Encinitas Beer Guide: Your Encinitas guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Encinitas

76 /100 629 S COAST HWY
“On the main drag...12 taps on all local brews.“
Wirralbeerveg 443 days ago
60 /100 629 S COAST HWY
“A typical no-frills brewery outlet - a bar, a tap-list and too few places to sit - a modernist bare concrete vibe. Best to try a beer or two and move on.“
berkshirejohn 550 days ago
76 /100 641 S COAST HWY
“A nice open air place along S Coast Hwy, right in front of Whole Foods. We enjoyed a couple of lunch dishes and some fresh draught beer. The service was prompt and friendly, and the food pretty good. There is a diverse selection of beers, leaning more towards local options.“
BeerandBlues2 1658 days ago
60 /100 641 S COAST HWY
“Visited early evening on 8th May 2016 (Mothers Day in the US), very busy. Modern joint with a thin outside area out the back, one table wide (tall thin tables with uncomfortable high stools), this must count as a Bier Garden around here. We were squeezed into one of the outside tables with a shoehorn and had a beer each, we were going to stay and eat here originally but the stools were cramped and we decided to move on. Both beers were fine and the tap list seemed interesting to me, a visiting Brit. Service was fine but the overall impression I got was of an overcrowded hip party where everyone wanted to over talk everyone else and there was no escape. Might be a better vibe when less busy.“
BlackHaddock 1806 days ago
82 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Visited early evening on 7th May 2016, just enough space for my wife and to get a table towards the rear of this fairly thin, but long bar. Good and interesting tap list and a very extensive bottled menu, if a little on the expensive side. Only down side for me was a bottle of Pretty Things beer (Hedgerow Bitter) was a strange taste, just though it was us until I discovered it has been retired for some years and our bottle was obviously old and not a beer that should be aged. Did not try the food, looked good though. Busy and lively on the Saturday evening we popped in, nice vibe, friendly and hip (to a 62 year old Brit and his wife on their 39th Wedding Anniversary).“
BlackHaddock 1806 days ago
56 /100 305 ENCINITAS BLVD
“Visited on 8th May 2016. Never been to an Oggi’s before. Square and large, bar to your left as you walk in, TV screens everywhere, hundreds of them. Beer selection was almost all their own, our first two beers came in frosted glasses and we had ice within the liquid, far too cold for any aroma or taste to be found. Server was pleasant and the Sweet Potato Fries were very nice. Slot machine area near the toilets, strange to me anyway. Not overly impressed with the beers, even when a little warmer. This will be the last as well as my first Oggi’s experience.“
BlackHaddock 1810 days ago
80 /100 576 N COAST HWY 101
“Friday 6th May 2016: spent most of the 15:00 to 18:00 Happy Hours in here and had a great time. The place was pretty busy, so we sat in a corner near the bar and kitchen entrance watching the staff and customers while tucking into our food and beers. Basic layout, wooden floor, iron stools and one TV screen, a few tables too. 20 taps, mostly local, with some well known Belgian and German brews in the mix, and changing, the chalk board and printed menu’s were altered mid session while we were there. Food was excellent and I thought the beer quality top notch also. A great start to our three night break in Encinitas.“
BlackHaddock 1810 days ago
76 /100 641 S COAST HWY
“Situé en face du Whole Foods Encinitas. Sélection de base intéressante avec des produits plus génériques greffés à ça. Comme c’est souvent le cas dans les environs, les prix sont gonflés. Pour une ou deux pintes sans regarder avec une bonne ambiance, ça le fait. Ça ne laissera pas de marque indélébile dans votre vie par contre.“
Marheb 1837 days ago
80 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“This area liquor shop is located in an older area of Encinitas among out-dated architecture and revived architecture alike. The store has a fairly large beer selection and one of the best in San Diego county. The prices are average and service upon request. There are several lambics and barrel-aged beers accompanying a mostly CA selection.“
BeerandBlues2 1957 days ago
70 /100 1108 S COAST HWY 101
“Stopped on by here after a morning hike to get some food. Nice looking bar/restaurant. Draft list was decent - though the menu has a standard number of options, you’ll need to look at the chalk board for the rotating selection of brews. I thought the food was decent, the burger and sweet potato fries were highlights for me.“
radagast83 2068 days ago
78 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“solid solid tap list here...worth the trip just for that. didn’t partake in food, but some of the menu looks great.“
slowrunner77 2072 days ago
88 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Un pub bruyant et garni d’un choix de bières fût/bouteille difficile à battre. Rien ne se compare dans le coin La Jolla/Encinitas.“
Marheb 2128 days ago
74 /100 1108 S COAST HWY 101
Date. . . . . . . . . . ....4.4.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Bar + Restaurant
Location. . . . . . . ..Coast Hwy, south Encinitas
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..$6-7 Pours
Tap Selection. . . .15+ local craft and macro, special releases
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .Yes
Samplers. . . . . . ..Unlikely
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Above Average
Food Level. . . . ...Unknown
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Attentive
Growlers. . . . . . ..No
Noise Level. . . . ..Loud
