Just by the Skunk train station, North Coast íbragsí a pub and a brewery/store across the street from one another. They were selling special barrel-aged rasputin and 20th anniversary at both places, but the price stickers indicated 12.99 at the brewery and 19.99 at the pub. It so happened that they 12.99 labels were not valid anymore; we would have been pretty pissed if they sold a third cheaper once we had already bought at the pub. Heavy inflation in crisisí time is not an economistís nightmare, but it seems to be the beer loverís. Besides, the selection is solid, you know their beers, wonderful strong classic beers, superb saison. Theyíre here and fresh. Otherwise, the place is not particularly attractive, a standard pub without so much atmosphere at lunch time and average service, not too proactive and certainly not caring much about price tagsí consistency. The food was fair, very simple and priced reasonably. Not worth driving a hundred mile, but if youíre going along road 101, thatís a worthy stop.
Somehow I missed that there was a restaurant. This is still aggravating (I wonít be back that way for a while). But the people at the brewery are awesome. And I left with six world-class brews. Now I just need an excuse to go back to Fort Bragg.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 29, 2009
The restaurant/bar is across the street from the brewery and this review is for the restaurant/bar.
I ate at the bar. Good food at reasonable prices, nice people and good service, this place is nothing fancy, but definitely worth visiting.
Sat at the bar for lunch. Nice selection of brews (about 13 or so, with 1 or 2 cask). Bar had a large screen TV with sports but had jazzy music playing. Cool bar, dining area looked nice as well. Food was plated nicely and looked appetizing but turned out to be just ok (Shrimp po boy w/ fries), portions good. Although a mix of rustic and contemporary I think they could do without the Moose and Deer heads. Overall, a great place to stop when visiting the North Coast.
Went here for lunch during summer 2004. It was really busy so the service wasnít the best. The beer was really good, the food was fairly good. I liked the Red Seal Ale.
GJF (54) Mount Vernon, Iowa | April 24, 2008| Updated January 5, 2009
I like North Coast beerís fine. In fact I was really looking forward to a Thelonious on tap during my visit to CA, but the brewpub left me very unimpressed. It was like a tomb in there when we visited (even a little music would have gone a long way) and I got the feeling they didnít want us there. The Garlic Fries were one big clump of potato all stuck together with what seemed like a jar of garlic just dumped on top. The beers were okay, but I voted to go down the street to Piaciís and had a much better time.
Stopped here on the way back from a business trip. Gorgeous setting--my god, what amazing scenery here and on the way past Anderson Valley on 128. Awesome. Kind of a compound for NCBC: they have a restaurant and gift shop on the east side of the road, and a brewery and gift shop on the west side. Nice people in both places. Didnít eat, but loaded up on schwag and some beer by the case. Wish I could have camped and hiked in the area for a week, and hung out and drank well.
Visted on 09Jul2007 during lunch. Great beer. Fantastic food. The staff was good with our kids. Was a nice break from the trip down HWY 1. I get some of their beers in Texas so was glad to get to try others and took a good number with me in bottles. Get some of their fudge made with the stout.