Thomthomadict was supposed to homer this place up but I guess heís too busy with his lame camping trip to generate some business for his favorite brewery. You effed up, bro.
Visited March 23, 2013 during their first anniversary party. Lucky timing I guess that the day they reopened (after moving the brewery to another location) was the day I was heading down 101.
Iíve heard so many good things about this place that I decided I had to check it out. I was really let down but Iíll try to explain why. I showed up around 530pm, so the initial rush was gone and I had no problems ordering beer. Actually it did take a little while to get some service but when they got to us they were friendly and let us do a flight of 6 even though their flights are only normally 5 samples. The double IPA was incredibly boozy and way too sweet. Rocket fuel and hoppy amber ale. No thanks. The Belgian pale ale had a noticeable apple flavor. No thanks. The amber ale was extra chalky and acidic with some very weird vegetal flavor. No thanks. At this point I was losing faith, but I moved on to the tripel which was probably the saving grace of the flight. A bit sweeter than it should be but itís the Americanized tripel, which is based on tripels that we get after theyíve sat on a boat and in a distributor warehouse for months. That said I quite liked it. The other good beer was the coffee porter, which is the same as their regular porter (just OK) but with some coffee in it (Village Bean was the name I saw, no idea who that is nor do I care). Iíd love to try their regular IPA and some of their other offerings but donít like the hour round trip from 101 to do that. I will stop by one more time when I go to Hearst castle or if I ever decide to make the whole LA/SF trip along PCH.
One thing they did right was to get some BBQ being served during the party, however it was $8 for 2 (TWO) little pork sliders. And that didnt include any sides. I got all this from the menu since when I went outside to get some food there was no one there, but the smoker was still running. Scrolled past that offer. They did look and smell good though. Also, is it just me or is this place a house that was gutted and repurposed?
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Nice little set-up inside with their beers on tap. Looks like it used to be a house. No food available inside but you can bring in your own food. Tried one beer and it was so bad I drank two sips and left - serious malfunction. Guy at the bar didnít even bother to ask me why I handed him back my glass nearly full while asking him how much I owed him.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (22) Boringville aka Irvine, California | March 24, 2013
I didnít get a chance to homer this up until t0rin0 already anti-homered it. Off to try my best Florida homer review.
Iíve visited half a dozen times since August 2012. Theyíve just expanded their tasting room which makes it much more open though it does feel like you are in a residence versus a normal beer bar/brewery. This does seem to be rather conducive to the clientele and nice when you are there at a slow time when you can grab a beer and go over to another area if you donít want to feel you need to talk to the staff.
Service has always been spot on but Iíve never been at an insanely busy time. Aaron (owner/brewer) is always up to chat about beer and general beer geekness.
The Belgians are solid, I really dig the more hoppy offerings and the dark stuff is solid for moderate roast (aka porter) standards but Iím not big on the style so I canít give a huge push on that end.
Overall, I dig this place and a fair amount of their beers. Itís out of the way for sure but a great beer stop if you are in town for a summer visit or just a random vacation. Better than most anything between FW North and FW South.