Visited the bottle shop and brewpub in January 2011 for a barrel festival, then came back the next day for lunch and bottle-shopping. Nice selection, well-maintained. Staff was friendlier than the day before. Worth a stop for us out-of-area folks looking for HotD, LA, RR.
Cool place with LOTS of beers to pick from. Up until recently you could open bottles there too. Never quite understood why people would want to do that but there were always at least a few people enjoying something in there.
Prices are pretty steep but where else can you get some of this stuff? Hopefully they get their liquor license issues sorted out and at least stay open, even if you cant drink in there anymore.
Nice little bottleshop located adjacent to the brewpub. They usually have some obscure stuff to try, they get all the limited releases, etc. Staff is usually quite nice. You can also drink beers you buy there in the store. Nice little outdoor area to hangout in as well.
(Visited 07/2008): The shop is kind of like an attached garage to the brewpub, which is located off the I-5 in Carlsbad. Street parking seems to be the best option, since there is only a small private lot behind the building.
The interior is small with coolers on either side. They are well stocked with an assortment of 100s of beers from the region and all over the world though. Port/Lost Abbey, Stone, Rogue, Alaskan, Deschutes...the list goes on. As for imports they have a nice selection from different countries. Nils Oscar, brewers from Russia, Germany, Belgium etc.
Service was good on my visit. The people behind the counter were helpful and knowledgeable.
Overall it would be nonsensical to visit the brewpub and not the bottle shop, and vice versa.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon - decent crowd of folks hanging around enjoying beers. The selection here is pretty limited, though well chosen. The Belgian selection was strong, and saw a bunch of CA and OR brewers I didnít see elsewhere. Prices seemed fair, though on the higher side of fair. The big draw here is the ability to drink your beers on premise, and if you want to avoid the madness next door, there are great tables out back. Cool vibe in this place.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
This is a cool idea. The prices are a little higher than most bottle shops, but this place has an outside patio and a table inside for on-premise consumption. Factoring that in, the prices are way lower than any other bar in town for bottles. The selection is pretty damn good and the staff was very, very knowledgeable and quite helpful. There seems to be more emphasis on bombers than 12 oz. bottles. I seem to see that a lot around these parts though.
Amazing selection of bottles--though no Alpine--from all over. Good prices. Very cool to drink them outside here. Wish they stayed open later. Forget next door--order a pizza and eat it here.
GT (672) Oceanside, California | February 20, 2012
Cool place right next to Pizza Port Carlsbad. You have to walk outside to find it so they arenít technically connected. Best thing about this place is at night everyone hangs out in the beer store and opens bottles on premises since this bottle shop has the same liquor license as the brewpub next door. Cool little anomaly but anything for sale inside can be consumed on premise or taken to go. You can also bring your food from next door in too. Owner is really nice. Selection is broad and ranges from local stuff to Fantome and harder to find Scandavian stuff. Great place to drop by when youíre at Pizza Port Carlsbad.
We hung out in town an extra hour and a half to see the bottle shop. I was not disappointed but it is exaggerated by some of the visitors. Yes, almost all the beer is refrigerated in ideal cold temperature without any strong lights in the store. Yes the selection is very good, though the Lost Abbeys were all regular stock. Good on the smaller bottles, the reasonable prices, and stuff I get out east but is harder to find in South Cal. I did find a number find a number of bottles am I am happy. Also Shawn who opened the store was very knowledgeable about beer.
It would be a bit ridiculous to stop by Pizza port Carlsbad without at least visiting the store. Well, itís a nice store with a solid selection of classic. I may not have fell upon its best day because there was just about nothing we had not seen the day before at Escondidoís Holiday Wine Cellar while the opposite is simply false. I like how itís a tiny place packed with beer fridges, but I came out without buying anything. A place I donít buy anything in cannot really be considered world-class. Still, for the area , this has to be the best store. The prices can grow quite steep though.