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Old Orange Brewing Co.

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Old Orange Brewing Co.Old Orange Brewing Co.
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Old Orange Brewing Co.Old Orange Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1444 N. Batavia Street
Orange, California, 92867
United States

(714) 744-8410 | map

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Added by AlexM on 08-13-2011

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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I visited Old Orange since I was in the area. It's in an industrial park with a pretty good sized space. The brewery itself is in the back of the space and there is a small bar and some tables up front. The had 10 of their beers available with a good number of styles represented. The quality of everything was good and they served their tasters in mini snifters which was nice. Service was pretty good for it being somewhat busy. Worth a stop if you are in the area but their beers are pretty hit and miss in my opinion.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Lucnifter
1.54/5  rDev -56.7%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 1.5

Now rebranded as (and I'm not making this up) Black Cock Brewing Company.
That being said, and perhaps this doesn't come as a huge surprise, as the name of the brewery sets the bar pretty low, this place is THE WORST BREWERY EVER!!!!! First off, Vibe: Super dark. No music or lively conversation, pretty much just akward silence. Minimal decor with no connective theme whatsoever. A frigde with "bottles 4 sale" scribbled in chalk but no bottles.
Quality: really just lack thereof. They have a hefeweizen with white sangria called "cougar juice" that the board above the bar simply states "if you're a cougar, you'll love this." Enough said. Service: the bartender, and I can only hope she had just recently started working here, but as I approached the bar she greeted me, then as I opened my mouth to order, she turned to a group of 5 at the bar and took a solid 7 minutes to serve and describe every beer to the group before finally coming back around to ask if I wanted anything. There was more poor aspects to the service, but in the interest of time I will leave it at that.
Selection: of the 5 beers on tap, 3 were some variation on their hefeweizen. Seriously, please don't subject yourself or your loved ones to this tragically irredeemable crap dumpster.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Old Orange Brewing is located in an industrial park. They had a small tap area with some bar seats with additional tables and seating. The tasting area is not too large, so I can imagine it can get crowded quickly. The day I visited, the tap list was surprisingly comprised of various Hefeweizens.

The bartender was friendly. I had a flight of four beers. The beers were only okay.

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Photo of Drew_V_dt
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I visited Old Orange a few days ago and it was OK. They had 8 taps, although 2 were out when I visited. I would say the beer is fine, though not outstanding; they stick to basic styles like IPA and amber. Kind of an industrial/old garage feel, which is sort of charming in its way. If you're near Old Orange, it may be worth a visit, but it's not worth its own special trip.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Raziel313
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of warpdesign
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The place is a bit small, located in a business park off of Batavia St. Nothing too fancy, a few tables and a small bar with about four stools. It was beyond uncomfortably hot when we were there, there's no air conditioning and we were there with a large group so it got pretty stuffy and sweaty.

I'm not usually a fan of dark beers but the Smudgepot Stout is really good. Highly recommended. Overall the staff is friendly. This place is worth checking out. I'll be back.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This industrial park in west Orange is one of the few places to expect a brewery, but Old Orange Brewing has carved out an attractive place to drink (and brew). Being relatively easy to get to from my place of residence, I had to plan a trip.

The interior is compact, yet there seems to be adequate wiggle room despite being a tasting room and brewery in one. The tanks are sepearted from the tasting room by a glass window. Very clean, with an easy to read beer menu, a TV perched in one corner, a semi-circle bar which looked like it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and two sets of bathrooms.

8 different beers were available from the draft lines, which included a hefeweizen, porter, IPA, strong ale, amber ale, German pumpkin rye, marzen, and a blended beer of strong ale and porter. Samplers yield 2 ounces, and cost $1. The more economical way to go in the tasting room is to get a pint, which most beers run for just $4, with Old Dummy (strong ale) the most expensive at $6. Unlike other tasting rooms with pint glasses, Old Orange uses the more appealing nonic shape and not the dull shaker.

Bartender service was good and attentive. Food isn't served at the tasting room per se, but there are food trucks.

The quality of the beers, on the other hand, didn't jump out for me, though I must say their German pumpkin rye was delicious. Their hefeweizen was ordinary, and the porter was "uneven". Nonetheless, I'll keep working my way around the menu.

Because of its proximity to my residence and relatively low priced pints, Old Orange will get another look. But its general state of beers will need to be a little better quality, or it will be at risk getting lost among a sea of newly opened breweries.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Stopped in here shortly after they first opened with a few friends to try out the wares of this new brewery that has opened in my backyard.

