Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie
29281 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
phone: (818) 877-4566
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cask ale available
proper glassware used
outdoor seating options
family friendly location
Overall Score: 96.7
Selection: 5.0 | Service: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 5.0 | Food: 5.0
Date: Sun, Apr 8th 2012
At the back of a suburban drive-through mall, LadyFace occupies a beige building with distinctive red and beige striped awnings, a flagstone entry and partial flagstone facade, an elaborate wrought metal art nouveau sign and arched windows. The art nouveau theme continues inside with several paintings of women in this style on the walls, the frosted glass hanging light fixtures, and the wrought metal and wood padded chairs at the bar.
The bar itself is a richly polished dark wood and runs in a square U shape with seating on three sides. Hop flower-shaped Tiffany-style stained glass light fixtures hang over it. The serving tanks sit behind the bar, separated by a low chain. The brewery is visible through a window on one side of the building.
Nice wooden tables and bentwood chairs with a few upholstered benches beneath provide the dining seating. Also, alongside the bar there are two long dark wood communal picnic tables with benches. There are windows along two sides of this single large room. The high ceiling is corrugated metal with rotating fans, exposed ducts, and a number of decorative suspended burlap sacks. The floors are brown stained concrete.
On one side is a large concrete patio with market umbrellas, outdoor heaters, a partial awning, and tables with plastic wicker-style chairs. It has a great view of a dry grass field with Coast Live Oak trees and the nearby Ladyface Mountain and more of the Santa Monica Mountains just beyond.
Overall, the atmosphere is really more that of a restaurant than a bar, but the quality and range of the beer still makes this a very worthy visit. And the food is truly delicious. We tried the gougerés (pop-overs with Gruyére cheese), a pretzel with three mustards, and a green salad and found them way above pub standard.
There were nine house-made beers as well as seven guest taps and a house beer on cask on our visit. The house brews included four Belgian styles, two IPAs, a porter, a red, and an XPA and the guest types included Belgian styles and IPAs. There’s also a selection of bottled Belgian beers available. Both the LadyFace IPA and Chesebro IIPA we tried were excellent.
Overall Score: 76.7
Selection: 4.0 | Service: 3.5 | Atmosphere: 4.0 | Food: 3.75
Date: Fri, Dec 24th 2010
A smallish brewpub inside, but a decent patio of outdoor seating with heaters for the cool evenings. A selection of typical brewpub offerings with a belgian focus: Blonde, wit, ipa, porter, etc... Was disappointed that they were basicall out out of their more special offerings: hadn't yet tapped the Cheseborough IPA (why write it on the board?) also out of their Trois Filles Tripel and out of their dubbel. What gives? Basically forced me over to the guest taps.
Highlight was their Blind Ambition Amber Ale, a delicious belgian/amber worth trying for sure. Also Midnight Special, a Scottish strong ale, was very lightly smoked but hard to taste any of the extra wood flavors they worked hard to impart.
A great selection of West Coast guest taps and also a nice selection of Belgian focused higher end bottles.
A small selection of food offerings - all were tasty - especially the sausage of the day.
This is a place worth going a bit out of the way to visit, skip the BJs maybe and come here instead.
Overall Score: 90.0
Selection: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Food: 4.0
Date: Fri, Mar 26th 2010
Beer: We found this place via the Beer Mapping Project. I only had an opportunity to try the Amber, Tripel and the Porter, but all three were good representations of their respective styles. The tripel did not have all the character that I would have expected, but it seemed to be a little young, too. The porter (my favorite of the night) was so roasty and black, it made an excellent dessert. Outside of the house brewed beers, they have an excellent selection of commercial Belgian styles (both Belgian and domestic) (and other styles) as well. You can't go wrong there, with all of the variety they offer. It's a good place to introduce someone to all the flavor profiles that beer region offers...
Food: The food was good, the mussels entree makes a great appetizer for four, and the steak frites was decent as well.
Atmosphere: while a little noisy, there isn't anything to dampen the sound in the industrial style interior, it wasn't so loud that you can't hold a conversation. And the paintings on the wall are just amazing!! Each one is one of the "ladies" of the brewery - each a representation of one of their beers. Pretty damn cool, I thought...
Overall, this place gets the Official Osh Stamp of Approval® - "I'm John Oshman and I approved this establishment"