Stadium Brewing Company
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jcalabre:
3.03/5 rDev -6.8%
well, I went back last nite (7/29/2004). Excellent food. Very good service, but the beer was poor. I had the beer sampler, all but one were thin and watery w/ no head. The hefeweizen was decent. I wouldn't recommend going here, if you're looking for a good beer. BJ's just opened in Laguna Hills and the beer is far superior.
My wife and I had dinner here about a year ago; this was before my BA days. The one thing that really stood out was the food. This was Not brewpub food, this was definitely upscale California fusion cuisine. The beer was better than average. I'll have to head back there.
08-30-2003 04:25:39 | More by jcalabre
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3.03/5 rDev -6.8%
This isn't really a brewing company. It's basically a restaurant/sports bar that happens to brew some beer. Their Bud Light and liquor sales far and away surpass their own beer sales.
Lame Bud/Miller/Coors advertising all over the place.
Service has always been good, and the food is decent, but their beer is pretty awful. Staff knows nothing about beer. You can tell it is all about margins - all of the beers are thin, hardly any hops, and are brewed with the same yeast strain. The result is a handful of below average beers, all tasting the same, in various shades of color from yellow to brown. They do float some blueberries around in one of them if that's the type of gimmick that excites you.
The one saving grace is they do get some good micros on tap (Double Jack, Racer 5, etc.) so they have that going for them.
When I moved to Aliso I was excited to hear there was a brewery in town, but was ultimately disappointed.
Stop in if you're in the shopping center, but don't waste a trip specifically for this place.
08-28-2012 23:22:44 | More by DrinkNoH2O
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
Not one of my regulars. Usually just hit this place up if we are early for a movie (about 200 feet from the theatres).
Beer is all average. Seems like more of a meet market than a place to have a quality beer. For some reason I'm thinking pints were a decent price if you go on the right day. Don't remember which day that is, and don't really care. From what I remember they have your typical run of the mill offerings. Pale/Wheat/Stout/Red/Fruit that most brewpubs tend to have. I think there were some TVs inside, so you could catch a game while there.
I wouldn't go out of your way to drink at this place. But if you get lost, end up in Aliso Viejo, then you may as well hit this place up.
11-03-2010 04:56:41 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
3.58/5 rDev +10.2%
Visited Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at lunchtime.
Stadium Brewing is in an anonymous Orange County shopping plaza, deep into the back corner and far off the main road. There is an outdoor patio, a bar area and a dining room. The decor is macro brewery promotion style/sports bar in the bar area; I can't comment on the dining room as I sat on the patio.
It was an overcast, cool day. On warmer days, the patio is probably the place to be. Still, there were plenty of young, attractive persons dining in and hanging out in the fountain-equipped plaza just beyond the patio railing, so it wasn't all bad.
The menu leans towards modern California cuisine, which is to say it features items of Asian, Mexican and European origins as filtered through a West Coast sensibility. I ordered the chicken citrus salad, which was tasty and decently executed. My fellow beer explorer ordered a Cobb salad which he deemed equally acceptable.
Prices were a little steep (my salad was $12.00), but not out of control. Two salads, two beer tasters and two desserts with tip was $62.00.
Service was prompt, accurate and friendly. No complaints.
The beer was average at best - I have individually reviewed all seven on tap when I visited elsewhere on this site.
Overall... I drove from the San Fernando Valley all the way down to Aliso Viejo in my ongoing quest to try all craft beers brewed in the tri-county area (L.A./Orange/Ventura). It wasn't worth the trip.
03-14-2010 19:08:57 | More by charlzm
2.58/5 rDev -20.6%
My first and last visit to this place. Unless someone let's me know there is a really good beer on tap that would make it worth the trip.
I came here after going to the movies right there in the same shopping center. Two of us got beers because we have been wanting to stop in and at least try something. The "oatmeal stout" was very thin for an oatmeal stout and tasted as if they were being stingy on the ingrediance required to make this beer great. It was very boring and almost tasted like an Irish dry stout. My buddy got an amber that tasted cheap also. No good flavors at all.
The whole place smelled musty. Like an old wet towel. Maybe this is because of the brewery being right behind the bar. Maybe they don't bleach as much as they should.
The bartender was cute. She lookd as if she knew nothing about beer and didn't seem to really know anything when we ordered.
I will not be coming back. Oh well, not all businesses can be great I guess.
02-13-2010 13:56:27 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.45/5 rDev +6.2%
You won't see it from street view, as Stadium Brewing is hidden in the back of the shopping center it's part of. Look for the converging of a movie theater and a fountain, then find yourself a parking space and walk on in.
The inside is modern but non-descript and the atmosphere isn't going to raise your adrenaline. And based off the one beer I had, the beer may not do the trick either. What's more likely to do that is the cheerful and helpful bartender I had, a selection of eight house brews, and good food. They have a few guest beers too, but it's all mass-produced beer. I do have to say their BBQ Canadian Bacon Cheeseburger was very good, but it came to $10. My house brew, the Bohemian Pilsner, came out to a reasonable high-endinsh $5 for the pint, but the quality was so-so at best.
The other beers may get a chance someday, but it's more likely to be the food which brings me back. Though being over a half-hour from my house, I could do just as well locally.
06-13-2008 01:00:34 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +23.1%
I have to say... this is a pretty good brewery. We used to get together with the family and eat here. I personally only like their pumpkin ale. But they do have good food. Try the chicken wings if you get a chance!
And the location is pretty cool too. The movie theatres are close by. Some cool little shops.
TRAFFIC SUCKS! If you're going to go on a Friday or Saturday night... good luck finding a place to park!
The service has always been really good and at the bar, the bartenders hook you up if they get tipped well.
But overall... I like the place and recommend it.
03-17-2008 03:28:23 | More by Vansmack
Stadium Brewing Company in Aliso Viejo, CA
81 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.