Big Bear Brewing Company

Big Bear Brewing CompanyBig Bear Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Eatery

1800 N. University Drive
Coral Springs, Florida, 33065
United States

(954) 341-5545 | map

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Shaw:
Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I were in Davie, Fla., for a friend's wedding so I had to punch up BeerFly to see what brewpubs were around. Big Bear was the only one that showed up and after reading the reviews it seemed like a good place to try, especially since my wife doesn't drink beer.

It's a fancy restaurant, as far as almost every brewpub I've been in. No smoking, thanks Florida voters! It's very dark inside after coming in from a bright February day, so watch your step! Nice wood and stone with visible brewing equipment in the front and a visible kitchen in the rear. Big bar and nice bathrooms (also dark with dark stone decor).

Our server, Carlos, was excellent and attentive and had no problem giving us extra time to decide on their food, which is not typical pub fair. It's a lot more upscale, with fancy sandwiches, pizzas, salads, etc. But back to our server. My wife ordered a mixed drink and I ordered a beer. It was a new mixed drink for her and she ended up not liking it. Carlos asked how it was; she said she didn't like it; he took it away and didn't charge us. That was a very nice touch. Neither of us would have had a problem paying for the drink, but he went the extra mile. We gave him a big tip for that and also for the rest of his excellent service.

The beer I had, their Hibernation Pale Ale, was very good. She ended up with their own root beer, which she liked a lot. I got the veggie pannini and she had the veggie pizza. My pannini was good, her pizza was excellent.

Overall, it was a great experience. We got there right before noon on a Sunday and when we left their was quite a line waiting for tables. I didn't see any of the other (many) patrons drinking, so you know the food is good when they come just for that.

It's not inexpensive. Our meals were about $10 each. My ~20-ounce beer was $4, a nice price. It's not an expensive place and you get nice food and a nice experience for the money. It's well worth it and we would definitely go back.

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Photo of alconover
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The four of us enjoyed several varieties of beer plus dinner. All was delicious. There were families as well as adult patrons in the bar, dining area and patio. The patio is dog-friendly, too. Our server, Nathan, was terrific. Big Bear's beers are only available at their restaurant. The food and brews have won numerous and well-deserved awards in their 19-yr history according to the posters on the walls. We'll return when we're in the area.

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Photo of mverity
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

Fantastic facility. The ambiance is lively, the decor is beer and bear themed, and the place is well laid out. Beer was mediocre, to good, with the dubbel being the best offering on tap when I was there. I did a flight of their entire lineup. They offer their own brews, plus a small hand full of macro or large craft. I sat at the bar, and my two bartenders were quite attentive, despite there being a nearly full bar. I noticed that the servers seemed to always be within earshot of their tables. Food was very good. I got a salad, app and pizza; each of which was both delicious and a great value.

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Photo of Graham19840
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Jobin_24
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of albertreact
3.54/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75

Photo of Satsuma
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of embass
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of hopmashian
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Good all around restaurant and brewery. Decor is dark wood and brass. Food is tasty and well prepared. Service is above average and professional. Beer is very good and they offer flights so you can taste the different styles.
I've been here twice and will go back for the grizzly red.

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Photo of reaganrvltn
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of johnwkraft
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jp11801
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

This place was full of Meh when I went. The beer was very average and the food was slightly better. Service was really great friendly and fast so that is a plus. Nothing was bad that I tasted but nothing was really good either.

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Photo of tylerinfl
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Dolfan907
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jazar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of karabearaesquire
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DuffDaddy
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Had dinner (fish and chips) while down in Hollywood for a deposition.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

This was not a bad place at all. A beer destination? Perhaps not. But a solid brewpub, sure. It had a "chain-y" feel to it, but it was tolerable. A large bar, and a pretty huge dining area, there's nothing too intimate about the place, but it's just not that kind of place. As far as selection and quality go, there were a good number--maybe 10 or so--house brews on tap. Nothing out of this world, and a few clunkers, but overall everything averaged out to be decent to good, with the Espresso Cream Stout and the very sessionable Hibernation pale ale probably topping the list for me.

Service was fine, and while not necessarily in tune with the beer scene on the whole, they at least seemed educated in the house beers, and knew what to recommend to the masses. The food was quite good, and the menu gave a lot of options. Actually, when in a quandry about where to go for dinner one evening during our week stay in FL, the wife and I actually decided to return to Big Bear a second time just based on the food. It's basically comfort food, and steaks and seafood, but it's all tasty, from what we had. Prices were decent, with some entrees getting into the higher range.

