Huntington Beach Beer Company

Huntington Beach Beer CompanyHuntington Beach Beer Company
Huntington Beach Beer CompanyHuntington Beach Beer Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

201 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California, 92648
United States

(714) 960-5343 | map
hbbeerco.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.12
Beers:
19
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
37
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.21
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
48
pDev:
19%
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

After spending the Saturday at the Stone 10th Anniversary Party, and after hooking up with BA’s Seagoat and HoppyJess it seemed only natural to have continue the previous days libational excesses and start with Spicy Burger and Garlic Fries lunch at O’Briens followed by stops at Pizza Port San Clemente and then yet more wallet loosening activities at HiTimes in Costa Mesa. But a detour up PCH from Costa Mesa to Huntington Beach was afforded us as the sun began to set to allow the out-of-town guest BA Erica to go into the Pacific Ocean.

After a feet wetting near the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, it was only a short walk back up the white sandy beach to PCH. Huntington Beach Brewing is on the second floor of a building that is situated a block in from the Pier and beach front at the crossroads of Main Street and Walnut Avenue. The discrete entrance is located on Main Street, and a short trip up a flight of stairs brings you out into a small open area. Lots of HBBC paraphernalia are on display in a couple of wooden cupboards at the top of the stairs. Here you will also find a Surfadelic large grainy picture with the words “P ease seat yourself”….the “L” seems to have been lost at some time in the past.

Tables work off to your left, enclosed in an area that is darkened, close to this there is a door that leads out onto an open air balcony which houses six or seven tables, enough room for twenty or so people. This is where we decided to sit. But off to the right the bar sits against the back wall and works back down what is a rather small interior.

Our party of four took a table right on the outside balcony and we had a fine view of the beach, pier and the gorgeous ruby sunset. However we all noted the new construction work off to our right which may very well destroy the balcony view in future.

Beer range is very staid; Hefe Red and a Pale, though we decided to try the Special which was the Rye Beer…it turned up in Pitchers and tastes like a Dunkel Weizen, pretty drinkable and a tasty treat, so much so we that we ordered a second Pitcher. That said, the beer range is pretty dire and the quality of the other brews is at the very least questionable.

Service was curt, a healthy does of “I’m busy” mixed with a trademark Huntington Beach brevity, far from welcoming or warming but it never left us hanging. The service was very functional, the servers busy and courteous yet I couldn’t help but feel that the overall level of honesty was low, they seemed to look at the punters and decide the level of wealth, and hence tip, and act accordingly.

What to say, Huntington Beach. Parking sucks, the gorgeous people suck, the general wealth of the area sucks, the beaches and surfing rule, I do love the down to earth “real” surfer dudes but I hate the middle aged have all the gear rich surfer middle men. In short, I both love and hate Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Brewing Company also falls into this love/hate relationship, it has a special location ……but not much else, worth popping in though.

Last Visit: Saturday 9th September, 2006

Sep 18, 2006
More User Reviews:
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Junichi from Texas

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Sep 03, 2018
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gr8fulbeerhead from California

2.29/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.25

Don't even bother to go here unless you are desperate. The beer is outdated and the food is ok. Better alternatives exist in town. Will work in a pinch but that's a stretch.

Feb 28, 2017
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Camillo from California

4.2/5  rDev +30.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Feb 16, 2016
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fureousangel from California

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Aug 16, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

2.54/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Being that I live down the street from Huntington Beach Brewing Company I wish it was a great brewery or even a decent spot to drink. Unfortunately, this place falls flatter than a pint left at room temperature for two weeks. The house beers mostly miss the mark and often have attenuation issues, but there are a few decent guest taps. The food borders between acceptable and terrible.

This is the only brewery I’ve ever been to where the place turns into a dance club on Friday and Saturday nights. If you are eating dinner and aren’t finished by the time dancing starts, your food and chair will be taken – you’ve been warned!

Jun 09, 2015
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peraltaspade72 from Florida

3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Descent food, poor service, great patio and indoor area. Irish Red and Ocktoberfest have been good here for 10+ years. Great prices on growlers.

Apr 26, 2015
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bigbelcher from Arizona

3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Great location. Grab a seat on the patio if available for good people watching. Sadly the beer and food are just mediocre.

Dec 31, 2014
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stonefan55 from California

3.89/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2 | food: 4

great place to meet a friend for a beer however, not so good on selection of what to drink. Its more like a regular bar than a brewery with almost home brew equipment for brewing beers.

Dec 29, 2014
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nasastrums from New York

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dec 07, 2014
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SimcoeKid from California

3/5  rDev -6.5%

Dec 01, 2014
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HippieDave56 from California

3.04/5  rDev -5.3%

Nov 14, 2014
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JDFernandez from California

4/5  rDev +24.6%

Nov 10, 2014
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HaoleToYouToo from Hawaii

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Oct 10, 2014
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aoampm from Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Sep 25, 2014
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Badel1129 from Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%

Sep 20, 2014
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AlexM from California

3/5  rDev -6.5%

Sep 10, 2014
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Obsidian from California

4/5  rDev +24.6%

Aug 28, 2014
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +9%

Aug 22, 2014
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BubalooBrewMaster from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Jun 09, 2014
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bcgeiman from Maryland

3/5  rDev -6.5%

May 08, 2014
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +9%

Apr 30, 2014
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Gobzilla from California

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Feb 09, 2014
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likesbeer from California

4/5  rDev +24.6%

Dec 25, 2013
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damalink from California

3.91/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped by on Friday.. Blonde, triple, brown, DIPA, red and stout. The DIPA was a big hoppy ale at 9%, unfiltered and delicious. Had the triple next and it had a nice candy/alc taste that was all right. Sampled the brown and it was a light roast & malty ale. I finished with Red, a nice amber colored, malty slightly hoppy ale. Overall very drinkable brews and will be back for sho.

Apr 28, 2013
Huntington Beach Beer Company in Huntington Beach, CA
Brewery rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 37 ratings