Nickel Beer Company

1485 Hollow Glen Rd
Julian, California United States 92036
Mon - Thu 2:00 - 7:30 PM; Fri & Sat 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM; Sun 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
jbruner  (318) Marietta, Georgia | October 12, 2017
Small place, just a bar inside and the tiny Brewhouse/cellar area, with a nice outdoor patio. It's in the hills north of San Diego, so the weather is nice and you probably want to sit outside anyway. A fairly impressive selection considering the lack of space, but lots of fresh hop stuff from local farms when I went, and a solid base of traditional and new styles. If you are in Julian for apples, pie, or sightseeing, and want some decent beer, this is a fun stop.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Marheb  (383) Montréal, Quebec | August 30, 2015
Un refuge avec une saveur "gold rush" dû à la région. Les bières houblonnées sont particulièrement mémorables et la qualité générale est au niveau des standards Californien. Un incontournable reculé dans la même catégorie qu’Alpine et Chuckalek.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 9, 2014
Visited September 6, 2014.

This is a really cool spot up in the hills with a patio area that looks out over the valley. They don’t do food here unfortunately but they have some suggestions for local places that will deliver, not that you’ll have cell reception here anyway. It’s a nice little bar with some local characters. The bartender was an interesting mix of Irish, mountain folk, and diehard Packer fan. There is a little game room of sorts next to the bar with a foosball table and a dart board.

The brewery is a small 5ish bbl brewery located in the back. They had 12 beers on during my visit which is perfect since they do flights of 6. Unfortunately a couple of them were smoked but there were some good ones too. At least 4 of the 12 were hoppy beers. Also, the cask was pretty bad. Someone needs to explain to them that "room temperature" really means "cellar temperature". That cask was hot and hurt to drink. No thanks.

Cool place over all and I would stop back in if in the area again.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
GT  (672) San Diego, California | April 20, 2014
> High quality beer in an amazing outdoor setting is truly California’s answer to Arizona Wilderness ;)

>> Not even a mile from Julian’s ’town center’ is a small building right off the side of the road with "Nickel Beer" painted on the side of the building. Around 5-6 parking spaces. Interior is small, quaint, cozy with standing room only but outside is a large patio with picnic table seating. Around 12 house beers available, all are allowed growler fills and tasters. Tasters come in big 5oz tumblers organized on a cookie baking tray, $2 each. Growlers were $15-19 a fill. They will fill other brewery’s growlers as long as 32oz or 64oz standard glass. Staff was very friendly, the brewer even came out to pour some pints for people. Beer quality was high with most of their beers having some sort of smoked character either intentionally or not. Only a few beers were duds- the rest were worth the trip. Loved the ambiance. The word is out on the place and it was quite lively. Will be back for sure.

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