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Beer Available At Hamiltonís Tavern (arranged by most recent)
Russian River Pliny the Younger 100, Midnight Sun Moscow 99, 3 Fonteinen Intense Red Oude Kriek 100, Great Divide Grand Cru - Peach 82, Rip Current Impact Zone IPA 91, Allagash Farm to Face 99, Allagash Nancy 99, Monkey Paw / Drakes Stumble South , Green Flash Imperial IPA (Summit) , Green Flash Hop Odyssey Symposium IPA 98, Green Flash Jibe 76, Half Moon Bay Calf-eine , Green Flash Soul Style IPA 96, Green Flash Sour Blond , Green Flash Super Freak 97, Green Flash Hamiltonís 8th Anniversary: Crazy Eight , Kern River Just Outstanding IPA 99, Faction Negative Ghost Rider
Ibrew2or3 (353) Tempe, Arizona | July 10, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
OK, First non bottle shop Iíve been to that carries Mikkeller Black Hole 375mL ($13 per). Looks like the seating is a bit limited with three wooden booths (wooden seats), six bar high tables and fifteen to twenty wobbly stools at the bar. Near 30 draft selection and 2 beer engines all being solid craft beer offerings biased toward San Diego selections. Big bottle list with loads of surprises. Very friendly and helpful people too. Awesome experience.
WeeObese (4) San Diego, California | July 3, 2008
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I have been going to Hamiltonís since the second week they opened. Met the owner that first night and was made to feel extremely welcome. I go every week with a group of friends and always get to try two or three new beers (usually on draught).
I always have great service and the staff has become very knowledgable, and at a minimum will give you a honest opinion and a tatser if on draught. The atmosphere is fun and there is lots to do for the non-beer geeks as well. The only knocks I have is the music is often too loud, and it gets crowded now, but that is just me being selfish.
The selection is great, always a ton of local crafts, a few belgians, or other rares on tap. I rarely have to order the same beer. The bottle list is great as well, and always getting better. The price is pretty fair for what you get, and happy hour on locals is always nice.
Second Saturday cellebrations to highlight a craft brewery with complemtary food/cheese pairings is a great monthly event.
Have eaten probably 10 times at the cafe and the food is pretty good. I hope they change up the menu a little more often. The mussels were awesome,
burger and chicken sandwich very good, and the beer cheese soup as well.
I really love this place, a great beer bar and I am moving within three blocks of the bar. Lucky me.
paytoplay (10) , California | July 1, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Havenít enjoyed the new food set up yet though friends have noted itís solid selection youíd expect from a beer bar. Having a solid and ever changing availability on bottled beers and draught make it a place you have to constatntly check out to see what they have. The website is A plus and a great way to time a special keg or cask as they note when things are on tap and on deck. I find the website to be very accurate, another plus. The patrons have always been nice. This is the type of place that is changing the beer landscape in San Diego. Once you get past the front door itís very inviting and can reward those looking to try out new beers. Iíve always been offered a free taste to see if I like whatís new. I see it as free education.
NYHarvey (124) New York, New York | May 13, 2008
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
The fact that there is a higher rated beer in San Diego than this is amazing. The selection was massive and included at least 10 beers Iíd never even heard of much less had. The place was packed, and we were there late afternoon, and everyone was definitely into the good beer vibe. Despite the crowd I had no trouble getting a beer whenever I desired one and the staff was very friendly.
It has that slightly run down ambiance that I actually enjoy. I canít wait to go back to San Diego and see the rest the city has to offer, but when I do Iíll definitely hit up Hamiltonís again. Great time!
Snojerk321 (54) San Diego, California | May 7, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Checked out this place on Cinco De Mayo. Pretty packed, a few seats at the bar available. It took us at least 10 minutes to get our first beer, after that it was no problem. Amazing tap selection including Pizza Port, Green Flash, Lightning....... Got to the bar around 8:30, was having such a good time we didnít leave till 2am. I like the crowd a little better here than OíBrienís ( a little younger). Looking forward to going back.
Oakes (700) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 27, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice taverny sort of place with a solid draft list and helpful customers. Well worth a visit.
Beershine (793) The Sunshine State, Florida | April 23, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
EXCELLENT beer bar in San Diego. A top-notch establishment with the right vibe: young, casual, friendly, and good service with a very good beer selection that includes many from local small breweries. The kind of place that you can spend hours in.
WeeHeavySD (111) San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon | April 20, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
How I havenít rated Blairís awesome bar Iím really surprised, I was expecting to come back and edit my review. This place is super fun, has a great vibe, a great selection and now with the cafe great food. I cannot say one bad thing about Hams except I wish I lived closer or it was closer to me, but I shouldnít complain. Also the great thing about the cafe is that there are vegan and vegetarian options, my girlfriend is vegan and so its a nice sell.
bsierra (11) Vista, California | April 5, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This is THE PLACE for serious beer fanatics. Scott Blair know his business inside and out. The selection of brews is second to none. On the second sat. events it gets a little too crowded, but itís all for a good reason. The shuffleboard table has alot of character and takes a few slides to get the interesting lay of the table. Always has tons of local brewers kicking back having beers and the newly added cafe next door has some of the best food youíll ever have the chance of tasting. Alot of the food from next door uses local brews to enhance the flavor of the dishes, a great call! All and all if youíre visiting San Diego get with someone who can bring you here and you will NOT be dissappointed. Try it youíll like it~
mjg74 (51) Salem, Oregon | March 21, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Nice place. Good selection of taps and bottles. Pretty empty when I arrived. Wouldnít mind have this place for my local bar.
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