Ocean Avenue Brewery

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Ocean Avenue BreweryOcean Avenue Brewery
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Ocean Avenue BreweryOcean Avenue Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

237 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach, California, 92651
United States

(949) 497-3381 | map

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by IntriqKen:
Photo of IntriqKen
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

Small and intimate and within a block of the beach.
Service was good and staff was friendly.
Selection was fairly weak, although there are not many choices in Laguna Beach. They only had two of their own brews on tap but a half dozen or so bottled beers that were at least close to micro or craft.
Full bar available.
I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but if walking around Laguna it is definitely a must stop just to see what the brewer is up to.
His Light Lager was actually very good and the dopplebock
was a very accurate rendition of the style..

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More User Reviews:
Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DCon
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Not the easiest place to find but once we did, it wasn't open yet. The restaurant was open though and you could hear reggae music blaring from the street. We had to come back!

Reggae music and cool atmosphere in the inside, we still sat on the closed patio. Perfect setting in Laguna and enjoyed our lunch and time here!

Quality was good but nothing big. The bartender didn't know how to pour the beer correctly and left almost no head on both beers. This was okay but she should have known better to let the head form by itself.

Service was decent... I had to go inside to get my beer but then again, I wanted to check out the place anyways. Strange it took so long for him to take our beer order at a BrewPub.

Selection... Not good! Only 2 of their beers available! Other brews were in stock but why would you want anything else?

Enjoyed the Turkey/Avacado sandwhich with their soup of day (chicken/veggie) and this was great! Made the experience even better.

All in all, this place was great on the patio and their beers were pretty good as well! Might not be back here but would say its great if your into BrewPub food and a chill atmosphere.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

This was kind of a small place with a sidewalk-side patio. A portable m.d.s. sat between the patio and the doorway as we walked up. Inside was the marble-topped bar to the left with the gorgeous copper-jacketed brewhouse as part of the back bar, headed aft. The small interior was mostly standard restaurant tables and chairs inside to the right. There was a nifty bank of four FVs on the left hand side headed aft towards the Men's room.

Being frank at this juncture, I was not impressed by the clientèle. If I ever wanted to be the proverbial turd in a punchbowl, this was the place to achieve such a status. Too much money and not enough excitement in their lives until I showed up.

Beer: Only Ocean Pale Ale was on during my visit, but they also offer Red Sunshine and a "Special Brew".

Mom: Weekday only. Even my mom cannot tolerate moneyed types. It would be an afternoon stop on the PCH, but not much more.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

You'd be hard-pressed to believe this was actually a brewpub based on excellent selection of wine and spirits available, and a, well, unremarkable beer selection. Suited in downtown, the Ocean Brewing establishment is themed well around the Laguna Beach art scene with painted landscapes on the walls, Classical-era columns, and a stone bar. The place was nearly empty during my afternoon visit, allowing me to unwind on my own. The bartender sounded French, but he worked hard to ensure my enjoyment of my order, pouring a good pint and checking up on me.

I could count all the taps on one hand, and the house brews made up just half the taps. I only found four taps, which included the brewpub's amber and pale ales. That's it, just two house beers. Well, they did have Chimay, Franziskaner, and Lindemans in the bottle, but that hardly makes up for it. I ended up selecting the pale ale, which I thought was quite good.

As an establishment, it's a good spot for a drink; just don't expect much of a selection of beer.

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Photo of charlzm
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1 | food: 3.5

I went on a Friday afternoon about 3:00pm. The place was empty save for one woman having macro beer. As soon as my friend and I were seated on the patio next to a sidewalk on a busy pedestrian street in a lovely, upsacale SoCal seaside town, a knowledgable and friendly waiter (who it turns out later used to live in Germany) saw my Stone Brewing shirt and apologized in advance! Turns out their brewery had a broken burner and so they were out of three of their four beers. He recommended the bottled Franziskaner hefe to my friend, which turned out to be a great choice as their own wheat beer which I ordered was, to put it politely, unremarkable. My friend had a turkey sandwich he thought was very good, but I was full and didn't order anything.
The bartender inside was a very attractive woman and the space seemed like it might really get hopping at night or on weekends.
All in all, not worth visiting unless you happen to be in Laguna Beach for some other reason. And now it's the only game in town since Laguna Beach Brewing Company has packed it in.

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Photo of rowew
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located a couple blocks off the beach, the crowds seem to be more manageable here than at LBBC. There is a nice stone bar on the left as you enter, with a big copper tank behind the bar, and more fermenters back near the kitchen area. Nice covered patio overlooks the street. Lots of modern art in the main area - apparently this place is more of a dance club at night. On tap was 4 brewery offerings, and guest taps consisting of Guinness, Warsteiner, Anchor Libery, and Wyders. They also had a few bottles, including Chimay Blue and a couple varieties of Lindemans. According to the patrons next to us the bartender also makes a mean mojito. The beers were all tasty, and the bartender was generous with free samples. We had a nice reasonably priced appetizer that was very enjoyable. A different atmosphere than LBBC - if you are in the area I would recommending trying them both and seeing which fits your mood!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

A little gem of a brewpub. Very few beers on tap - only 4 with a seasonal, but the brewer is a chemist and very strict on his technique. Therefore the beer is much better than at the Laguna Beach Brewpub. Super nice store on Ocean Avenue with great covered patio seating to the front and big glass opening doors to join the patio to the inside room on nice days, of which there are many here. Super friendly service, terra cotta tile floors, a decent marble bar setting and some nice table seating combine to make this very nice place seem special. A good pale ale, wheat, and red ale are standard fare here. Walking distance to the beach and a Wild Oats nearby.

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Ocean Avenue Brewery in Laguna Beach, CA
Brewery rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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