Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)

Mayor: blipp (4) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 10+
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1516) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (962) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
Braudog  (828) Yorktown, Virginia | June 18, 2005
Visited here in July 1997 during my fledgling beer nerd days. Need to go back.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
theisti  (767) 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.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb  (560) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99  (553) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock  (509) , 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Schlenkerla  (508) , 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
b727trijet  (470) Isleworth, England | April 13, 2016
Beers not bad but nothing special. For this part of the world I expected a few more hops! It was interesting to see through to the brewery and see two big wooden barrels time fermenting a Belgian tripel... would love to try it when it comes on. Also impressive was a cask ale beer engine which is only used Thursday till the weekend which I understand but unfortunately I was there on Monday so it was out of use! Did not see any guest beers, just their own.

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