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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
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| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I went to this place last night for the first time and it will definantly not be my last! The selection of beers on tap was great, from Anchor Old Foghorn to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Celebration Ale, a great time was had. The service was prompt and the waitress was quite knowlegable about the beers. The only thing that I did not try was the food, but I saw a couple other tables with food and it looked very tasty. The atmosphere was very good, and the place was not overly loud like many bars around town. I will be comming back here many times indeed.
11-02-2003 09:38:43 |
More by Dmann
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Fellow BA xlperro drove his friend Chuck, myself & EyeChartBrew here during our recent Pub-Crawl of S.D. After the visit to the rather quaint Alpine Brewing Co., & a handful of 4oz samplers, we headed here for our 2nd stop of the day.
Inside, the L-Shaped Bar takes up much of the back wall & the left hand corner. To your right there are some tables & a reasonable sized seating area in front of a partial front wall. We headed for the open area in front of the bar that lies behind this partial wall, sitting next to the Table Football game. The high table & stools gave us all an Eagles view of the surroundings, & more importantly, the beers on offer. The beer range I noted was certainly interesting & varied something like 40 Taps - there is definitely something for everyone, a nice mix of beers. We spent a good 30 or so minutes here, but we had decided up front to make this a quick visit. So we all declined the food menu & decided on just having a quick Pint instead.
I, like xlperro, decided to tackle one of the house beers, which as it happened was one of the brace of beers that were served from the Dual Bank Angram Beer Engines, the other was Fullers ESB, which EyeChartBrew tried if my memory serves me right. To be honest the SDBC Paddle Up Pale Ale, tasted rather funky. I do not think this was so much a problem with the beer, rather than its age. Condition was very low, overall the beer tasted old & well past its best, and I have drunk enough cask beer in the past to recognize this characteristic. Maybe the turnover on Cask is low, or the Casks are oversized, one in the same thing really. But one beer does not a Brewery make, & I can forgive this glitch when reviewing the Bar itself.
It was quiet whilst we were there, & the service was attentive. The matt black painted ceiling & dim lighting can soon make you forget the bright sunshine, scorching temperatures outside & the fact that you are in a Shopping Mall. I can easily imagine that full of punters, this place has a real drinking atmosphere about it, I could easily waste an afternoon here working my way through the Taps.
Overall a decent enough Bar, it certainly warrants another visit, I would dearly like to get back here & try a few beers from their varied range. Maybe an updated BeerFly with a little more feedback on quality & food will not be that far away one hopes. Until then it gets a maybe harsh 3.5 for the former, & a "didn't try" for the latter.
Last Visit: 12th July 2003.
07-14-2003 22:48:21 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3
The reviews written before mine were pretty much on the ball, but I wanted to add that this is a GREAT spot for going on a regular basis. True, their house beers are often less than stellar, but they regularly rotate their beers throughout their 30 taps. In my 3 years of patronage, I've never seen the selection faulter. In my opinion, it is the best selection of beer on tap in San Diego County, and I'm even bold enough to say I like SDBC's selection better than the Yardhouse (YD has 128 on tap at the Gaslamp location).
SDBC's menu is always riddled with obscurities and some fun stuff I've never seen anywhere else on tap, e.g. they currently have Samiclaus Brown, the former record holder for the world's stongest beer. They always have a couple of good ciders on tap, as well as a Lambic on tap, making it a consistently safe spot for bringing those who do not like beer (Lambic beers NEVER fail).
This place always has something good on tap. Highly recommended.
07-04-2003 21:08:45 |
More by rayzorwit
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San Diego Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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