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Dark, Trendy Sports Bar look, open air, high ceiling
Good for Kids. . ..Sure
Parking. . . . . . . ...street, enforced
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Sure
Comments: Daytime restaurant transforms to crowded bar at night, surprsing tap list with at least 15 offerings, about half macro and half local craft including Alpine, Stone, Ballast Point, Port, Hop Concept, Lost Abbey, Coronado, Mother Earth, Pizza Port. Angry Orchard cider as well. Really impressive. Didn’t try the food since I was there later in the evening. Lots of fun- super packed though. As a bar, people tend to dress up here, which is a first for North County SD. Will be back. “
GT 2208 days ago
76 /100 641 S COAST HWY
Date. . . . . . . . . . ....4.4.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Bar + Restaurant
Location. . . . . . . ..Coast Hwy, central Encinitas
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..$6-7 Pours
Tap Selection. . . .Extensive, 25+ local craft
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .Yes
Samplers. . . . . . ..Unlikely
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..High
Food Level. . . . ...Unknown
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Attentive
Growlers. . . . . . ..No
Noise Level. . . . ..Loud
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Trendy, Wood, Edison Lights
Good for Kids. . ..Sure
Parking. . . . . . . ...Free lot structure next door at Whole Foods
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Sure
Comments: Daytime restaurant transforms to crowded bar at night, large tap list with at least 25 offerings, almost all local craft including Alpine, Societe, Port, Lost Abbey, Stone, Green Flash, Coronado, Hess, Latitude 33, Mother Earth, Acoustic, Karl Strauss, Saint Archer, Julian Cider...many more. Really impressive. Had Alpine Nelson and it was fresh and poured with a proper head. Didn’t try the food since I was there later in the evening. Lots of fun- will be back. “
GT 2208 days ago
84 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“Une boutique droite et propret avec des bouteilles classées avec rigueur. Plusieurs ipa étaient hors du frigo mais la quantité de bouteilles est impressionnante. Plusieurs Almanac et autres brassins plus difficiles à trouver comme des Alpine. Maintenant sur ma liste.“
Marheb 2290 days ago
60 /100
Fish 101 (Restaurant)
1468 N COAST HWY 101
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..10.1.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Fish Taco Fast Sitdown
Location. . . . . . . .Coast Highway
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal
Tap Selection. . . .6 Local, 1 Macro
Bottle Selection. .30 Craft
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..No
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Okay
Food Level. . . . ...Very Good
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly
Growlers. . . . . . ...No
Noise Level. . . . ..Lively
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Bright Wooden Shared Tables
Good for Kids. . ..Yes
Parking. . . . . . . ...Small Private Lot, Street
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..For food yes, For beer no
Comments: It isn’t a beer focused place, but someone added this to RateBeer and I don’t think deleting it would do any good. It’s a fish taco/seafood focused restaurant with a tight menu, fresh and bright flavors, no fanfare. Order up at the front and then sit down at small tables or high top shared tables. Food was a tad messy/drippy but everything was super fresh and delicious..tacos, fries, fish n chips, po’boys. They carry a good number of Alesmith, Coronado, Stone, Green Flash, Saint Archer bottles/cans. But on tap they make a real point to carry a good but small selection of local craft including Prohibition, Mother Earth, Saint Archer, Figuroa Mountain, Acoustic Ales, Amplified, Ballast Point, etc. Decent keg rotation. I’ve been coming here every once in awhile since it is great food and not too expensive. Great place in general to eat in Encinitas without breaking the bank. Beer selection is sort of a secondary bonus if you are so inclined. “
GT 2290 days ago
80 /100 576 N COAST HWY 101
“Good beer selection and good food. Prices are a little high, but I guess it’s coastal California. For the most part good service, but our server made a boderline retarded comment about a beer one day. I’m surprised this place isn’t more popular.“
dsnow23 2322 days ago
60 /100 1108 S COAST HWY 101
“Visited here in December 2013. I wasn’t overly impressed. The ambiance is pretty sleek. They’ve got some OK beers. But the prices are on the high side. The one beer I tried wasn’t very good. The staff was friendly enough. There are better options in the area.“
Leighton 2379 days ago
80 /100 641 S COAST HWY
“Neat spot on encinitas strip. Roughly 30 taps nothing ground breaking but lots tasty options. Service fine food was really good.“
rejtable 2389 days ago
92 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Great spot! Maybe 30 well chosen local to international taps. Service was awesome, food was solid. Kid-friendly. Great a lot to fuel up before hitting beaches!“
rejtable 2392 days ago
92 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Badass! Some prices are nuts(Armand 4 seasons) but most are doable. All the almanac beers are avail. Fun place.“
daknole 2499 days ago
82 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“The selection here is extensive and impressive. Lots of beers out on the shelves, but a number of coolers as well. Lots and lots of local, San Diego breweries as well as special releases from the Bruery, Almanac, Firestone, and others. Lots of imports as well, which is sort of unusual for Southern California and San Diego in particular.

