Happy Thirsty Thursday from Helmsman Ale House in Newport Beach! I hope that this post brings a dream of a beer at a local watering hole with your friends! I went here for a birthday party last month for a friend. Funny that when I took these photos, all I thought is, "Annie why did you wear stripes with a huge sweater for photos? So not a good look". Now all I can think of is, “Please have this restaurant re-open so that I can spend time with my friends, support all of the bartenders and restaurant owners & enjoy life! Who cares what the hell I look like in stripes!” ⠀ ⠀ After 23 years in business, Newport Beach Brewing Company, known among locals as simply Brew Co., poured its final beer on Nov. 4, 2018. The brewery, which opened on the Balboa Peninsula in 1995 & closed Nov. 4th, 2018 was a longtime Balboa Peninsula go-to for football games, friendly service & of course, beer. It was also hailed as the first & only brewery to open in Newport Beach & the second brewery to open its doors to the Orange County. The brewery reopened on August 12th, 2019 with new brews & a fresh look. Renamed Helmsman Ale House with a 15-barrel exhibition brewhouse, it is owned by the restaurant group which owns Dory's Deli, Stag Bar + Kitchen & Malarky’s Irish Pub in Newport Beach, as well as the Country Club restaurant & bar & Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa. The head brewer is Dylan Mobley who is a graduate of the Siebel Institute with its highly regarded WBA Master Brewer program. His unique creations have taken home silver, gold, & Best-of-Show honors at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer, World Beer Cup, & Great American Beer Fest. ⠀ ⠀ If it were open, I would let Dylan know how much I loved drinking the "Newport Blonde" & let their chef Zach Scherer, who was a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena that the chicken & waffles are some of the best! Cheers to my friend Chris & his lovely wife for throwing an epic party this day! May we all enjoy the time with our friends like never before over a cold beer & a great meal when this is all over! Cheers.
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