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My Visit to Newport Beach Brewing Company

Newport Beach Brewing Company

Southern California beach communities aren’t exactly known for their craft beer (the most apparent exception being the Pizza Port franchises). Luckily for Newport Beach, an oasis can be found where people are actually doing it right and have been for the last 17 years.

Newport Beach Brewing Company, Brew Co for those “in the know”, opened in 1995 as only the second brewery to open in Orange County at the time. Being only blocks from the beach, this is a local spot. To paint a picture, their most popular beers are their Blonde, IPA, and Red. All great beers, but you get the idea.

Over the course of an hour or so the people around me ranged from a massively bearded mid-seventy year old man who talked about his three day high from Mezcal in Ensenada (think Santa whose had a few too many) to a couple of local surfers sitting down and ordering “some Coronas… bro”. I happily witnessed them get denied.

“But we do have Pacifico”. Ok I’ll forgive them for that one, we are at the beach after all.

This is the kind of place where you can walk in, have quality beer, and not have to have tried 6 different types of Cantillon to be talked to seriously. You don’t even need to know how to pronounce it. Check that pretentious attitude at the door, it’s not welcome here, and thank goodness for that.

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The Bruery Tasting Room

The Bruery Tasting Room Orange County

Since moving back to Orange County from San Diego a couple of months ago, I found myself craving the experience of drinking beer in the place it was made. That is until, I took the twenty minute trip north to The Bruery in Placentia.

Like many of the great breweries in California, the entrance is through a warehouse sized door in an industrial business center, however once inside, it’s easy to forget where you are entirely. The first thing you’ll noticed are the stacks and stacks of barrels all of which, full with amazing aging beer. During my first visit, Black Tuesday was aging and since then those barrels were replaced by Oude Tart (complete with a “critters added list” including brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and more).

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