Brewpub Taps Historic Roots
Written By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
Tap into the historical roots of Huntington Beach at the Huntington Beach Beer Company (201 Main Street).
In the early 1900s, when Huntington Beach was just being developed, local farmers would sickle the grain grown nearby and cart the malt by horse-drawn carriages to the downtown breweries in Los Angeles.
Reflecting that era, the Huntington Beach Beer Company – a brewpub started in 1992 in an upstairs location overlooking Main – has kept the feel of that time…
with brick walls, stone floors, wood finishes, and malt sacks.
Climbing the stairs to the second floor, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel could hear the sounds of laughter and conversation, which told us this was just the place to take a break from the sun.
On the way to our table we noticed the huge, gleaming beer tanks.
Starting with HBBC’s handcrafted, brewed-on- site ales and lagers, there’s an ever-changing lineup of craft beers from award-winning breweries.
For a true taste of the beach, try HBBC’s own HB Blonde Ale, Pier Pale Ale, or Brickshot Red Ale, available in pints or pitchers.
Or check the chalkboard to see what other beers brewmaster Brandon Blankenship has in store for you. There’s always something new to try.
Plus HBBC offers a wide range of burgers, soups and sandwiches, salads, appetizers, daily specials and more.
HBBC’s burgers are big and served with its trademark beer battered fries.
The house burger is made with a half-pound beef patty and your choice of cheese. Other burger options include ahi, salmon, lamb, turkey or veggie patties.
For sandwiches, if you like pulled pork or jerk chicken, you’ve come to the right place. You can also get a classic Reuben, made with corned beef or pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on rye.
And, for that ultimate comfort food sandwich, the grilled cheese, HBBC’s is served on sourdough with a choice of cheddar or provolone.
SurfWriter Girls liked the wood-fired, brick oven pizzas that are another of HBBC’s specialties.
If you’re looking for something different, try the Thai Chicken Pizza with spicy peanut sauce and cilantro or the Endless Summer Veggie Pizza that has “the entire garden” on it.
For entertainment, when you feel like kicking up your heels, stop by HBBC on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to dance along to the records the DJs are spinning.
Or go on sports nights to root for your favorite football, hockey and baseball teams while enjoying the food and beer specials – fish tacos, pizzas and chili cheese dogs, with HB pints.
Natalie and Jim Antista and son Josh told SurfWriter Girls they like to go to HBBC for fun family time. The food is great and they can see the shops on Main and walk on the beach.
Wednesday Beer Appreciation Nights (reservations required) are set aside for beer aficionados who want to sample the latest beers.
HBBC is open daily with a Late Night Happy Hour on Sunday – Thursday from 10 p.m. to close. For more information about hours or events, phone 714-960-5343 or check the website: hbbeerco.com.
Then the next time you’re looking for a brewpub where you can relax with friends, stop by the Huntington Beach Beer Company and grab a stool at the bar or a table on the patio overlooking the pier.
Patti & Sunny
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I’ve seen the brewpub there for years – thanks for the history lesson.