beer.)
06-01-2008 22:54:09 | More by DoubleJ
2.25/5 rDev -32.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
Visited on Monday, 04/14/08 about 11:30am.
As has been described by previous posters, the place is your typical old-school pizza place: long wooden benches and flat screen TVs showing every ESPN channel everywhere you look.
My friend and I ordered a pizza and beer from the main counter. The fellow who took our order didn't make it clear that we were to go to the bar to pick up our beer order, so we waited a while for it. When we finally went to the bar, the guy there didn't know we had ordered the sampler. It was a confused time.
The food did come fairly quickly. We had just sat down to enjoy our pizza and beer when the floodgates opened and no less than 40 high school kids made the room into their own cafeteria. They stayed almost an hour.
The pizza was average taste and expensive. The brewery normally has seven of its own beers on draft. They were out of two. The ones left were a cream ale, an American wheat, a pilsener, an IPA and a Tripel, none of which were very good. No stouts, porters, browns or reds/ambers. At least they had Deschuttes Abyss as a guest tap. And I could have always fallen back on a Guinness, I suppose. They also had Pizza Port Wipeout IPA.
In summary: if drinking poorly made beers in a high school cafeteria while eating epensive but only average pizza and being forced to watch ESPN sounds like your thing, then you have found your place.
04-15-2008 05:39:55 | More by charlzm
3.78/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place seemed kinda out of place for being right in the middle of Irvine. The main dinning room had a bunch of long benches and a counter where you could order pizza. The bar area was basically just a counter in front of the fermenters. It was pretty buisy when we went in on a friday night.
We didn't try the food but the pizzas looked good, can't say much more about it than that. We tried the beer sampler of everything they make. It was actually 2 samplers of 6 different beers. Didn't think much of the hefe, the regular pale and IPA were alright. The coffee beer might be popular with the coffee drinkers but I personally didn't like it much. Basically the beers are decent but not much more.
The service was pretty good; the bartender and the waitress were pretty helpful. I enjoyed the place and will probably stop in again at some point. We spent $34 on 24 samples of beer and 2 pint glasses + tip. Not bad.
11-18-2007 01:22:50 | More by t0rin0
3.3/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
after dozens of visits at the main st. brewery/lamppost in corona, i finally made it to back street brewery/lamppost in irvine.
on walking in, i noticed this place is very different than corona. the pizza menu is the same, but the brews are very different (by name and taste). come to find out by the bartender, the corona location is a "franchise" so, the main street brewery has autonomy to do what they want vs. the back street breweries who follow corporate guidelines.
on to the brew ... i tried a belgian double and an ipa. both tasted very "light." my wife had the hefe and that too tasted very "light." overall, ok brews, but i put the main street brewery in corona steps ahead. so, by using main street as a comparison, the two breweries just don't compare with main street being far superior than back street imho. the brews at main street are more flavorful, more bold, and just overall better tasting. so with that, i was a bit disappointed with the back street just because my expectations were so high. also, what i found odd is that many of the people in the bar area (inside and outside patio) were drinking glass after glass and pitcher after pitcher of bud and bud light.
the pizza ... as said it is pretty much the same menu, but like the brews even the pizza seems a bit better in corona. crust was much thinner here vs. corona, but toppings were on par.
as for atmosphere, this location is low-key. the bar area is somewhat separated from the pizza area. the pizza area has booths on the peremeter with long tables in the middle. flat screens line the walls with a very, very small game area for the kids.
it's a good option for those who live in the area, but if not in the area or living there, i personally would not seek it out or make a special long haul trip just to go here.
11-12-2007 00:55:23 | More by koolchas
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
I was in Irvine for business and popped brewpub in the VZNavigator. This was the closest non-chain brewpub that came out. So I headed that direction. Easy time finding the mall, but tough time finding the actual brewery as it's in a back corner. And I was very glad I did find it. I had a great round of beers and very good pizza. The menu was basic pizzeria, and the prices were quite reasonable. Good crust, sauce and cheese made a very nice pie. The staff was friendly and somewhat knowlegable about the beer. Mainly students for staff so it's pretty informal, and not the level you'd expect at a top restaraunt. But then it's a pizza place in a strip mall that makes some pretty nice beer as well.
09-22-2007 01:58:52 | More by claytri
Back Street Brewery in Irvine, CA
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