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Port Aransas Brewing Company

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24 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

429 Alister
Highway 361
Port Aransas, Texas, 78373
United States

(361) 749-2739

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Added by jasonjlewis on 10-02-2008

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by tjkinate:
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1.83/5  rDev -37.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

My fears are becoming reality. What I mean by that is craft breweries, especially brew pubs are popping up everywhere. For the most part this is a great thing, I love trying out new beers at new places. Upon arriving at Port Aransas Brewing Co. my hopes were high since I thought there was no better way to end a great day at the beach than with an ice cold craft beer. I asked our waiter for a pint of their best beer, he said he knew just the one. He brought back their "hoppiest" beer which honestly contained little to no hops. My girlfriends Blonde Ale wasn't much better. Overall their beer was dull, uninspired, and unforgettable (not in a good way). Just when i thought it couldn't get worse, our meal arrived. The chicken wings looked liked the type you'll find in your grocers frozen section, and my mom's jalapeno poppers were still cold. If you make it to Port A, avoid at all cost.

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Photo of Jentex
4.07/5  rDev +39.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of dasEbb
3.34/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of bundy462
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of CRV334
3.33/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went here a couple of weeks ago while on Mustang Island for a beach weekend. My girlfriend is lovingly tolerant of my beer habit and enjoys breweries, so this was a natural stop.

The server met us immediately and we sat outside. He was a nice kid, and probably needed some help from his coworkers. The place was PACKED, which explains why this dude was all over the place.

We ordered a sampler of their beers and some food. The beer was good, but nothing extraordinary. Definitely beachy beers. The pale ale was the best of the lot IMO. The food was something to brag about. GF got the shrimp basket, I got the burger (which is rated as one of the top 50 in Texas, and with good reason. Get the avocado and cheese on it. Add bacon).

We enjoyed the food, enjoyed the beer, and really enjoyed the atmosphere. I just wish we caught them at a less busy time.

Good place to go to after a day on the beach!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.35/5  rDev +49%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The atmosphere was pretty good, relatively quite for a restaurant filled with families. The food was really good, I had the waffle cheese fries and the Stopher burger, which was awesome. The pizzas did not look like they were frozen. They did have brewing equipment behind the bar, but their beers still had something lacking. I tried the Strikezone Stout and the Bull Red Ale, both were relatively light for their styles and the stout was just a bit too hoppy for a stout, but both were drinkable. I do have to admit that after two strikes, I stopped trying their beer and just had the water.

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Photo of BRadPhotography
4.25/5  rDev +45.5%

Photo of Cooper123
2.15/5  rDev -26.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Save yourself the disappointment and avoid this place. The service was extremely slow. The burgers were average. And the house-brewed "craft" beer was awful and undrinkable. We tried the pale ale, hefe, and pilsner and sent them all back after a few sips. The waitress gave us a sample of her favorite, the bock, and it was equally undrinkable. Between 7 of us, not one of their beers could be finished. They all tasted soapy and salty.

After the house beer failure, one of us ordered a bottled beer and according to the expiration date on the bottle it had expired almost one year ago. Not acceptable.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I was really looking forward to going to this place during my visit to Corpus Christi. The atmosphere was good. Lots of people. Bikers drinking out of growlers on the porch. No brewing equipment at all. The had these mini fermenters at the bar where apparently they use a pre mix and add water. I'm serious. We ordered a pizza and I ordered an Island Pale Ale. It came to me looking like dirty river water. No head whatsoever. The taste was absolutely horrid. I actually couldn't drink anymore. The waiter asked if there was something wrong with it and I told him how I felt about the beer. He apologized and told me that there Backwater Bock was "a great beer" and that I should try it. He brought it too me and again, disgusting. I then ordered some Stone and was fine. I guess because they use the pre mix system the beer just sucks. The bottle selection was actually pretty good so they should really just scrap the "brewpub" and became a tap house. The pizza was average. Looked like a frozen pizza.

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Photo of TripelDouble
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Preface: this review from memory may be overly cranky due to sunburn and approximately 267-degree-fahrenheit temps outside at 7pm.

Visited: 6/21/09

To get two rounds and the check for five people, it took our server approximately an hour and 15 minutes. And it's not like the place was extremely busy. I'd say about half the tables were full.

My opinion of the place was skewed going in, because I read an article from the Port Aransas paper that I found on the brewery's website that explained that the place was established by a couple from Dallas who opened the place not because they wanted to make beer, but because they found a good niche to fill in Port Aransas. At the most basic level, is there anything wrong with that? I don't know, but I didn't really feel any love behind the beers. The waitress spent a lot more time trying to sell us on Dogfish 120 than she did telling us about the house-made stuff. The beer that she did elaborate on, she only described as "the freshest one we have right now." And that seemed accurate -- most of the beers in the sampler flight just kind of tasted like oldish extract homebrew. On the brewing side, this seems like a brewpub that didn't want to bother with hiring a brewer.

I'm not going to say all negative things. The place does fill a needed niche in Port A. In a town where the best beer selection is found at the grocery store, and is limited to macros and Shiner (lots of stuff), New Belgium (Fat Tire and seasonal) and Sam Adams (three or four of them), Port Aransas Brewing Company is a place where you can go get some delicious bottles. I mentioned Dogfish 120, and they also had the 90 and the 60. They had 4 or 5 New Belgium offerings, a few Saint Arnold, Chimay, and quite a few others. I think I had Avery IPA and m'lady had Boulevard Wheat, and others we were with had Raison d'Etre.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I visited this place a couple of weeks ago. Nice atmosphere. Very clean place. They pour the beer out of the fermentation vessel.

The beer is just decent, nothing special. The pilsner was ok, but the pale ale was pretty lack luster. Stick with the craft beer if you visit.
I have reliable sources that tell me that all the beer here is brewed with extract. All they do is mix it in with some water and sell it.

The service was good and everyone was friendly and really helpful. I have to take off some points because these aren't beer geeks running the place. They sort of told me that they got into craft beer bar/brewpub ownership as a sort of "smart business idea."

There is quite a selection of CRAFT BREWS. The brewpub has 7 things on tap, but they do have a huge list of craft brews if you don't care for the brewpub brews and they are pretty decent at that. Stone, Saint Arnold, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish head, etc.

The main problem I have with this bar are the prices can be a tiny bit much, especially on the growlers. It's something like 22 bucks to fill up a growler, and 19 to refill it. It should be 10 to refill and 15 to get a new one.

The food I had was just generic store bought stuff. They do have hand made pizzas that I didn't try. Maybe those are good, but my food was nothing better than a good short order place.

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Port Aransas Brewing Company in Port Aransas, TX
Brewery rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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