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Half Moon Bay Brewing CompanyHalf Moon Bay Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

390 Capistrano Rd
Half Moon Bay, California, 94019
United States

(650) 728-2739 | map

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 34
Reviews by colonelforbin:
Photo of colonelforbin
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Right on the coast, this brewery has an ideal location if you like hanging out by the ocean as I do. Really nice outdoor patio and a great wraparound bar as well.

The standard beers are not outstanding but pretty good, all things considered. I've probably been here 5-6 times by now and I've had some pretty good brews here but it can be hit or miss. Depends on what some of the special beers as are as these come and go. They are generally the best. Was here last weekend and had a delicious harvest pumpkin ale, a fresh hop IPA and their Oud Bruin, all delicious.

They tend to make English style ales, so a little on the maltier side and not so many hops, but the single hop IPA was a deliciously hoppy brew.

Can't go wrong with the location and ambience and the beer is generally quite enjoyable so check it out if you are in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BubbleBobble
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of HMBBrewingCo
5/5  rDev +31.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dmk82
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of WillDavis707
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Awesome spot right on the coast. Oysters were yummy. Cool outdoor patio with great views.

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Photo of Geoffq
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Paccamacca
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Martin_carvalho
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger---one of best ever

Double Overhead IPA....phenomenal and deadly

Firepits....stellar setting

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BMWiens
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Brewpub on the coast, south of San Francisco.

Beers: they try to make lower alcohol brews. Kudos for the attempt. Some end up watery, but it's better than being unable to drive after a single beer.

Food: nothing outstanding.

Service: watch your beer or the server will take it, try to push you out before you're done.

Parking can be limited especially on weekends.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I arrived here for lunch as it opened. It was a bright sunny windless day that was perfect for sitting in their abundant outdoor area. The outdoor seating overlooks the harbor across the road. It is a nice setting for lunch. I was immediately offered a menu and ordered the fish tacos. They were above average.

The beer selection was pretty good, but I only had time for a couple of half pints. I tried the Princeton by the sea IPA first and thought is was a typical West Coast IPA. Nothing special but pretty good. Next was the session Maverick Back in the Saddle Rye IPA. This was also pretty good. I could barely tell that it was a session beer.

The service was excellent and attentive. Everyone seemed pretty happy. Overall this is a great place to visit if you are driving along the coast or staying the night in Half Moon Bay.

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Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Oaktown2017
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in recently on a coastal drive down highway 1.

Arrived to town a little before they opened at 11:30 for lunch, so we toured the town for a bit. Nice beach, a row of little shops by the boat docks, and an awesome little smokehouse right on the other side of the highway, Creekside Smokehouse (purveyor of assorted smoked fish, smoked spreads, and salmon jerky to die for).

Inside there was a carpeted dining room with an aquarium, view of the boats, and a senior lunch crowd. To the right was the bar, so we went to the bar. A little fireplace in the corner with a stained glass Greatful Dead art piece above it, and framed articles around the place. A beer distributor douche in a suit was high fiving every employee in the place, loudly rattling off corpo-speak catch phrases all the while. Ugh. "Yeah, I lost 7K on that brand last year!" No one seemed to care.

Bartender offered samples but was preoccupied with other stuff, handing us some printed sheets about the beer in lieu of answering questions. Overall the beer felt like a second fiddle novelty here, seasonals weren't clearly identified, didn't see any brewing equipment, upscale restaurant vibe, etc.

Nachos were something like $16 here, and all the appetizers were in the double digit range, so we opted for lunch from Creekside Smokehouse on the beach.

Best beers here were the IPA and "Mad Bum Bitter" which was wet hopped with Citra. Other typical seasonals were Oktoberfest and a Pumpkin Ale that were just ok. Missed the Sour Brown Ale and Citra Lager, bummer. Better luck next time...

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Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This brewpub is in a great location north of Half Moon Bay in the pretentiously named village of Princeton-by-the-Sea, close to the famous Maverick's surfing destination. Drive from where I live in Palo Alto is about 40 minutes. If you can manage to come here on a nice day (HMB tends to be chilly and foggy), it's a really great spot to sit outside and drink some beers. There's a huge outdoor area and quite a bit of space inside too.

Service is average to a little above. The place seems to be decently well-staffed.

There's a lot of your typical pub food, very seafood-heavy since it's on the beach, with some more interesting options on the menu as well. Good quality of food. The chef here actually does my company's holiday parties, and he knows his way around the kitchen for sure.

The beers are in the average range. They have some interesting specials (including some occasional -bal aged stuff), but their standard lineup is very standard: golden ale, pale ale, amber ale, IPA, brown ale, hefeweizen when I was there. Not really catering to the beer geek crowd.

Overall though, this is a solid place. I'll be back, no question.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here mid afternoon on 3 Dec 2009.

Nice spot, right on the ocean, good views. Sat outside at one of about 20 tables. Kind of chilly with the breeze but they had gas heaters going.

About four of the tables were taken, otherwise the place was deserted. Service was attentive. Tried a couple of the samplers ($1 ea for a 4 oz pour). Beers were pretty average.

Did not try anything off the menu, claimed to be 'California Coastal Cuisine'. Seemed to be mostly pub fare with a slight emphasis on fish/shrimp.

Good place to stop in at if you are in the area but would not suggest going very far out of your way to get here.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A brewpub located in Princeton-by-the-Sea, about 5 miles north of Half Moon Bay. Great location, right on the water, just a few hundred yards from Pillar Point harbor where one can purchase live dungeness crabs right off the boat. Typical brew-pub food with much more emphasis on seafood. The food is also a bit on the pricey side. The beers are all pretty good, if none are outstanding. I had their wet hop IPA which I had previously sampled at the Toronado's wet hop festival. Not bad but it was one of the weaker offerings at the fest. Also had their regular IPA which was a pretty good IPA. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in Half Moon Bay, CA
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