United States > California > Oceanside
t0rin0 (1130) 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 werenít 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 Iím dealing with that type of crowd Iíd like to at least have good beer. I havent eaten here. Prices are reasonable.
brokensail (755) Orange County, California | January 22, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of beers on tap including about 12 house beers. Decent sized interior with some patio seating out front. Service was decent. Kind of a more typical bar feel than other brewpubs. The beers on the whole were disappointing. Just a few miles up PCH from Pizza Port Carlsbad, so it could be worth a stop if youíre in the area and not too hammered to drive.
Dogbrick (658) Columbus, Ohio | June 8, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
(Visited 10/2008): Breakwater Brewing is located not too far from the Oceanside in Oceanside, CA off I-5. It is on Hill Street about a block away from Mission Ave, and there is a lot of street parking available.
The brewpub (although a bar at the time of my visit - they do not have any of their own beers yet due to some kind of wrangling with the city according to the bartender) has a horizontal layout, with the bar running most of the length of it. There is some booth/table seating as well, and several flat screen TVs around. Their beer list is on a chalkboard behind the bar.
Breakwater has a pretty good selection of guest draughts, with taps representing Ballast Point, Mad River, Stone, Rogue, and Victory among others. I did not see a bottle list so I am not sure what is represented there.
Service was good on a weekday evening. The bartender who also works at Oggiís was familiar with their beers and made good recommendations.
I tried the BBQ Chicken pizza for dinner and it was very good.
All in all this place has potential, especially once they have their own brews available. Even so, despite the plain Jane atmosphere it is a good place to check out.
NachlamSie (542) Denver, Colorado | July 4, 2012| Updated July 13, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
What a rad beach bar. The vibe is busy and friendly. Service was helpful and prompt. Beer list is commendable. The house brews are solid, running a spectrum of tasty styles including a delicious sour ale. There are plenty of quality guest taps as well. I will be visiting this place a lot this week. I got a small pizza while I was there. Though not the NY style I usually look for, it was delicious. Great tasting crust and a heap of quality toppings.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Average brewpub with average brews and food in a setting not unlike the Pizza Ports in the area, but with a little less warmth. The brewer had been changed a few weeks before my passing by, so the brews werenít as impressive as they were supposed to be, but that may change soon enough, I guess. I wouldnít go out of my way to try this place again, but it is mostly because of the amazing beer spots in SoCounty SDiego.
BMan1113VR (355) Los Angeles, California | July 25, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon.Nice place. Parking was kind of hard. Crowd was mostly there for the pizza it seemed, as most of the pitchers I heard being ordered were things like Shocktop and Bud Light. I can understand having Bud on for a BMC clientele, but Shocktop? When you brew a perfectly good hefe?! I met the new brewer who was working behind the bar that day. I was taking notes so he chatted me up and I found out some things about the house beers. They have maverick back on but its a 100% different recipe from the one that the former pizza port brewer brewed. The brewer was nice and offered to buy me a pint when he heard that I brewed as well. Pretty nice place, and a good alternative to the pizza ports. I would return.
Ungstrup (352) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | November 17, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhat of a diner feel. A long, not that wide a room with big windowpains facing the streets, making it very light. Brewing equipment close to the entrance on the corner. Easy access either by train or parking in the street. On my second visit we sampled 15 different beers, both own and other brands. Iíll definately come back when Iím in the area again.
Schlenkerla (314) , Austria | January 1, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Beers are average, the place does not have a lot of atmosphere.
Terminus (312) Las Cruces, New Mexico | June 22, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
visited june 16 2011. I didnt even hear of this place till about a few days before i was to come into the area. Place is similar in feeling to a pizza port, but much bigger. the brewery has about 10-12 of their own beers plus about the same number of guest taps. prices are very good and you cant beat the service. Christina was friendly and very pretty! check it out if you between LA and SD.
savnac (285) Anchorage, Alaska | November 21, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Nice location and nice interior set up. We just sat in the bar for some beer. Service pretty much sucked, I sat for 10 minutes while my full glass of Blind Pig sat at the tap until I got the guys attention. I also donít like it when someone pretends to know about beer, that might work on a average customer but not on a ratebeerian. Good selection of inhouse beers which were not really that good, but a great selection of beers from other breweries. I would go back if I was in Oceanside just because they are the only beer place around.
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