Frequently Asked Questions

No. Tasting room seating is on a first come first serve basis.
  • Monday 4-10 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m-10 p.m.
  • Thursday 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
  • Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Sunday 11:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

We are located at 2957 Randolph Avenue, Unit B, Costa Mesa, California 92626. Our telephone number is (714) 641-2084. We are in the heart of Costa Mesa’s SoBECA (South on Bristol, Entertainment, Culture and the Arts) mixed-use district, in the triangle formed by the 405, 55, and 73 freeways in Orange County. Only 10 minutes from John Wayne Airport, we are just South of the 405 freeway from South Coast Plaza, one block from outdoor malls The Lab and The Camp, down the street from Memphis Cafe, Rooster Café, and across the street from The Commissary.

Yes. Gift certificates of any amount are available for purchase in the tasting room during open hours.
We first opened our doors to the public in October of 2014.
No. Our indoor tasting room is for humans only. We love animals, but pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed. This is a Health Department requirement because we have a licensed restaurant.
Yes. Children of all ages are welcome in the tasting room. We offer several non-alcoholic beverages (including housemade soda), as well as children’s games and a great atmosphere that is family friendly. We do not, however, recommend bringing children to the brewery after 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday nights because the tasting room can become quite crowded.
Yes. However, in order to purchase and consume alcohol in our tasting room, you must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid picture id. WE CARD!
At present we do not have a set tour schedule. We will however gladly provide a brief tour of our brewhouse and bottling facility when time allows and we have the available staff. Don’t be shy, please ask!
No. Our tasting room is indoors only. Weather allowing we have two large rollup doors which provide an indoor outdoor feeling and lots of ventilation.
Yes. Free wi-if is available in the tasting room. Please see our chalkboard for the password.
Yes. We have a licensed kitchen on-premise and serve food seven days a week. Menu options range from salads and panini to meat and cheese plates and grilled items. For sample menus go to the “Tasting Room” tab on our main website, and then click on the “Menus” tab that appears. All items are subject to availability.
Yes. Our menu changes often, but regular vegetarian features include a hummus plate, salads, soups and a vegetarian burger.
The kitchen closes at 9pm Sunday through Wednesday and at 10pm Thursday through Saturday. The grill closes 30 minutes before the kitchen.
Yes. Several of our core beer are available for purchase in 12 oz. bottles, both as singles and also in 4-packs and 6-packs. Bottled beer is for off-premise consumption only.
Yes. We are proud to feature a selection of red, white and sparkling wine by the glass from renowned central coastal California wineries such as Rancho Sisquoc, Hess and Gainey.
GUIDELINES FOR GROUP TOURS AND PARTY BUSSES:

