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Beer Available At Hamiltonís Tavern (arranged by most recent)
Marin Eldridge Grade White Knuckle Double IPA 100, Monkey Paw / AleSmith Ashes from the Grave 88, Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Crunchberry) , Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Cocoa, Ginger, Orange) , Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Coconut, Chili Peppers) , Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Peanut Butter) , Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Oak) , Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Rum Barrel) , Ballast Point Victory at Sea (Maple) , Ballast Point Victory at Candy Cane Cove 93, Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison (Mandarin Orange & Peppercorns) 94, Societe The Bachelor-Mosaic , Monkey Paw Jerrys Farewell Robust Mocha Porter , Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale 99, St Feuillien / Green Flash BiŤre De LíAmitiť 97, AleSmith Speedway Stout 100, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, AleSmith Barrel Aged Old Numbskull 100
wetherel (83) Encinitas, California | August 12, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Excellent tap and bottle selection, including stuff sold out in stores. Comparable to Obriens, but I like Hamiltonís atmospher better. Best beer bar in San Diego?...probably. Went there for Dead by Dawn on tap, which ran out minutes before I got there. Service is a bit slow, but to be expected from a busy bar. Out of mestophiles and angelís share, but listed on menu.
mds (100) Toronto, Ontario | May 27, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed the walk down 30th St, through a fairly nice area, from The Linkery. A photograph
that I took on that little journey.
This place seemed almost sketchy from the outside but once inside it immediately became more inviting. Lots of friendly folks striking up conversation.
The beer list here was unreal and could quite easily compare to other quality establishments like The Liars Club. They had Speedway, RR Younger, and plenty of other awesome CA brews.
The tap list
on March 25, 2007:
I didn’t really look at the bottle list at all but I’m sure there was something good in there.
Prices were awesome considering how insanely good the beers were.
Definitely a place I’d come back to.
claudeballs (1) | May 11, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Cool neighborhood bar vibe, but with an amazing beer selection. Some real rarities in their list for a beer bar, especially stuff like Hitachino Nest and Belgian stouts. Owner is a very enthusiasic beer fan and really knows his stuff. No food, though you can get some from next door. Definitely a great addition to the San Diego beer scene.
padrefan98 (38) (San Diego) Santee, California | April 16, 2007
56 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
This place is very neighborhoody. Its residential, with apartments and a few houses across the street and next door. If you want food you can go next door to the cafe and they will bring it to you in the bar. Lots of bottles on hand and they are on display in a cooler for you to look at. No long lists to try to figure out what you want, one was available for those who like to read.
fordest (62) Santee/San Diego, California | April 15, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Pretty cool place. Lots of choices on draft and in bottle. It will be a long time before I can walk in here and NOT find something I havenít had. Hey, I can always have a draft of PBR if it comes down to it.
JoeMcPhee (501) Toronto, ON, Ontario | April 14, 2007| Updated July 28, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This place was awesome. I always know that Iím going to enjoy a place based on whether or not my wife hates it. This place is dark and dank and seedy... with virtually no reason to go into unless you are looking for killer beer.
I had a quick session here of three west coast hop bombs from Green Flash brewing followed by a Speedway Stout. All that and the bill was less than 20 bones. I could have probably spent another four-five hours here easily. All the beer I had was very fresh and in great form. Lots of bottles as well, although I didnít get a chance to attack any of them. Maybe next time.
alafito (21) tijuana, Mexico | April 4, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Hard to find and no one in the nearby gas stations knew about the place. Confy, big plasma tvs, free pool and foosball. Not a place id take the wife but a nice hangout to chat with a wide variety of regulars. No food there but you can bring in a cheestake sandwich from next door which is excellent. Greatest tap selection in San Diego after Oíbriens and tons of bottled ales. Great classic and lively rock music. Great service but lacking FOOD! On the top 5 list!!!
billk (55) Coeur díAlene, Idaho | March 27, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
This bar was OK with a decent selection of brews even for SD but the crowd that was there made me think of the word seedy. The sandwich which I brought in from next door was good though.
DenverLogan (63) MileHi, Colorado | March 6, 2007| Updated August 14, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
24 quality taps in this neighborhood tavern. Hundreds of bottles including 35 Beligans, such as Girardin, des Rocs, out of state goods from Jolly Pumpkin, Sprecher...plus many California micros. Some regular and many rotating taps included Alesmith Speedway Stout, St. Bernardus Apt 12, Drakes IPA, Port None the Wiser Weizenbock, Monks Sour Flemish, Old Guardian, The Duchesse, The Czar, three different Green Flash brews. Very nice staff and owner, Scott Blair, with a genuine desire to carry great beers at reasonable prices. Two pool tables have custom designed stained glass with the logo of SoCal breweries such as Alesmith, Stone, Coronado, Green Flash...very classy. Thereís no kitchen but you can get food from next door or elsewhere and bring it in. They have casks regularly, and free BBQ sometimes. A great neighborhood beer lovers tavern, and one of the top 50 finest beer bars worldwide along with other San Diego gems the Liarís Club and OíBriens.
UPDATE Aug 2010 - Scott consistently works hard to offer the best beers at reasonable prices. He sends out weekly newsletters describing exciting beer and food events weekly. He also has two other establishments and a dedicated staff.
Bartzilla (12) San Diego, California | December 9, 2006| Updated May 14, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
A welcome addition to the neighborhood. Nice selection of taps and bottles and an owner eager to satisfy the customer. Kicked down a bottle of Delirium Noel to us so we could taste it against the kegged version that he was in the midst of getting tapped. Lots of bar games and plenty of televised sports round out the deal. Been there a few times and look forward to going back several more times.
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