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Beer Available At BJs - Brea (arranged by most recent)
ChinoSkillzian (31) California | July 18, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Been here more times than I can count, including almost every Thursday for over two years during college. This is the original BJís location in southern California I believe, and reading about the various Belgian beers they used to stock is what really got me into beer long ago. The food is always pretty solid at BJís, and the house beers are decent. It would be cool if they still brewed here so they could make new/special beers every once in a while.
t0rin0 (990) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 12, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating, since then they have quit brewing but still do some barrel aging:
My roommate and I stopped here on the way to Taps last weekend. I have to say that I was impressed with what BJs had on tap at the time. They had their pumpkin beer, their barleywine, and their 08 grand cru in addition to the regular selections. There were a decent number of people there so we couldnít do a sampler, instead we had to order a bunch of pints and split them. I thought the barleywine was interesting, it almost tasted aged. I thought the grand cru was alright and I really enjoyed the pumpkin beer.
We ordered a side of fries that was a pretty good size and tasted good. But then we had been drinking so my judgement may not have been completely objective. The service was good; the bartender was very attentive even though she was serving around 20 people by herself.
The restaurant itself was very nice too. The bar had a nice top to it, not sure exactly what stone that is, and they had a bunch of Belgian bottles lined up between the liquor bottles. On one end of the bar you could see the fermenters. I think of the 5 BJs locations that Iíve been to this is the only one that actually brews their beer on site. I think the only down side was that the bathrooms were out of order so they had some porta poties outside, which were actually pretty nice all things considered.
Overall this is a pretty nice restaurant, just so long as you donít mind being in a full and noisy place.
brokensail (629) Orange County, California | April 27, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
The BJís beers are offered, of course, but are no longer brewed at this particular location. This is, unfortunately, the case for just about all BJís restaurants. They also offer some other craft and import beers, along with a couple ciders.
The beers range from pretty bad to fairly decent. All in all, theyíre fairly average beers that appeal to just about any beer drinker.
I did not have food on this particular instance, partially because I already know that Iím not the biggest fan of BJís food.
The service was quick and friendly, and I was checked on several times during my stay at the bar--always appreciated.
Although itís not my favorite place, I wouldnít outright object to coming back here.
DesertHopHead (6) , | October 30, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
This place is getting to big to stay good. Beers are just ok. Itís been a long time since they had a regular medal count for beers.Maybe they are too busy brewing beer for their "cookie cutter units" that donít actually brew. Pass this one up for Taps if you are in the Brea area.
Blairgus (87) California | July 29, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
great service and food. got 8, 5oz samplers for about $8. food was great and reasonably priced.
icanhasbeerz (5) | January 4, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Lively atmosphere, friendly staff. Sample set for BJís beer was generous, beers were just OK. Some better than avg, some below avg, and they seem to understand brewingís not their strong suit- focus is on guest taps and bottles. On-site brewery is obviously non-functional. Server was clueless when asked who brews BJís beer. Friendly and bland- like Applebeeís with better beer
buenosdiaz (10) California | June 1, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Try their seasonal brew "Grand Cru" every November. Its like a Chimay on a budget in a delicious way. The rest of their beers are really aimed at being crowd pleasers -- Iím not interested.
CaptainCougar (142) Columbia, Maryland | June 14, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been here twice, but itís been a few years. I remember them having a few more taps than youíd find at other locations and the beer quality is pretty good. I often overlook BJs when Iím in California because of all the other great beer around, but I have yet to have an infected or undrinkable beer from them. A good place to go and watch a ballgame and have a bite to eat with a craft beer.
KUEric (111) Washington, Washington DC | January 7, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Nice place, a typical BJs-chain brewpub. Had a nice cute little server named Bonnie. Selection wasnít too bad, have a couple of guest taps that usually are decent. Had a more lively feel than some other brewpubs, up to you whether thats a good or bad thing.
BeerLimey (113) California | August 31, 2005
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Well placed, part of the Brea mall, right off the the 57 not far from Anaheim, Santa Ana. 2 seasonals in addition to the regular line up, they also have the monthly beer appreciation night. Good deal on happy hour, good apps, same menu as other BJís. Lively place.
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