Shopping center location next to a teppanyaki place, which probably has better food. Claw machine game with lobsters right by the entrance...okay? Sat at the bar area, which was quite full. The beers were at best mediocre with the hefeweizen being by far the best. The only redeeming thing about this place was the service and the very attractive mid-20s to early 30s women working the bar area.
Been once as Omaha Jackís and once as the current Cucamonga Brewing. No real difference, the food is just ok but the portions are good sized so you shouldnít leave hungry. The house beers are pretty rough to taste but at least they sell samplers so you can work through them quickly. They have some pretty hot servers.
Visited half a dozen times over the years. Used to be a ritual to stop in after Ozfest.
Visited more recently as Cucamonga Brewing but went plenty of times when it was Omaha Jacks. Before that it was Compass Creek, and before that something else. The formula seems to stay the same. Noisy bar/club with meh food and beer. Not sure if they go through a lot of brewers or what but the quality of the beer seems to go up and down quite a bit. Sometimes itís buttery, sometimes itís not. Sometimes you can taste hops in the IPA and sometimes you cant.
Food portions are huge, the music is loud, the girls working the bar are hot, you get the idea.
GT (672) Oceanside, California | December 27, 2012
Omaha Jackís is now totally rebranded as Cucamonga Brewing Co. Same location, probably different menu. Still a brewpub with some spillover beers from the old francise. We had a bunch of different wings and other appetizers, which were actually pretty great. Service was attentive. We got a flight of all their house beers, but they didnít match well with the labeled serving tray (laminated sheet) so the server labeled them by hand with pen and paper for me. House beer quality was average to below average. Ambiance is macro chain like Chiliís or Applebeeís type. Thereís a separate bar. But there is also live music some nights apparently. About 7 house beers on tap and another 7 guest craft beers. Plus macro bottles for all the sports bar types. Prices were good since it was $1 per 2oz sample. Moderately priced food. They did have Port Brewing Mongo on tap for $6 pints!
OK, this place is a big box of a building with no character. I didnít eat here as the yelp reviews made me nervous for my health, but I figured I could try their sampler fight. The beers were solidly below average: not a single brew even breaking the average rating (for me 3.4). Ouch. Ironically, their web page mentions that numerous heartless brewpubs have sprung up in the last decade, but Omaha Jacks is "among the best in California," because they posses the right combination of "expertise, equipment, and passion." Well, thatís what they told the investment bankers in their business proposal anyway. The web page mocks brewpubs "at every corner and even in malls!" Where is Omaha Jacks, you might ask. Across the street from Victoria Gardens Mall. Rancho Cucaracha sucks in general, and O.J. is no exception. But I tried new beers and made new friends. Of the latter, the waitress complained about the guy sitting next to me (after he left). "He was starring at all the women and licking his lips, when the waitresses walked up stairs; Iím all, like, Deja Vu is open, donít come in here and do that!" Classy. They did have a claw machine with live lobsters as prizes, however. No kidding. Tragically, the place also smelled like lobster (or bad shell fish, at any rate). Donít waste your time.
Hophead22 (60) Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California | April 23, 2011
Nice little brewpub, actually it is a pretty big establishment, lots of seating and a decent sized bar. They had 6 of their own beers on tap along with another 8 or so split between BMC and other craft beers. Very nice bartender and very attractive, talkative and very attentive. Had a burger, which was very good and pretty affordable, they also had $3 schooners of the house beers on the day we were there (Sat) which is a pretty damn good deal on a decent lineup of brews, just wish they would have more offerings of their own.
Stopped in for lunch and a beer sampler. They had 7 of their own beers on tap ranging from blonde to vanilla porter. There were one or two stand outs, IPA and imperial red that I would gladly order again. The others were all pretty solid beers. The food was reasonably priced, quickly delivered and pretty tasty. I liked the homemade potato chips as well. If youíre in the area, check it out.