United States > California > Rancho Santa Margarita
t0rin0 (1510) Rancho Santa Margarita, California | April 29, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited when they opened, one or two more times shortly after, and then over the weekend for their third anniversary.
Nice area but a bit off the beaten path if youíre not from the area. These guys were nice enough to hook us up with a keg for RBSG. The brewers are really nice guys and pretty much have to work the bar themselves since they are a small operation. Actually the place is tiny. They expanded into the unit next door and have a bigger system now but there isnt room for much more than 20 or 30 people in the place.
Some of the iterations of their stout have been pretty good as have some of their hefes but I refuse to pay for anything they bottle as itís usually in the $10-$20 range for a 22oz.
No food served here but there are a few restaurants in the shopping center and they dont mind if you bring food in. Prices are normally OK but the anniversary beers were absolutely ridiculous. A flight of 6 barrel aged beers was $20 and a glass of Blackís Dawn plus 2 tasters of barrel aged beers was $18.
Random bit of trivia: this used to be another brewery (that did all malt extract, not grain) called Saddleback Brewery.
greenhorn1 (8) Mission Viejo, California | August 30, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, so letís be honest. Their beer is not that great, except black dawn, but the are extremely friendly. This place is very small so you can ask about the beer and they will talk your head off. It is very hidden, but this is a must visit especially after a hard mountain bike ride at Whiting. Also you can pick up a growler relatively cheap. They also have beer on cask.
brokensail (1137) Orange County, California | August 2, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This place is seriously tiny, probably more than a handful of people and this place would be overcrowded. A handful of beers on tap, some are good, some are bad, most are mediocre.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | April 10, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
This small brewery is located in a shopping center thatís full of various different types of shops. Iíd guess that itís about the size of greeting card store.
Itís nice inside, the service and people were very friendly. I wouldnít go out of my way to visit, but if I were in the area itís definitely worth seeking out.
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