Redondo Beach Brewing

Redondo Beach BrewingRedondo Beach Brewing
Redondo Beach BrewingRedondo Beach Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1814 South Catalina Avenue
Redondo Beach, California, 90277
United States

(310) 316-8477 | map

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Ratings by dra5037:
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Rated by dra5037 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11%

Feb 28, 2014
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Rated: 3.5 by iftcoach from Germany

Mar 26, 2016
Rated: 4 by Brew-Jitsu from California

Jun 26, 2014
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Reviewed by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I always thought that the Boardwalk was the center of attention of Redondo Beach, but I was shown to be wrong. The area around Redondo Beach Brewing is loaded with little shops, and not far west is the beach. Bring some pocket change with you, as parking is restrcited to the street, and it is all metered.

Just before three in the afternoon, the bottom level of the brewpub (there are two levels) was clsoed off. That meant I was forced upstairs for a drink. The upstairs bar is small, and only holds four people. There is a mix of booths and tables inside, and an outdoor patio overlooking the street. The decor reminded me more of a family restaurant than a brewpub, however. But there were a few TV's around the place.

Six different house beer were available, which included a red, pale ale, blonde, "Dubbel" IPA, "winter wit", and blueberry wheat. I tried the standard pale ale, which was alright. You could also get a sample if you want. The beers are served in 17 ounce pilsner glasses, and go for $5 ($4 during Happy Hour. Unfortunnately for me, HH didn't start until 4pm).

Buffalo shrimp quesadilla with tri-colored peppers? Please! I was actually surprised how well it came out. Or maybe I was desperate for something to eat, cuz I hadn't had lunch yet. Reasonable service from the bartender, thanks for checking up on me.

Redondo Beach Brewing won't stick out in my mind as a place for homemade beer. Hey, it could be worse, there could be no one brewing in town.
May 07, 2012
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Reviewed by DCon from Missouri

1.94/5  rDev -42.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5
Located on one of the main streets off 2 blocks from the beach, we passed by here numerous times and decided to check it out.

Vibe was not at all there! Not a crowd at all except 5 people at the bar, quiet, boring, and when I went to the jukebox, my music didn’t even come one! Maybe coming here to watch a game or eat would be different but I wouldn’t get any of their beer. Isn’t this the purpose of a BrewPub?!?!? The brew kettles were in copper kettles right behind the bar and this was cool but thats all.

All beer was tapped with no head, blueberries added to one (Blueberry Wheat), and nothing seemed to be right...

Service, no way... No one came over to us, and then when I went to the bar, I got the "what do you want?" normal question and no presentation or help at all. Come on, get your act together! Your a brewpub, not a chain restaurant. Capture your customer's attention with a great presentation of the beer and history!

Selection 5-7 of their own but weren’t any good. They didn’t ask for sizes for what size beers we would like, samples, or anything... They had wine available but very limited as well.

Tough place to walk away from and have a good rest of the night! It was a terrible experience (beer vs. brewpub itself) and hope that they realized this from our exit of the place very abruptly after finishing our beers. They need to get their act together if they want to have a good reputation.
Jul 13, 2011
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Tight packed little brewery near the beach in Redondo (hence the clever name). The bar and some open seating open up to you as soon as you walk in, and there is additional seating upstairs. The bar has the fermenters right behind it on display. The place has a decent feel to it, but it's a little cramped for space, and it got crowded real quick.

The beer was average, at best. The Pumpkin and Blueberry beers were their best offerings. Feel free to see beer reviews for more details. They only had 6 beers to choose from, and the bartender was unable to tell us much at all about the beers themselves, which is always a bit disappointing.

That leads directly into the service, which also left something to be desired. The place was not that busy at all while we were there, and yet there was still a lot of waiting and lack of attention.

The food was actually pretty decent. Decent menu, with some variety, and rotating specials. I would actually return for the food despite everything else. On top of that, the prices were not unreasonable at all. It's unfortunate that the beer and service tanked the experience.
Jan 02, 2011
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Reviewed by Gobzilla from California

3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Pretty small brewery in redondo beach that has a nice interior and the fermenters right behing the bar. They served 6 house beera that were average with bluberry wheat standing out the most for me. It actully was a really delicious fruit beer that had fresh buleberries in the glass when it was poured and not too sweet. The bartender was very nice and attentive with a cool vibe for a saaturday night. Quite small for a brewery but a cool joint to stop by when your near redondo beach. You definitely need to try the blueberry wheat beer for sure.
May 31, 2010
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Reviewed by WwRGSwW from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
I visited this place for lunch today. with lunch obviously it was pretty empty. so seating was only available upstairs.. I choose to sit outside and I recommend this... The staff was fast and friendly and I did not have any issues with them. I ordered their Garlic bread, and It was really good, I would suggest anyone try these.

