Barley Forge Brewing Co.

Barley Forge Brewing Co.Barley Forge Brewing Co.
Barley Forge Brewing Co.Barley Forge Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2957 Randolph Ave
Ste B
Costa Mesa, California, 92626-4375
United States

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Ratings by HopfenUndMalz2015:
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Reviewed by HopfenUndMalz2015 from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75
Good local hangout. Other reviewers have pretty much nailed it. Beers are good, but, nothing that's outstanding. The food is great, the grilled cheese sandwich is my favorite, and get it every time. Of course, it is walking distance to The CAMP, so you can always head over for great food options there.

Staff are friendly, and knowledgable. It can get busy, but, the wait is never too long for a pint. Overall, a cool place to hang out for a few decent brews with friends.
Feb 29, 2016
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.97 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Apr 15, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Keananmichael5 from California

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by Keenerjoe from North Carolina

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by evanwoertz from California

Dec 19, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by tazzman from Florida

Oct 25, 2017
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Reviewed by DrinkThemAll from California

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I can see this place getting packed to the rafters! Decent beers and decent selection on tap. I did enjoy the free popcorn and the arsenal of games they had. Didn’t try any food but the two plates next to me both looked delicious. I prefer gunwhale across the street.
Sep 27, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by SGR1220 from California

Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Bronco_IV from California

Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by daem3384 from California

May 21, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by kmanjohnson from California

Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Minnesota_beer_guy from Minnesota

Mar 21, 2017
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Reviewed by WestCoastLibations from China

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I like to visit local breweries whenever I come home to Orange County, and I have had Barley Forge on my radar for some time. As expected, it fit the bill, a welcoming venue complete with terrific beer.

Usually I go with a sampler flight, which was the case here, picking my favorite out of the five being "Future Tripping", a reasonable DIPA which stood out from the competitor, an IPA, seated next to it on the flight platter.

Looking for something a bit more complex, I ordered a full pour of the aforementioned "Future Tripping" with Habanero added to the mix. My takeaway was that this was the best of the lot I had during the course of the afternoon, and in fact, could still taste it on my pallet on the ride home.

Overall, high marks for Barley Forge, a welcomed addition to the Craft Beer scene here in Orange County. Upon my return to Hong Kong where I currently live, I grabbed a 12-ounce to take with me to share overseas, highlighting it as something from where I live, sharing it with others in Asia who are interested in the revolution taking place in craft breweries across the world.

Glad I had the opportunity to visit this fine establishment and look forward to the direction the continue to take going forward, when we all need something to take our minds off of this unfortunate reality...
Jan 27, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by fthegiants from California

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by StoutSnob40 from California

Nov 25, 2016
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Barley Forge is a pretty cool spot. I was killing time before heading over to the airport (John Wayne is 5 minutes away), and I stopped here. They have 8 taps plus a guest cider; the beer I had was good (the Dortmunder lager). I was surprised how full the place was; there was a line to order food & beer, although there were free seats at the bar. The vibe is a bit on the industrial side, but the build-out is new-looking and welcoming; service was good as well.
Nov 09, 2016
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Reviewed by mrcraft from California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Barley Forge was located in an industrial-like area a short drive from the South Coast Plaza and the Arts area. As you enter there are lots of various seating area for patrons. You can also see their brewing and production area. I personally like to see those, and so this was very cool. This place had a nice vibe. The server was nice, friendly, and the service fast.

The time I visited they were about to set up a live band. And, this is place was pretty crowded which is usually a good indicator as to quality.

I had a flight of four beers. They were good beers. Although I didn't have anything to eat, they do offer food here. Nice place to meet up with friends and hang out.
Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 4 by sillyhed8 from California

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by chrisjws from California

Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Mantis from California

Aug 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Phil-Fresh from California

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75
Located in a light industrial area of Costa Mesa with very limited parking. There isn’t a lot of signage up and it’s located in a building set back from the street. Inside the tasting area is fairly extensive with lots of seating. There are about 8-10 in house beers on tap and one guest tap. There’s a solid selection of various beers and their coconut rye stout (easily their best beer) was on-tap with a couple of different iterations (i.e., barrel-aged, nitro, etc). Food is available, but did not partake.
Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Jun 04, 2016
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Rated by Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Decent beer, decent food, mellow atmosphere, kid friendly with toys and popcorn. Chill place, but nothing extraordinary. Cheers!
Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by crob3888 from California

Mar 27, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by vism from California

Mar 23, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by Gobzilla from California

Mar 16, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by dbriesemeister from Minnesota

Mar 04, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by MonkeyBread from Nevada

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by HippieDave56 from California

Dec 29, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Mista_Carta from California

Dec 23, 2015
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Reviewed by FourBetter from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
Fun place. Friendly crowd and servers. Live swing/jazz band in the corner of the brewery. Solid beers with a range from lagers, IPAs, DIPA, couple solid stouts and a sour.

Definitely worth an hour or two if you're in Orange County.
Dec 18, 2015
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Reviewed by Beer_Line from California

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
The place is a smaller tasting room. Usually pretty crowded, but the vibe is nice. A good mix of beersnobs and n00bies. Great bartenders and great beer. The decor is super cool and is a great place to drink some beers.
Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by esimonoff from California

Aug 25, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by dddddddd from Washington

Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 4.73 by joeyjoey104 from California

Apr 05, 2015
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Rated by Rollzroyce21 from California

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
- Visited on 21-Feb-15 during lunch
- Food is given a 3 because I didn't order any (If any consolation, good reviews on Yelp regarding food).
Feb 23, 2015
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Rated by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Haven't had the food, but I sure can talk about the beer.

Awesome barbacks and the beer was on point. I plan on coming here very often.
Feb 14, 2015
Rated: 4 by Booner818 from California

Feb 12, 2015
Barley Forge Brewing Co. in Costa Mesa, CA
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