Drove an hour out to San Clemente last time I was in So Cal, and it was well worth the drive. If a half dozen Pizza Port beers are not enough for you, they even had an AleSmith on tap. Pizza was better than average, but by the time we had pizza I had already drank my way through their offerings so that might not be the most accurate review of the pizza. Going to AleSmith next time Iím down south, but this was second only to the Russian River brew pub for me so far.
Visited around lunchtime on Monday, 02/25/08. Two story wooden fixtured building with parking on roof. Place does get busy, but it was dead when I visited this time. If your tolerance for kid noise is low, either stay away or drink that first pint fast. I counted about 20 taps and one hand pumped cask ale. The guest taps were well chosen micros and crafts, and their own beers are well made, if not always exceptional. The pizza is a little better than the beer, meaning itís damned good. I wouldnít say that you must visit this Pizza Port if itís well out of your way, but itís a great place to stop on the way to or from somewhere along Interstate 5 through Orange County. If there were one of these closer to LA, I would visit it relatively often.
OC post SAF brewpub tour: Overall solid selction of Pizza Port mainstay beers, we drank downstairs since the upstairs bar was not open. There was few people so the service was easy and prompt. Some of the sample glasses were a bit soapy which was a downer. Parking could be an issue with more people. Seems in need of some touchup paint and updating. Worth a stop if nearby. (I still like Carlsbad and Solana Beach more.)
28 beers on tap, as well as the sale of Lost Abbey/Pizza Port Bottles. San Clemente is a nice hilly beachside town. A bit more quiet than the other two PPs, but kind of out of the way. I still like Carlsbad the best, then San Clemente, then Solana, but all three are wonderful places. Nice place to stop on the way from LA down to San Diego.
Nice laid back surfer atmosphere. The service at the bar was great and the brewer took time out to come hang out and talk with us. The beer selection was great with about 10 or 12 beers, some from the other Pizza Ports. Too early to eat but had a good time well worth visiting.