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San Diego Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 125
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 50 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
10450 Friars Road #L
phone: (619) 284-2739
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We went here to watch the Charger-Pats game, so it was pretty packed. Luckily we nabbed a bar table, probably due to the fact we were there when the doors opened. The service was really good when the crowd was manageable. Once the bar and restaurant got packed, service obviously went downhill. I blame this not on the waitress, but on the management. Anyways, this place has like 30 taps, about 6 of their own brews at the time. The Hopnotic was blown, boo. But I didn't realize the wide variety they have on tap. As basic as Miller Lite, and unique as Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout. I had the Sierra Nevada ESB on tap here and really enjoyed it. You can get growlers and fills here $15 with $10 refills. The food was average bar fare. What is really good are their wings. They have many TVs (some flat screens, most not) , some pinball machines and a video jukebox. Check them out for a couple brews (Hopnotic!) and some wings.
01-25-2008 19:26:30 |
More by m1ked
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I packed into SD Brew Co with my crew today to watch the Chargers vs. Patriots game and was happy to be surrounded with many screaming Bolts fans. We had staked out a bar table at about 930a and kept that spot alive throughout the game. It was nice to see such an offering of beer deliciousness! With about 30 taps, including house beers original to SD Brew Co, their beer menu provided something for everyone's separate tastes. We snacked on the usual bar fare, nachos, pizza, chicken. Others even took advantage of the Sunday morning breakfast served and dined on plates of eggs, bacon, breakfast burritos and the ever tantalizing Captain Crunch-covered french toast.
I wasn't too impressed with the service, but I will excuse that from my review due to the crowd present for the game. Beers were plentiful and the company was incredible. I found SD Brew Co a great place to enjoy a tasty beer with friends and will likely return to sample more of their house beers.
Updated review: I've returned to the SD Brew Co. and will have to amend my original review. This place it totally underrated, IMO. They've got a world class IIPA in Hopnotic. Along with some other great house brews, they always have something interesting and/or jaw dropping on tap. I always forget I live so close to this place, but I try to work it into rotation every so often.
01-21-2008 23:36:50 |
More by d0ggnate
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place was the surprise find of a recent beer trip to the San Diego area. With 50 taps including an excellent porter, brown, ipa and blueberry wheat brewed by the wonderful and gracious Dean Rouleau.
We ended up going here three times because of the great food, try Carnitas Plate. Very tasty and It can easily feed two people. The chicken in the Quesadilla was some of the best I have ever had. The couple that we went with really enjoyed the Jalapeno Beer Cheese soup. Order it with chips and salsa. It makes a great dip.
The staff was very helpful and prompt even though we went on football Sunday while the Chargers were playing. Great job Liberti!
The place also has many TVs, which they actually print out a each sunday to let you know where you need to sit to watch your favorite team. And during MNF they two gorgeous Charger Girls cheerleaders walking amongst the patrons.
The only thing they lacked was free wireless.
So, great beer, food, service and cheerleaders, what else can you ask for!
11-07-2007 19:19:02 |
More by dcough
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This brewpub isnt much to look at - located in a strip mall, not a whole lot of seating, mostly a bar and a medium to small restaurant area. One feature is the Texas Hold Em machine where you can watch your competitors at remote bars via videoconferencing. Technology at work!
But I digress. Without further ado, lets move on to the beer. SDBC has a great selection with around 50 beers, including seven house beers: El Hefeweizen, Grantsville Gold, Old Town Nut Brown, Choco-latte, Hopnotic, San Diego Amber, and Admiral Bakers Best. Theres also a seasonal IPA, which for my sampler replaced the Admiral.
I will begin with the lightest and move on to darkest. The lightest of the light was the Grantsville Gold. I had some hope for this beer though it didnt have much of an aroma. The first sip had a promising start, as if there were flavor waiting to burst forth, but that burst never came - instead the flavor kind of gets distracted and meanders away. It was very smooth, I will give it that, but thats about it.
El Hefeweizen is the next on the lightness scale. This beer was actually still very light, more so than I would expect from a Hefe. It was evident that this was a wheat beer, but only marginally so - the body and mouthfeel were watery, and there was no cloudyness or evidence of residual yeast. The aroma was weak but had a slight bit of cloves. The first sip had a tinge of bitterness, which developed slightly into hints of orange and vanilla but faded rapidly. Unfortunately, this was not one of the better Hefeweizens Ive tasted.
