Costa Mesa Beer Guide: Your Costa Mesa guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Costa Mesa

80 /100 2960 RANDOLPH AVE, STE A
“Small indoor bar with a nice patio. Excited to see so many saisons! Prices were very good, service was friendly and genuine. Laid back place with good beers. Will be coming back soon.“
Cristobal37 367 days ago
70 /100 2948 RANDOLPH AVE., UNIT C
“Visited later afternoon on a Tuesday. The brewery is located on the back side of The Campout, which is a small open air shopping and dining development. Parking is in the camp lot or there is also one in front of the Brewery. Five outdoor picnic tables with plenty of inside seating at the bar and around. No food but can bring in from outside (several great options in the Campout). The beer selection is 16 house beers, available as 4 oz, half pour, full pour and crowler fills. Decent mix of styles. Service is efficient and friendly. Worth hitting along with Gunwhale and Bootleggers which are both very close by. (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time) I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 371 days ago
76 /100 696 RANDOLPH AVE STE. B
“Visited later afternoon on a Tuesday. The tasting room is located in The LAB anti-mall. Parking is in the LAB’s lot or there is also a parking lot right in front of the Brewery. Very open air design, cool styling lo-fi. Five seats at the bar, several long tables as well as a couple outside. All seating is open air with 2 big garage doors. 25 Bootleggers beers available as sampler, half pour, full pour, crowler or growler. 4 of the beers were marked as being brewed on-site. There are also some cans and bottles available to go. Friendly bartender. Trivia Wednesday night. Nice relaxed vibe. (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time) I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 371 days ago
82 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Fantastic selection, mostly American and local Socal brews. You can buy singles from a 6pack and the staff are very friendly. Large walk in cooler, almost everything is already refrigerated.“
Cristobal37 463 days ago
74 /100 2960 RANDOLPH AVE, STE A
“Visited on Sunday 3rd March 2019. Walked over from Barley Forge, it's less than 100 yards. Square room with the bar facing you, the beer selection up on the wall to the right, window through to the Barrel Ageing room. Fermenting vessels behind the bar (they don't brew here though); patio out front. Ten beers on tap, mostly IPA's and farmhouse style beers, friendly barman. Decor a little strange, Deer Head, a Pheasant and tools (saws, etc) hanging from the walls. We had a taster of every beer, they were all fine. They don't do food.“
BlackHaddock 686 days ago
66 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“Second visit on Sunday 3rd March 2019. Only just opened but already filling up, even before 12:00. Two Flight of five beers and some 'snacks' later we moved across the road to the Gunwhale Tap Room. Preferred the beers here, preferred the barman at Gunwhale, our server here wasn't very friendly at all. My original score has been lowered because of her! Visited in the afternoon on Thursday 2nd June 2016, already busy at 16:00 with most seats taken. Open plan/space within the brewery unit, basic and ’hip’. My flight came in a heavy metal rail, two hands needed to carry it, all five beers were fine. Only sell their own stuff, 10 taps on my trip. Liked the place, young lady serving was pleasant and friendly. Didn’t try any food, but it looked good when it came past our table.“
BlackHaddock 686 days ago
64 /100
Taco Asylum (Restaurant)
2937 S BRISTOL ST, STE B-102
“Visited for lunch on a Tuesday. Located in the “CAMP” shops, which is sort of a maze of shops, on the back side. I walked, I am sure parking is a challenge. Design of restaurant is very inside / outside with limited seating indoors and more tables on the patio out front. Beer selection is 6 draft beers all from Southern California, and one of which is a collaboration with nearby Barley Forge. Maybe 30 cans also available. Food is tacos, quality is which is solid. Solid place to grab a bite and a beer.