The place itself is a solid store, but some of the prices are laughable. For instance, the Bruery/Dogfish head collaboration from 3? years ago for $40? Hah! It’s a good place and you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for, but you may have to pay extra for it.“
brokensail 2503 days ago
88 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Really long, somewhat narrow place. A bar that runs the whole length of the establishment and some tables off to the side as well. Quite a divey feel, which I typically like.

Extensive bottle list (though somewhat laughably priced) and a really nice, eclectic draft list. Prices are pretty good and they do flights for $10 (four pours), as well as 4 ounce pours of any beer for $2.50, which is appreciated.

We didn’t eat anything here, but the food smelled and looked great. Looks like a great burger place.

Will have to try to make a stop in Encinitas again and make a return trip.“
brokensail 2503 days ago
72 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
> Legit bottle shop off the 101 in Leucadia (north Encinitas)

>> 3/4 of beers are not fridged, but they do a fairy good job of putting hoppy beers in the fridge. Well organized by brewery and country. Was able to find ALL of the Almanac sour releases and the new Lagunitas NightTime. Some other older Stone collab 12oz bottles are hard to find nowadays. Normal prices, no price gauging. Staff seemed nice- no hassle. Will be back since as far as I know, only this place and Texas Liquor in the North County area get special releases. Yes, it is beer dessert in a beer paradise if you are bottle shopping. “
GT 2532 days ago
88 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Very impressed with this place- shocked that I’d never heard of it. Decided to give it a go after reading Leighton’s review. Awesome, cozy beer bar ambiance with few tables and a long bar. Very crowded, but not too loud. Diverse menu but specializing in burgers- they were quite good 8/10. Service was all surprisingly good when it came to beer knowledge. Our server knew much more about beer than most staff at any big beer place I’ve travelled to. He guided me through the bottle list quickly and we found quite a rarity here- Westmalle Extra, usually for sale only on premise at the monastery in Belgium. Tap list was extensive focusing on local CA beer especially highlighting nearby Acoustic Ales. Tasting flights available and not expensive. Tap list included rarities like Midnight Sun Moscow, which made my wife a happy camper. Will be back.“
GT 2650 days ago
66 /100 641 S COAST HWY
“A so so place overall. The beer range is pretty good, but the beer range is pretty good at most San Diego area eateries. The food is also mostly sound. My beef here was as follows. We, a party of four, came here for dinner. We had our mains and a few drinks and were having a good time. We were planning to have some dessert, too, but when we flagged down our server he told us the kitchen had closed so we couldn’t get any. Really? Everyone I was dining with has worked in the service industry and we all thought this was shabby practice. (We would have expected a heads-up from the waiter in case we wanted anything else.) So here I am, telling it real to RB. Aside from the gripe, the meal was OK. As a silver lining, we went down the street to a place called 3rd Corner and had a fantastic dessert paired with some top notch beer and wine - probably a much better dessert than we would have gotten at Biergarden. If I go back to Encinitas I will go to dinner at the Encinitas Ale House and give Biergarden a pass. It’s not a bad place overall but you’ve got better options literally minutes away (and that’s walking, mind you).“
Leighton 2674 days ago
90 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Really quite an impressive place. I stayed in Encinitas for a week but, lamentably, I only came to this venue on my last night. The draft list is solid, with lots of local stuff and in addition to some fairly obscure CA beers (picked up a one-off Almanac beer here, for one). The bottle list is also really well put together, with lots of great American beers alongside a comprehensive range of European imports. The food is also good. I had a salad but my companion had a burger, to which he gave high marks. The prices are pretty damn good on everything. The service is also very good. If you are staying in Encinitas this place is a must-visit. The location is right on the main drag, so it’s easy to find.“
Leighton 2674 days ago
84 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“(Visited 10/2013): Royal Liquor is located near the ocean on the 101 on the north side of Encinitas, not too far off the I-5. There is a parking lot next to the building.

