Groundswell Brewing Company

6304 Riverdale St
San Diego, California United States 92120
brewery (Groundswell)  3.85/5.0 9 reviews
Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Sun 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
rlgk  (614) Göteborg, Sweden | November 13, 2015
Nice place with the small brewery just next to the bar. Quite good beer, we shared a flight and had a good time. Very good service on a slow Thursday afternoon. Worth a visit when in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (1060) Escondido, California | October 4, 2015
This brewery is located near Qualcomm Stadium and easy enough to find. There are two entrances, one from street parking and the other from lot parking. The interior is functioning brewery with a bar and couches, bar tables and standing room. There were 8 or so beers on tap; I grabbed two small growlers and enjoyed the beers at home.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs  (241) Livermore, California | June 7, 2015
Visited upon opening on a Thursday. This is a pretty small place in an out of the way section of San Diego. Hard to find if you don’t know where it is. There’s a decent sized bar with seating (thank you) and a few tables scattered around, but not much room for a big group. They had 10 of their beers on tap which was nice and tasters were pretty cheap from what I remember. The server was kind of distracted since he was just opening up the place, but made sure I was taken care of and was ready to answer questions. All the beers were clean and reasonable well made, but not all that exciting. He told me their mission statement was to make solid, balanced beers for easy drinking. In that, I’d say they succeeded pretty well, although it seems like they need something to set them apart from the myriad of other breweries in the area. Even so, it was kind of refreshing to visit a no frills, gimmick free, old school brewery. Not a must stop, but if you’re in the area with some extra time, I would.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
brokensail  (1384) Dublin, California | April 3, 2015
Not too far from the stadium as well as from a couple other obscure San Diego breweries (Benchmark, San Diego Brewing). Small tasting room and brewery...really small brewing system.

Sort of a beach/water theme...lots of waves everywhere. Cool, modern but worn in, maybe beach bum decor.

One woman working the bar when we stopped in literally just as they opened on a Sunday morning/afternoon (degenerate style). They had maybe a dozen beers as well as a house root beer that drank pretty good. I thought most of the beers were pretty decent, particularly some of the hoppy offerings. They do individual tasters of everything and they’re about $2 a pop.

From reading the other reviews, seems like these guys aren’t terribly consistent...or they’re just finally figuring stuff out. So, don’t blame me if you come here and it sucks.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Marheb  (383) Montréal, Quebec | March 6, 2015
Trouvé par hasard après une hike vers le mont Cowles. Mignon, très artisanal (on peut voir les minuscules fermenteurs derrière le bar) et un peu inégal dans la qualité en général mais ça vaut le coup si vous êtes dans le coin.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
GT  (672) San Diego, California | March 4, 2015
Date. . . . . . . . . . ..2.27.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Tasting Room
Location. . . . . . . .Industrial Zone Mission Valley
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Lower, $1.50 larger tasters
Tap Selection. . . .10+ house beers
Bottle Selection. .None
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Average
Food Level. . . . ...None
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly
Growlers. . . . . . ...Yes
Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Cozy Lounge, Low Ceiling, Wood rafters
Good for Kids. . ..No
Parking. . . . . . . ...Street Enforced, possible hidden private lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Maybe
Comments: Perhaps a harder to find tasting room amongst an industrial sprawl, inside it was fairly crowded, 10+ house beers with an uninspiring variety of hefeweizen, IPA, ESB, Blonde, White IPA, dunkelweizen, milk stout. The milk stout was infected and quite bad, their wheat beers were all solid. Tasters served in sort of stemless martini glasses that were prone to sloshing and didn’t allow for great aroma perception. Overall, could be interesting enough for a stop by for those on a ticking craze.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | August 23, 2014
Cool spot right off of Fairs in a non-descript, in fact very non descript, low ceiling building. This is a relaxing worn in space with warn in décor and seating that offer up thick cushioned comfy stools. I can spend some time here and just chill and have a beer or two. Is see an above average sized home brew set as the brew house which makes me feel right at home. They offer flights/samples of all of their beers which numbered 12 during my visit. Friendly staff. I’ll come back. I like how easy access this is and how central it is to San Diego. This is like 15 minute or less from everywhere.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Lagunitasfan  (67) San Diego, California | March 7, 2014
Another stop in my quest to visit every brewery in San Diego County. Location is rather generic, but I care more about the beer. The place was pretty busy, with what seemed like a significant group of brewery "locals". It was a little odd. Beer unfortunately was also rather generic. What I had was fine. Nothing that jumped out as remarkable, but there were no drainpours either. With some time and refinement, they could be pretty good. I’ll have to revisit in a couple of months.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 12, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
Visited December 7, 2013.

Another brand new brewery in San Diego. This one is wedged between San Diego Brewing and Benchmark Brewing. Right now I’d say that they’re the worst of the three but then these guys are really new so I’ll give them another chance. I had an interesting conversation with the brewers about their system and they’ve done some neat things but it still needs work. They’ve essentially built a homemade glycol (cooling) system but they don’t really have any way of cooling anything. They have a big plastic drum full of glycol sitting in the brewing area with tubes running to it and a pump pumping it through the system. I don’t think there’s actually any kind of refrigeration system in place. Also, I don’t know about the health risks of having that drum sitting open in the brewing area. Oh well. They only had three beers on tap so I didn’t stick around very long anyway.

The three house beers were (surprise surprise) not fermented all that well showing flavors of green apple. That said they weren’t terrible. They had some oddball stuff though. The bartender and the brewer were really nice and helpful. The other patrons were pretty nice too. Despite the mediocre beer I had a good time here. They have food trucks outside and once you find the little street that it’s on it’s easy to spot the big red BREWERY sign out front. I imagine at some point I’ll be back to hit all three breweries on Friars Road.

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