Visited on a Tuesday night when it was surprisingly crowded and noisy. Friendly attentive service. 7 regular, 4 fruit and abou 4 specialty beers available on tap, as well as Wyder’s Pear Cider and Guinness Kaliper. 2 levels. Decent sized bar. Pool table.
I made the mistake of planning my trip to this area by booking my hotel near this brewery. I assumed I would spend the majority of my time here. I came in, ordered a beer for the wife and I. I saw they had an oysters special. The waitress asked if I would like buffalo, garlic butter, or pesto sauce on the oysters. I asked for buffalo. The oysters came out covered in blue cheese and tabasco. Look. I hate blue cheese. I find it repulsive. But nowhere did they say these oysters came covered -- and there were quite literally covered-- in blue cheese. I did my best. I tried to pick off all the blue cheese and eat an oyster. It tasted like the rotting flesh of blue cheese. I then told the waitress I couldn’t eat this because of the blue cheese. She took it back no questions asked.
Here’s where it gets messed up. The waitress brings back 5 oysters. Originally, there were six, minus the one I tried to choke down. I eat one and guess what: it’s warm and watery. The "chef" took the oysters that were covered in blue cheese, washed off the blue cheese, stuck them back in the shell, and sent them back out to me. Not only is that disgusting but that is insulting. It would be one thing if they indicated anywhere that their "buffalo sauce" consisted of covering the oyster in blue cheese. Then I wouldn’t have ordered it. But they didn’t. Instead, they wash the oyster they had already served me so it tasted disgusting. That’s dishonest, not sanitary, and disgusting. We left. I had planned on spending a lot of money at this place. But, nope.
I was so looking forward to visiting and was immensely disappointing. I will start with the good as that is easy, the beer is very cheap and well made. The ambiance is an effort to please everyone. While my visit, I had people screaming at the sports game, mothers hanging with daughters, teens and a girl so high she was giggling at her bread. The waiter although sort of attentive had no desire to talk about beer. In fact that is where I am at a loss, a good brewery and the focus of the pub is so far from the beer. Just kitchy, tacky and catering to the masses.
Good stop right off Hwy 101, with a decent selection of 12 house brews, 4 of which are seasonals. Beer quality is alright, with very good prices and solid service. Good menu looks decent, with a few options for vegetarians / vegans. Solid spot.
I try to go to Lost Coast when ever I am in town. It is a cramp brewpub with lots of character. Look at the chalkboard for the daily selections of beers. The only foods I have had have been appetizers (wings, artichokes and nachos). All of these have been very good and well priced. I can not speak for the rest of the food because I have not had it. Eureka is a small town and Lost Coast has that small town feel. I go there with family that lives in town and they all seem to know my brother-in-law (don’t now if that is a good thing or not). It has been a while since I have been there, bit I try to get the beers that I can not get locally in bottles. I have not been disappointed with anything I have had.
This place was absolutely jammed on a Saturday afternoon when I was in – and it’s not really hard to see why. Bright and airy space with lots of exposed brick in an old, heritage building in this quaint little town. Cheap pints and high quality (the pale ale and the Indica are particular favourites) brews make it great value. Food looked tasty (although I didn’t eat while here). Friendly and efficient service. Me likey.
For such a transient town LCB made me feel at home. Loved the 8ball stout, and the food filled me up fat and happy. The old building was a nice change from the sanitized places we visited, it was a real brew pub! I felt at home there and enjoyed myself with friends. Good food and good service I put it in my favorite catagory!