The interior is laid out like a typical liquor/convenience store. The beer is located in multiple aisles on the right side, and in some coolers around the perimeter.

Regarding the selection there are hundreds of brands, more or less segmented by geography. California and the west coast are well-represented with beers from Lost Abbey/Port, Almanac, Bruery, Speakeasy and Russian River.

Service on our visit was friendly, although the cashier didn’t really go out of the way to offer assistance (not that we asked for or needed it). They did let me use the restroom which was appreciated.

All in all this is an unassuming spot from outward appearances, but has an incredible selection and is definitely worth stopping between Encinitas and Carlsbad.“
Dogbrick 2726 days ago
94 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“Best selection around, and the brothers who own these are pretty friendly.“
defresh 2912 days ago
74 /100 212 N EL CAMINO REAL
“Typical BevMo. Nice selection of beers in coolers and on the shelves. Good prices compared to other beers stores in the area, but not the selection of rare beers other stores have.“
Sledutah 2987 days ago
84 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“Pretty nice place on the Alameda. Not crowded on a Friday afternoon, plenty of outdoor seating. A dozen interesting taps, iwhen I was there. Fair to middlin bottle list, with prices that range from pretty good to "whoah"“
KBS4242 3109 days ago
100 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“One of my favorite beer bars in San Diego. They have a kick ass and knowledgeable staff. There draft list is incredible and changes every day, Belgians, Domestics, German, Austrian, beer from all over the world. They get some super rare beers as well! The Burgers are definately up there on the best burger I have ever had. My boyfriend is a vegetarian and he even loved his Veggie Santana Burger. Fish tacos are bomb, Pizzas delicious. My favorite local hang out spot, tiny European pub feel to it. Tons of locals that strike up conversation and are so friendly.“
mauigirl124 3125 days ago
86 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“I was utterly surprised by the fantastic selection here. I looked everywhere for certain beers and finally went here on a whin, even though it looks a run of the mill liquor store.“
rhartogs 3332 days ago
82 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“This is a nice local, though the space is too small and they have some weird table configurations. I’m impressed with their selection. Someone there likes Belgians, cause it’s heavily weighted in the beer list. They do mix it up really well. I’ve been about 5-6 times, and the beer selection stays fresh with new beers every time. The food is good, albeit a little pricey. They were actually serving lion burgers one day (is that legal?).“
Tycho52 3365 days ago
76 /100
Encinitas Ale House (Restaurant)
1044 S COAST HWY
“Typical craft beer pub atmosphere, fairly nice. Decent selection of Belgians and locals. Bartenders seemed friendly enough. Average pricing. Nothing too special, but a nice place to grab a brew. I did not try the food.“
JohnnyJ 3471 days ago
100 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“I stumbled onto this place unintentionally as I was driving down the 101 looking for a restroom. boy was I surprised when I walked in.... They have lines and lines of beer, probably close to 700 varieties. I also loved their controlled wine cellar. I wish they aged their beers this way as well. Definitely one of the best in San Diego.“
stinkywinky619 3702 days ago
66 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“Great beer selection, they really don’t have bad beers. Wish we had it this good in Arizona!“
2004st4s 3973 days ago
78 /100 212 N EL CAMINO REAL
