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Downtown Johnny Brown's
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1220 Third Ave
phone: (619) 232-8414
Cask Ale appears intermittenly
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Lively atmosphere, lots of TV's, shuffleboard, sports memorabilia, etc. - but we are really here about the beer, right?
Excellent selection of local beers! Every time I come in here they have several interesting and difficult to find locals. From several different visits I've had Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Alpine Bad Boy Double IPA, Speedway Stout, Stone Ruination, Pizza Port Poor Man IPA, Alpine Duet, Green Flash West Coast IPA, AleSmith YuleSmith, Pizza Port Seaside Stout, Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA, etc. They also often have beers from Bear Republic, Avery, Moonlight, Ommegang and other top-notch craft brewers.
The food is very good and a good value; Happy Hour offers tasty discounted appetizers that will fill you up and allow you drink more beer.
The bartenders are all very knowledgable and seem genuinely excited to be serving some of the best beers San Diego has to offer.
While often San Diego's best beer bars (O'Brien's, Liar's Club, Hamilton's, SD Brewing Co., Churchill's, etc) seem to get the same local seasonal and specialty beers, I like that you can go into any one of those places and get different selections at different times. For example, if Liar's Club poured all of their Sculpin in two days, check out Johnny Brown's or Churchill's to find it on tap a week or 2 later; not everybody taps these beers at the same time.
Anyways, Johnny Brown's seems to be THE beer bar in the downtown area. Skip Yardhouse, come here.
03-02-2007 20:31:16 |
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Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego, CA