Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown) | San Diego, California
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
Good based on 47 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 Barrel Aged Wreck Alley 84, Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA 97, Karl Strauss Tower 20 Double IPA 94, Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale 97, Karl Strauss ‘Home’ 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 10 IPA 81, Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale 78, Karl Strauss 24th Anniversary Ale 93
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47 reviews for Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  78%
 Selection  64%
 Food  76%
 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  (1510) 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 it’s a dark bar with some bar flies. Actually it’s 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 I’ll have to stop back when in the area to see what’s new but I wouldn’t make the trip down from LA for this. Actually I wouldn’t make an appreciable trip for this but it is in downtown so it’s an easy stop if you’re 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 20/20
AliceDoc  (4) Alice, | August 27, 2013
Food is great, I had the Oktoberfest in the 1Liter Strauss Oktoberfest souvenir mug, very tasty, clean taste smooth finish, not filling, just the right amount of alcohol very similar to the real Munich beer
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Schlenkerla  (398) , Austria | January 1, 2013| Updated May 4, 2014
It’s 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 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales  (69) Las Vegas, Nevada | December 15, 2012| Updated December 16, 2012
Love this place, wood decor with freindly staff. 20+ taps with onion rings.Great brews here with easy going atom.phere
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
saxo  (136) Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark | July 17, 2012
Nice bar with 10 taps of their local brews. They do 4 samples for $5. Bartender knows his stuff and service was good. Didnt try their food.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058  (55) Maryland | June 20, 2012
Ambiance: Typical mid-range brew-pub interior, with some nice views of brewing vessels, etc; decent patio out front. Service: Friendly, attentive, timely, seemed relatively knowledgeable about the beers. Selection: 10-15 house-made beers, most on tap but some only available in 22 oz bombers. Food: Dinner was great. I had a ridiculously awesome mac and cheese (with HUGE chunks of bacon and ham, and a delicious panko crust), my colleague had a massive burger he really enjoyed. Value: A taddish pricey, but comparable to a Ruby Tuesday or Outback. Two entrees, plus a flight of samples (4x3 oz), plus four total full-size beers = $60. Overall: Every single beer I tried was at least good, a couple were excellent. The food was great. On a weekday evening, it wasn’t crowded and the neighborhood is decent. If you’re in town on business, especially if your from the East Coast, get in there and try it.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts  (207) Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 3, 2012
only 10 beers are available. i tried almost all of them and found everything to be above average or better. the red trolley was exceptional. food was also above average.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento  (152) La Crosse, Wisconsin | November 7, 2011
I came here based upon last year when I was out here and had a really tasty bottle a their brew. And that it was just off the trolley route which for a lazy fuck like me adds a lot of charisma. They have a smallish patio in front which had an employee enjoying whilst he did some sort of arcane paperwork. Got a spot at the far end of the bar by the tap tower and immediiate service. Easy going bartenders and customers. Bartenders went from very accomodating to work a day. There’s a view of the brewery behind the back bar and a wide range of beers to look at from my spot. Great garlicy aromas in the air. Just got a very polite sniff an sample of an obscure tequila plata from the gracious bartender. Nice large oak bar, overhead is old school commercial, good lighting, sports on TV, growlers to go. I think my score should be better. But there you go.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus  (343) St. Louis, Missouri | July 12, 2011
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!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
gsmitty80  (202) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 22, 2011
Buddy and I had a couple beers here and some good food. The service was very nice and attentive. Good experience.

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