Overall this was a good visit, and I enjoyed the place.... They had about 6 beers on tap... Parking is limited. Downstairs it looked like a larger bar and I would like to go back and see what else is on tap.
Feb 20, 2010
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Reviewed by tang3nt from California

2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1
I went to this spot last night for a friends birthday. I had been here before but it had been years and I didn't really remember much about it. Upon arriving, it was not very busy. The atmosphere has a small typical local brewpub feel to it, nothing special. Based on the looks of the place, it seems it could get very cramped in here on the busier nights. I started off with their RAT Beach Red. It was a disappointment. Not horrible, but the fllavor was off for a red, and it had no real balance to it. Next on the list is our waitress. From the moment we sat down, she pretty much screwed up everything we ordered. My friend ordered a additional side salad, he received it at the end after our main course. We ordered appetizers - when our main course arrived we inquired about it, and she had forgot - we told her to cancel it. When we finally did get our food, it was gross. I ordered a burger (simple right?) my bun was stale and the bbq sauce was bland. I could go on and on. Like I said she pretty much messed up everything we ordered. I could understand some mistakes, as I'm really not usually critical on this kind of stuff, but it wasn't very busy and it was a special occasion for my friend. By the time we left, I had concluded our waitress was a moron, the food sucked and their beer was just plain boring.
Dec 16, 2009
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Reviewed by herrofthedog from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
Sampled each of the six beers they poured today: blonde ale, red ale, chocolate porter, ipa, pumpkin ale, and blueberry wheat.

rather highly carbonated, if you like it that way; most beers lacked any sort of distinctive flavor; the chocolate porter was on the sweet side, but not bad. they added actual blueberries to that ale, but it didn't really help. the ipa was ok, but not special.

if you can manage to sit upstairs on the 'patio' definitely do so. it's probably less crowded during the week. the selection is fairly wide, but not very diverse.
Nov 17, 2009
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Reviewed by getkrunkhoe from California

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5
Went there on 11-28-08 Happy Hour time

This place was pretty cool, I sat up in the balcony for the "view".

The brews were DECENT(at best), my fave would prob. be their Chocolate Porter, really nice n smokey. Didn't care one bit for the PALE ALE.(poor hop choice or blend).

I ordered Beer Battered Shrimp n Chips... WOW! so damn good. Then I ordered Fried Ravioli, another great dish and both for $5(happy hour).

overall I was pleased, didnt expect it to be as good as it was. Beers were decent for a small Brewery/Brewpub. food was awesome. A place worth visiting if you are in the area.
Nov 29, 2008
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Reviewed by aquaderek from California

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
I have been to this place many times, it is a couple blocks from my house. It is a nice local neighborhood brewpub. There are usually 6 or seven house brews on tap, plus full bar and the usual fare. The beers on tap are descent and the food is pretty good. The staff is usually friendly, but nothing special. The few beers that are on tap are pretty good, but nothing to write home about. The Ipa and the porter are what I usually order. If you can find a seat on the upstairs patio, it is a nice place to people watch and waste an afternoon.
May 07, 2008
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Reviewed by charlzm from California

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Visited in mid-afternoon on Monday, January 14th, 2008. Typical decor (brass and dark wood and big shiny brew tanks) pulled off well. Smallish downstairs patio and upstairs balcony seating with lots of sunlight. They usually have six of their own beers on tap, but only had five the day I was there. Our waiter was busy, but we did see him several times. The food is good (if a bit pricey) and the beer is... well, average. As with so many places, the food is better than the beer and the ambiance is really the biggest draw. If you're nearby, go for it, but this is certainly no destination.
Mar 10, 2008
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Reviewed by Dogbrick from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Redondo Beach Brewing is located about a block away from the ocean in Redondo Beach on Catalina avenue, maybe 25 minutes from LAX off Pac Coast Highway. There is metered parking on Catalina but make sure you are aware of the 15-minute meters.

The interior is 2 levels, with a restaurant area and larger bar on the ground floor and a smaller bar upstairs. There is a nice alcove that allows patrons a nice look at the street below. The bar seating is pretty scant.

RBB has 6 beers on draught, most of which are the same as at Manhattan Beach Brewing. They did have a couple different such as Nut Brown and the Blueberry Wheat. Aside from that they are mostly the standard brewpub offerings. The beers are available in a sampler as well. I did not notice what the non-Redondo beers were, if any.

