Big Bear Mountain Brewery
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Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 35
Beer Avg: 2.82
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on May 12th, 2012
Atm- A very small quaint place in the back 1/2 of Big Bear. About 1/2 mile-1 mile from downtown. Like a few others have said, very small, a little dark. Had some nice empty bottles on the walls. I looked up and saw a Bling Pig label and realized it was an empty Blind Pig from when North Coast brewed for Vinny in Temecula.
Quality- Just average beers. Nothing to shocking. The highlight was Green Flash IPA on tap but didnt get it, just got the flight. Best beer was the Grizzly Chocolate Porter.
Service- Our server was attentive and polite. Did a nice job.
Selection- From the simple BMC to their beers wasnt much to choose from. A little pricey on the flight as well.
Food- I had the Rimforest sandwhich and my wife had the patty melt. Pretty damn good.
Value- I would say its reasonable besides the 8.95 flight for 6-5oz beers. Which actually isnt that bad. Growler fills are $15 and if you have a glass then $12
05-14-2012 19:14:47 | More by FosterJM
2.95/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
My girlfriend and I visited this place on 1/7/12.
The atmosphere was pretty homey. Exactly what I expected of a place that prides itself on its woodsy environment/surroundings. The place is tiny and that hurts the overall atmosphere because if you're in there on a weekend as I was, it may take you awhile to find seating. There are only a handful of tables and a couch so if you have a big party you may not find seating right away.
The service was fairly decent. We sat at the bar and got a fair amount of attention. Towards the end of our stay I had to remind the bartender we were ready to pay. Nice guys for the most part but they need to pay just little more attention to their customers.
Food was fair. I had a Philly cheesesteak sandwich which was lacking. I hate to say it but Subway's Philly is tastier. My girlfriend had a chili dog and she loved it. They have a pretty decent selection of their own brews. I had the Grizzly which is their Chocolate Porter. I enjoyed it. It wasn't the best but I'd have it again. They have a pretty good selection of craft and macro brews in bottles as well.
Overall, next time I'm in Big Bear I'll probably stop by again since the town is a barren wasteland for craft beer. Food wasn't too pricey and the environment was pretty casual. Fun for me since I usually travel in small parties.
01-09-2012 20:43:41 | More by Catchy_Name
1.9/5 rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$$
I had no idea Big Bear had a brewery until we past it on our way to our vacation rental and decided we have lunch there the following day. The food was ok nothing great frozen to fryer pub fair the beer was awful and the service was awful.
It's in a cute old building and for the outside it looks like it'll be really great place but it took nearly 20 minutes for anyone to even acknowledge us and another ten before we received any service. I tried four of their beers and was sadly dissappointed in them all.
I hadn't been to Big Bear in about 25 years and had a great time and I'm looking forward to going back and I really wish they made some amazing beers that I could look forward too.
09-06-2011 18:47:44 | More by wajacobs
2.95/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Grizzly is the best beer at Big Bear Brewery, and it can be very inconsistent. While living in Big Bear for two years (1 block from the brewery) I had enough of these that the owner of the bar would let me pour my own when I was empty.
Dark, high alcohol content, brewed somewhere else by a contractor. The beer would be a near completely different beer from one week to the next and not because of the cellaring.
My poetic justice. After a grueling day working with tourists who think somehow snow is made by man and is completely controlled by the manager of the hotel they are staying at, going into this quaint little brew pub to watch football, eat a chili dog and have a few brews can't be beat. The local characters on both sides of the bar make you feel welcome and can relate to the days work because, of course, the bartender is also responsible for ensuring there is snow, but not on the road. Fill a growler, fill a pint, then fill a room full of snowy day, mountain lake fishing and boating stories.
08-05-2011 15:10:11 | More by MontanaBeers
2.48/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
I visited the Big Bear Mountain Brewery on Saturday 3/12/11.
Atmosphere is pretty cool and fits in well with the alpine/mountain area of Big Bear. Lots of knick knacks on the walls, couches, a piano, wood paneling make for a home-like feel. The brewery takes up a small corner of the building and there are glass windows to allow you to see into it.
Quality is sorely lacking at the brewery. All of the beers were first poured into pitchers due to too much head out of the tap, allowed to settle, and then poured into glasses. All of their beers were pretty horrible. The main thing I noticed is that all of their brews were way too watery.
