Bolt Brewery

817 Center St
La Mesa, California United States 91942
brewery (Bolt)  6 reviews
Tue-Wed 3:00-9:00 PM, Thu 3:00-10:00 PM, Fri-Sat 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Sun 11:00 AM-9:00 PM

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Beers At Bolt Brewery

Bolt Blonde Smash5.4%2/9/2018
Bolt Love Canoe4.7%2/9/2018
Bolt IPA Batch 216.8%2/9/2018
Bolt OG IPA7.2%2/4/2018
Bolt IPA Batch 226.6%2/4/2018
Bolt Paint The Town Red5.1%2/4/2018
Bolt CitraSaurus5.9%2/4/2018
Bolt Baltic Porter10%1/28/2018
Bolt Dan Stouts5.9%1/28/2018
Bolt Deez Hops9.2%1/28/2018
Bolt Jewel Of The Hops6.4%11/25/2017
Bolt IPA Batch 207.1%11/25/2017
Bolt English Pale Ale5.4%11/25/2017
Bolt Festbier5.8%10/8/2017
Bolt IPA Batch 197.1%10/8/2017
Bolt Game Day IPA6.6%10/8/2017
Bolt Mango Me Crazy5.2%8/29/2017
Bolt Balboa Porter6.4%8/29/2017
Bolt Anchor Bolt IPA7%8/29/2017
Bolt Citra Pale Ale5.9%8/29/2017
Bolt Hoppy Lager6.5%8/29/2017
Bolt The Juice Is Loose8.3%8/26/2017
Bolt Digital Belgian Of Doom6%8/26/2017
Bolt IPA Batch 187%8/26/2017
Bolt Road Soda5%8/26/2017
Bolt Hopaholic Double IPA8.3%6/12/2017
Bolt IPA Batch 177%6/12/2017
Bolt Brown Ale5%5/24/2017
Bolt Pale Ale5.8%5/24/2017
Bolt Belgian Quad9.3%5/24/2017
Bolt IPA Batch 166.4%5/21/2017

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
blipp  (215) La Mesa, California | April 24, 2017
This is one of my "local" breweries, located about a 8-10 minute drive from my house. It has an outdoor/beer-garden type set up, with limited bar seating and plenty of picnic tables. The beers are fine, nothing crazy good, but usually nothing bad either. Food trucks are common -- you can check the schedule on their website to see if anyone is there. They typically have bands on the weekends, and they do trivia on Wednesday evenings. Small TVs, and wifi. Dog and kid friendly. Oh, and all the beer is gluten reduced. A decent place to have close by, though probably not anything worth going out of your way for if you are visiting.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB  (97) La Selva Beach, California | October 11, 2015
What a cool place, as others have said, it is right off the 8 freeway, a hodge podge of old buildings and shipping containers. We were staying close to La Mesa, and this was the closest brewery. Was there on a Wednesday which is trivia night, and the food truck was some guy making grill cheese sandwiches out of his F150. Beer was good, with a nice variety of what they make. Place was busy and people looked like they were having a great time, a real neighborhood place. Overall a true San Diego experience.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Marheb  (383) Montréal, Quebec | August 30, 2015
Une brasserie qui fait dans les styles de soif, souvent très bien exécutés, située dans ce qui semble être une ancienne cours à scrap. Leur Kristallweizen est particulièrement adéquate.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | May 26, 2015| Updated May 27, 2015
Visited May 23, 2015.

This is a really nice setup and could be a fun place to hang outbut whats more noteworthy here is the location. It’s comical really. The place is a barn like structure hidden behind some trees on the freeway offramp. We exited I-8 and were sitting right in front of it at the stop sign and didn’t see it. Of course we were looking for an street address and not actually looking at the buildings, otherwise we would have seen the kegs out front. What’s equally funny is how this whole neighborhood is set up. It’s circled by a one way street. So when you get off the freeway you can only go right (if you’re heading west on 8) and if you pass by your stop you have to go around the block and try again. We did one lap looking for the place and then another lap to get back to the freeway. The patio area, which is the entire public area, is outdoors and enclosed by a tall fence. They’ve used a couple of shipping containers for the cold storage and the bar. They’ve done a really nice job with this place. They have a number of wooden benches and a couple of bar seats. In the one corner is an easy up which serves as their stage for shows.

They had 9 beers on CO2 and a nitro tap during our visit and another had just blown. The beers are just decent but interesting to try since they have several pale ales and several variations of their wheat beer. Not often you see a krystalweiss on tap. The mango Weiss was my favorite followed by the citra pale ale. It was nice to see that they successfully (relatively) made a pilsner. Prices were high on tasters but that was to be expected. They don’t serve food but they do have food trucks from the sounds of it.

We got a bit of a history lesson from the bartender. The original Bolt Brewery opened in a small building in Fallbrook of all places in 1987 (I think). They were the first San Diego area brewery, a year or two ahead of Karl Strauss. The story the bartender told differs slightly from what the website says. The bartender says they had money issues since at the time the brewer/owner was only 19 years old. The website just says that they were ahead of their time. Not surprising that a brewery in Fallbrook may not be a huge success (though there is one there now). In any event the owner is still in charge of this location. Also, they claim that this is the first ever brewery in La Mesa.

Anyway, cool place, average beer. I’m not sure I’ll be making the trip often.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla  (15) La Mesa, California | February 23, 2015
It’s close to my pad, so that’s a good start. Went there on a Saturday afternoon and it was fairly busy. The beers were good, though not outstanding. There was a mackin’ taco cart there and the atmosphere was refreshing in that it wasn’t a bunch of beardos on bikes sniffing their tulip cups all afternoon. Good time and I bet they’ll expand that beer lineup in quick order.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Naven  (110) Poway, California | January 24, 2015
Really cool patio. It apparently used to be a junk yard. Very beer-garden-ish. Service was friendly. In all honesty, the beers were terrible. I had the Citra pale ale and couldn’t finish it. The coffee stout faired slightly better, as did the pilsner, but none were really enjoyable. Hope the beers get better, because all other facets seem to be in place.

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