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t0rin0 (1470) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 21, 2014| Updated February 3, 2014
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Oh my, what a place. I made the trek out here with gobzilla a while back. I had never been to San Pedro before and this was an interesting experience. The brewpub is on a quiet street a couple blocks from the water. We got in about 9pm and all the stores were closed and had the metal screen pulled down. Despite the fact that everything but one place was closed the street was still packed with cars and bros. Lots of Dodgers hats and lots of tattoos all there for the UFC fight. They have a good number of taps but only had 5 house beers when I was there. The beers are pretty meh (Iíve heard theories that theyíre actually brewed at Angel City but I donít believe that) and I wouldnít go out of my way to try any of these beers again. Actually, the whole neighborhood is kind of dumpy looking and Iím not in a hurry to return.
beermaker69 (12) Oceanside, | July 24, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Cheesy. Saw it won some awards. Stopped by. Felt like a sports bar not a brewery. Beers were average.
Dogbrick (793) Columbus, Ohio | June 1, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
(Visited 08/2010): SPBC is located in San Pedro on 6th not too far off Harbor. Street parking is available on 6th, and there is a metered lot across the street.
The brewpub exterior features a nice front with big windows. Once inside, the bar is located on the left and table seating is on the right. Some of the brewing equipment is visible in the rear too. The decor features California-based sports teams, with UCLA being most prominent. The brick walls and tile ceiling try to counter some of the sports-bar stuff with a comfortable feel. A chalkboard lists what beers they have on tap.
As for the beers, there were 6 available and they have a 5-beer sampler option. The styles were fairly standard issue - Amber, Pale Lager, Blonde, APA, Brown, and a seasonal Oktoberfest. All of the beers are average or a little above.
Service was decent on an early afternoon. The bartenders were friendly although they didnít seem to be too interested in beer in general.
We did not try any food on the visit.
Overall this place is a worthwhile stop outside the immediate LA area.
TheCrowsNest (6) Redondo Beach, California | August 27, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Old school style with some pretty good in-house beers. The owner, James, loves life and beer as pair and will show you a good time if you get the chance to meet him. Their IPA is good as well as their Chocolate Porter.
LtDan (65) Los Angeles County, California | December 29, 2009
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
What makes the ambiance of this place, is being close to the water in a small little beach city. Inside is nice too, with lots of hardwood fixtures and surfaces. The selection was really weak. They listed about 6 beers on their menu, but only had four. Hey maybe the other two are so good, they were snatched up? The food was fine, I only ordered wings, so I have no idea about the rest of the menu. The price was fair. The beer didnít knock my socks off, almost watery.
tangent (15) San Pedro, California | December 8, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I frequent this place at least 2 times a month, as I can ride my bike here from my house and catch happy hour for some $3.75 pints while its slow there. If you are in San Pedro, this place has the best beers hands down. In a town full of bars that have nothing on tap (literally) this place is a breath of fresh air. They have a good little selection of their beers with a rotating seasonal release. Their beers always seem to be pretty fresh and if youíre lucky like me, you can catch a nice guest tap like Sierra Nevadaís Handful of Hops. The Handful of Hops seemed to go quickly though, the last time I was there I received to last pint. Their staff is pretty friendly, and there are a few there that are pretty knowledgeable. They have pretty good bar food, from what Iíve had (Gaffey fries and the like) and if you are a sports fan, they have all that stuff going for them too, like multiple screens with different games on. I just go for the beer. During the day a very chill place to grab a decent pint and maybe some lunch - just keep in mind that at night this place can be very busy and even charge for entry on some nights to get in (bands).
mnurda (68) Winnipeg, Manitoba | March 11, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited this place a month ago on a Sunday evening. It was quite busy. Service was great. Menu was huge. Food was surprisingly good. Would definitely visit again.
WeeHeavySD (111) San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon | December 27, 2008
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
I went here for the first time tonight, after having come to San Pedro five previous times with my girlfriend who grew up here. This place has its charms, sadly the beer is not exactly one of them. The interior is a mix of old photos displaying the history and locations of San Pedro combined with a lot of UCLA Bruins gear and a few macro beer signs that seem out of place. They also have a full bar, and the appearance of the place makes it feel more like a bar than a brewpub despite the visible brewing equipment. Cant comment on the food, but the service on an evening with not much of a busy crowd was pretty slow and disorganized. Also the sampling tray system needs an overhaul. It is very difficult to tell which beer you are drinking as they are not labeled and the taster tray is circular.
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