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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Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.99
Beers:
45
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
697
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.16
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
49
pDev:
7.45%
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Reviews by joeyjoey104:
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4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

joeyjoey104 from California, Apr 05, 2015
More User Reviews:
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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

UCLABrewN84 from California, Jul 25, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Blazer22 from Colorado, Apr 15, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Keananmichael5 from California, Apr 14, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

eawolff99 from Minnesota, Nov 15, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Keenerjoe from North Carolina, Apr 08, 2018
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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

evanwoertz from California, Dec 19, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

tazzman from Florida, Oct 25, 2017
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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.

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DrinkThemAll from California, Sep 27, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

SGR1220 from California, Aug 06, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Bronco_IV from California, Aug 02, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

daem3384 from California, May 21, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

kmanjohnson from California, Apr 23, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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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...

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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

fthegiants from California, Jan 06, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

StoutSnob40 from California, Nov 25, 2016
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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.

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flagmantho from Washington, Nov 09, 2016
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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.

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mrcraft from California, Oct 30, 2016
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

sillyhed8 from California, Oct 23, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

chrisjws from California, Sep 18, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Mantis from California, Aug 04, 2016
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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.

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Phil-Fresh from California, Jul 11, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

dexterk1 from Illinois, Jun 04, 2016
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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!

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Barley Forge Brewing Co. in Costa Mesa, CA
Brewery rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 697 ratings