64 = ** (Just ok)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 846 days ago
74 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“Ambiance- fits into that spectrum of breweries you see at the industrial park. This is a nicer industrial park. Service - was adequate. Selection - was good in volume, and sound in quality, and nice in mix of range. Food - N/A, at least for me. Value - was fair. Overall - it was a fine craft brewery.“
DandyWolfFloyd 897 days ago
76 /100 2960 RANDOLPH AVE, STE A
“Visited after dinner on a Wednesday. Located near the main drag of Costa Mesa on a block with light industrial buildings. Across the street from Barley Forge. Parking is on the street. The interior has a lounge club type feel to it with a nice front patio, a back barrel room and a main bar room. Beer selection is 12 house beers that focus on farmhouse styles and are available as tasters, half or full pours. Crowlers available, as well as a limited canned beer. Had a DJ going on my visit, also advertised live comics on Sundays. I liked the vibe of this place, very friendly.

76 = *** (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 978 days ago
76 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“Visited after dinner on a Wednesday. Located near the main drag of Costa Mesa on a block with light industrial buildings. Across the street from Gunwhale. Parking is along the side of the building and on the street. Brewery entrance is towards the back of the building. Simple design inside with concrete, bigger bar and tables scattered around. The brewery is visible through the back. Everyone orders at the bar, and the place was hopping with a line the night I visited. 16 beers on tap, available as tasters or full pours. Also had packaged beer in a cooler to-go. Seemed like a locals hangout, good buzz to the place. Popcorn available along with a smaller food menu. Looked like they do a trivia night and a live jazz night.

