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San Diego Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 116
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 50 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
10450 Friars Road #L
phone: (619) 284-2739
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Reviews by mactrail:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Apparently this place is the reincarnation of Shakey's Pizza from the 60s with a 21st century beer list. Brick walls, little curtains on the street side, big and roomy. Reasonably quiet in the "family dining" side, and booming rock in the bar side.
A standard southern California selection of locals with no particular standouts. Four from Sierra Nevada that are less common. Belgians included Rodenbach Grand Cru, Delerium Tremens, and a Liefmann's. A few other Europeans-- who would have thought of this place for Marston's of Wolverhampton, Oyster Stout on nitro? Big beer board in the bar had all the facts, styles, and abvs. Only $4.50 for their own pints.
Menu looked slightly more interesting than some, but the Brewman's plate was kind of icky, aside from a good spicy sausage. Should have had the nachos. Barmaids were unfazed, our waitress was quite attentive. Not exactly beer fanatics, but tried to be helpful.
03-28-2012 18:52:56 |
More by mactrail
More User Reviews:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Great selection of Beer here! The house Beers are very Tasty and Dean the brew-master's Hopnotic is one of my Favorite beers! The Service is excellent as the girls who work the Bar are Awesome and are very knowledgeable about their beer! I love that they post their current beers on tap on their website! The menu is decent but a little narrow on the selection but I really don't care. This is still one of my watering holes and will be for a long time to come! Great place for breakfast too before a game! Fun spot to tip some pints, hang with friends and watch some sports!
11-14-2011 20:08:46 |
More by coolparrot
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I used to go here with my buddy who lived just down the street. Very good beer selection accompanied with pretty tasty food. You have to have their nachos, I know nachos aren't usually that crazy, but here they're AMAZING! My only complaint, which I admit isn't the establishments fault, is I hate half pints on high ABV beers! I just feel they are a waste. Back to the beer, they're personal brews are very good and always have a revolving stock of other great craft beers. Now that I'm not in California anymore, I really miss this place.
06-26-2011 22:06:21 |
More by tjkinate
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
We rolled into this place on a Sunday during the early football games. The layout is decent, and there is a dividing wall between the table/booth seating and the bar area. The bar is a giant L-shape, and there is some open seating in the bar area, also. Great atmosphere. Kind of dark, but decent vibe.
Their own beers were pretty damn tasty, and they had a monster guest tap list. I actually had PtE on draft for the first time there. Impressive list. The bartender was very helpful, despite being busy with the NFL crowd. He took time out to answer questions my wife and I had about their beers (ABV, hop types, spent grain uses, etc.). Great service.
The food was pretty decent, too. My wife and I had sandwiches, and a pretty decent dessert, too. With everything included, the price was cheaper than most places in the San Diego area where we ordered much less. We definitely plan returning when in the area again.
01-02-2011 08:31:58 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere - it looks and feel like an old sports bar. Lots of tvs around the bar area and it just looks and feels like its been there for some time without being changed or cleaned very much.
Quality/Selection- they had five of their house beers on tap that were mostly average their Monster Mash was pretty damn good though. The rest of their forty or so taps seamed to be pretty good quality beers.
Service - I sat at the bar during my visit and the bartender was kind and helpful with my questions. She was also quick with getting my beer and food so I have no complaints there.
Food - I got the Jalapeno cheese soup in a bread bowl and I must say that it was pretty bad ass. Nice and thick with some spice to it definitely worth trying.
10-10-2010 19:14:33 |
More by armock
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
T0rin0 and I stopped in here on the way back up to North County just to check it out and see what they had in terms of house beers.
The brewpub is your average sports bar type of place with TVs on the walls, dim lighting, and some arcade-type games. There were regular tables as well as some small tables in the bar area (where we chose to sit).
The waitress was very attentive, friendly, and quick. As usual, we simply ordered a sampler of all the house beers (and a couple of others). They had eight house beers on tap and probably about 40 other guest beers.
We ordered some appetizers as well, which were pretty standard pub food--nice and greasy, and came out quickly.
The beers themselves had some good offerings, some mediocre offerings, and a couple terrible offerings (I'm looking at you, Love Potion #9 and Oaked Black Eye Imperial Stout).
Overall, this place was alright. There house beers were okay, nothing to get too excited about, but they did have a nice selection of guest beers.
07-23-2010 23:48:50 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by while on vacation is the San Diego Area
A: It is a little sports barish inside, with tvs and arcade games around inside. Has a large L shaped bar in the one corner with taps all along the wall.
Q: had a sample of all of their beers that were on tap at the time all were very tasty and well put together.
S: Had a large selection of draughts, not sure if they had bottles, never inquired, had a large range of their own brews in many different styles
S: service was very good, the server was very attentive, and explained each of their beers
F: food was basic but good, had a burger and it was just that, the GF had a chicken club that looked good.
05-24-2010 16:00:35 |
More by Roeters
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
When your cousin recommends a place, it may be a good idea to visit. Especially when its Colby. Walking in, the m.d.s. was straight ahead with the long blonde, inverted "S"-shaped bar with the FVs on display behind glass being the glass in back bar. The back bar was impressive with a load of taps that ran along the wall on both corners of the back bar. The bar area had island seating with stools and a small game room with electronic darts, foosball, Golden Tee (2), pinball, and a satellite jukebox. To the right of the entry was the restaurant area with a bunch of standard tables and chairs. Color chalkboards throughout.
Beers: Grantville Gold; S. D. Amber; Oldtown Nut Brown; Chocolatte Porter; Hopnotic! I Don't Give a Witte!
Guest taps: 40 plus 2 cask.
12-22-2009 23:00:23 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First stop on my San Diego trip, not one I planned on going to either. Kind of stumbled upon it while looking for a bank.
In a strip mall. Kind of blah looking... but they do have plenty of parking which is a plus. Inside it was a little quiet, it was an early Saturday afternoon. Lots of tvs, and a few games to play. Looks like it could be a cool place to watch a game.
Quality was good. I had a pint of their Spring ESB, and it was tasty, and very sessionable.
Great selection of beer, only about 6 of their own, but another 30 something of high quality guest taps.
Service was fine. Felt a little slow even though there weren't a lot of other people in there, not bad at all though.
Didn't eat anything, and the prices seemed fair.
All in all? A nice place to check out, but not a place I'd go out of my way to visit.
04-23-2009 03:14:54 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This may be a brewpub but their guest brews are worth the visit. I wasn't too impressed with their brews. Thew had about eight available and a couple were worth a drink but not all that good. They had a couple brews that I could not describe even if I tried. The price for the sampler was too tempting not to order so I did try all their brews. I did not finish too many of them and kept ordering the guest brews. The food was okay. The wings were not edible as far as I'm concerned but some people like them.
This is a sports bar that brews beer so come watch a football game and a guest brew on tap.
12-24-2008 04:47:19 |
More by dalion037
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San Diego Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA