Newport Beach Brewing Company

Newport Beach Brewing CompanyNewport Beach Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2920 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, California, 92663
United States

(949) 675-8449 | map

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Reviews by PhiloPsych:
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited NBBC on a Saturday evening. I had some work to do and wanted to drink a few beers while working. I found a little table where I could plug in my laptop and do my thing. The place was pretty busy, but I never felt like I wasn't getting enough attention from my server. My beer never got to the bottom of a glass before I was offered another. Since I was involved with my own stuff, I didn't pay a lot of attention to the social atmosphere, but here are some brief observations. When I got there at 7:30 or so there were people sitting at the bars (they have a few different bar areas) and there were people of all different ages at the tables, including a few families with children and teenagers. When I left around 11:00 it had transitioned to the twenty-something bar scene for the most part.

They had several of their own beers on tap. I chose NBBC because of their list of beers currently on tap posted on their website. I was disappointed they didn't have their IPA even though it had been listed on the site. Maybe they had just run out. They also had a handful of guest beers on tap and/or in bottles. I had two of their beers and two guest beers. The best beer I had all night was their Dead Cowboy Stout, which I really liked.

I didn't eat much, but from my own food and from looking around, I'd say their food is only so-so. For those in the area, here's a comparison: I'd say that NBBC's food is not as good as the food at Steelhead, but their beer is better than Steelhead's.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of chrisjws
3.33/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of dbriesemeister
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Have seen NBBC at some local beer festivals so we decided to give their place a try. Visited on a weekend/game day, which is rare for us. Place was packed and the noise level was almost deafening at times. That's expected considering what football games were on TV (lots of fans for the local teams there). Definitely a local sports bar vibe to the place.

We came in to try the beers rather than eat. Service was a little slow but friendly. I started off with their Pelican Pale and the wife got their Riptide Red. I just did not like the pale which was neither hoppy nor citrusy as the menu indicated. Its taste was more like farmhouse ale funk and I wondered if I got served the wrong beer. I would have asked my server about it but when we ordered and told her we weren't eating, we really never saw her again. The red my wife had was passable, but the flavors were muted and forgettable.

With as busy as the place was, we decided to leave and try again on a week day when it might be less chaotic. I want to like NBBC beers but so far it's not happening, although I don't mind giving 2nd and 3rd chances.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of fureousangel
3.76/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HippieDave56
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of breeb714
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.25

If you can sit on the patio facing a tv on a game day this is a decent place. Beers get warm quick and i find the service is rather slow...

In my opinion there is nothing very exciting about the beer selection and limited menu at this place... Redeeming quality is that it is by the beach, affordable and casual

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This enduring place hasn't been reviewed for a while, so I'll give my first impression. It really seems like the 1970s, only the TV screens have gotten bigger. In fact the tvs dominate the sights and sounds of this place. We tried three beers. They seem to try some more adventurous styles but sort of fumblingly. Ten taps with blonde, pale, IPA, and other usual styles well represented. More interesting was a tart cherry sourish stout and the 18th anniversary over-funked Belgian style.

I have to say that even expecting the usual mediocre greasy bar food, the food here was as bad as I've had in a brewpub. For $11 you get a plate of lasagna with grainy ricotta, meat ground to a paste, and everything seemingly boiled down. Mealy tomatoes on the salad, and greasy cheese on a limp slice of damp pizza-like stuff. The fish and chips had the weirdest smell of the dishwasher with a whiff of amonia. No seasoning whatsoever but the breading was unpleasantly bitter. I give points for service since the waitress offered to omit charges for the fish without being asked.

For some reason, there don't seem to be many interesting beer spots along the whole Huntington-Newport-Laguna coast. There are a couple of corporate places but not much between my favorites-- La Sirena in far south Laguna and Beachwood in Seal Beach.

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Photo of OCBeerBaron
4.08/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Brewco is my local brewery... In fact it's only a short walk or bike ride away from me. I've been coming here since 1998 and have always loved the brew pub feel it gives off. Sure the service isn't always the best but I usually do have great service and the dudes who work there that love beer are really cool when you show interest in beer yourself. Remember that you are at the beach where people are a little more laid back... In other words don't be impatient and if you need something they are cool enough people to approach. I see some pretty negative reviews on here and I guarantee those are one offs and that another visit would turn the original impression around. The food is great and the brews are good too. There is always something new on tap that I like to try and I also have my standard Pelican Pale Ale while I'm visiting. The patio is fun and at night the whole place goes off and brings in a fun local crowd. For a little brew pub I think they do a great job at making some good beer and great food.

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Photo of AlexM
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Gotta love the location of this place … 3 blocks from the beach.

Decent selection of beer … although some were a bit “interesting”. I attewmpted to order three different beers … each time the waiter was like “let me bring you a sample first and then decide if you want a full pint” … went through three “tastes” before I actually found one suitable for my palette … LOL, no really into cucumber aftertaste.

Food is ok … nothing thrilling, but nothing offensive either. Prices are going to be a touch high since this is an Orange County beach town … but considering the area, very reasonable.

No special trip to this place is necessary … but if you’re in the area, by all means grab some local brew!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited the brewpub on a recent trip to Newport Beach. Had a couple of pints and nachos.

Beer list was pretty decent for a small micro brewery. It included a few easy drinking beers (steam, amber, blonde, etc.) as well as an IPA, double IPA, barrel aged brown sour, nitro stout and a couple of others. Atmosphere was typical pub style. Service was well informed and friendly.

