It’s an exciting time for craft beer lovers in So Cal. Between the ever-growing number of new breweries sprouting-up there are a number of fun and exciting bottle shops and beer bars along for the ride. Recently I went to Native Son’s in DTSA (Downtown Santa Ana) and it was so much fun to see the local area expanding and improving for the better. Further down south, there is much room for improvement in the comparative craft beer wasteland that is the Southern Orange County area. Recent openings from places like Artifex (article coming soon) helps bolster the appeal along with the highly anticipated opening of The Brew House in San Juan Capistrano.
So, full disclosure…I am buddies with the co-owner of The Brew House, Ron Bland. I have known him from the craft beer scene for a few years and he’s a great guy. He knows his shit about craft beer and has a formidable cellar to boot. His business partner, Andrew Reed, is newer to the beer scene but is enthusiastically jumping-in wholeheartedly in this venture with Ron.
The space is in a bustling retail center, tucked away and around the back by a quiet patio furniture store. Once inside, I admire the space finally and I can’t help but get excited. The bar is L-shaped with a large cold box and rustic aesthetic. The curved front windows give it some nice curb-appeal and I begged Ron to have seating along those windows for people-watching. The bathrooms and bar back area wasn’t finished yet, but I was able to get a feel for the massive potential the layout holds.
“We expect to be a destination location for craft beer lovers, as well as for those looking just beginning to explore the world of craft beer,” Andrew said. “Awareness will come through social media channels, our own personal networks, as well as pre-opening events such as OC Brew Ha Ha.”-Andrew Reed from the Patch.com article about The Brew House.
Look for them to be opening soon, like in the next month or two. Follow them on Facebook for updates!
Address: 31896 Plaza Dr, Suite D3, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675