Steelhead Brewing, Across the Street from UCI, to Close by Halloween

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The year 1995 was an epic one for Oregon-based Steelhead Brewing Co. It not only opened a second location in northern California, but a third in Irvine. In its heyday, Steelhead accumulated two dozen honors from the Great American Beer Festival.

That was then.

The past year brought a bit of movement to University Center. Pizza Blazed a trail, Gogi took the Chipotle concept for a Korean spin, Snoflakez fell in May, and Britta's shuttered its doors (with Tender Greens waiting in the wings). The next wave begins this fall, as Steelhead unofficially announced its closure.


We grabbed a pint before catching a Woody Allen flick and started chatting with a regular about movies and food. He's the one we thank for the scoop. When we called to verify the reason, a manager simply said, "Irvine Co." Yeah, that about sums it up. Steelhead has until Halloween to call last round.

One can speculate what will take its place, but we noticed more change at the other end of the plaza. San Diego's DelSushi is gearing up for its OC debut. Before you conjure up images of awful fusion cuisine, it's a sushi-delivery service. Open from dinnertime until the bars shut down, students can call on a selection of cold and hot rolls to get through those first-world problems. Get to know it here.

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Location Info

Steelhead Brewing Co.

4175 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA

Category: Restaurant


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10 comments
JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

"When we called to verify the reason, a manager simply said, "Irvine Co.""

And the entire county knows what that means without any explanation.  

 

robotbrian
robotbrian

Steelhead's beer was never very good and their bartenders were usually rude to me. I didn't eat their very often. I hope a new brewpub opens up. There is a Chipotle opening at UTC also.

Kurt Miller
Kurt Miller

Bummer. Once again Irvine returns to its roots as the boring Land of Beige.

Heather McCoy
Heather McCoy

I miss Britta's cafe. But Steelhead was way way too expensive for what you got.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

OH SHIT!! First Britta's Cafe and now Steelhead?! So much for edible food near where I live. I was the very first customer of Steelhead when they opened in September 1995. I love craft beers, locally brewed and fresh on tap.

Mike Olsen
Mike Olsen

THANK YOU IRVINE COMPANY FOR YOUR GREED.

Gregory Nagel
Gregory Nagel

Sads. At least Irvine's best beer bar will still be around. #anthillpub

traceyn
traceyn

@Kurt Miller So true! Sad to see Steelhead close. 


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