  • Please check with Barley Forge in advance before booking a tour. We do our best to accommodate groups, but for a host of reasons your preferred time and date may not be available.
  • Please send requests for group tours via email to maryann.frericks@barleyforge.com. Please do not text our tasting room staff or reserve a tour date in person at the brewery with our tasting room staff as those messages do not always get conveyed and/or prove reliable.
  • On the day of your tour, please alert the brewery by text to 310 413-3665 if your group is running more than 15 minutes late. Please also provide in your text an update of your eta along with a number where you can be reached. That information is very important as it allows us to best monitor our staffing levels and provide the best possible customer service.
  • For groups of four to eleven, we vastly prefer that the person booking the tour is present when the tour arrives and that person remains on premise and serves as the responsible person in charge for the entire duration of the group visit.
  • For groups of twelve or more, the group must be accompanied by a non-drinking, responsible person who both arrives with the group and remains on premise for the entire duration of the group visit.
  • Absolutely no drinking of alcohol in the parking lot is permissible at anytime.  This means that tour participants cannot exit the tour/party bus carrying alcoholic beverages.  Nor can they exit the brewery with alcoholic beverages.  Any drinking of alcohol in the parking lot is a violation of our ABC license and puts our ABC license at great risk.
  • Patrons cannot arrive visibly intoxicated.  If they do, they will not be served and they will be asked to return to the bus.  Again, it is a violation of our ABC license to have visibly intoxicated patrons in our establishment.  It is also a violation of our license and puts our servers at risk if we sell/furnish alcohol to a visibly intoxicated customer.
  • No excessive noise or inappropriate behavior will be tolerated in the tasting room.  That is a judgment call, but if noise levels and/or behavior impose on other patrons to an unacceptable degree, we will ask the group to leave.
  • Patrons must be respectful of the establishment.  If there are an excessive number of spilled beverages and/or excessive amounts of food and trash left on the floor, tables and chairs, there will be a cleaning charge added to the bill to cover the additional labor costs that are incurred as a result.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime.
Yes. We are proud to offer premium hard cider from Shacksbury of Shoreham, Vermont.
Yes. We accept all major credit cards. There is no minimum purchase.
Yes. Flight menus, designed as checklists, are available at the bar. There are five tasters per a flight.
We sell taster-size pours of beer starting at $2 and full pours of beer starting at $6.
Yes. We have a shared lot, first come first served. On Thursday through Saturday evenings you can leave the parking to us with our convenient, complimentary Valet Parking service.
Yes. We sell 32 oz. Crowler cans filled with your choice of beer from our taps and seamed with our Dixie Canner Seamer while you wait. Cans are the perfect to go vessel if you are headed to the great outdoors or want to fly home with some Barley Forge beer.
Yes. Subject to availability, most of our draft beer, with the exception of barrel aged beer, is available for purchase in a growler. Prices range from $8 to $14 for a 32 oz. fill and from $16 to $28 for a 64 oz. fill. Generally speaking the higher the ABV of a beer, the higher the cost of the growler fill. Growlers are for off-premise consumption only.
We will fill clean, blank growlers (i.e. growlers that are not labeled with any information relating to other breweries) that are in the same size we otherwise fill (32 and 64 ounce only). We will not fill growlers from other breweries because we do not want to put our staff in the position of ensuring that any information relating to other breweries is “sufficiently obscured” to comply with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. We trust you will understand.
Yes. We sell 32 oz. ($3) and 64 oz. ($5) branded glass growlers.
No. We do not allow the consumption of outside beer, wine or alcoholic beverages in the tasting room.
No. Other than celebration desserts such as birthday cakes, we do not allow outside food in the tasting room.
No and Yes. We have open seating and are open seven days a week, and we have a policy of not closing for private events during posted public hours. (We hate the idea of disappointing someone who may have made a special trip to Barley Forge!) During our closed hours the tasting room is available for meetings and private events for groups up to 50, subject to City approval and other requirements. Please contact us directly for more details.
Yes, we do have kegs of select beer styles available for private sale.  Not all beers will be available in keg and/or at all times and pricing will vary depending on the beer you choose.

However, because our tasting room staff is very busy when the tasting room is open, we only sell kegs to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. and only by advance reservation with at least 24 hours’ notice. If you are interested in purchasing a keg, please contact our Operations Manager Sean O’Shea, during regular business hours at (714) 641-2084, or by email at sean.oshea@barleyforge.com, at least 24 hours in advance. There is a $30 deposit per keg which is fully refundable upon return. You must be 21 to purchase a keg and present a valid, state issued, photo ID and fill out paperwork required by the ABC at the time of purchase.

We have a full bottling line and sell both bottled and kegged beer. We currently self-distribute our beer. If you are an on- or off-premise licensee and are interested in carrying our beer please contact our Director of Sales, Eric Gutenkauf, on his cell phone at (562) 537-2263, or by email at eric.gutenkauf@barleyforge.com.
Maybe.The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act are very specific as to the types of entities to which breweries may donate, what can be donated and the details around non-profit events and fundraising. Specifically, Business & Professions code section 23357.3 outlines the specifics regarding such donations. To summarize, the statute provides in relevant part as follows:

Beer manufacturers holding a Type 01 or a Type 23 license (that’s us) can donate to non-profit organizations.  Breweries are only allowed to donate to federally designated 501(c) tax-exempt non-profit organizations. For events at which breweries are going to pour beer, a non-profit organization must apply for a special daily permit license (known as an ABC Form 221 license) through the ABC. Or breweries may donate beer to a 501(c) organization that is holding a private event (not open to the public, no charge for admission and no sales of alcohol) that is being held on premises that are not licensed by the ABC. Under current California law, merchandise may not be donated. Current law also dictates all beer donated to a non-profit event must be consumed on the premises. No beer may be removed from the event.

We are asked almost every day to donate beer to various events, so even though we wholeheartedly support charitable causes of all stripes, we have to be selective so we have some beer left to sell to keep our doors open! If you are interested in having us donate beer to your event, please submit your request using our Donation Request Form.

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