United States > California > Oceanside
Beer Available At Breakwater Brewing Co. (arranged by most recent)
Breakwater Rye Dawn , Breakwater Full Nelson , Breakwater DMJ IPA 93, Breakwater Railslide Red 49, Breakwater Reincarnation , Breakwater Kali Kush Pale 75, Breakwater Beach Honey 37, Prohibition Sweet Biscuit Amber Ale (SBA) , Breakwater Rasbiscus Mead 48, Breakwater Walkabout Stout 81, Breakwater Biere du Jour 78, Breakwater Alpha Bravo Pale Ale 37
BlackHaddock (430) , England | May 28, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited early evening of 26th May 2015. Long thin room with food counter before the bar. Surfer Dude vibe with a US Marine Corps clientele (the huge Camp Pendleton main gate is only a mile away). My house beer six glass flight was lovely, the starter combo plate was good, although the hot sauce on the wings was over the top and too spicy for beer tasting duties. Basic design and wooden furniture: smart and modern it is not, clean, tidy and friendly it is. Only down side was the food waitress, slow uninterested and lazy: barman was fine.
GarrettB (16) San Diego, California | April 2, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
We capped a day spent around Oceanside with a sun soaked walk to Breakwater Brewing (from Bagby’s), and filed into to the thin and comfortable restaurant. It’s definitely a casual affair, with a little surfer rock theme, less polish and more beer. I love the little touches like the two player Pac Man machine, one of those horrible mini-game touch screen machines, and a gruffer looking clientele. But the beer here is pretty high class. For our visit there were more than a few barrel aged beers, the iconic Kalifornia Kush, and even a goze. Most were good, one or two were great, and all were surprisingly fancy styles given the atmosphere. We arrived with full bellies and skipped the menus, but eyeing our neighbors plates it was clear that the food makes a good pairing too. But I think the quality to stress here is in spite of an interior that doesn’t fit the current trend of raw lightbulbs and IKEA style threadbare walls, they’re dishing out quality beers served without pretension in a beautiful sun drenched part of the California coast.
rlgk (394) Göteborg, Sweden | October 26, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Quite easy to find and easy to park in the area. A nice place with a wide range of their own beers. Service was good on a quiet afternoon. Flights are available. Worth a visit when in the area.
rejtable (188) Ontario | October 5, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Lively sports bar meets surfer spot just off Oceanside pier. Decent linelup of maybe 20 guest taps and maybe 10 of their own. Bartender seemed annoyed to take my order. Pizza solid.
BrewDad (451) Olympia, Washington | July 30, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I was very happy to find this oasis in the middle of town in Oceanside. Nice line up for beers and they are very tasty. they got a full service kitchen for your food needs. Very sports bar- esqe.
GT2 (650) San Diego County , California | July 15, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewpub
Level. . . . . . . . . . .Medium
Location. . . . . . . .Excellent, Downtown
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Low, $1 Tasters
Tap Selection. . . .15 House, 10 Guest+
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Samplers. . . . . . ...Yes, 6 for $6
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ...Average to Below Average
Food. . . . . . . . . . .Yes, Pizza & Burgers
Food Level. . . . ...Low
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Inconsistent
Growlers. . . . . . ...Possibly
Noise Level. . . . ..Medium to Loud
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Outdated, Chain Brewpub Look
Good for Kids. . ..Maybe
Parking. . . . . . . ...Restricted Street
WiFi. . . . . . . . . . ..No
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Comments: Breakwater despite being outdated and with inconsistent beer that is anywhere from very good to very bad, they have a lot of house beers on tap including special cask only one-offs. With 6 for $6 tasting flights, it is super cheap and a no-brainer if you are going here to get your tick on. But if you are wanting to pound a lot of good beer, you should probably go to Local Tap House down Pacific Hwy or soon, Bagby Beer Co. Staff are pretty slow and carefree, which can be infuriating.
jennajlover (11) Portland, Oregon | June 20, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Upscale pizza port with better service. Don’t get me wrong just port is always so busy. Really comfortable for pizza joint...perfect size portions and great beer selection....all different and obscure brews..not just the stuff you get at Bev Mo
badlizard (141) Berkeley , California | November 3, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
I kinda like this place for reasons I can’t explain. The ambiance is terrible. The beer selection is decent. The house beers are OK with few new ones to try. But the pizza is really good.
t0rin0 (1505) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 11, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited twice, once several years ago on the way to Carlsbad for Strong Ale and once more recently with womencantsail.
Several friends had been there earlier the same day the first time I went and told us to try the "kriek". I guess they weren’t advertising it so you had to ask for it. After trying our flight of 8 house beers I spotted the brewer (whom I recognized from several beer events) and asked him about it. He was more than happy to bring it out. Nice people and not a bad atmosphere here. Unfortunately the beers are all kind of meh. Similar situation a couple years later but at that time it was late in the evening and the place was packed with bros and college kids. Not automatically a bad thing but yeah, if I’m dealing with that type of crowd I’d like to at least have good beer. I havent eaten here. Prices are reasonable.
yngwie (320) Kristiansand, Norway | August 13, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Quite standard interior, a bit loud music, but in general a nice place. Not all the beers very interesting, one of them quite butterscotchy, but probably the friendliest service we’ve had so far on this trip. The (cute) barmaid even did a few free mead shots with us. Didn’t get to try the food as we were still full after our visit at Beachwood BBQ Long Beach, but it seemed quite decent.
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