Hopnotic IPA moves us a shade darker, though still a rich golden color. The aroma was floral with hints of orange, with the orange continuing well into the first sip. The flavor was one of aggressive hops, but well balanced by a sweet malt. The finish is quite hoppy, dry, and lasting. I am not a big fan of IPAs generally, but I actually found this beer to be quite enjoyable.
The seasonal IPA (whose name Ive forgotten, unfortunately) was about the same color as the Hopnotic, and shared a similar balance of bitter, aggressive hops and sweet roasted malt. However, this beer had undertones of caramel and coffee, which I did not expect to find in an IPA. This was also an enjoyable beer, though not as good as the Hopnotic.
The San Diego Amber takes us darker yet. It has a deep copper color with a gentle slightly floral aroma. They advertise this beer as well balanced, and I am forced to agree - not too sweet, not too hoppy, but just enough of both. Very smooth and easy to drink, with a pleasantly bitter finish. This turned out to be my favorite beer of the bunch.
Old Town Nut Brown takes us into brown ale country. It had a weak aroma, thought the sip was pleasant with hints of caramel and roasted hops. Unfortunately, this beer suffers from a lack of self confidence - its flavors were good but not aggressive enough, yielding an uninteresting result. Smooth and easy to drink, but not quite flavorful enough to make it worthwhile.
Finally we come to the dark side of the moon: the Choco-Latte porter. This beer was mild for a porter with surprisingly strong chocolate overtones and a hint of coffee. I liked this beer very much but the chocolate taste was distracting enough that I didnt want to drink it with dinner. This could be a lovely after dinner beer, especially on a cold winter evening when the smooth, full mouthfeel would be most welcome.
That wraps it up for the San Diego Brewing Company. On the whole their beers were definitely above average, but not outstanding. Id recommend a visit if youre in the neighborhood. Even if the house beers are not your style, you're bound to find one of your favorites among the 50+.
10-16-2007 18:53:47 |
More by bfineman
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The lineup of handles featuring some great local beers as well as San Diego Brewing Company's own make this a place to go with your friends after your softball game this week. There is plenty of room for all and everyone will leave having enjoyed the experience SD Brew Co has to offer. My only gripe is our party didn't receive the food we ordered. Ever seen a vegan bite into a burger? It happened and it wasn't pretty. I wish the burger would at least have been a good one for my friend's sake. We will still go back! The staff and beers were all good. If you're in the area don't hesitate to check out another fine San Diego brew pub!
04-24-2007 14:42:18 |
More by triggersd
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
If you are looking for this place, it is in a strip mall, but don't worry: it is SoCal, almost everything is in a strip mall!
This is a great place to stop if you are in Mission Valley and want to get a couple of good beers and not deal with chain restaurants. They have several flat panels in the bar area so it is great to stop and catch a game.
They have some 50 beers on tap with a good range of styles. They make their own beer but none of them seem to stand out. Maybe it is tough when you have 50 beers from Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Stone, etc...
The food is pretty standard pub grub - fried and breaded.
Service is usually excellent. The servers are all very friendly and will put up with ornery sports fans and beer drinkers. Those girls won't take lip though so don't get too cocky! I have noticed on several trips that other servers aren't real good about covering your server when they go on brake. If you need a beer just go up to the bar, they will be more than happy to pour you one and put it on the tab.
01-11-2007 22:43:09 |
More by mrkrispy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I was in San Diego for a short visit this New Years weekend and decided to check BeerFly for some good places to visit. I found that this establishment was just a few minutes away and the reviews looked good, so I gave it a try.
I couldn't have been more pleased. Walking in I found the place to be extremely busy. Not only was it a Friday night but it was the night before New Years Eve, so this was no suprise. Straight back from the door is the bar area with tall tables in the center of the room. Divided from that by a wood paneled wall (to match the rest of the decor) was the seating area, with comfortable booths lining the walls and tables in the middle. The place was warm and lively. The waitress that greated us suggested that the wait wasn't too bad and that we should make ourselves comfortable at the bar, which we did. What I saw behind it made me glad for the wait! At least fifty tap handles lined the two walls behind the bar, and nearly 95% of them were great beers! I went ahead and ordered the house Imperial Stout, which was served in an 11oz goblet. It was quite nice.
As I drank I looked over the beer menu a bit more. They carried several offerings from Anchor, Stone's Pale Ale, some of Rogue's beers, select brews from other local breweries, the four house beers, and much more. There were one or two macro offerings too, so don't be afraid to bring along friends with less adventurous tastes.
