United States > California > San Diego
t0rin0 (1315) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 18, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
What happened? I know I rated this once before. Hmm. Anyway, I stopped in here with some friends on a brewery hopping tour through SD. Actually we were mostly doing north county but a pilot friend was staying downtown over night between flights. This was my first time in down town in a number of years and I had forgotten how nice it is right on the water. Then you step inside and itís a dark bar with some bar flies. Actually itís not that bad but it would have been nice to sit outside. Of the flight the Downtown After Dark (DAD) was the most popular with the other two but I liked the barleywine the best. One of these days Iíll have to stop back when in the area to see whatís new but I wouldnít make the trip down from LA for this. Actually I wouldnít make an appreciable trip for this but it is in downtown so itís an easy stop if youíre already in the area. Prices are high on food, they have a number of beers on tap but many of them are the corporate recipes (with one or two unique ones), and the service was good.
Braudog (699) Hampton, Virginia | June 18, 2005
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Visited here in July 1997 during my fledgling beer nerd days. Need to go back.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | June 30, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
The black and pale wood interior of this brewpub gives it a rather dark, fitting atmosphere. I felt comfortable for a meal, but would not necessarily want to spend the evening there. Patrons are a mix of professionals finishing their day and sports fan. The staff is active, friendly and reacts quickly when youíre out of fuel. I focused on their 2 IPAs, which were good, if a bit below this area of the worldís standards. I had a more than fair burger while Catherine loved her Mací and Cheesse.
Leighton (574) London, England | January 17, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A good spot. Quite commercially-minded though they make pretty decent beers overall. Friendly staff, good value on the flights. They have a full food menu so this might be a good spot to for a full meal (many of the other downtown SD brewpubs donít have a lot of food) although I wasnít eating during my visit. The location is convenient as it is very near the main train station. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the downtown area.
theisti (497) Leawood, Kansas | July 6, 2009| Updated June 28, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited with the family, the first night of my vacation to San Diego. They had about 8-10 beers on tap, nice broad menu that included good options for the kids. The layout of the restaurant is a little cramped, with the bar area taking one half of the space, and the dining area the other. I can imagine when full, this place is quite hard to get around in. Service was good, offered some opinions, was attentive. My food and beer were both good, but not great. This reminds me of Wynkoop in Denver, or 75th Street in Kansas City - places that are more or less local institutions that have faded or been eclipsed.
bhensonb (463) Woodland, California | July 26, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Hit it during happy hour on a Wednesday. Very helpful staff. The beers tend towards sweet rather than bitter, but thatís Herr Straussí German background. The Santa Fe Beef Quesadilla was quite good. Nine beers on tap.
Tmoney99 (377) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 11, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Easy to find location in downtown San Diego. Clean inside with wood bar and clean bar and tables. Brewing operations behind glass behind bar. Freindly service with good knowledge of selection of 9 to 10 taps. All beers average drinkable with good selection of styles. Good food menu and the calamari was a good portion and very good flavor. I enjoyed the visit.
Ibrew2or3 (338) Tempe, Arizona | April 2, 2006| Updated December 7, 2007
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This is where it all started for me. Around 1990 domestic beer was just beginning to come out of the dark ages. This place was an oasis. They always had an excellent selection on hand listed from the light in color beer to the dark. The food was pretty good. At this time it was really happening. Some nights it was tough to fight through the crowd and get a beer. The people that worked there were great and more than happy to talk about beer. I loved the $1 beers on Tue nights. It doesnít look like they do that anymore. Sometime when Iím back in town I need to go back and re-rate it. This place rates high for what it gave us back then.
Terminus (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | July 12, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty decent place if your staying in downtown SD. Dont go out of your way for it, but if your in town for a conference or some other event, you may want to give it a shot. the beer is average to just above. Food is tasty and the service is very good. it didnt hurt that our watress was really cute and friendly and seemed to know quite a bit about the beer they had. Definate bonus!
Schlenkerla (332) , Austria | January 1, 2013| Updated May 4, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Itís one of the few breweries located in the city centre of San Diego. We have come here since 2006 almost every year. Karl Strauss is one of the pioneers in the SD beer scene. We like the Red Trolley ale they sometimes have it even on cask. Thursday is cask night. Food is very good too and during summer we like to sit in the small beer garden. Overall one of our favorite places in SD.
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