About Helmsman

Artfully Crafted

Helmsman Ale House is an independently owned and operated brewery and kitchen in Newport Beach, California. With Head Brewer, Dylan Mobley at the helm, we’re also the only craft brewery in the city, brewing daily within our 15-barrel exhibition brewhouse.

More than a brewery, Helmsman Ale House is a full service, family-friendly restaurant, proudly serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. In addition to our flagship and wide-ranging seasonal house beer, we offer a full bar with cocktails, wine, and curated list of guest brewery selections. Artfully inspired, the menu by Executive Chef, Zach Scherer, is a refreshing extension of classic pub fare with vibrant California and coastal flavors.

Dine and drink in full view of our brewhouse, while taking in the fragrant aroma of brewing hops. The casual atmosphere, replete with seafaring décor, is perfect for all occasions and celebrations with varied types of seating from comfy booths, communal tables and traditional high tops. There’s also not one, but two large bars to quench your thirst from. Rows of large screen TVs placed throughout ensure perfect game-time viewing. Or opt for an equally comfy spot on deck at our covered patio, which features relaxed booth and communal seating, as well as bar top style. The heated patio also features plenty of large screen TVs so you never miss the action.

All guests are seated upon a first come, first served basis so no reservations needed. Dining open to all ages.

Meet the Crew

Dylan Mobley, Head Brewer

Dylan Mobley is a graduate of the Siebel Institute with its highly regarded WBA Master Brewer program, Dylan is an award-winning brewer that quickly moved up through the ranks, brewing for a number of world-class breweries. His unique creations have taken home silver, gold, & Best-of-Show honors at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer, World Beer Cup, and Great American Beer Fest. Dylan has a passion for mashin’ in our 15-barrel brewhouse.

A native of Northern California, Dylan draws inspiration from culinary trends and exploring new and innovative ingredients. Dylan’s perfect ability to pair craft beers with the seasonal menu items only enhances every diner’s unique and unforgettable experience.

Zach Scherer, Head Chef

Being connected to local farming sources and the community in general is a practice the San Diego native, Zach has always believed in. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California, Zach expanded his culinary repertoire to include a range of varied cuisines working at restaurants such as Aureole, Fleur De Lys, and David Burke. Locally, Zach has assisted in leading the culinary teams at notable restaurants such as Georges at the Cove in San Diego and Best New Restaurant 2018 recipient, The Country Club in Costa Mesa. Zach’s journey at Helmsman ignited his passion to create dishes that not only stand out on their own, but do justice to the craft beers.

Troy Barton, Captain

Prior to joining Helmsman Ale House, Troy served as General Manager at Malarky’s Irish Pub in Newport Beach and Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa. He also spent 10 years at Stadium Brewing Co. in Aliso Viejo, as bar manager and beer buyer. A resident of Corona del Mar, Troy inherited his enthusiasm for matching the perfect beers with seasonal foods from his father. For Troy, those early experiences with his father, spilled into a love for craft beer and home brewing, ultimately turning his passion into a career. Troy always looks forward to sharing with guests his unique take on brewing and vast knowledge of beer styles and food pairing.

Micah Schiesel, Admiral

Micah is a Newport Mesa native with a distinguished career in the restaurant and craft brewing industry that spans over 20 years. Prior to joining the team at Helmsman Ale House, Micah showcased his distinctive managerial talents at a number of award-winning establishments, including Evan’s Brewing Co. Public House Restaurants and Golden Road Brewing. He is passionate about restaurant growth and development and operations. Previous to that, Micah was general manager at Simmzy’s in Belmont Shore, Chronic Cantina in Costa Mesa, and manager at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Newport Beach.

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