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Tustin Brewing Company

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Tustin Brewing CompanyTustin Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.56/5
Based on:
39 Beers
212 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

13011 Newport Avenue #100
Tustin, California, 92780
United States
phone: (714) 665-2337

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Photo of seankahr
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

They get some guest great beers on tap on a weekly basis. Their experimental 'Off the Cuff' is excellent!

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

I was in Orange County the other day and picked Tustin Brewing as my local destination from the BeerAdvocate list. I was not at all disappointed.

The brewery is situated in a rather out-of-place Bavarian-inspired strip mall. It fits the beer theme nicely, though. Inside the décor is nearly perfect for a brewpub, lots of wood and beer signs and lived-in hominess. The brewery equipment is located maybe six feet behind the bar, which provides wonderful brewing aromas and the opportunity to talk to the brewers as they work.

Service was a bit on the slow side, but I was there at a slow time and most of the staff were there brewing. I don't begrudge them this -- it's always great to watch a brewer at work.

I was only able to sample a couple of beers, but they were both quite drinkable (I had the flagship porter and a cream ale, so pretty benign styles). The next time I'm killing time in Tustin, I will definitely try to get here.

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3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Location

Tustin Brewing Company’s brewery and restaurant is the cornerstone tenant of Plaza LaFayette, located on Newport Avenue just north of Irvine Boulevard. For locals, this is a central shopping district for the area. Unfortunately, parking in the center is limited and the stalls are narrow. Plan ahead and carpool if you can.

Comfort & Decor

Tustin Brewery is a brewery, restaurant, locals’ bar, and sports bar all rolled into one. The high ceilings, brick walls, and lack of carpet or upholstery mean a high noise volume. There might have been music playing, but I couldn’t hear it over the din. Simple wooden tables and chairs can be rearranged to easily accommodate large parties. There is a bartop area with stools, but it tends to get crowded with libations-only patrons. Their patio is typically the smoking crowd in the evenings, but it offers space heaters, greenery screening from the street, and ample seating.

Brews

While they do rotate out taps of guest beers, most of Tustin Brewery’s patrons come for the local suds. Keeping with the theme and feel of a locals establishment, all of TBC’s home brews are named as local and historical tributes to the Tustin area. Here’s my two cents on their beers:

Lemon Heights Hefeweizen - 5% ABV Lightly bodied and served with a lemon wedge. It’s a traditional unfiltered wheat beer with citrus in the forefront. It gets it’s name from the wealthier Lemon Heights neighborhood of North Tustin.

American Pale Ale – 5.8% No creative naming here, but certainly a creative take on this standard brew. Fairly balanced with flavorful hops and a bitter back.

Red Hill Red - 7.3% Named after the area and street in Tustin, this is a surprisingly hoppy red. It’s fuller bodied, sweet and malty; don’t go into this thinking it’s an amber. While I enjoy this brew, I always forget how filling it is.

Old Town IPA – 7.4% Supporting Tustin’s Old Town downtown district, this beer is a balance of citrus and hops. Fuller bodied than the APA, the Old Town IPA is smooth on the back, allowing the hops to compliment the beer as a whole and not overwhelm it.

Blimp Hanger Porter – 5.8% ABV – Named for the visually iconic WWII era blimp hangers on the edge of Tustin, this porter has some seriously large shoes to fill. It’s got everything you want in a darker beer: toasted grains, rich dark chocolate adding bitterness and sweet, and a hint of smoke.

Staff

The serving staff is mostly women in their early twenties, but don’t misjudge them. Our server, Katherine, knew her suds. We had a nice chat about the extra hops in the Red Hill Red and their popular guest beer, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder. She loves her job: “I work in a brewery; it’s the best thing ever.” Thanks, Katherine!

Marketing

The Mug Club is perhaps the most clever marketing endeavor they have developed. For $100.00, you get a lifetime membership to their Mug Club. Members receive a personalized 20 oz. mug with their member number and $1 off Tustin Brewery’s home brews. On Mondays, Mug Club members can partake of the home brews for just $2.50 a glass. Mug Club members still pay full price for a pint of guest beers, but receive a full 20 oz. mug worth. The mugs are 4 oz. larger than your standard pint glass, so it’s a great deal. I’m thinking this would make a wonderful Father’s Day or Christmas gift.

Eats

We went to try their $2.00 steak and chicken tacos. The chicken was bland while the steak was spicy, but they were decently sized and tasty. Their regular menu reminds me of your neighborhood family restaurant. Offerings from their mixed menu include build-your-own pizzas, hot wings with various sauces, award winning chilli, baked salmon, and Mediterranean lamb chops. Tustin Brewery understands that moms and dads love good beer too, so there is a kids’ menu with half-pint sized meals. I just learned that they do breakfast and am admittedly a little excited to try it out.

