Visited with gobzilla. This looks like a busy area during the day but I wouldnít know as we got in pretty late. We tried the house beers which were not very good. The service was alright, even though they were more interested in shmoozing with the regulars than helping us but when we did get some service it was helpful. Didnít try the food mostly because we didnít want to finish the beer. Apparently they donít brew anymore but I can see why.
No longer a brewpub, but the tanks are still there for decoration. A handful of beers on tap. Grabbed a Sculpin. Service was at least friendly and the guy could tell I was kind of bummed that they didnít have any house beers. Supposedly theyíre going to be installing a new 60 handle draft system, so I guess it may be worth a revisit in the future.
I went to this spot last night for a friends birthday. I had been here before but it had been years and I didnít really remember much about it. Upon arriving, it was not very busy. The atmosphere has a small typical local brewpub feel to it, nothing special. Based on the looks of the place, it seems it could get very cramped in here on the busier nights. I started off with their RAT Beach Red. It was a disappointment. Not horrible, but the fllavor was off for a red, and it had no real balance to it. Next on the list is our waitress. From the moment we sat down, she pretty much screwed up everything we ordered. My friend ordered a additional side salad, he received it at the end after our main course. We ordered appetizers - when our main course arrived we inquired about it, and she had forgot - we told her to cancel it. When we finally did get our food, it was gross. I ordered a burger (simple right?) my bun was stale and the bbq sauce was bland. I could go on and on. Like I said she pretty much messed up everything we ordered. I could understand some mistakes, as Iím really not usually critical on this kind of stuff, but it wasnít very busy and it was a special occasion for my friend. By the time we left, I had concluded our waitress was a moron, the food sucked and their beer was just plain boring.
(Visited 02/2002): Redondo Beach Brewing is located about a block away from the ocean in Redondo Beach on Catalina avenue, maybe 25 minutes from LAX off Pac Coast Highway. There is metered parking on Catalina but make sure you are aware of the 15-minute meters.
The interior is 2 levels, with a restaurant area and larger bar on the ground floor and a smaller bar upstairs. There is a nice alcove that allows patrons a nice look at the street below. The bar seating is pretty scant.
RBB has 6 beers on draught, most of which are the same as at Manhattan Beach Brewing. They did have a couple different such as Nut Brown and the Blueberry Wheat. Aside from that they are mostly the standard brewpub offerings. The beers are available in a sampler as well. I did not notice what the non-Redondo beers were, if any.
Service here was good on a late Wednesday afternoon. The bartender was friendly and happy to explain what her favorite beer was and why.
I did not try any food on this visit.
Overall I doubt I would come out to this brewpub again unless I was hitting Manhattan Beach and Union Cattle as well. Worth a stop though if I find myself in the immediate area again.
Visited in mid-afternoon on Monday, January 14th, 2008. Typical decor (brass and dark wood and big shiny brew tanks) pulled off well. Smallish downstairs patio and upstairs balcony seating with lots of sunlight. They usually have six of their own beers on tap, but only had five the day I was there. Our waiter was busy, but we did see hom several times. The food is good (if a bit pricey) and the beer is... well, average. As with so many places, the food is better than the beer and the ambiance is really the biggest draw. If youíre nearby, go for it, but this is certainly no destination.