The usual industrial park setting with a bar for serving and a handful of seats. Some tables and other surfaces were available throughout the brewery as well. From what I understand, there is more bar/table/seating space now.

The service was friendly, quick, and helpful.

Unfortunately, the beers were poor. I wasn't a big fan of any of them. Hopefully they can improve their product in the near future.

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The building is a small little building in a warehouse building. It has the small brewery feel that a place as young as it should. The bar is small, though there is a long table along another wall. As from what I could tell most of the clientele are friends of the owners.

They currently have a small beer list of about 5 beers. They run a tasting flight for $5 that only gets three of the beers. They do half-pints so that might be a better deal. Most of the beers are in the beginning brewery stage where they are trying to figure out the beer that will keep the lights on is. However what little they have is pretty decent. In a year or so they should be great.

The beertender was friendly and informative about their beers. However if a friend showed up he would immediately bolt to talk and help them. Friends bring people in, but don't screw your regulars.

While they don't have their own food they often get food trucks such as Kogi BBQ.

A decent begining brewery but still trying to get its feet on even ground. Expect big changes over the next year.

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Photo of TigerFan
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I live in the neighborhood and have been to OOB several times and have always enjoyed myself. I usually bring a couple of "newbys" too to share the wealth. It's such a cool tasting room! Since Orange is kinda a small town I always run into old friends and end up making a few new ones while I am there :). OOB was opened by 4 buddies who grew up togther here in Orange and decided sveral years ago to start a brewery! And I think it's a success. The last time I went they had 5 beers on tap, so we did a 5 beer flight for $7, great deal! We started with the Street Fair Kolsch (named after the city's annual street fair Labor Day weekend). It's a nice "lighter" beer but still has a ton of flavor and a slight hops bitterness that I like. The next on the list was the OOBerWeizen a Bavarian Style Hefe with great banana notes- fruty without being sweet. Next up was my fave the Old Dummy American Strong Ale. It's over 9% but you'd never guess, it's so smooth and malty. I can't believe it's not aged! The was the Cannonball IPA. I like IPA's but I don't usually love them. This one, I liked a LOT! Lots of complex flavors without being over the top hop. Next up was the Statesman Porter, again a very good beer! Nice and roasty with a slight coffee/chocolate bitterness and a great head. Then for kicks we did a "Dumb Statesman" which was 1/2 Old Dummy Strong and 1/2 Porter- this was unbelievable! An amazing blend of flavors! The sweetness of the OD (old dummy) really balanced out the bitterness of the Porter. I think they should add it to the menu, lol! I do like this place a lot! The guys are super friendly and down to earth (no beer snobs here). We'll be back, and often.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Stepped in the second weekend they were open - interesting place. It's an industrial park warehouse location, but they've gussy-upped this brewery more the usual warehouse tasting room. Walls are painted in pastel colors with a matching neon-lit bar (approx. 10 seater). The brewing area is segregated behind the tasting room with vats lined up against the wall. Roomy room, made more spacious by the lack of barrel tables and chairs, which I'm guessing will make an appearance in due time.

Only three beers on the board, one of them named Old Dummy, a 9.3 strong ale that I found pretty good - Reddish brown, sweet malt/spicy yeast taste followed by a warm, mild hops bitterness. Pricey at $5 for a half pint (they weren't selling pints for whatever reason, although growlers could be had at $18, presumably the fill price).

The other selections listed were Street Fair Ale at $5/pt and an IPA called Cannonball at $6/pt. The $5 charge for three tasters @ 4 oz was also a bit pricey.

That Old Dummy could develop into a very nice brew. Probably will return for that, although not too often since it looks like a pint will run around 8-9 bucks, assuming they will sell them. Otherwise, 2 half-pints = 1 pint = 10 bucks.


Stopped in again - no additional tables/chairs. Tried the porter; although only 5.3 ABV was still smooth and tasty.

You can now buy a pint of Old Dummy for $6 - only a buck more than the old price for a half pint (a size they apparently don't offer any more). No more flights - 2 oz tastes (I think that's the size) for $1.

My party sat at the bar and attempted to have a conversation on a slow evening with the wooden indian working as bartender. Bearded, middle-aged, think he's one of the owners since saw him there last time. Dude never cracked a smile and responded as briefly as possible. Crxed us up. Maybe it was a bad day for him.

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Old Orange Brewing Co. in Orange, CA
Brewery rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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