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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
10450 Friars Road #L
phone: (619) 284-2739
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I went to this place last night for the first time and it will definantly not be my last! The selection of beers on tap was great, from Anchor Old Foghorn to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Celebration Ale, a great time was had. The service was prompt and the waitress was quite knowlegable about the beers. The only thing that I did not try was the food, but I saw a couple other tables with food and it looked very tasty. The atmosphere was very good, and the place was not overly loud like many bars around town. I will be comming back here many times indeed.
11-02-2003 09:38:43 |
More by Dmann
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited 2 weeks ago for the second time.
Although this place looks a bit sketchy from the outside, things really change once you walk through the doors. Incredible beer selection of area micros as well as their own brew (not as good). The bartenders know their stuff and the locals are gracious. I tried several on the list but one IPA (Hopjuice) stood out...the hop oils gave me a whopper of a headache the next day but it was sooo worth it. Good food...nothing incredible...typical pub fare. Not cheap, but it is San Diego after all.
08-30-2005 15:23:44 |
More by Fitzy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I just visited for the first time for lunch, small intimate scene, the place was empty which was fine by me. I tried there house beers, their Hefe, Amber, Nut brown, and IPA. The Hefe was a little weak, I enjoyed the Amber and the IPA. Not what I expected as far as the menu goes. They have some interesting sangwiches to choose from. Get the FRENCH DIP! I had the Brew Sausage sangwich with sauerkraut. It was very good. I'll go back to have a couple pints from their extensive selection of Beers on tap. My server was very knowledgable. About 7 plasma TV's, Monday night football food and drink specials will bring me back!
I live within walking distance of SDBC and consider myself kind of a regular. I am going to recommend checking this place out later at night the service is much better and friendlier. I've noticed the daytime crew to be abscent minded and a little rude.
09-23-2005 19:45:38 |
More by SteveO1231
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
San Diego BrewCo is one of my favorite places to go to grab a good beer and some good food. I haven't ran into anything on the menu that I haven't liked. The beer selection is pretty good, the occasionally have Pliny on tap. They have a good selection of house beers, nothing spectacular but good. Would be nice if the servers knew a little more about the beers, but if they don't have the answer they're more than happy to get it for you, very friendly staff though. Great place to go on a Saturday or Sunday to catch the game. Highly recommended!
11-20-2013 07:04:48 |
More by spbennett13
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A friendly and mellow atmosphere -- part of the place is more bar-like, while the other is more like a family restaurant. Quite a few TVs, but not intruding into the feel of the place, which is generally relaxed.
46 taps + 4 places for casks (though cask beer isn't always available) provides quite a nice selection. Generally quite good beers. House beers are generally the same as at Callahan's, but under different names. Food is nice, though nothing spectacular. Everything is nicely priced. Located in a quiet area, but quite nice to visit.
03-10-2008 07:34:39 |
More by mithrascruor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This was a great lunch stop with red beans and rice, with bratwurst! They only had 4 of thier own beers on, which was dissapointing, as three of the styles were not ones that I cared about. Had the Dubbel Fantasy, which was nice. What I hadn't even expected was one of the more incredible tap selections of guest beers. For instance, I had given up on ever having a chance to try the SN Super 7, but sure enough they had it on tap. Along with more guest beers than I could have hoped to choose from at a brew pub. Large rooms, plenty of seating, oads of TVs to watch just about any game on. Over all, this is one of the best brew pubs that I have been to!
08-29-2008 07:10:32 |
More by opwog
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