Worth a visit if you're in town. Again, not what I'd call a "destination," but it was enjoyable overall.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In a strip mall-type setting in Coconut Creek, it's pretty easy to find. Nice atmosphere. Typical of a brewpub in a suburban area. The beers were all good quality. A little disappointing that the Kodiak Belgian Dubbel was out. The other 7 beers were good. The Hibernation Pale Ale is the best - a hoppy APA. The service was okay. The server gave mainstream examples to compare to most of the beers. She disappeared and was slow with the check later on. The food is really pretty good. The prices are reasonable for the area, too. It was a good visit.

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Photo of kopfjaeger
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

I drove pretty far out of my way to get to this place, and they had no IPA. I'd had a LONG day of travel, and was dying for a big IPA. I hate when that happens.
I sat at the bar, which was a nice, comfortable bar. It is a very nice place overall. Great atmosphere. I had a fun conversation with a couple of regulars at the bar, who were very nice. The bartender was very attentive, but she was not exactly a fountain of knowledge about their beers. They didn't have an IPA. I started with their Porter. It was a very nice, balanced porter with a nice chocolate note. I had two of their Hibernation Pale Ales after that. The pale ale was very good, not wimpy. It had a good hop flavor profile. I didn't have time to eat.

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Photo of funkybuddha
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I grew up in Coral Springs, and unfortunately moved away before I really got into craft beer. I live close, but not close enough to make this a daily happy hour spot, which it would be. Matt seems to tackle most styles with ease and consistenly puts out excellent beer. Whether it is there Belgian Dubbel or a Imperial Stout on nitro I have never not been impressed.

Although I go for the beer, I am always happy to eat there as well. I am a huge fan of there beer cheese soup and they make excellent salads as well. A must stop for those seeking a good brew pub while visiting Florida.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I wish there were more brew pubs in south florida, but sadly only a handful exist in So Fla. Of the two, this is the one I would choose. Beer is made on site (10 Bbl system). The brewmaster has been working here since 2002 (Multi-Award Winning brewer to include Gold Medal at the GABF 2002).

The beer is good (Abbey Dubbel), the food is excellent (Pair the beer with the pretzel encrusted chicken), and the service is always great.

I dont think this place gets the press that it needs, but I'll be the first to toss my hat into the favorable pile. Support your local brewery!!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Entry at the 1750 Stonegate Bank Plaza entrance. The building was divided in the center by the awninged, double-doored entryway that opened onto the m.d.s. which also had a glass display case for logo items. Up a short pair of steps to the right was the onyx-black, marble topped, rectangular bar. Booths surrounded the bar on three sides with the fourth the wall for their wine rack, flanked on either side by monitors. Off to the left was the restaurant area with the kitchen all of the way aft. The restaurant area was all booth seating with the opulent lavs in the back left corner. Facing, the brewhouse and a few FVs sat in the window with a row of SVs running down the left side.

Extras: Jimmy John's Subs used to advertise "free smells" - here, the smoky odor alerted me to either a Class "A" fire or their Baby Back Ribs. My server, Marian, informed me that it was the latter and that I could relax. Not with her as my server! Yow! The diamond ring on the left hand was a thrill killer, but ... zounds! Curvaceous and on display. I know that such talk pushed the boundaries, but sometimes, yours truly cannot restrain himself. Did I mention the two redheads at Boca Raton! No! Restraint.

Food: I had the Pretzel-Encrusted Chicken for a late dinner/early supper and it turned into a Now "n" Later meal. Have some now, save some for later. A truly huge portion.

Beers: Polar Light; Hibernation PA; Grizzly Red; Brown Bear; Kodiak Belgian Dubbel.
Seasonals: (Fruit)-Raspberry Light; English Porter; (Wit)ness.

Aside: While we were there, one of the monitors was tuned to CNBC's "The Big Deal" where a dude was offered $10K to cut beard, negits. Finally, wins $225 K plus $25 K to cut beard. Walks out with $.25 M but cut his beard!?! Sellout. Obviously, not married to his beard. Me, start at $250K and start talking.

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Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs, FL
3.34 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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