Entertainment & Events

Sports are on all the time on their eight 42″ and two 70″ flat screen televisions. Special games and broadcasts (such as the Olympics this past week) make it onto their dual projector screens. They often run specials during the various sports seasons and there is not a seat in the house without a view of the games. My favorite night is Monday trivia with Challenge Entertainment Live Trivia.

Recommendation

All in all, I feel like Tustin Brewery is the sportsbar option for beer lovers. I think it finds its niche with the locals and regulars, but gives parents a higher quality option for soccer team pizza nights. TBC is always busy, yet I’d never had to wait long for a table. This year marks the brewery’s 17th anniversary and I guarantee it’s not closing anytime soon. If you live nearby and enjoy discounted beer, then join the Mug Club and have at it. This is a great place for a meal and a mug. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Photo of BirdmanJohn
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

I went to the Tustin Brewing company on a Friday after work and it was packed. A pretty big place that obviously does a lot of food business. I got a table outside and order their IPA and some wings. Overall I had a great experience. The service I received was really good. Our waitress made great suggestions when needed and was there when we needed her despite having a full section.

Photo of warpdesign
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This place is tucked away in an odd shopping center. Parking can be a huge pain and hard to find. I like that all their beers have an Orange County theme to them. The atmosphere can be nice if you get there early but during prime hours it turns into more of a sports bar with loud TVs and activity. It's very hard to carry on a conversation. They can have some good beers on tap. It's somewhat inconsistent what they are offering but the variety is also part of what makes it good.

Photo of Smitty1988
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Being From Arizona, I usually try to get out to a few local brew places in California. I found Tustin Brewery on BA and the reviews were average, but it was relatively close to my hotel and the online menu didn’t look bad. While I was online I browsed some of the beers that they Brew on site. Most of them looked pretty good and were at an average price.
 
When I got there the we were seated(my wife and I) in a large open room that has a few European style benches and long tables. The brewery is in the back left corner and it was very open and with a long bar running on the left side of the building, behind which are many barrels stamped with dates and names of their Brew.
 
I ordered the spicy burger, which was very good and was very happy to see that they had Pliny the Elder on tap. This is a very rare beer and hard to come by where I am from. I have only really had it in Northern California prior to this visit. It was appropriately priced at 7 dollars a pint. Pliny the Elder was actually the only beer that I ordered in a pint there. I spoke to the waitress and asked her how often they get that and if they keep it regularly stocked. She informed me that they get about 4 kegs every 3 months. She said they usually sell out of it in 2 weeks or less. I’m certainly glad that I found it and I took a Cask of it home for only $ 19.00. Overall a great place because of the Pliny. Everything was pretty average, after sampling several of their own beers, I stuck with Pliny.
 
Perhaps call ahead to see if they have the Pliny. I will certainly go back for that.

Photo of colonelforbin
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Pretty standard brewpub atmosphere. Long bar, many tables and numerous TVs throughout. Not terribly impressed with the beers, all fairly middling though one of the IPAs was a little better than average.

Service was OK, not too good really, but as it was my only visit, that didn't bother me too much, just chalked it up to the time of day/server that was there, etc.

It wasn't too crowded so we had most of the bar to ourselves, watched some of the Tour de France that was showing. Not sure how this place gets when it's crowded but they have ample space.

Hard to describe this place, basically about as average in almost every category as it gets. The atmosphere, beer quality, selection and service were all standard and didn't stand out in any way, good or bad.

Not going to go out of my way to recommend this place, but there may be a tasty brew or two on tap if and when you visit.

Photo of Hershdawg
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This brewpub is a few miles from Highway 5. The outside decor is that of a small windmill of the type you'd find around Solvang. The first thing you notice when you walk in is barrels. Behind the bar they have their brewing equipment. I found this nice because its cool to have a pint and have the fermenter it came from right behind it.

The service was good. The bartender didn't charge me for the tasters I got. She gave some suggestions for food and the sandwich she recommended was great.

The beers on tap range from the house brews to 2 Russian River taps. They also carry hard cider on tap if you want a change of pace. They have a full bar so if a cocktail is what you desire it can be made.

The food runs in the $10 range. They have some pub fare and some burgers. They are a few oddities in the menu such as a pasta dish. The burgers are 1/2 lb patties and tend to be very large.

Its a good brewpub to check out. Can't wait for the sour to be released...

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Tustin Brewing Company in Tustin, CA
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.