Visited on an overcast afternoon on Tuesday 17th May 2016. Neat looking place on the outside. Located on a small Mall with most of the parking for 30 mins, some at 1 hour and only a few unlimited. On entering the bar is to your left, the whole length of the place, brewing equipment behind it and visible. Stools and standing area along the bar, partition wall separates from the main tables and chairs area. Small patio area, which is where we sat. Service was fine, beer was poor: My son and I had an eight beer ’Tustin Brewing Flight’ and we struggled to find a single beer we wanted a pint of. The guest beers we tried were a lot better in our opinion. Food was OK to good. Liked the place but not the beer. Not cheap either.
First stop with my found time. This is an interesting place in a mall area. Parking and getting into and out of the lot can be a pain in the butt - beware of that. The brewpub itself was not all that busy, but it was 4PM on a Monday, after all. Decor is pretty much old-school brew pub. Lots of wood. A million TV’s on the walls, ranging from large to giant. Taplist is displayed on monitors, and the taps are split between guest beers and their own. About an even split when I was there. As stated, guest taps were CA breweries, good beers, but also pretty accessible (Sierra Nevada, Ballast Point, etc.). I was surprised they didn’t have more super-locals. Most everything is available as tasters, but they sure as hell don’t cut you a deal on them. Pints were usually $5-6, while tasters started at $2.50 and went up from there. Also, they did not allow for a taster on the one barrel aged beer they had on tap, although the bartender poured me an ounce to try for free and get the Danish tick. Service was decent, perhaps a bit slow, but the bartender was friendly. Beers as stated ranged widely. They do seem to do hops well (Lemmy Have It was stellar), but the "hef" is a nightmare, and the BA beer I tried was a sweet mess. Overall an interesting place, worth a stop if you are nearby.
Old-school craft brewing + food place. Super mix of 8-9 of their own beers (which are excellent), and 7-8 guest taps of mostly California breweries. Thoughtful mix of styles. Good-enough level food. Lots of TVs. Big, open seating area. Seems like it should get loud but nope. Real gem: Super-beer-smart servers, both at the bar and at the tables. Mine gave me tips on other OC breweries to visit, stat. Could hardly have enjoyed myself more!
Visited on a weekday evening. Relatively cheap flight was available to try the 8 or so house beers. The pale ale and ipa were great, the rest, average. Average service. The guest tap selection was well chosen, though in California it’s kind of hard to mess that up. Pretty standard brewpub, overall.
Nice Orange County brewpub with a good combination of house beers and guest taps. The house beers I find pleasant, of course there is a clunker every now and then but it happens. I always wonder how they squeezed the brewhouse behind the bar the way it is, pretty crazy. The best thing I’ve had food-wise is the chili. Usually have Pliny or Blind Pig which is always a bonus. My only service complaint is that regulars get way preferential treatment at the bar, to the point of sometimes ignoring other customers.
Visited maybe a dozen times over the years. I was going to copy over the rant that I went on when I reviewed this on another site where I complained about the awful service (slow, rude, and padding the bill) but since then things have gotten better. Still not great but much better.
The beers range from bad to good with most falling in decent territory. They do hops well, they’ve made one or two good sours and saisons, but I dont like their stouts for the most part and the casks are usually pretty bad. They also do a lot of experimental stuff.
Food is just alright, the prices are high, but over all it’s a fun place to be with some good beers on the menu.
Cool place with beer garden, friendly waitress that gave me free tasters of RR Pliny the Elder, Daymen IPA, and Stones’ Barleywine 2012. Coffee Porter was the best, then Irish Stout, Pale, Saison and Hefe but no IPA. Guest Taps are super. Needs more Taps for own brews. Chili was spicey goodness.
Visited during RBSG. GT2 keeps beating me to the adjectives I was going to use! This place is, indeed, QUAINT. A chill local haunt that I would frequent if I lived in the area, but the beers have a ways to go. Kind service.
Very quaint brewpub with a Pizza Port like feel although the bar area felt very cramped. Did not eat here. Beer selection was small, but focused on their house beers. House beer quality was decent. Some were not so great. Ambiance is very inviting, kid friendly, relaxing, casual. Patio seating available. Staff was friendly.