Where to get your beer fix this fall
While the tots are out looking for treats, we’re inclined to do the same. It’s just that our version of a treat involves a scrumptious meal—and something cold to wash it down with. During a month that celebrates witches and cauldrons, we’re looking at local breweries and restaurants slinging devilishly good brews. Whether you’re a newbie or a bona fide beer nerd, you’ll find something you’ll gladly order again at these establishments.
Even though Helmsman’s has only been open for a few months—it moved into Newport Beach Brewing Co. former home—it’s already brewing up a storm. Thanks to brewmaster Dylan Mobley, the place whips up “artfully crafted and locally inspired” sips like the west-coast-style Boardwalk IPA, or the classic, easy-drinking Newport Blonde, which was concocted as a nod to Brew Co.’s original blonde ale. As a champion of craft beer, the brewery also features guest taps—like a pumpkin cider and a peanut butter Mexican chocolate milk stout—from independently-owned breweries. Pair your pint with a bite from the brewery’s restaurant, which puts an elevated spin on pub grub.
This taproom does things a little differently. You pay for the number of pints you want, then help yourself at the self-pour beer wall. With a short-and-sweet menu of only four brews, the folks at Chihuahua Cerveza infuse their Mexican-style lagers with all manner of oddball ingredients. Take the Rosado, which is brewed with real ginger, lime and hibiscus petals that complement the beer’s semi-dry finish. Or the Limon, which is whipped up with lime and salt. (But don’t worry, the pucker factor from the citrus is balanced out with subtle sweetness). To really get the most out of the experience, order up a couple of tacos at the taproom before you raise a glass (or two).
A beachfront location, an unfussy, low-key vibe and a something-for-everyone menu—Mutt Lynch’s has it all figured out. So, it’s no surprise the place is a favorite hangout for both locals and tourists. Another thing Mutt Lynch’s has going for it? A crowd-pleasing beer menu chock-full of options for casual drinkers. Like the Longboard Island Lager, which keeps things simple with its crisp and smooth profile. Or the bright and citrusy Space Dust, which swings things over to the hoppy side. Or—the list goes on. All to say, a pint of these golden elixirs, and you’ll feel like it’s summer every day—even when it turns cold outside.
Go here for a delicious, foldable slice of New York–style pizza, but also, a diverse variety of sips to go along with it. The robust beer menu at Sgt. Pepperoni’s runs the gamut from a simple amber ale to a light Pilsner to a malty, rich Märzen. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for you if you’re looking to branch out a little. Try something new, something a little eyebrow-raising like Gunwhale Ales’ saison-style farmhouse ale, which touts a surprising tart, earthy aftertaste. It’s Halloween season after all, so why not go with the weird and unexpected?