The Big Cheese Pizza Co. and Brewery

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 10, 2013
Visited 7/2/2010 after a trip to More Beer.

Stopped in on Friday early evening around 530pm and the place was pretty much empty. There was a guy playing the guitar out on the patio and a half dozen people listening. Inside there may have been 2 other customers. The service was very friendly and attentive.

We sat and tried all the beers and split a sandwich. It was a suasage sandwich that is basically a pizza folded in half. The bartender explained to me that its the same dough as is used in the pizza crust. I think it was $7.99. The beer samples were free.

The beer needs work but it was decent. Not a ton of niche styles for beer nerds but they did have a Scottish ale. The rest were the regular ales for the public. They had a pale ale, IPA, cream ale, and a hefeweizen in addition to the Scottish ale.

Would probably come back some time after a trip to the homebrew shop. Admittedly I have no idea what the place will look like when it’s full on a Friday or Saturday night.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey  (113) California | July 8, 2011
The same (now retired) riverside brewing location. The RBC brewer works there too. Walk in the front you’ll pass the impressive beer garden, look to the left you have a poor mans chuck-e-cheese, look to the right and it looks like the old riverside brewpub. 8 of their own beers on tap, all decent, a couple are excellent. Pizza is great as are the breadsticks. Bartender was knowledgeable and prices are reasonable. Definitely a good local hangout, especially given the family feel in the other room.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
brokensail  (1366) Dublin, California | April 4, 2011
Stopped in here after being out in the IE earlier in the day. Since I don’t often make it out that way, I figured I should take advantage of my opportunity to tick some Big Cheese. The brewpub would actually be quite easy to miss as they don’t really have any signage out front. I did catch a quick glimpse of a vinyl banner hanging at the base of the building, but it was sort of by luck more than anything. Inside this place is quite nice looking, at least in the bar area. A large wooden bar with comfortable seating and large TVs where I was able to watch some of the UConn/Kentucky game. The two women who were working the bar area were friendly and providing quick service and were happy to answer questions about the beer, though they weren’t sure of some of the answers. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by their house beers. They have 8, but only 6 were available that day (no Pale or IPA). All were at least decent, with some being fairly good. Only other beers on-tap were Coors Light and Bud Light, though. If you’re in the Riverside area, this would actually be a pretty decent place to stop and have a beer. They’re not bad, and pretty reasonably priced.

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