Big Bear Brewing Company
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 70
Beer Avg: 3.37
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Reviews by GreenCard:
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Finally got to try this place. I've been meaning to every time I visit my parents in Coral Springs, but for whatever reason, I never have gone. Anyway...
The ambience is quite cozy. Makes you think you're not even in Florida. It's got that dark wood, subdued lighting thing going on. Seems to be busy all the time, too, so they must be doing something right. Fortunately, it's not been done up like a sports bar with loud televisions blaring all the time, etc. You can actually relax and have a conversation.
On to the beer... it's decent. Nothing amazing, but most of the samples in the "beer board" were pretty drinkable. Their pale ale was nice and hoppy, probably the best one. The dubbel apparently one a couple of awards, but I wasn't too impressed with it. One impressive thing is that they have quite a wide range of beer for such a small brewhouse. There's something for all tastes here.
The food was also decent, though a bit pricey: $12 for a grilled fish sandwich with fries and $10 for a reuben. The poor value was somewhat assuaged, though, when our waitress came by with a platter of chili and tortilla chips and asked if we would like to have it because they made an extra by mistake. We, of course, accepted her offer. The chili was pretty good, as was my fish sandwich. However, I didn't care for their fries. They're those skinny shoe-string ones. If you're going to consume deep-fried potatoes, they've got to be nice, thick ones.
12-24-2006 21:33:32 | More by GreenCard
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3.7/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
This was not a bad place at all. A beer destination? Perhaps not. But a solid brewpub, sure. It had a "chain-y" feel to it, but it was tolerable. A large bar, and a pretty huge dining area, there's nothing too intimate about the place, but it's just not that kind of place. As far as selection and quality go, there were a good number--maybe 10 or so--house brews on tap. Nothing out of this world, and a few clunkers, but overall everything averaged out to be decent to good, with the Espresso Cream Stout and the very sessionable Hibernation pale ale probably topping the list for me.
Service was fine, and while not necessarily in tune with the beer scene on the whole, they at least seemed educated in the house beers, and knew what to recommend to the masses. The food was quite good, and the menu gave a lot of options. Actually, when in a quandry about where to go for dinner one evening during our week stay in FL, the wife and I actually decided to return to Big Bear a second time just based on the food. It's basically comfort food, and steaks and seafood, but it's all tasty, from what we had. Prices were decent, with some entrees getting into the higher range.
Worth a visit if you're in town. Again, not what I'd call a "destination," but it was enjoyable overall.
01-20-2013 07:45:41 | More by Rifugium
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
In a strip mall-type setting in Coconut Creek, it's pretty easy to find. Nice atmosphere. Typical of a brewpub in a suburban area. The beers were all good quality. A little disappointing that the Kodiak Belgian Dubbel was out. The other 7 beers were good. The Hibernation Pale Ale is the best - a hoppy APA. The service was okay. The server gave mainstream examples to compare to most of the beers. She disappeared and was slow with the check later on. The food is really pretty good. The prices are reasonable for the area, too. It was a good visit.
03-31-2012 20:36:34 | More by zeff80
3.74/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$$
I drove pretty far out of my way to get to this place, and they had no IPA. I'd had a LONG day of travel, and was dying for a big IPA. I hate when that happens.
I sat at the bar, which was a nice, comfortable bar. It is a very nice place overall. Great atmosphere. I had a fun conversation with a couple of regulars at the bar, who were very nice. The bartender was very attentive, but she was not exactly a fountain of knowledge about their beers. They didn't have an IPA. I started with their Porter. It was a very nice, balanced porter with a nice chocolate note. I had two of their Hibernation Pale Ales after that. The pale ale was very good, not wimpy. It had a good hop flavor profile. I didn't have time to eat.
07-25-2011 21:53:14 | More by kopfjaeger
Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs, FL
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.