Got to the brewpub just before open. Unlike most other’s I’ve visited, this one is decorated like a mid-tier steak house....or something... As one of the first thru the door, I was the only one at the bar, but that didn’t stop them from taking ten minutes to greet me. I had a burger. It was average. Old Rasputin on tap was excellent, as always. The brewery is right across the street. The shipping from there must have been exorbitant, because they wanted $9 for a thimble full of old stock ale. 6 or 9oz. (I think.) ...which is weird, ’cause it only cost $9 for a 12oz. bottle at the place I work in Chicago... Bombers in the gift shop also over-priced....though that didn’t stop my from buying a couple. What can I say? It’s delicious!
The drive on US 20 into Fort Bragg was beautiful but you best have sea legs as it is very curvy and mountainous. The pub was not what I expected but was nice and clean with their great beers on tap. Jazz was playing, maybe it was Theolonius! We had several beers,all fine, but I prefered the cask Red Seal (great English style ale), Pranqster and Thelonius(two fine Belgium style ales). Happy hour started at 4 with $3 pints, I think, We thought the food was very acceptable especially the local fish and chips. I would be glad to return here.
Just by the Skunk train station, North Coast ’brags’ a pub and a brewery/store across the street from one another. They were selling special barrel-aged rasputin and 20th anniversary at both places, but the price stickers indicated 12.99 at the brewery and 19.99 at the pub. It so happened that they 12.99 labels were not valid anymore; we would have been pretty pissed if they sold a third cheaper once we had already bought at the pub. Heavy inflation in crisis’ time is not an economist’s nightmare, but it seems to be the beer lover’s. Besides, the selection is solid, you know their beers, wonderful strong classic beers, superb saison. They’re here and fresh. Otherwise, the place is not particularly attractive, a standard pub without so much atmosphere at lunch time and average service, not too proactive and certainly not caring much about price tags’ consistency. The food was fair, very simple and priced reasonably. Not worth driving a hundred mile, but if you’re going along road 101, that’s a worthy stop.
Somehow I missed that there was a restaurant. This is still aggravating (I won’t be back that way for a while). But the people at the brewery are awesome. And I left with six world-class brews. Now I just need an excuse to go back to Fort Bragg.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 29, 2009
The restaurant/bar is across the street from the brewery and this review is for the restaurant/bar.
I ate at the bar. Good food at reasonable prices, nice people and good service, this place is nothing fancy, but definitely worth visiting.
Sat at the bar for lunch. Nice selection of brews (about 13 or so, with 1 or 2 cask). Bar had a large screen TV with sports but had jazzy music playing. Cool bar, dining area looked nice as well. Food was plated nicely and looked appetizing but turned out to be just ok (Shrimp po boy w/ fries), portions good. Although a mix of rustic and contemporary I think they could do without the Moose and Deer heads. Overall, a great place to stop when visiting the North Coast.
Went here for lunch during summer 2004. It was really busy so the service wasn’t the best. The beer was really good, the food was fairly good. I liked the Red Seal Ale.
GJF (54) Mount Vernon, Iowa | April 24, 2008| Updated January 5, 2009
I like North Coast beer’s fine. In fact I was really looking forward to a Thelonious on tap during my visit to CA, but the brewpub left me very unimpressed. It was like a tomb in there when we visited (even a little music would have gone a long way) and I got the feeling they didn’t want us there. The Garlic Fries were one big clump of potato all stuck together with what seemed like a jar of garlic just dumped on top. The beers were okay, but I voted to go down the street to Piaci’s and had a much better time.