I had the IPA and the steam beer, which were both good. Would have gone back has we visited for more than just a day. Worth a visit if you are in Newport Beach.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Newport Beach Brewing is located on Newport Boulevard not too far from the PCH. There is street parking as well as a lot behind the building, and there are entrances on both sides.

The inside is very open with a lot of wood and the bar is on one side with brewing tanks right behind it (along with an inexplicably placed Cincinnati Bengals sign). We sat outside on the ground level patio, and there was an upstairs one too.

NBB's beer selection consists of 6 beers including a couple rotators/seasonals. The beers are also available in a sampler tray for $9. They included on my visit a Pils, APA, ESB, IIPA, Barley Wine and Barrel Aged Imperial Dunkelweizen. Half the beers were average and the other half were above average.

Service was decent on a late afternoon. The place was not overly busy to begin with, and our server didn't need to check on us often anyway as we only had the beer sampler.

We did not try any food on this visit.

All in all this brewpub was a nice stop a coastal-type trip we took that day. Hard to complain while having a decent brew on a patio near the ocean on a beautiful sunny day in CA.

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Photo of gixxerman
1.98/5  rDev -44.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

Stopped in for a quick one, maybe if was an off day or something but it went like this.

I walked around the front and noticed the outside was a little busy, I sat at the bar inside, where there were only 2 other people.

About 10 - 15 minutes later I finally see the bartender and order up an IPA. I had not even seen any staff prior to her. Ok, I thought, maybe she was waiting on the people outside, but I noticed someone else was.

I drank about 1/2 the IPA or less, it had a real funky sour taste and smell to it.

I never saw the bartender again, so I left the money on the bar and exited.

Place seemed to be laid out pretty good, tanks behind the bar, nice outdoor area.

Service and product were way too substandard for any type of recommendation from me. Look elsewhere for better service, beer unless they turn this place around.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped in here yesterday with a group of friends after doing some cycling.

Things did not get off to a good start. We had 12 people in our group (fairly large, I understand) and we were given a table on the patio that could fit about 8 people. When we asked if we could get an extra small table to add on to fit us more comfortably, we were told no.

A couple people in our group were not interested in having beer, so they ordered sodas. The beer came out reasonably quickly, but we had to ask multiple times about the sodas. When they finally came, the waiter made a patronizing and sarcastic comment.

The beer was mediocre, but I already knew to expect that to be honest. The food was not too bad for your basic brewpub food, but again, a service problem showed itself.

I had ordered a turkey burger, but the waiter had (apparently) decided I wanted a hickory burger. When the food came out, we made this error known, but nothing was done about it. After waiting another 10 minutes, we found another member of the staff and told them about the error and that we were still waiting. By the time I got my food, everyone else at our table was long since finished eating.

Maybe if you just sit at the bar and have a few beers this place isn't so bad. But, I would not bother coming here for anything more than that.

While this review focused far more on the service aspect of NBBC, I feel that is honestly just as important as any of the others. You can have good food and beer, but if your service is awful, then I'm not going to enjoy myself. The inverse is true as well: if you your service is good and friendly, I'm more inclined to overlook some substandard food and/or beer.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Traveling on business we arrived at John Wayne airport about 4pm (mind you this is dinner time in my time zone) so we headed straight in to beat the traffic. Pleasant surprise that tournament was on TV. Place was fairly empty and there was only one bartender to cover us all (and she seemed slightly disinterested). Ordered a round of beers and an appetizer (nachos with chicken - yum!) as we waited for a colleague to arrive. ESB was good. Ordered the bourbon barrel aged selection next (it was out of this world). Business started to pick up and several more servers arrived, and the one waiting on our area was MUCH more attentive and even smiled as she took our orders. Turns out it was Taco Tuesday night, or $5 for 3 taco's (your choice of carne asada, chicken, or fish). Taco's were good, although the fish was a bit too fishy for me. Taco's were good enough we each had 4. So we spent $20 on food between 3 of us and another $50 in beer. Not bad at all, and the beers were good. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place used to go off, and upon my return about 4 years later, well, I'm kind of disappointed. Great location, but what isn't on the Peninsula. Big interior, good patio, and plenty of talent on the weekends. The beers used to be very good, but it seems the quality has slipped, as has the consistency of what is on tap. The service is disinterested, but friendly if tipped, shocker. They are proud of their product, which makes me happy. I hope I just got them on an off night. I'll still keep going here, but I fear NBBC's best days are behind them.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here for the first time, for their Belgian appreciation night. Early Jan.09

Parking was a bit tough even though they had a pretty decent lot out back.

As soon I walked in... I automatically knew i was gonna like this place.TV's everywhere.Fermenters and other Tanks out in the open(which I love).
They have their brews along with guest beers; Such as Avery, Lost Abbey(MAGI), and a few others. Food was great it can be pretty pricey depending on what you order, but good food nonetheless.

Derek who ran the event that nite was a great "host" took good care of the few BAs that attended that nite. The Bruery was there as a guest brewery they were also nice people to enjoy a beer(or two) with.

The Brewer for Newport Beach Brewing was a nice and generous guy. Thank You Kirk.

All in all this is a fun place, with a good beer, great service, just a fun time.


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Newport Beach Brewing Company in Newport Beach, CA
3.57 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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