By the time I was on my last sip of the Imperial Stout our table was ready, so we headed on over and ordered right away, as we had checked the food menu while waiting. The three of us at the table shared some very good onion rings and I had a great guacamole burger with some really nice french fries.
And then it was time to order up the next beer. I first ordered Rouge's Santa's Private Reserve but they were out. No big deal, plenty more to choose from...hmm...what's this? I see the name "Russian River Pliny" on the menu. My heart flutters. I ask which it is. Turns out to be the Elder...not QUITE as exciting, but I'm still damn stoked, as I didn't think I'd ever get the chance to try either without a special trip to Nor Cal. Well, let me tell you, it was fantastic...the quality of their brews is top notch. The other beers my table drank were also quite nice...two of the other house beers were quite good, and a few other beers from local San Diego breweries. When it comes to value, the house beers were only $3.50 a glass, and the others we had were only $4.00. The food prices varied, with lots of good stuff under $10, and some things like steak or filet for reasonably more.
All in all a nice night. I would go back in a heartbeat were I in the neighborhood again.
01-02-2006 19:00:49 |
More by UberWasser
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I just visited for the first time for lunch, small intimate scene, the place was empty which was fine by me. I tried there house beers, their Hefe, Amber, Nut brown, and IPA. The Hefe was a little weak, I enjoyed the Amber and the IPA. Not what I expected as far as the menu goes. They have some interesting sangwiches to choose from. Get the FRENCH DIP! I had the Brew Sausage sangwich with sauerkraut. It was very good. I'll go back to have a couple pints from their extensive selection of Beers on tap. My server was very knowledgable. About 7 plasma TV's, Monday night football food and drink specials will bring me back!
I live within walking distance of SDBC and consider myself kind of a regular. I am going to recommend checking this place out later at night the service is much better and friendlier. I've noticed the daytime crew to be abscent minded and a little rude.
09-23-2005 19:45:38 |
More by SteveO1231
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited 2 weeks ago for the second time.
Although this place looks a bit sketchy from the outside, things really change once you walk through the doors. Incredible beer selection of area micros as well as their own brew (not as good). The bartenders know their stuff and the locals are gracious. I tried several on the list but one IPA (Hopjuice) stood out...the hop oils gave me a whopper of a headache the next day but it was sooo worth it. Good food...nothing incredible...typical pub fare. Not cheap, but it is San Diego after all.
08-30-2005 15:23:44 |
More by Fitzy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
It's a large place, with the brewery adjacent. There's a huge parking lot, and when the breeze is right, you can smell warm malt from anywhere.
I went at lunchtime -- just 2-3 lunch specials, none beer related... There's a dining area and a bar area. The bar is very long, and L shaped. There's a few island tables. A tornado foosball table. 2 Dart boards, pinball machines and a few arcade machines. About 10 new looking, large TVs showing various sports.
50 taps in a long line, 4 beer engine taps. Wowsers. Only 2 dedicated to Bud and Miller. There's Guinness, Smithwycks, Boddingtons, SN celebration, SN harvest, Lindeman's Peche, RedTail Ale, StonePale, Reaper Redemption Red, Aventinus, Tuscan Pale, Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Anchor Steam and Liberty, Lagunitas IPA, Kona Pale Ale, 2-3 ciders, Fuller's ESB on Beer engine, 5-6 house beers... can't name them all. A few taps were unexpectedly empty. But still very impressive. A few bottles of hard liquor.
Now, seeing as how ppl haven't been high on the house beers, I didn't pick a house beer. The bartender was friendly and me and my buddy sampled a few beers before settling on our pints. Yum. Pint glass size $3.75 with a 4-6pm happy hour (only 50cents off, and $1 off appetizers). They do have different glassware, like the big ones for wheat beers and the flute ones for the lambics.
The bartender was nice, but didn't know a whole lot. The waitress knew even less.
The food was pretty average. They give you a decent amount though. The philly style sandwich has CREAM CHEESE -- they are honest and admit this is not a philly cheesteak, it's their "take" on it, but come on, CREAM CHEESE??! I had the Melt O'Burger which was nice, and their steak fries were pretty good.
Somewhat expensive, but the 50 taps is actually pretty great. It's a broad selection of "medium" beers. Basically a lot of great solid beers, but nothing too rare or unique -- no strong ales, double IPAs, or belgians unless you count the Lindeman's Peche. I'm definitely coming here again.
08-27-2004 05:21:48 |
More by oggg
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