Boss place, Americana all over great service with knowledge about their brews. Beers are good, love to hang out here.
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 7, 2014| Updated December 8, 2014
Visited December 6, 2014.
What a place. Itís kind of in the middle of nowhere which is actually a good thing in my opinion. Right across from the local airport. Itís real easy to get to. Thatís about the only plus. When we pulled up there were not one but two drunk buses outside. These were of the double decker variety. Kind of neat but it means twice as many drunks. The place was packed and loud and obnoxious. They were in the middle of doing an applause-o-meter for the ugly sweater contest. For some reason there was also some kind of a flea market / bazaar in the front selling trinkets. There was apparently a food vender somewhere in the back but even if I was hungry I wouldnít have been able to squeeze through all the people to get back there.
Getting a beer didnít take TOO long considering busy as they were. Unfortunately the beer was undrinkable. I tried six of them and the only one that was even remotely capable of being choked down was the guava beer. I tried all three of their IPAs and they ranged from bad to disgusting. They all had a common old hop flavor (like old dried goods, I call it fish food) and they were all very sweet. The Emancipation Hoplimation was super sweet with some green apple flavor, the Hellfire was buttery, and the Hop Off 76 was green apple-y. Then there was the Czarface RIS which sickly sweet and had some odd combination of acetone and toffee. The Zero Bock Thirty wasnít much better. In total I may have consumed 5 oz of beer. So bad. No way in hell I was going to try the other seven house beers.
It doesnít make any damned sense how SD county can have a hundred open breweries and yet places like this can survive. This ranks somewhere in the bottom 10-20 breweries Iíve ever been to.
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewery Tasting Room Level. . . . . . . . . . .Poor- Area 51/Kat Daddy Location. . . . . . . .Industrial Park off the 76 Prices. . . . . . . . . ..$2 per taster, pricey for quality Tap Selection. . . .Huge, 12 house beers Bottle Selection. .4-5 house bombers Samplers. . . . . . ...Yes Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes Beer Level. . . . . ...Poor to Very Poor Food. . . . . . . . . . .None Food Level. . . . ...N/A Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly Growlers. . . . . . ...Maybe, but... Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet Dťcor. . . . . . . . . ..Large Open Bar and Picnic Table Space inside brewhouse, random flags, Colonial America Good for Kids. . ..NO Parking. . . . . . . ...~3 parking spaces, shared private lot with tow away signs for adjoining businesses. Park across the street at Tap That. WiFi. . . . . . . . . . ..Probably not Cash Only. . . . . ..No Recommended. ..No Comments: This is the poorest quality beer in San Diego county besides maybe Oceanside Ale Works. The staff were great and talkative, very excited about their beer and business. Decor is a gigantic beer hall looking space inside the brewhouse. The tasting room is about 10x the size of their brewing space which I saw about 2-3 small FVs. The bottle somehow in bombers. Presidential, colonial America themed. Beers suffered from chemical harshness in a way accomplished by few breweries out there, namely, Area 51 and Kat Daddy in Riverside County. So coming here is a bit self defeating as you wonít be able to taste anything for the rest of the day, so I recommend making this or Oceanside Ale Works your last stop during a north county SD brewery tick venture. But coming here just for beer as a single destination would be unwise unless youíre into drinking bleach and that stuff, and if so, you probably donít read reviews of places before going there. For the record, I was forced here.
Warehouse brewery space near the Oceanside airport. Decent amount of space inside with some tables and a long bar. Lots of beers on tap, 11 during our visit. Lots of American history sort of decor to the place, and some of that theme included in the beer names.
We ordered a flight of all 11 beers. The prices were okay, I guess...about $2-3 per sample, which seems to be the norm these days. Unfortunately, the beers were uniformly bad...very bad. Which makes the cost even less appealing. Service was at least friendly, but I wouldnít come back here unless things seriously improved.
Located in a random industrial section of Oceanside across the street from Tap That (beer tap room with a SoCal focus). Had the brown and English IPA and both were solid. Inside is a basic layout with a long bar, picnic tables, and an early American history/constitution/military theme. They only serve their beers and there were about 7 or 8 on tap. Pretty basic set-up but the beers seem decent.