76 = *** (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 978 days ago
88 /100 250 OGLE ST
“What a wonderland of alcohol, loved it. Visited on 2nd Jan 2018 and I will be back every time I am over in SoCal seeing my grand daughter. Huge selection of local, not so local US beers and imports. Rum choices also impressive. Helpful staff, one checked their stock computer for my six remaining States I am missing, but sadly nothing came up for Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota or West Virginia. Still found a trolley full of new beers though.“
BlackHaddock 1111 days ago
90 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Solid spot. Huge. Lots of good beers. Can by singles and six packs of everything (singles a bit more $ per). Lots of local stuff; good selection. Guy was really nice and helpful and recommended good stuff.“
egg 1119 days ago
64 /100 2960 RANDOLPH AVE, STE A
“Came in on a Friday in March at 8:15pm and was surprised it was last call. They had 12ish beers on tap and lots of people inside. Beer was fairly good. Mostly saisons that were good to ok. The IPA was pretty cat piss forward but in a good way. The decor is just WTF?! It is like a Pinterest page of things someone thought were all cool but should not go together. Crazy and off the wall.“
thome50 1416 days ago
80 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Visited Monday, 6/27/2016. Tough to find (even with GPS) but worth the effort. Service was okay, but it was the beer selection that made this place exceptional. Came away with several bottles, international and domestic (and a couple of new country ticks).“
wombat23 1462 days ago
80 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“9 Oct 2016. Brewery and tasting room are located in a warehouse. Doors are large garage doors so interior is dependent on outside temperature and large fans. atmosphere is rather energetic. Bar staff are friendly. about 8-10 taps +two guest taps. small stage for live music and a kitchen for food (no outside food allowed). Free wifi“
Blairgus 1562 days ago
66 /100
Qwick Corner Liquor (Beer Store)
612-B BAKER ST
“Stopped here to grab some beer for my hotel - looks like a dump from outside - and inside, well, it’s mostly not that great, either - but as has been noted, there is a small walk in they call the "beer cave" that has a nice selection of regional bombers, which made this pretty great for my purposes, but it really needs to work on variety in the six pack selection - not everything was priced, so that was kind of a pain - service was about what you’d expect from a corner liquor store or 7-11, which is to say they’re pretty much there to ring you up and that’s about it (but are really nice to you once you get to the cash register) - good for a traveler staying nearby, but overall just a "meh" spot.“
notalush 2036 days ago
70 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“I’m staying at the Hilton down the street, so I stopped in here for beer and food - typical brewery tasting room in an industrial space, with a small space crammed into what is essentially a production brewery - given that, it’s pretty cozy and comfortable despite the fact that you’re basically drinking in a garage - it was packed on my visit, despite the fact that it was a Tuesday, so they’re obviously doing well for themselves - decent assortment on tap, but a limited range of styles - I was hoping to try the Dortmunder, but they were out - beer was ho-hum - service was attentive but fairly aloof, perhaps due to them being slammed - limited food menu of small plates - food was good quality, but a tiny bit expensive for the portion sizes - I might come back again before I leave since it’s so close to my hotel, but if I weren’t staying close, I would not make a point to come here.“
notalush 2036 days ago
84 /100 1830 NEWPORT BLVD
“Visited on the afternoon of 11th May 2015. Interesting place: half of the world hanging off the ceiling with the other half on the walls and pillars holding the roof up. TV screens in evidence as well as Angels sports gear and road signs, etc, etc. Friendly staff and customers with locals equalling inquisitive tourists like me. 141 Taps advertised: did not count them though. Main list full of the usual suspects for this part of California (let’s pretend I’m a regular to this area),’ just in’ list a lot more inviting for the beer geek. Took three 12oz pours during my stay, all seemed fine to me. Liked the music, a mixture of country and 70’s main stream stuff. Glad I made the effort of popping in, nice vibe from the place. Might get a bit rowdier when dark, or that was the impression I got (plastic tankards in the afternoon?).“
BlackHaddock 2079 days ago
84 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Fantastic place. Lots of hard to find booze, rare wines and an excellent beer selection all in a huge cooler. Everything from singles to 6-packs, domestic and foreign. Prices a bit on the high side, but absolutely a stop worth if you’re in the area. I happened to walk in to their monthly beer tasting today with 10 local beers being poured accompanied with cheeses and salamis. Great place!“
Beergeek23322 2101 days ago
64 /100
Taco Asylum (Restaurant)
2937 S BRISTOL ST, STE B-102
“Stopped by over 6 months ago so it might have changed. Hard to find amongst the other stores. Ownership use to co own Haven. Food is solid, prices are reasonable. Definitely a taco place more than a beer place, but some good IPAs and interesting beers on tap. You would return for the food, not the beer.“
BMan1113VR 2108 days ago
76 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“This was the second brewery visited the Huntington Beach area on Mrach 6, 2015. It is very new (four months) brewery that serves a limited menu. The artichoke was excellent. Pop corn is always available. The brewery is located in a small industrial park. They have done a nice job in creating a tasting room. The kettles in the brewing area were copper.“
Foxbush 2138 days ago
84 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“A new micro, Los Angeles owner, half San Diego staff (experienced), bringing craft back to Orange County (coastal). Obviously going to have some growing pains, kitchen being developed/built (but excellent small menu), parking and hours of operation (still being negotiated with city), beer menu is already being switched around based on demand and feedback (after only a few months open), ambiance 4 (it’s a warehouse micro which I like), I just hope they can grow their facility as their popularity is already growing quickly (that’s directed at the city). So happy having a San Diego quality brewery close to home, and they are already getting better.“
gnish 2214 days ago
58 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“We went there for the soft opening. They had four beers on tap: an IPA, a hefe,a Dortmunder & a rye IPA. They were all basically decent. What I didn’t like is that parking was difficult.“
JohnC 2243 days ago
76 /100
Qwick Corner Liquor (Beer Store)
612-B BAKER ST
“Another store where you would likely assume no decent beer is to be found. There is a little walk-in, refrigerated...nook for the lack of a better word.

Inside the U-shaped walk-in, there’s about five or six shelves high of single (mostly large format) bottles. Lots of stuff from all over Southern California, as well as some more widely distributed items like Boulevard, Deschutes, Ommegang, Epic, Crooked Stave, Prairie, a bunch of Belgian beers. Lots of good stuff to be found, in fact. Including some things that have largely sold out in other stores.

They do also have a few coolers of six packs, but the selection is less impressive. Pricing, when available, seemed to be pretty typical of other stores in the area.“
brokensail 2259 days ago
60 /100 2981 BRISTOL AVE
“Another place in The Camp. This one is perhaps on the "outskirts" as it’s right off of Bristol. Decent sized location with some seating offered at tables as well as a small bar. There’s a tattoo shop next door in case you need their services as well.

Selection here is sort of lackluster, even compared to other chains of a similar vain (including other Umami locations). Smog City Groundwork Porter and Stone IPA were probably the best options. They did have one of the Game of Thrones beers, some Great Divide saison, and a few other things that were sort of uninteresting and typical.

