Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown) | San Diego, California
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
Good based on 46 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

1157 Columbia St
San Diego, California United States 92101 [ print map ]
619 234 2739

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Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-12am; Sat 1130am-12am; Sun 1130am-10pm

Mayor: AdiBeer (1) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 10+

Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)

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Beer Available At Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown) (arranged by most recent)
Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale 97, Karl Strauss ĎHomeí Brew (2015 National Homebrewers Conference Bottle) , Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter 75, Karl Strauss Gaslamp Gold , Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout 96, Karl Strauss Windansea Wheat 69, Karl Strauss Tower 20 Double IPA 94, Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA 81, Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale 78, Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA 97, Karl Strauss 24th Anniversary Ale 93
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46 reviews for Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  78%
 Selection  64%
 Food  75%
 Value  71%
 Overall  75%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1508) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 18, 2013
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  (792) Phoenix, Arizona | June 18, 2005
Visited here in July 1997 during my fledgling beer nerd days. Need to go back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (727) London, England | January 17, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | June 30, 2009
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.
theisti  (633) Leawood, Kansas | July 6, 2009| Updated June 28, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb  (521) Woodland, California | July 26, 2007
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99  (509) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 11, 2007
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock  (434) , England | June 3, 2014
Bumped into this place while ambling around San Diego and sat half outside in the entrance lobby. Inside looked neat, tidy and beery, my wife and i wanted the fresh air though. The young lady who served us was happy to bring us out just beers and even gave me two free samples when she saw I was taking notes. I like free beer! So overall a good place to rest your feet and try some of their beers, all seven I tried seemed in good order and tasted fine to me.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Schlenkerla  (396) , Austria | January 1, 2013| Updated May 4, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | April 2, 2006| Updated December 7, 2007
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.

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