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38 Degrees Ale House & Grill
Taps: 38 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
100 W Main St
phone: (626) 282-2038
(Place added by: charlzm on 08-08-2009)
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
What a place! I live far away outwork around the corner and this place is a great place to wait for traffic to die down, watch a game, hang with friends, take a meeting or even take the lady.
No, I don't work for them but I am a huge supporter of Clay and his business.
The tap list boasts some standards and some super rare stuff and he's always got something for everyone.
The food is amazing and the crowd is predictably solid. I never have trouble finding a seat but I've never seen it less than half full. It's really a remarkable place and I recommend it to anyone.
09-25-2010 20:05:30 |
More by tothebrim
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
It took almost 9 months since I was introduced to Clay (the owner) to get my butt to 38 Degrees, but you know, traffic on I-5 stinks. There, that's my excuse. I finally made the trip earlier this afternoon to Alhambra for food, beer, and hopefully some hospitality.
The interior is a little abstract with several TV's at the bar, a half-dozen "Hello, how are you?" taps displayed at the entrance, and wooden seating all around. Almost gastropub ambience, but with TV's. The bar is easy to get to from the enterance, which is in an "L" shape. There's also a seperate dining area away from the bar.
I reacquainted with Clay shorly after I sat at the bar. We talked for quite a bit thorughout, he recommeneded some beers he had, and he even gave me a tour of the cold box which stores his kegs and bottles. Oh, and the bartender was really cool as well, and nothing ever took too long to get.
Close to 40 beers on-tap, and an additional 100 bottles to choose from. A small selection are common and have mass appeal, but most cater to the beer geek. Beers on-tap included Ballast Point, Tokyo*, Urthel, DogFish Head, Tripel Karmeliet, Pliny the Elder, AleSmith, Lagunitas, Victory, Craftsman. The bottle lists includes other goodies as well, with a list that includes Supplication, Aventinus, The Bruery, Victory at Sea, Moylan's, and Sculpin. There are a number of different pieces of glassware used for the beers, pours were fresh and lovely, nothing served really cold (expect for draught Bud Light, according to Clay), but the way Clay explained and showed me how he handles his kegs convinced me that he really cares about the condition of the beer he serves. (7/14/11: And many future visits later, I concur).
I started things off with a pint of Black Marline with cocoa nibs. Yum. Round two was a Urthel Saissonière (poured in an Urthel glass) which Clay recommended. Then my chicken mac n' cheese came out...good stuff. And for dessert, a 4½ ounce pour of BrewDog Tokyo*.
38 Degrees is close to what I expected; a great spot for drinking craft beer, eating great food, and a very likeable owner. I may live almost an hour away, but I'll be back for sure.
04-19-2010 05:51:04 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited this place and you can still smell the 'newness' of the place. Great atmosphere, there was a Dodger game on some of the I believe around 5 flat screens around the bar. The menu had a good selection of items to choose from and I had a delicious 3 Chile Burger which didn't disappoint on the spicy scale. The server, Schuyler, was friendly and attentive. I had the Hop-15, Double Jack, and Green Flash IPA. I also remember a good selection of Belgians on tap as well as DFH 90. There are 38 taps in the house, and they have a nice bottle selection including bombers of Old Viscocity and Stone RIS, from what I remember.
One thing I liked about the bar was the 4.5 oz. tasters which you can have of any brew. They range from $2-$3 depending, very reasonable.
Overall, there aren't too many places like this around, so I'll definitely be making a return trip soon.
08-17-2009 00:06:37 |
More by WhatdaHec
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
happy hour at 38 degrees is a steal for all these great beers on tap! pints of good beer for 4 dollars!
selection of beers on tap is rotated, right now it seems that pale ales and winter beers are being featured.
looking forward to life and limb and duvel draft on tap today while watching ucla vs. usc
food at 38 degrees is a major plus. Onion rings look like donuts, so be careful.
Good selection of bottled beer that I would drink if I were a rich man.
Tap beers are best value. Flights of featured beer are a good deal as well.
Bartender who I have seen twice is knowledgable and has good taste. Don't remember his name though!
11-28-2009 17:52:49 |
More by unseenbyyou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I love this place. We've been coming here since they opened. The management and wait staff have always been great. They share our love of quality hearty beer and food.
There are places with a greater number of taps but Clay and James do a great job of keeping their beer list populated with excellent choices covering the range of styles and breweries. I often wonder if a place with too many taps has trouble with lesser ordered beers going stale. No worries here. The taps are always fresh and tasty.
09-26-2011 15:51:17 |
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