Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown) | San Diego, California
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
Good based on 45 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 Peanut Butter Cup Porter 70, Karl Strauss Gaslamp Gold , Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout 97, Karl Strauss Windansea Wheat 71, Karl Strauss Tower 20 Double IPA 92, Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA 83, Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale 82, Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA 98, Karl Strauss 24th Anniversary Ale 93, Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale 92, Karl Strauss Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale 86, Karl Strauss Amber 45
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45 reviews for Karl Strauss Brewing Company - San Diego (Downtown)
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  79%
 Selection  64%
 Food  75%
 Value  71%
 Overall  75%
 Rating  81%
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74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
suddenlyissoon  (13) Chattanooga, Tennessee | May 2, 2008
A bit cramped but it was a good place to get a beer. I tried their sampler and didnít really find a beer I disliked. Then I got a pint of the Red Trolley Ale and fell in love. It was very, very good. Might have been my favorite beer of the entire trip. The Stargazer, for an IPA and from a guy who doesnít really care for them, was very, very good as well. I really wish I could find this stuff in Tennessee
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jeremytoni  (161) Swedesboro, New Jersey | January 20, 2008| Updated March 26, 2013
Staff is friendly and helpful. 10 beers on tap and good food.
48
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
Snojerk321  (54) San Diego, California | December 8, 2007| Updated January 30, 2009
Have had some good times @ this place. Went there for a beer when we were cruising around down town before my buddies bachelor party.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb  (501) 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99  (480) 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 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
7837  (3) Alabama | October 17, 2006
Once upon a time I thought this place was the epicenter of all things SoCal. Went there from right around day 1. SD native, moved to OC now back in SD. Yard House and Stone make Karl Strauss now seem like Black Angus Vs. Ruthís Chris. No contest. Sorry Karl.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr  (106) Omaha, Nebraska | August 25, 2006
My favorite of all the Karls. Iíve been coming here since 1990. There is always an interesting seasonal specialty beer or two pouring. Food is always good or excellent. Unlike many places around the Convention Center Area, they treat tourists with respect. Hardcore baseball-watching group on the bar-TVís is always a plus for me.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich  (215) McCall, Idaho | April 13, 2006
Very nice outside, several blocks from the waterfront, a few blocks away from the gaslamp district. Nice bridgeport-ish outside with the vine thing. Cool looking patio that looks like fun at night. Inside you can view the brewing equipment and the long bar. Lots of tables and a typical wooden interior with odd carpet. They had on a good porter, a mediocre abbey red and a barleywine as their seasonals. Service was fine, food was excellent. It was about noon when we got here so it was almost dead. I really liked the food. Ahi Poke and drunken shrimp.
60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74  (52) Salem, Oregon | April 6, 2006
Good place to get a few ratings. Kind of a yuppy type it seems to me. Iíve never had the food before, but the only time iíve gone it was about midday and the place was packed.
90
  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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