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brokensail (1014) Orange County, California | March 3, 2013| Updated August 18, 2014
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 4/20
Update: this place burned down. Legitimately burned down due to some welding that was going on in the brewery. The owner plans on re-opening this place, but I guess weíll see what happens with that.
Small tasting room with a tiny brewing system in another non-descript business park. This place is pretty close to Alesmith, Hess, etc. They had 11 house beers on tap, all with interesting names, almost all of which were terrible. Tasters served in plastic cups (not a big deal to me), limited seating with some small ledges around the room to use as a bar. The brewer/owner/bartender was a nice guy and the pricing was pretty good, but the beer quality was impossible to overlook.
t0rin0 (1479) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 18, 2014| Updated August 19, 2014
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 4/20
Visited March 2, 2013.
How did I miss this place. An establishment of such fine quality deserves a rating. First off, the circumstances surrounding this visit are bordering on hilarious, so McRibscantsail and I were laughing all the way through the flight of terrible beers. There was a meltdown of sorts on a facebook group run by some seriously dedicated beer bros. This was triggered by an episode of sloppy drunkenness at the Churchillís Renaissance festival/party. Donít get me started on the douchebags that will stand in line for 12 hours for 2 bottles of beer... So one guy gets wasted and spills his beer all over the table and someone makes fun of him. The drunk guy goes on a rant and lays into anyone that comments in the thread. We were following this through out the day while brewery hopping. Add that to the fact (yes, fact) that this is one of the worse breweries around and appears very home made and we had a great time in the 20 minutes we spent here. Oh, and did I mention that there was a drunk bus here? I hate those things but since we were already laughing at this place the herd of drunk asses slamming beers and yelling loudly (and slamming their glasses on the table) just helped solidify as one of the worst breweries Iíve been to.
Maybe I should actually write something about the brewery. To start, they make (made, but probably will be making again soon) terrible beer. There are some serious off flavors here. They donít have a lot of terrible beers but when they fail they fail hard. We had a discussion while choking our way through this crap about how it might rank on the bottom breweries of all time list. I argued that a higher percentage of the beers need to be abysmal to truly be in the bottom of barrel (Full Circle, Pratt St, and that place in Brussels come to mind). The ones that were awful were bad enough though to make them a contender. Also, what the hell is up with the name. Not sure if the concept of a Wet Reckless exists outside of California but look it up. Itís essentially a DUI/DWI. And then they have a beer called Honeybadger with a ridiculous drawing of it on the wall. Look up the video if you havenít seen it (a viral video from a year or two ago). What else? Letís see. The bar is made of plywood as one might expect from a small operation, but itís unfinished and just looks crappy. They have a gutter system under the taps that runs the spilled beer out to a bucket at the end. Did I mention that they allow the drunk busses in? Yeah. Quality place.
An update on their closing and possible reopening:
-July 27, 2014: a very suspicious fire burns the place down. I say suspicious because supposedly this welder was there for quite a while but the fire started while the owner of the brewery stepped out for an hour. Probably has something to do with the fact that the brewery is mostly constructed of plywood. If there was ever a way to recover your 20k out of your plastic fermenters and infected tap lines this is it, assuming they were insured.
-July 29, 2014: the crowd funding site is already up to help them rebuild, complete with goofy pictures. Turns out itís not even run by the owners of the brewery but rather a fan of the brewery. Not surprisingly theyíve raised almost no money so far.
-August 18, 2014: I write this review because I realized that I hadnít rated the place yet. I donít wish this upon any business owner but seriously, take the insurance money and run, and do us a favor by NOT reopening.
Naven (96) Poway, California | March 24, 2014
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Iíll say it: the beers were terrible. The Apple ale was undrinkable. My IPA was brown and had floaties. The brewery resembles my garage. Rickety, flimsy chairs, etc. the owner was nice, and I wish him well, really I do. As it stands today, of the 40 + SD breweries I have tried, this is bottom 3.
Lagunitasfan (66) San Diego, California | August 2, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Stopped by yesterday during my quest to visit all 71 San Diego breweries. Way out-of-the-way but near the Gold Zone of breweries. He was having drain issues, but let us stay after we explained our quest and mentioned the difficulties of finding them when they are actually open. Really good guy, the owner is. Beer was OK at best. Had a good time though.
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