Service here was good on a late Wednesday afternoon. The bartender was friendly and happy to explain what her favorite beer was and why.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall I doubt I would come out to this brewpub again unless I was hitting Manhattan Beach and Union Cattle as well. Worth a stop though if I find myself in the immediate area again.
Feb 22, 2008
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Reviewed by Floydster from California

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
I have been to this place a couple times over the years, but decided to review it this time

Their main attraction is their Blueberry Wheat beer and many people visit here just to try this brew, and it does not disappoint

My old employer's band use to play here some times and it is a pretty laid back joint

Food is pretty decent, large portions and not your typical nasty bar grub

Pretty upscale place considering what it is, selection is pretty good, made up of their own brews, most of them are good, pale ale and stout are usually the better brews

Prices are not bad either, but it does help to know people who work there and get discounts, but not bad regardless

Not too far from the beach near Rat Beach in Redondo/Torrance
Oct 27, 2007
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Reviewed by dickroop from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
On a trip to LA, I made the 10 miles trek down to Redondo Beach from LAX Airport (unfortunately at rush hour), but the brew and food were worth the effort.

This establishment has the easy-going, family-oriented atmosphere of a neighborhood pub. On tap, they offered a Pale Ale, "Rat Beach Red", a "Beach Blond", 1-2 other locally brewed beers and some macro-beers (Coors Light). Not a great selection, but adequate.

Hophead that I am, I ignored all others and ordered the pale ale, and I was not disappointed. I can't enter a new beer, so I'll give this mini-review: Advertized as having an "aggressive hop character" I found the PA a little tame, and served a little cooler than is optimal. But this ale warms to the job. Rather than a hop blast, the hop aroma and flavor were undistinguished, with grassy and yeasty flavor notes. There was an almost metalic taste followed followed by a dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel was initially pleasant with good effect from moderate carbonation, but this moves to an astringent pucker mid-palate, & this is where the malt is expressed as an almost-sweet carbohydrate stickiness that is quickly overpowered by the bitterness. Nonetheless, this is a drinkable brew, and, especially when paired with spicy food, quite satisfactory.

The food was good. I ordered Portabella Fajitas, tasty and nicely spiced. The PA was served in a 17.5 oz weizen glass, and there just wasn't quite enough to go with my dinner, so I had to break down and order a second.

Service was good, moderately attentive and efficient. Not too crowded at 7 pm on a Tuesday night, lots of families, but no room at the bar.

While the price was a little high ($25 for modest dinner and dessert & 2 brews), one must remember that this place is just two blocks from the beach, and it was a fine little walk along the beach to sober up. Surfers, volleyballers, great views of Palos Verdes and Santa Monica Bay... who could ask for a better place.
Jun 22, 2006
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Reviewed by jjayjaye from New York

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Both Manhattan Beach Brewing Co and Redondo Beach Brewing Co were in my sites on my visit to LA. I went to MBB first and was a little disappointed to see RBB on the table lore/advertising and that the investors decided on common graphics etc. I didn't want to hit "the same place twice" but RBB was only about a block away from the hotel that we stayed at on the beach. I didn't even wander upstairs. The bar downstairs was large and very inviting. I was drawn to a seat by the brewing hardware with a good view of the flatscreen TV. You've gotta like a bartender that can move beer and keep the conversation going with a smile! I thoroughly enjoyed the stout(s) and the laid back environment. The calamari hit the spot. I would highly recommend RBB for the craft brew hunter!
Aug 19, 2005
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Reviewed by rowew from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Located a couple blocks off the beach in Redondo, with a nice patio upstairs to enjoy the ocean breeze. Bar area is good sized with plenty of seating. HD TV behind the bar is a ncie touch. The beers were all decent, with the Blueberry Wheat being the most interesting of the group. Food looked good, but we didn't actually try any. What really made this place was the service - very friendly and talkative bartender.

Note: Apparently there is a relationship with the Manhattan Beach Brewing Co. They have shared investors, and many of the same beer names and signs, but different brewmasters and owners.
Jan 30, 2005
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Reviewed by stoutlove77 from Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +27%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
The setting is fresh, provided by the sea breeze (just a block away from the beach) its a two story pub with a patio on the second that is well worth the view of local shops and restaurants. The food is decent for what its worth, I've had most of the typical pub food(wings, rings, etc) yet there is still more on the menu to explore. What I thought was the variety of brews they make are a good feature to look at, ranging from the dark and flavorfull oatmeal stouts and the interesting fruit beers like the Blueberry Wheat and Cranberry Cream which have added fruit to give a unique taste. One of the beers to look out for is the IPA, flavor is great with a high gravity count. The service is good, they are always attentive to you and keep you going for another pint. Well worth looking out for when visiting out for in this area, the fruit based brews can be a great summer experience.
Jan 06, 2003
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