Visited around noon on a Satruday I and it was quite slow. We sat by the bar and had two flights. Decent beer, nice service and the place had a nice patio, a bar-section, and a restaurant-section. Ok place.
Been here more times than I can count, including almost every Thursday for over two years during college. This is the original BJ’s location in southern California I believe, and reading about the various Belgian beers they used to stock is what really got me into beer long ago. The food is always pretty solid at BJ’s, and the house beers are decent. It would be cool if they still brewed here so they could make new/special beers every once in a while.
Old rating, since then they have quit brewing but still do some barrel aging:
My roommate and I stopped here on the way to Taps last weekend. I have to say that I was impressed with what BJs had on tap at the time. They had their pumpkin beer, their barleywine, and their 08 grand cru in addition to the regular selections. There were a decent number of people there so we couldn’t do a sampler, instead we had to order a bunch of pints and split them. I thought the barleywine was interesting, it almost tasted aged. I thought the grand cru was alright and I really enjoyed the pumpkin beer.
We ordered a side of fries that was a pretty good size and tasted good. But then we had been drinking so my judgement may not have been completely objective. The service was good; the bartender was very attentive even though she was serving around 20 people by herself.
The restaurant itself was very nice too. The bar had a nice top to it, not sure exactly what stone that is, and they had a bunch of Belgian bottles lined up between the liquor bottles. On one end of the bar you could see the fermenters. I think of the 5 BJs locations that I’ve been to this is the only one that actually brews their beer on site. I think the only down side was that the bathrooms were out of order so they had some porta poties outside, which were actually pretty nice all things considered.
Overall this is a pretty nice restaurant, just so long as you don’t mind being in a full and noisy place.
The BJ’s beers are offered, of course, but are no longer brewed at this particular location. This is, unfortunately, the case for just about all BJ’s restaurants. They also offer some other craft and import beers, along with a couple ciders.
The beers range from pretty bad to fairly decent. All in all, they’re fairly average beers that appeal to just about any beer drinker.
I did not have food on this particular instance, partially because I already know that I’m not the biggest fan of BJ’s food.
The service was quick and friendly, and I was checked on several times during my stay at the bar--always appreciated.
Although it’s not my favorite place, I wouldn’t outright object to coming back here.
This place is getting to big to stay good. Beers are just ok. It’s been a long time since they had a regular medal count for beers.Maybe they are too busy brewing beer for their "cookie cutter units" that don’t actually brew. Pass this one up for Taps if you are in the Brea area.
Lively atmosphere, friendly staff. Sample set for BJ’s beer was generous, beers were just OK. Some better than avg, some below avg, and they seem to understand brewing’s not their strong suit- focus is on guest taps and bottles. On-site brewery is obviously non-functional. Server was clueless when asked who brews BJ’s beer. Friendly and bland- like Applebee’s with better beer
I’ve been here twice, but it’s been a few years. I remember them having a few more taps than you’d find at other locations and the beer quality is pretty good. I often overlook BJs when I’m in California because of all the other great beer around, but I have yet to have an infected or undrinkable beer from them. A good place to go and watch a ballgame and have a bite to eat with a craft beer.
Nice place, a typical BJs-chain brewpub. Had a nice cute little server named Bonnie. Selection wasn’t too bad, have a couple of guest taps that usually are decent. Had a more lively feel than some other brewpubs, up to you whether thats a good or bad thing.