Julian Brewing / Bailey Barbecue

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 15, 2014| Updated October 24, 2014
Visited September 6, 2014.

I had high hopes for this place and with one (semi major) exception I was not let down. As it turns out they DO have a brewing license but they do NOT actually brew anything at the moment, nor does it appear that they even have a brewery built. They’re owned by Pizza Port and all the "house beers" are just Pizza Port beers. I could think of much worse arrangements to be honest but it was a bit frustrating going to a brewery that doesn’t actually make any beer. It’s not the first time this has happened and it wont be the last. It’s almost forgivable in this case because everything else was so good.

This is in the hills in Julian so there’s that. The scenery is great. It’s also about a block north west of the main intersection that is downtown where hwy 78 turns and becomes Main St. Very touristy and busy but there are some neat little stores and bars in this area. The building is split into at least three parts. There is a main dining room, then next to that is the bar area with some picnic/common tables, and beyond that are the bathrooms. The servers were friendly. They said it would be at least 20-30 minutes to get a table but you can (and we did) order from the bar area. They also sell individual tasters of beers. No premade flights, though it doesn’t matter since they’re not really house beers anyway. The food was pretty good. Not the best BBQ I’ve ever had but still very good. CelticAleMan was going on and on about getting burnt ends which they had. We split a half order of that and a half order of spare ribs. Personally I think the ribs were better. The sides were decent to good.

Over all this place is very laid back like a Pizza Port. Just take the dirty beach bum hippies of Pizza Port and transpose them into the mountains. My only complaint about this place is that the bartenders are not very organized. It takes a while to get a beer and they have to ask several times what you want. This might because I asked for some tasters or it might be because they’re overworked. Either way be wary of what they’re pouring. Oh, and I think they do eventually come around to the tables to get orders but I ended up going to the bar to order.

Edit: I think I now understand the difference between Julian Brewing and Bailey BBQ. I’m not clear on if they’re two different businesses but the one building is the restaurant that is Bailey BBQ and the other building (the bar area) is Julian Brewing. They both have both food and beer menus and the servers go back and forth. So yeah, basically the same place.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
GT  (672) San Diego, California | September 8, 2013
So the owner of the Pizza Port chain owns this establishment as well. It doubles as the local top BBQ joint and the only local brewpub. Thankfully, the food is quite good and beer is good as well. The ribs were outstanding as was the nitro stout (3.9 level). Potato salad was similarly fantastic (Top 5 potato salad for me!) Server was prompt, informative, and knew about the beers on tap. Tasting flights available for $2 per taster, large pours though, almost 5oz each. Crowded, fun. You can walk into the actual bar portion of the establishment where you can’t get food service. They have 6+ house beers on tap plus 15+ guest taps all craft beer with an eye on CA local stuff per usual. Lots of fun, will be back when we go camping out this way again. The town is super small, but fun as well to explore. Julian Pie Company next door is also of local fame. Two people eating with a tasting flight ended up being $38 plus tip.

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