t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 11, 2013
Visited twice, once several years ago on the way to Carlsbad for Strong Ale and once more recently with womencantsail.
Several friends had been there earlier the same day the first time I went and told us to try the "kriek". I guess they weren’t advertising it so you had to ask for it. After trying our flight of 8 house beers I spotted the brewer (whom I recognized from several beer events) and asked him about it. He was more than happy to bring it out. Nice people and not a bad atmosphere here. Unfortunately the beers are all kind of meh. Similar situation a couple years later but at that time it was late in the evening and the place was packed with bros and college kids. Not automatically a bad thing but yeah, if I’m dealing with that type of crowd I’d like to at least have good beer. I havent eaten here. Prices are reasonable.
Lots of beers on tap including about 12 house beers. Decent sized interior with some patio seating out front. Service was decent. Kind of a more typical bar feel than other brewpubs. The beers on the whole were disappointing. Just a few miles up PCH from Pizza Port Carlsbad, so it could be worth a stop if you’re in the area and not too hammered to drive.
Highway 101 is littered with small businesses, just blocks off the Pacific Ocean and Breakwater fits right in with the surfer/skateboarder vibe. While the music changed from Reggae to Classic Rock as the bar tenders changed shifts, I wondered why there was no beach/surfer music or punk/ska. The service is place your order at the bar and then seat yourself and has a similar feel to several Pizza Port locations, though the food is better at the latter. I enjoyed a couple pints and some wings before leaving, and it is nice to see guest drafts alongside the house brewed beers. A decent enough stop but somewhat forgettable in our San Diego beer oasis.
(Visited 10/2008): Breakwater Brewing is located not too far from the Oceanside in Oceanside, CA off I-5. It is on Hill Street about a block away from Mission Ave, and there is a lot of street parking available.
The brewpub (although a bar at the time of my visit - they do not have any of their own beers yet due to some kind of wrangling with the city according to the bartender) has a horizontal layout, with the bar running most of the length of it. There is some booth/table seating as well, and several flat screen TVs around. Their beer list is on a chalkboard behind the bar.
Breakwater has a pretty good selection of guest draughts, with taps representing Ballast Point, Mad River, Stone, Rogue, and Victory among others. I did not see a bottle list so I am not sure what is represented there.
Service was good on a weekday evening. The bartender who also works at Oggi’s was familiar with their beers and made good recommendations.
I tried the BBQ Chicken pizza for dinner and it was very good.
All in all this place has potential, especially once they have their own brews available. Even so, despite the plain Jane atmosphere it is a good place to check out.
What a rad beach bar. The vibe is busy and friendly. Service was helpful and prompt. Beer list is commendable. The house brews are solid, running a spectrum of tasty styles including a delicious sour ale. There are plenty of quality guest taps as well. I will be visiting this place a lot this week. I got a small pizza while I was there. Though not the NY style I usually look for, it was delicious. Great tasting crust and a heap of quality toppings.
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewpub Level. . . . . . . . . . .Medium Location. . . . . . . .Excellent, Downtown Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Low, $1 Tasters Tap Selection. . . .15 House, 10 Guest+ Bottle Selection. .Unknown Samplers. . . . . . ...Yes, 6 for $6 Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes Beer Level. . . . . ...Average to Below Average Food. . . . . . . . . . .Yes, Pizza & Burgers Food Level. . . . ...Low Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Inconsistent Growlers. . . . . . ...Possibly Noise Level. . . . ..Medium to Loud Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Outdated, Chain Brewpub Look Good for Kids. . ..Maybe Parking. . . . . . . ...Restricted Street WiFi. . . . . . . . . . ..No Cash Only. . . . . ..No Recommended. ..Yes Comments: Breakwater despite being outdated and with inconsistent beer that is anywhere from very good to very bad, they have a lot of house beers on tap including special cask only one-offs. With 6 for $6 tasting flights, it is super cheap and a no-brainer if you are going here to get your tick on. But if you are wanting to pound a lot of good beer, you should probably go to Local Tap House down Pacific Hwy or soon, Bagby Beer Co. Staff are pretty slow and carefree, which can be infuriating.
Visited early evening of 26th May 2015. Long thin room with food counter before the bar. Surfer Dude vibe with a US Marine Corps clientele (the huge Camp Pendleton main gate is only a mile away). My house beer six glass flight was lovely, the starter combo plate was good, although the hot sauce on the wings was over the top and too spicy for beer tasting duties. Basic design and wooden furniture: smart and modern it is not, clean, tidy and friendly it is. Only down side was the food waitress, slow uninterested and lazy: barman was fine.
Good choice of quality beers. Locals friendly as are the staff. We had lunch and sampled several and appreciated the tip from staff that the double IPA was getting close to finishing and if we wanted it to order it sooner rather than later! Also one of the best pizzas I can remember.