Rip Current Brewing - North Park

4101 30th St
San Diego, California United States 92104
brewery (Rip Current)  4.15/5.0 11 reviews
Mon - Wed 3:00 - 10:00 PM; Thu 12:00 - 11:00 PM; Fri - Sat 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM; Sun 12:00 - 10:00 PM

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud  (530) , Croatia | August 6, 2017
Last stop on our North Park crawl. 26 taps were on, mostly Rip Current, several guests as well. Flights available. Good prices. Worth checking out.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
deyholla  (708) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 2, 2017
A cool spot with a bit of a surf theme to the place. Large bar kind of splits the place in to two seating areas. Bartender was pretty knowledgeable about the beer and relatively quick. They had 20ish taps with flights available. There was a window for food in the back and it was delicious. Prices were good overall. A very good brewpub.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock  (364) Stockholm, Sweden | February 13, 2017
Visited on a rather crowded Tuesday evening in late January 2017. Despite that the service was still fast and friendly. The selection was good. Located close to Toronado, Bottlecraft and other nice places. I would not mind to visit this place again in the future.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat  (315) Georgia | June 27, 2016
Interior is unpretentious, open, inviting. Servers are alert, helpful and friendly. You wanna have a crater or three. Music is subdued so you can actually hear yourself think. Their beers are outstanding - have tasters so you can enjoy several without making Virginia fence. Food is a side business, and very good. For all San Diego residents and visitors, a must.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Schlenkerla  (682) Vienna, Austria | February 16, 2016| Updated February 20, 2016
We came here 17.2.2016. I have expected a much better place as I had one of their beers in Churchil’s the day before. Looks very commercial, mainstream, not cosy at all. Beers were absolutely ok (like the Porters and Stouts) but this place is lacking atmosphere starting with the logo, the T-Shirts, the service, the music and the decoration. Ok, but no need to come as there are so many better places in this area.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Capa  (502) DC, Washington DC | November 27, 2015
Relatively big, open space. Long but narrow. The bar is nice and long with plenty of table seating, too. A good number of TVs for SD sports. Was mildly crowded when I stopped in but nice overall. Nothing special about the atmosphere. barkeeper was friendly, knowledgeable and quick with my brew. The beers were very tasty from top to bottom ranging a nice variety of styles. A nice place to catch a couple pints.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
rlgk  (614) Göteborg, Sweden | November 11, 2015
Cool new spot for Rip Current. More and less on the other street of Toronado. Good tap selection and good service. Prices are average. Decent amount of wooden furniture if you wanna sit down.will visit again.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Marheb  (383) Montréal, Quebec | August 30, 2015
Rip Current s’occupe de la bière, Sublime s’occupe de la bouffe, les deux de belle façon. Les bières maisons sont souvent solide et les fûts invités surprennent à chaque fois. Mon paradis de la bière noire dans North Park.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | May 26, 2015
Visited May 23, 2015.

We hiked four long blocks from Fall Brewing passing Poor House Brewing, Belching Beaver’s tap room, and a handful of beer-centric bars in that stretch. I know San Diego has always been one of the big beer destinations in the world but it’s getting downright ridiculous just how many breweries are here. Like I said, we walked four whole blocks and saw four different breweries. If you head further down 30th St you’ll run into half a dozen more. In any event this is a really ugly building on the corner. I described it as “piss yellow” when I saw it. Inside is a long bar that runs most of the length of the building. It’s actually a bit of a bottle neck since there are tables in the front and tables in the back and a narrow(er) walkway where they’ve decided to put the cash register and the taps. This means of course that people congregate there and block traffic. Other than that it’s a nice setup. They have a kitchen in the back with a brick oven in case you’re hungry.

Similar to the original location they have a lot of taps going. Not AS many but quite a few. I was a bit surprised at how few new beers there were. During each of my three visits to the original location I’ve tried at least 6 new beers whereas here I only found 3. Not complaining really, just an observation. The beers are all pretty decent. As usual their best beers are the hoppy beers, though I liked the dunkel lager they had. They have a little bit of everything from light and dunkel lagers on up the abv and beer nerd scale to imperial stout. Of course there are a number of hoppy beers.

Prices on tasters are a little high and the service was a bit slow but then they were busy so it’s not all that surprising that it took a few minutes to get a beer. If you want lots and lots of ratings make sure to stop by occasionally.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs  (241) Livermore, California | May 25, 2015
Nice little tasting room in North Park. Ample space at the bar with a kitchen putting out some decent pub food. I think it’s a different company that operates inside the tasting room. Anyway, the service was good. Beers ranged from just ok, to above average. Their hoppy beers are usually pretty good. Locals tell me the guy who started this brewery was at one time the homebrew king of San Diego. Either way, I enjoyed my time here and the beers were pretty good.

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