Wouldn’t say I’d really recommend stopping here unless you just happen to be in the area and want to pay less than you will at any? of the other restaurants in The Camp or The Lab.“
brokensail 2259 days ago
60 /100
Taco Asylum (Restaurant)
2937 S BRISTOL ST, STE B-102
“Located sort of in the center of The Camp. It’s not really super well defined or marked. It’s also not very big. They have a few tables out front and a small space inside.

This is sort of a hard place to define. They have maybe half a dozen taps which is mostly typical local stuff. Beers from Mother Earth, Golden Road, Big Sky, Stone...there were maybe a couple less typical beers like one of the Brainless varieties from Epic and Avery Gored. They have a bunch of canned beers, too.

Food is fancied up tacos, basically. They’re kind of ridiculously priced...$5 for a taco? Cool, bro. They have a half decent happy hour, including on Tuesdays when all the tacos are "only" $3.

I feel like t0rin0 complaining about the prices of this stuff, especially when I kind of already know what I’m getting into, but c’mon, man.“
brokensail 2259 days ago
78 /100 2957 RANDOLPH AVENUE, UNIT B
“Saw that these guys are finally open and decided to stop in on my way home from work. The brewery is located in a small lot with a handful of other warehouse-type businesses. It’s kind of hard to spot from the street, but it’s off of Baker, the next block west from The Camp.

Well decorated and good color scheme. It was a bit dark during my visit, but otherwise nice.

They have a pretty good amount of space and perhaps most importantly: a lot of seating. decent sized bar, a long picnic table, and a number of normal restaurant tables for 2-4 people.

Service was good. The bartender didn’t communicate to me too much about the beer, but seemed to at least know what he was serving. They had six different beers pouring, but have a ton of taps. They also serve some food here, but didn’t really look at the menu.

The beer quality is okay. Half of the beers were above average, one about average, and the other two certainly below that. The coconut rye stout was easily my favorite.

Pricing on the beers runs $2 for a taster and $6 for a full pour. Growlers are $8 for a half and $16 for a full.

They serve the flights in a hollow steel section that weighs at least 10-15 pounds. Kind of ridiculous, but sort of funny at the same time. It’s heavy and long enough that you can’t just grab it by the end and carry it to your table.“
brokensail 2259 days ago
76 /100 1835 NEWPORT BLVD, STE B-129
“Nice selection of beers and the people working are very helpful and have a decent amount of knowledge about the product.“
beerguy00 2273 days ago
72 /100 901 S COAST DR, STE A
“Visited September 18, 2014.

First stop of a tour around Costa Mesa and Huntington with chinoskillzian. This is in an expensive OC mall. Despite my disdain for malls and mall parking lots the restaurant is kind of nice, like most Karl Strauss locations. Very open and with a bar in the middle. We happened to be there during the tapping of their Oktoberfest cask. Actually, we had to wait a while because while the sandwich board outside said 4pm they weren’t actually tapping it until 530 or so. I passed the time sipping on their mosaic wheat beer, which was pretty good a few months earlier when it came out but now is pretty old. Meh. Anyway, they went through the ceremony of pounding the faucet into the side of the cask and everyone cheered. It was fun. What I liked about that cask was that they had it sitting in ice to keep it from getting to room temperature. It was the coldest cask I’ve ever had though, so maybe not quite correct but better than the alternative. The beer was pretty good actually.

Didn’t try the food and the prices were good during happy hour ($4 per beer). Worthy stop at least once. My only real complaint is that the service was pretty slow. We were at one of the bar tables for what it’s worth.“
t0rin0 2309 days ago
70 /100 901 S COAST DR, STE A
“Modern, slick place; central horseshoe bar with ten taps at both ends, brewing equipment to your left as you walk in. Only sell their own brewed (and other Strauss beers) beers with eight regular and a couple of changing ones. Happy hour food was good and the beers I had we’re fine. I however think my Bomber of Four Scowling Owls was a bit expensive at fourteen dollars, should have stayed with the four dollar pints during the happy hour. Service friendly and efficient with minimum fuss. Some TV screens dotted about but otherwise a fairly quiet and laid back sort of joint.“
BlackHaddock 2384 days ago
72 /100 901 S COAST DR, STE A
“Good outside patio seating durning lunch. Food was good with pairing beers, summer food abit spicey for me. All the brews where solid in style guidelines. Bottles where scared, but plenty of tap brews. A solid brewpub.“
Wittales 2388 days ago
60 /100 3321 HYLAND AVE, STE E
“Visited July 2, 2014.