“Fairly attentive staff asking if you need any help, hard to find someone that new a lot about the craft beer scene. Good selection of seasonals and rarities.“
Snojerk321 4154 days ago
100 /100
Farr Better Spirits (Beer Store)
398 N EL CAMINO REAL
“This place carries some beers I have never seen anywhere else. Nice 22 selection both American and European craft beers are available. Check it out!“
cjever19 4399 days ago
96 /100 1496 N COAST HWY 101
“One of the best micro brew and craft beer selection I’ve seen. They have just about every single beer that’s brewed in San Diego county, and they also have a wide variety of beers that I can’t find elsewhere.“
HoppyHolliday 4485 days ago
72 /100 212 N EL CAMINO REAL
“All BevMo’s in San Diego have a good selection as a whole, but some individual BevMo’s have a fair number of beers unique to them. This always seems to be the case with Encinitas. The place is huge, and you can always find 5-6 beers here that are not at the other locations. Though I have never bought food at this location, the cheese and sausage selection looks good. The staff is friendly and knows their stock.“
trokini 4657 days ago
48 /100 305 ENCINITAS BLVD
“Dark windowless, about 10 OK beers on tap. I don’t think this location brews beers. OK place to stop by if you are in the area, but there are better places to visit.“
wetherel 5030 days ago
76 /100 212 N EL CAMINO REAL
“A very large selection of beer and wine. Many macros so the selection for beer geeks isn’t really that great. Prices are good and predictable (never over priced). I usually stop by once a month to check things out. They will order anything for you (they did for me, so I gave them a good service rating).“
wetherel 5030 days ago
56 /100 305 ENCINITAS BLVD
“Sports bar atmosphere. The day I was there, were lots of kids. Pizza was outstanding - with goat cheese, a first for me. I tried their IPA and Amber and enjoyed both. Kind of a dark atmosphere.“
Jabswitch 5058 days ago
78 /100 212 N EL CAMINO REAL
“Encinitas. The selection could be better, but it is pretty good. Good selection of California beers, and the import selection isn’t lacking. I wish they went out of their way to get more American beers from outside of California, but I guess that is the fault of the distributers, not the store. Supermarket ambiance. Staff is fairly knowledgable, but definitly not experts. I have had staff members tell me things that were blantently wrong, but they are at other times very helpful and nice. Large selection of CA craft beer, not a great selection of rare stuff from outside CA.“
Hair 5404 days ago
66 /100 212 N EL CAMINO REAL
“Encinitas BevMo location. Easy to find this location. They had adequate supplies of Alesmith, Stone, Reaper, plus they had Stone glassware.“
1FastSTi 5520 days ago
72 /100 212 N EL CAMINO REAL
“Encinitas Location- Ok, not much on "ambienice", it’s a liquor store after all. Service- no one offered to help me but I didn’t need it. Thge checkout girl flirted a bit, which was better then being uninterested. Selection weas quite nice leaning towards mostly West Coast goodies. Glaqd that I went.“
legion242 5631 days ago
54 /100 305 ENCINITAS BLVD
“Oggi’s is usually a very cool place to hang in San Diego, but man did this Oggi’s miss out on all the goodies the rest of San Diego has to offer. They have only the basic 6 Oggi’s beers and little else in the way of interest. Overall you’ll usually have to wait for seating. The waiters are definitely willing to help you out, but their beer knowledge is zip, zero, nada. Their food here is their most redeeming point. I bet you could come here and get 6-7 new beers for yourself if youre visiting from out of town, but really, there’s nothing to see here!“
DrunkAsASkunk 6021 days ago
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