Service was average for a bar. Pretty attentive bartender kept checking in on my wife and I. There weren't too many people in the place so we got a fair amount of attention.
Selection was average in that they had all of their beers on tap along with Budweiser, Shocktop Raspberry Wheat, and Kona Longboard Lager. They had some macro and craft beers in bottles too.
They did have food that looked pretty decent but we didn't eat anything.
Beers were pretty pricey for what you got. Pints were $5 or so and the taster set of their 6 brews was $8.95 for very small Dixie cup sized pours.
I probably wouldn't go back here again. Too pricey for horrible beer.
03-14-2011 02:38:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.83/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Stopped in here a couple weekends ago during a trip into town to take a break from sweating in the wilderness.
The place is small, very small, inside with a few tables out on the patio area. They have their six house beers on tap along with some bottled beers and your typical macros on tap as well.
The staff was nice enough, but they seemed a little pushy/overly attentive. When I'm at a restaurant/brewpub, I want to be taken care of, certainly, but I don't need the waiter or waitress coming to the table every 10 minutes.
I wasn't expecting much from the beers and that was a good thing because most of them are horrendous. The one exception being the Grizzly Bear Doppelbock (which really isn't much of a Doppelbock, but still pretty decent).
I just split a basket of fries with a friend as I wasn't too hungry. A couple of the other guys did order food and were less than impressed. The fries weren't that great and were expensive for what you got.
The prices were definitely on the high side, which was amplified when examining the quality and quantity of the food. The beers weren't terribly priced, but considering how bad they were, I guess you could make an argument that they're too expensive.
This is a nice spot to stop if you're a diehard ticker like myself, but otherwise just go to the liquor store or pizza place and get yourself a good beer.
09-18-2010 21:17:00 | More by womencantsail
2.8/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
I stopped into this place at the start of a relaxing weekend up in Big Bear. A pretty nice place, kinda rustic on the inside and the decor fits well in the mountains. The outside of the place is now Yellow, not Blue as the picture in the BA profile shows.
We started off with a Pilsner and the DIPA, both were really bland and extremely watery in the mouth, it almost felt like we were drinking flavored water rather than hand crafted beer. No worries, the place was a nice place to spend a little time and we had nothing but time. We ordered another round, their Amber and a Orange Fruit beer. The Amber was again watery and pretty bland, the Orange Blossom Ale tasted like an Orange Soda, it was pretty flavorful although too sweet for me.
No food was ordered but it looked really good. I will come back to get some food or even to grab a couple beers if I'm up here again and have some time to kill, I won't be expecting too much in terms of the quality of beer, but that's ok it was pretty enjoyable place to hang out none the less.
08-09-2010 18:41:06 | More by tjensen3618
1.56/5 rDev -42%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | $$
Really small place so I guess it didn't help going in when it was busy. There was no place to sit let alone do much moving. Servers seemed really upset that they had to be there and made no atempt to greet my group or make us feel comfortable while we waited.
Had the Red Ant, Lil beaver IPA and the Orange blossom. Wow was I disappointing. The IPA seemed like it had potential and probably would be decent if it didn't seem like half of it was water. It was so weak I found it very hard to believe it was 8.6 abv. The Red ale didn't leave any impression and was very easily forgotten. The Amber ale just tasted like orange soda and bud light.... not cool. The beers were like 4.50 or something around that. Not bad for good beers. These weren't so I was a little upset.
Would have tried the food but there was no where to sit and after trying the beer was a little discouraged.
Needless to say I'm gonna pass on this place next time I'm up in Big Bear.
12-28-2009 22:40:44 | More by microcraftmatt
2.3/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1 | $$
I went to this brewery last week. I just wanted to try some different brews. I got the sampler set which came with 6 big samples. Of the samples, the Doppel Bock was the best. Orange Ale was good if your into sweet beer. However, this beer did not mix well with food. After having a bite of food and then trying this food, it reminded me of those morning when I would have have some orange juice after brushing my teeth. The other beers from the brewery such as the Pale Ale and the Red Ale were quite boring tasting.
The brewery had a good list of sandwiches. I ordered a teriyaki chicken sandwich. Big mistake! It looked and tasted awful. I left disappointed.
05-25-2008 05:10:52 | More by Mnemosyne
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