I don’t really know why it’s taken me so long to get here. I’ve been to El Cerrito enough times and it’s only about 10 minutes away.
Located in the Dos Lagos shopping center and right across from the movie theater.
Larger location than the Brea one with an bar area and a similarly sized dining room. Plenty of patio seating as well, though I’m not sure I’d want to sit out and cook in the heat. They also have the raw bar right in front.
They seemed to have a smaller draft list than Brea, but a lot of overlap, though a few new beers for me to try. They do tasters of as many beers as you want, but they are typically in the $2 - $3 range, so it’s not exactly cheap. Beer quality is pretty good, though.
Food menu is pretty much the same as Brea as well. Fish and steaks are the stars, entrees are in the $20 - $30 range which is typically more than I want to spend when grabbing a couple beers.
Overall it’s a nice place and definitely worth visiting.
Can’t believe that it took this long to get out here. It’s in a large shopping center near a Bevmo, BJ’s, and some place called Steam Haus that are all rateable. There’s also two movie theaters and a BBQ place that is popular but served my tri tip very chewy. This Taps is similar to the other location in Brea and has fermenters and a ton of barrels holding Remy but for whatever reason was less crowded and had less house taps on. They had an altbier on that I wanted to try but instead I went with the pumpkin beer. I didn’t eat but they have the same menu, which is all very expensive but the few things I’ve tried from it are pretty good. I’ll have to stop back in some time mostly since I’ll be across the street checking out Steam Haus.
Other memorable qualities: good service (can be hit or miss in Brea but I’m batting 1.000 here in my one visit) and a cask with one of their house beers.
The main attraction in the Dos Lagos shopping area/outdoor mall across the street from Steam Haus Gastropub (AVOID!) and next to a pretty picturesque duck pond and covered walkway. Patio looks over the water. Interior is upscale on the left side of the building and then more casual on the right side. Complete brewpub here on site- kegs are not shipped in from La Brea. Barrel Aging program here is legit with 6-8 kegs of Pappy Van Winkle BA Remy on the way! Staff was quick and friendly, good prices at happy hour, and you can get a sampler flight of their entire house beer lineup. No guest taps is a bit annoying. Thankfully their house beers are higher quality than you would expect- many GABF medalling beers. The pizza we had was okay, but didn’t check out the rest of the menu. Only 8 house beer taps.
I like this location better than Brea, as it is less crowded and it sits in a nice large plaza with ample parking and space to move around. The food/beer selection is pretty much the same as Brea, which is good. Last time I was there they had a bunch of Remy bottles still available and it was drinking quite nice.
Grab a few of your mates for Happy Hour and either sit back and relax on the patio for a Saturday afternoon sesh or kick it at the bar for the warm atmosphere comparable to that of an English Pub. Their beer selection is very diverse and will appease beer drinkers of all types and more importantly is top notch. If that wasn’t enough, the food here is great, albeit a little expensive, but that’s why you go during happy hour.
A nice brewpub, clean interesting atmosphere, kind of hip. The staff was quite friendly. Prices are pretty much what you would expect. Most beers are good, but there are some misses. Nice place to stop by.