Stopped in for a quick bite to eat on the way to a show up the street. Turns out that the venue (The Observatory now, formerly The Galaxy) is practically walking distance from here. This is in an upscale shopping center. The restaurant itself has a crappy layout. The door is on one end and there is a narrow walk way all the way around the restraurant that hugs the bar. If this place gets full I would hate to have to get a seat at the far end of the bar. Also, the service was crummy. Nice enough people but slow and disorganized. I ordered a beer and my food at the same time. The lady was nice enough to let me try two different beers to pick which one I wanted. Well, after choosing and ordering I waited about 10 minutes before a different bartender came by and asked if I needed a beer. The food took 25-30 minutes to get there too. It was pretty good though. I ordered the fried chicken on my waffle sandwich. $10 was about the upper end of what I thought was fair for a smallish piece of chicken on a waffle with some gravy, and no sides. The beer wasn’t cheap either. $7 for the 4.something percent pale ale. This might be a good pit stop on the way to a show at the Observatory but I won’t be making a regular stop out of this place.

If you’re charging like a fancy restaurant then you need to have good service too, otherwise why bother spending more money?“
t0rin0 2391 days ago
64 /100 1824 NEWPORT BLVD
“This place used to be another bar and I think is now in some way connected with Goat Hill next door. They’ve got about 20 different beers on tap, but other than the newest batch of Enjoy By, nothing terribly exciting on tap. They do have good cocktails here, though, which is appreciated. Dark, large booths, somewhat small, though. Also somewhat hipster clientele, which the establishment seems to embrace after doing some reading online. Service was decent, but prices aren’t quite as good as next door at Goat Hill...not atrocious, though. And they have crazy happy hour deals. Don’t know if I’d make it a point to go here, but if you get dragged to Costa Mesa for boozing purposes, not the worst place you could go.“
brokensail 2453 days ago
66 /100 1830 NEWPORT BLVD
“One of the old guard beer places in Orange County. They boast something like 150 taps, but like a lot of other places with that many handles, a lot of it’s the typical garbage with a handful of interesting things. Something like 200 channels and nothing’s on. Rather divey, which I like...but it’s Orange County and Costa Mesa at that, so you’ll still get some of the local douchebag population here. Service is efficient. Huge servings of peanuts offered for cheap, throw the shells on the floor. They usually have some cheap cocktails and shots available, at least.“
brokensail 2454 days ago
68 /100 1875 NEWPORT BLVD
“Located in sort of a weird little shopping center just at the end of the 55 freeway. Typical dark, loud atmosphere on a Friday night. Typical 100-something beers on tap, but maybe only a handful of things that I really cared to drink. Service was pretty good, even with it being busy. It’s serviceable, at least.“
brokensail 2457 days ago
76 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Quite an epic selection of booze. A ridiculous liquor selection, and a very good wine selection. Beers were almost all kept in a cooler, with a large amount of uncommon to see beers (nothing super rare, but a lot of new ticks even for a local). Employees were knowledgeable, but vocally arrogant and dismissive. Prices were fair for wine and beer, but a bit high for some/most of the liquor.“
BMan1113VR 2583 days ago
72 /100 3321 HYLAND AVE, STE E
“Visited for a late lunch. Although it is mostly counter space, you are not allowed to seat yourself. Service is somewhat inattentive, and despite there being plenty of open seats, it took about 4 or 5 minutes to be noticed/greeted, and another few minutes to be seated. They seem to have some pretty stellar events and the tap list that was left over when I was there was pretty epic, but I can’t believe that this is the norm. Grey Monday, Reueuze, Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barley Wine, Pugachev’s Cobra, Bourbon Santa’s Helper, etc. Infact, hardly any non BA/high alcohol beers. Food was pretty decent. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. Prices were definitely on the high side of things. Oh, and if you are into coffee, go check out Portola next door!“
