Big Bear Brewing Company
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 66
Beer Avg: 3.37
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by funkybuddha:
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I grew up in Coral Springs, and unfortunately moved away before I really got into craft beer. I live close, but not close enough to make this a daily happy hour spot, which it would be. Matt seems to tackle most styles with ease and consistenly puts out excellent beer. Whether it is there Belgian Dubbel or a Imperial Stout on nitro I have never not been impressed.
Although I go for the beer, I am always happy to eat there as well. I am a huge fan of there beer cheese soup and they make excellent salads as well. A must stop for those seeking a good brew pub while visiting Florida.
05-12-2011 22:01:49 | More by funkybuddha
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3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
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 -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
In a strip mall-type setting in Coconut Creek, it's pretty easy to find. Nice atmosphere. Typical of a brewpub in a suburban area. The beers were all good quality. A little disappointing that the Kodiak Belgian Dubbel was out. The other 7 beers were good. The Hibernation Pale Ale is the best - a hoppy APA. The service was okay. The server gave mainstream examples to compare to most of the beers. She disappeared and was slow with the check later on. The food is really pretty good. The prices are reasonable for the area, too. It was a good visit.
03-31-2012 20:36:34 | More by zeff80
3.74/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$$
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
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I wish there were more brew pubs in south florida, but sadly only a handful exist in So Fla. Of the two, this is the one I would choose. Beer is made on site (10 Bbl system). The brewmaster has been working here since 2002 (Multi-Award Winning brewer to include Gold Medal at the GABF 2002).
The beer is good (Abbey Dubbel), the food is excellent (Pair the beer with the pretzel encrusted chicken), and the service is always great.
I dont think this place gets the press that it needs, but I'll be the first to toss my hat into the favorable pile. Support your local brewery!!
07-13-2010 02:43:11 | More by adkirkish
Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs, FL
89 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.