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Pizza Port Bottle Shop
$$ - reasonable
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571 Carlsbad Village Dr
phone: (760) 720-7007
(Place added by: PizzaPortBottles on 06-23-2008)
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Reviews by thirdeye11:
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Back in November I spent a week in San Diego on business, and asked all week where I should go for good food or good times. I finally was recommended the Pizza Port by a local and he told me the Carlsbad location was the one to hit. Lucky for me on the way to the restaurant I discovered this gem of a bottle shop and it changed my life forever.
I walked in and met Shawn (Sean?) who I started asking about their beers. He informed me they had over 700 different bottles, and that you could drink there, or take them with you. This is a concept I'd never heard of, but really intrigued by. Shawn first recommended a local beer called the Lost Abbey Inferno and this was one of the best beers I had ever had. After this I kept asking for recommendations all night and Shawn was awesome! He never once lead me astray and while there I discovered Duchess de Bourgogne, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and a host of other really great beers.
Shawn also got us pizza from next door delivered to the bottle shop and we ate out back.
All in all this is a place and experience I will never forget. I got introduced to Belgian beers, Shawn was extremely attentive and to date the most knowledgeable beer clerk I've ever met, and glassware they had on hand was all perfect for every beer that any of us selected.
Oh and one more bonus, they have beer magazines everywhere to read while you drink your beer! I can't recommend this place highly enough, and hope to go back one day.
02-23-2009 18:52:33 |
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More by EB1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had to check out the Port bottle shop since I was at the Carlsbad location. It was much different than I was expecting. It's basically a room of coolers with beer in them and some glassware for purchase. I believe it connects outside to a patio area. Pretty bare bones in my opinion. The quality of the beers were good but I saw some old bottles that have probably been around for quite some time. Service was average at best. The selection they have is pretty impressive however, with a good number of beers I have never seen anywhere else. Prices are reasonable for what you are getting. My only complaint is that after handling bottles from multiple coolers, my hands smelled of mildew as if there is some sort of issue going on with moisture inside the units.
08-07-2012 05:16:57 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It seems Pizza Port had some extra space and decided to throw a half-dozen second hand coolers together and form a bottle shop. Then they threw a couple pieces of plywood over some sawhorses and got some glassware together so you could enjoy a bottle on the premises. Well, at least there's no corkage fee. The selection is fairly extensive, although lot of space is taken up by grocery store beers and there really aren't too many rarities. I would consider the prices reasonable because they are the price I am used to in Washington but then I also expected slightly cheaper in California. The kid behind the counter didn't move a muscle or even try to greet me at the door but was friendly enough as I checked out. I don't know if there are better bottle shops in the area but it seems better to head next door and get a pint and leave the bottle shopping for somewhere else.
04-05-2012 03:32:38 |
More by Bfarr
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Massively disappointing compared to my expectations. Selection was pretty good, but nothing that would blow a beer geek away. Of the three bottle shops I hit on our vacation this was third best, and it was no contest.
I guess this is a great place for a local bottle shop, or if you don't get down the highway to San Diego or something. But there were no rarities even of the Port/LA family, unless they are hidden away for those who know the (in my visit, not at all helpful) staff.
Glad I did not go just for the bottle shop here.
02-29-2012 18:21:25 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This place is small and cozy. It almost has a feel of a beer garden in Europe, long table, semi outdoors, and very friendly.
Our first stop was at night and even though it was a bit hard to see all the labels in the murky, greenish glowing lights and the fogged up fridge doors, it was beer heaven right from the get go.
This is a no-frills cement-floored, stand up-tabled shop that can get crowded at times, but never fails to deliver the goods. I kept going back and forth between chillers and seeing beer I A) was surprised to find, and B ) had never even heard of before.
My wife was quite pleasant as I piled Russian River selections after Yeti selections, followed by their own Pizza port selections, and Pliny bottles galore into my take home box. And since she samples along with me, was almost as anxious to pop open the hard-to-find beers as I was. Okay, maybe not that anxious, but curious nonetheless.
And though busy, every employee was quite helpful and we shared beer-bro looks as I kept dashing from cooler to cooler ( possibly drooling as I did so).
Feeling as if I had missed something important, we went back in the daytime and found the place much less crowded. And I was able to engage in one on one beer geek talk with the clerk. Nice, informative, and very friendly.
You have got to give major props to a place that has a Brewbies tasting to help Breast cancer awareness. This place will be my definite go to place for beer in SoCal. Well worth the five hour drive!
02-20-2012 05:14:24 |
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