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
t0rin0 (1510) 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.
brokensail (1137) 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 you’re in the area and not too hammered to drive.
Dogbrick (797) 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 Oggi’s 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.
GT2 (662) Oceanside, 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.
NachlamSie (653) 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 weren’t as impressive as they were supposed to be, but that may change soon enough, I guess. I wouldn’t go out of my way to try this place again, but it is mostly because of the amazing beer spots in SoCounty SDiego.
BrewDad (452) 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.
rlgk (445) 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.
BlackHaddock (434) , 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.
BMan1113VR (422) 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.
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