Newport Beach Brewing Company

Newport Beach Brewing CompanyNewport Beach Brewing Company
Newport Beach Brewing CompanyNewport Beach Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.23/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

With the Friday VIP and Evening session coupled with a full Saturday at the Pizza Port 2006 Strong Ale Festival under our belts, what better way to spend a Sunday that drinking yet more beer!! The drive from Carlsbad back to Long Beach seemed a little too far so along with BA’s Erica, Seagoat and HoppyJess we first stopped off at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa for some beer shopping. Then it was a reasonably short ride from there down to Newport Beach Brewing.

Of all the times that I have been to Hi-Times, I simply cannot believe that I have never taken the 10 minute drive and opportunity to hit up the nearby Newport Beach, so this was my first visit here.

Set in the Balboa Peninsula area it is situated on Newport Beach Boulevard where it forks between 29th and 30th Streets, and is just off to your left as you head South, a set of lights will allow you to turn left here down 30th Street, this in turn will allow you to gain access to the Parking Lot at the back of the main building.

Parking was tight, the back lot was almost full but whilst I managed to steal the last remaining spot Seagoat and HoppyJess struggled for a while. And if you think about winging the street parking rules - Don’t!! Because the little Hitler’s that patrol the streets were here checking frequently and you will probably end up with a ticket, so park wisely.

The entrance at the back is to the right of a large grain silo, which is hard to miss thanks to the fact that it is painted in a bright canary yellow. On the Silo are the names of the many brews on sale here; of note was the fact that the words “John Wayne Imperial Stout” had been painted over and replaced with the description “Dead Cowboy Stout”…same beer but I guess they had to change the name for legal reasons maybe?

Inside it has a very laid back SoCal feel. Lots of faded varnished woods lend a seafaring feel, whilst a myriad of TV’s adding Sports Bar into the equation. There are two bars, one lies off to your immediate right, whilst another sits against the far back wall but in front of the shining Coppers and other brewery equipment. To the left a small area contains tables and chairs bounded by 3 foot tall wooden walls. To the far right is the entrance to the outside seating area and another interior seating area. We were originally told we could sit here, and then told we couldn’t, which brings me onto Service….hmmm, how can I put this? Well it *Sucks* Service is a dirty word here. If you’ve been here before you may not feel out of sorts, but if you are new then it is a “suck it and see” set up. You seat yourself and hope that one of the servers recognizes that you entered the building and are alive…..even then it may take a while to get “the nod”, this is where one server acknowledges you and then promptly ignores you for a while and then appears later all nice and cheery with one of those really annoying false Californian smiles. Also, it is hard to tell who the servers are at times too thanks to the fact that they dress just the same as the punters. Crap service is part of the deal here, so you have to live with it I guess but it is not good and the worst part of NBBC for me.

Thankfully, the beer range makes the wait worth while. During my visit they had Bisbee’s ESB, Newport Beach Blonde, Pelican Pale Ale, Pistol Packin’ Porter, Wedge Weizen and a seasonal special called Xmas Coffee Porter. In addition to the house beers they also had Stone 10th and Stone ‘Oaked’ Arrogant Bastard on Tap, so the line up is very healthy. The Xmas Coffee Porter was imbibed by all four visiting BA’s and it was very good. We opted out of the food, but the Menu didn’t seem to be anything that you can’t get at any other SoCal Brewpub and rather standard fare.

This place has a lovely set-up, a well-worn and established Brewpub that knocks out some great brews, and it is for the solid brews that you should come here, the rest is so-so and ancillary to the solid regular brews and excellent specials. I hear that the Dead Cowboy Imperial Stout is legendary, so another trip may be in order here in the coming months, or after my next visit to HiTimes even.

Thanks to Seagoat and HoppyJess for the inspiration and directions as well as the lovely Erica for the company. I’ll surely be heading back here in the future and if I play my cards right I may just get to try some of the better specials when I do.

Last Visit: Sunday 3rd December, 2006.

Dec 10, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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chrisjws from California

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

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dbriesemeister from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Mar 04, 2016
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MoorBeerPlz from California

2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Oct 19, 2015
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Feb 14, 2015
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fureousangel from California

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Nov 24, 2014
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HippieDave56 from California

3.32/5  rDev -7.5%

Nov 14, 2014
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Oct 21, 2014
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

Oct 03, 2014
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Apr 30, 2014
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jeff1973 from California

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Apr 04, 2014
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Booner818 from California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Nov 17, 2013
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breeb714 from California

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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

Sep 05, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Apr 27, 2013
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OCBeerBaron from California

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Aug 10, 2011
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AlexM from California

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Jul 13, 2011
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jul 07, 2011
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Oct 14, 2010
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gixxerman from Pennsylvania

1.98/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

Aug 11, 2010
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womencantsail from California

2.55/5  rDev -29%
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.

Jul 05, 2010
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schoolcb from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Mar 25, 2010
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magictrokini from California

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Jun 09, 2009
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getkrunkhoe from California

4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
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.


Jan 29, 2009
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