Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)

Mayor: blipp (4) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 10+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
calafelero80  (87) Santander, Spain | June 1, 2016
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
b727trijet  (470) Isleworth, England | April 13, 2016
Beers not bad but nothing special. For this part of the world I expected a few more hops! It was interesting to see through to the brewery and see two big wooden barrels time fermenting a Belgian tripel... would love to try it when it comes on. Also impressive was a cask ale beer engine which is only used Thursday till the weekend which I understand but unfortunately I was there on Monday so it was out of use! Did not see any guest beers, just their own.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jc1762  (74) Washington DC | September 13, 2015
A little bit noisy on the inside but the al fresco dining is great. Service is a little bit slow, the servers could be slightly more knowledgeable, and the tables could be cleaned waaay better. But the beer in my opinion, really makes up for it. A pleasant surprise during my trip - perfect temperature, carbonated, and balanced beers. The signature dish is the macaroni and cheese. It takes the reputation deservedly. Iíd recommend the plain mac and cheese, then anything else if youíre feeling hungry.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
blipp  (187) San Diego, California | June 23, 2015
A relatively "commercial" brepub location, with the 8 Karl Strauss regular line-up beers and 2 rotating offerings. Average prices for the area. A fine place to come and tick some new beers if youíre in the area, but youíll fins a wider variety of Karl Strauss beers available at other locations.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
SoberDave  (18) Escondido, California | November 24, 2014
Stumbled on this spot by accident in downtown SD. Not too fancy like some breweries in the area. Good food, good beer, not too expensive. Will go back for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer  (124) Arkansas | November 23, 2014
Had dinner here on a Friday. Pastrami sandwich was absolutely fantastic. Got seated right away at the bar. Helpful staff. The beer is what it is. But the sandwich was really, really good. Nice place for lunch with a few more ticks for new beers that ranged from good to very good.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983  (234) Wentzville, Missouri | October 22, 2014
Our first stop, just happened to be driving downtown and saw the brewpub. Several beers were on tap, all were decent, nothing outstanding. The place was big and had plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Worth the stop.Tried the flight and had a meal, both were good. Worth the stop.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple  (209) London, England | October 18, 2014
Nice place, a proper restaurant with a long bar, good number of own beers on tap.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock  (507) , England | June 3, 2014
Bumped into this place while ambling around San Diego and sat half outside in the entrance lobby. Inside looked neat, tidy and beery, my wife and i wanted the fresh air though. The young lady who served us was happy to bring us out just beers and even gave me two free samples when she saw I was taking notes. I like free beer! So overall a good place to rest your feet and try some of their beers, all seven I tried seemed in good order and tasted fine to me.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ARH  (99) Chicago, Illinois | February 21, 2014
This brewpub has a cozy, inviting feel to it. Maybe a bit much on the wood panel theme, but the layout is beautiful and the staff is friendly. They keep a decent selection of Karl Strauss beers on tap, but nothing too exciting (maybe Iím just bitter that I missed out on the 25th anniversary doppel). Itís a shame that they only do tasters in the form of a fixed flight, but they are kind enough to provide a small sample of any beer they have on tap. The food was pretty darned good, too.

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