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Redwood Curtain Brewing Company

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Redwood Curtain Brewing CompanyRedwood Curtain Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

550 South G. Street Suite #6
Arcata, California, 95521
United States

(707) 826-7222 | map

Tasting room sells pints to drink and beer to go.

Added by hobojon on 02-03-2010

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by flexabull:
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I reviewed this place back when they opened a few years ago, figured I'd re-review the place since it's changed so much. (for the better!)

RWC is in an industrial park, but the inside is really nicely done. Open, lots of seating, games, (shuffleboard!) and a few seats out back as well. Place was tiny when it first opened, now it holds probably 10 times as many people.

Quality is quite good. I had a few samples and everything was solid to excellent. I think these guys are putting out the best beer in Humboldt now.

Service was good, my server was pretty friendly, attentive and quick.

Selection is great, they had 22 beers on tap. With everything from Belgian styles, Barrel aged barleywines, IPAs, Pale Ales, and sours. Definitely something for everyone.

As mentioned, this is maybe the best brewery in Humboldt now, awesome place.

Original Review below

3.64 (3.5/3.5/4/3.5)

Small tap room in an industrial park. Sounds like nothing special, but this place felt "cozy" with a few chairs at a bar, good music, and some seating in a small entry room. Felt like a locals place for people that enjoy beer.

Quality is pretty good, I think Redwood Curtain is still figuring things out, and improving their beers. The IPA I had here was solid, but the gold I had before was just so-so.

Service was good, the guy was friendly and quick.

Selection was decent. About 6 or 7 beers, quite a few "Belgian Styles" would have liked a little more variety though.

No food.

Prices are fair. My review might not be glowing, but if you are in Arcata, I'd recommend checking it out and supporting this new place. I know I'll be back again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Second time I've been here... thought I reviewed this place before.

Sixth stop on the 2017 Summer Tour. 9:45 on Thursday night (Sep 21), place was pretty crowded with a live band. Crowd skewed a little young but not excessively. Twenty or so beers on tap. Growlers available to go. No food available. I tried four beers, Belgian Pale Ale, Mama Sultry, IPA, and Apricot Rustic (sour). All well made with no obvious flaws, I liked the Belgian Pale Best, Mama Sultry the least.

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Photo of rustyjaw
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

After it being recommended to me, I made sure to visit Redwood Curtain while on a road trip. I specifically went for the sours, and I was not disappointed. To my tastebuds, Redwood Curtain makes some of the best Flanders style sours outside of Belgium.

What I particularly enjoyed about them is their acetic acid profile, which lends them a hint of balsamic sweetness to the sour flavor. This was true of each of the 4 sours I tried, although to varying degrees. That might lead some to say the sours here are "samey" but I found it delightful. And the different sour styles diverged where it counted, from a Flanders red style to a blonde with strawberry. Great beer.

I visited on a thursday night and the place was very busy with a large crowd and a live band playing. It was jovial and boisterous. The staff was very helpful, although the lines were long, mainly due to the popularity of the beer.

While I only tried the sours, I was impressed by the breadth of the tap menu. I didn't actually count, but there must have been 15 beers on tap if not more.

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Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited on a busy evening in April 2017. Despite the crowd size service was always prompt and friendly. The space was large and open, with a friendly, inviting vibe. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the tap list and variety on offer. More so than that, I was blown away by the quality. I did not have a bad beer. Stout, IPA, Belgian, sour, all were fantastic. I highly recommend stopping by! 5/5

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Photo of stevepat
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A great little brewery, it's all about the beer in this big airy open space, cool wooden bar, shuffle board, amazing fish tacos out back, live music from time to time and great beer. The beer is really top notch, best in the area. They do a lot of playing around with the hoppy realm to great success as well as excelling in an American interpretation of the Belgian styles. They have a great barley wine and some good stoutiness and a hit or miss (still new though) souring program, their hoppy beers are gems though. Standard tasting room service, order at the bar, slow when its slammed, super friendly and knowledgeable. Good selection, 20 something taps with new stuff coming and going all the time.

They've got a new food truck out back that features locally sourced fish and is pretty tops.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

I visited Redwood Curtain last night and it's a pretty cool place. The build-out is all new-looking and is a mix of old-school bar and hip, trendy brewpub. They have 23 beers on tap, which is gargantuan for a brewery this size. The beer itself was pretty decent, although of course I couldn't sample everything. They seemed to do a really good mix of styles, and I'd love to try more of them if I ever make it back to Arcata. Redwood Curtain is totally worth a visit.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MattAita
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Cool little brewery with a laid back vibe. Visited during low traffic hours so had the bar pretty much to ourselves. Was pleasantly surprised by the sour selection. Any place that has shuffleboard is cool in my book

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Photo of Hoppedelic
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Masonpp85
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jakecattleco
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

A bit off the way, but well worth the stop. Nice tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating. No on site food, but they offer snacks and happily allow outside food. Really nice vibe and I see them doing well. Very impressed by the quality and diversity of their brews!

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Photo of Offa
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a fun and pleasant tap room that partly makes up for its lack of food and bad location with a simple but nice interior feel, outdoor area, nice vibe and atmosphere, and good beer.

One of the two man downsides is that it has no food but they compensate by allowing you to bring your own and they have a menu from a pizza place so one can order pizza to be delivered although we have not tried that.

The other downside is the location - this is a brewery in an unattractive, dodgy industrial area on the southern edge of Arcata, which has its fair share of dodgy people. Arcata has a decently sized, attractive and lively downtown with nice old buildings surrounding a public square and it's too bad the taproom is not closer to there.

The decor, as stated, is simple and spare but attractive and comfortable and they have the outside seating area.

The beer is overall very good, some outstanding, and they have a nice range. The main drawback is lack of cask beer.

Service is good and friendly but they seem to need at least one more person.

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Photo of A_Rad
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Harvest06
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Christolo71
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

If they would start making sours this place would be a 5

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Photo of RicoViq
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Kbooth8
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of strongaf
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Jack_Mattson87
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Toml219
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

This was stop #9 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here to try their beers, although a food truck was there sod we also had a snack to go along with the beer. This place is in a multi-occupancy building in an industrial park that is out and away from much of everything else except the industrial neighbors, and the brewery was the only activity that evening among the few buildings in the area. A taproom has been partitioned off from the side of the building where the beer is brewed, and it was a nice evening so a large overhead door was open. A band was getting set up to play, and the table that we had chosen (the only one available because the place was busy) was right in front of a large speaker, so we drank and ate quickly, and left before the music started.

For a relatively new brewery they do a good job of brewing their beers to style. We had a sampler flight of 6 of the 12 beers that were on tap, and we liked them all. A couple of them were well above average, but most were just average of just a cut above, so our point rating system allowed for a C+ grading that was nearly up to a B minus. I’m guessing that the beers will continue to improve over time.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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