BMan1113VR 2583 days ago
66 /100 901 S COAST DR, STE A
“Brew pub location in Orange County. First time here - had a good experience. Beer was pretty solid - had the DIPA and the Imperial Stout. Food was overall very good and service was friendly and prompt.“
deaconmike 2700 days ago
84 /100 1830 NEWPORT BLVD
“Great selection and a fun place. Never eaten there and it is not much to see from the outside.“
Vballnbeer 2754 days ago
64 /100 3321 HYLAND AVE, STE E
“Basically like Bruxie with beer. There’s a decent tap list, but pretty much all basic stuff. Decent waffles/sandwiches, but kind of pricey for what you get. The dessert ones looked like a better choice than the savory options.“
brokensail 2836 days ago
68 /100 901 S COAST DR, STE A
“Kind of a small location on the outskirts of South Coast plaza. About 9-10 beers available on a regular basis, with a cask every Thursday. Service is alright, beers are alright, and food is pretty good.“
brokensail 2836 days ago
72 /100 1835 NEWPORT BLVD, STE B-129
“Visited on my quest to find Mirror Mirror a few years back. They of course had none but the selection was decent and I found a couple of interesting beers that I handt tried before. At least the beer people knew what I was looking for and didnt get pissed at my asking for it. Right down the street from Hi Time.“
t0rin0 2986 days ago
80 /100 250 OGLE ST
“I seem to find my way to this store every time I’m in SoCal. Good location (even though its a bit hard to find) with ample parking. The beer section is sequestered off to the side of the store and almost seems separate, but I give them high marks for their giant walk in cooler where most if not all of their beer is kept in good condition. I always find some interesting beers here that I can’t get in NorCal. They had a pretty good selection of imported craft as well. The employee there seemed to know about most of the recent releases and what was coming soon. A good place to visit when down in this direction.“
joeneugs 3117 days ago
84 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Great Selection of Import & Craft US beer. Really well laid ouit store (easy to navigate). Good prices and was able to buy some really good beer goblets that I brought home with me. Some real gems in the beer cooler; I will be back!“
johanvan 3205 days ago
92 /100 250 OGLE ST
“This place was unbelievable. All the beer is in a walk in cooler, lots of singles and local stuff like Russian River, Alesmith, Lost Abbey, etc. If you are in OC, you need to stop here. “
jhgrantjr 3236 days ago
76 /100 1835 NEWPORT BLVD, STE B-129
“Huge liquor store in a strip mall. Great service all around. Selection is great and all the beers are organized very well. Found most of the offerings to be fairly standard but they had lots to offer. Value was pretty good on most things. Overall a nice place to check out, Hi-Times may have more but this place is still worth a stop.“
savnac 3252 days ago
82 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Big beer, wine, spirits, tobacco and gourmet food place tucked away behind a big strip mall. The place is really nice but the beer area is tucked away in a more unfinished area which is still nice and organized. Service was great, someone asked if we needed any help and made some nice suggestions. Selection was really good, lots of California micros, US micros and imports. Value was great on most things while some bottles seemed a tad bit high. Overall a great bottle shop, definitely stop by if you’re in the area and see that they have.“
savnac 3252 days ago
74 /100 250 OGLE ST
“Semi residential location with big walk in cooler, all the standards plus a few not seen everywhere else, good store if you are in the area, wish they still shipped here“
blutt59 3448 days ago
68 /100 1835 NEWPORT BLVD, STE B-129
“Closer to my hotel than Hi Time and thus my first stop. Way less selection than afformentioned other spot but still a pretty decent spread of brew. The guy who checked me out even told me about Hi Time down the street and that they have a much better selection. Still not a bad selection here. Worth a stop if you’re in the area but for the most part Hi Time has everything they have here.“
Dixonian 3457 days ago