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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
10450 Friars Road #L
phone: (619) 284-2739
(Place added by: xlperro)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 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: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
San Diego Brewing is located off Friars Road which is not too far from I-15 in a strip mall. Parking is plentiful in front of the brewpub.
The interior is mostly sports bar-ish with high tables, TVs and such. The bar is located along the left read side of the establishment, and the L-shaped line of tap handles is easy to peruse from the bar. There are also a couple of chalk boards up that highlight the current drafts (along with some pretty good chalk art on one of them, featuring Hellboy on my visit).
The beer selection is fairly robust. SD has 6-8 of their own beers, plus a good regional representation from brewers like Alaskan, Port Brewing, Russian River, Callahan, Craftsman etc. They have around 40 total, and samples are available for all of them.
Service here was very good on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was very knowledgeable about both the house and guest beers, and was very prompt and friendly.
We did not try any food on our visit.
All in all, the combination of the generic name and location in a strip mall might make a person overlook this spot but that would be a mistake. This place is a very worthwhile visit in the San Diego area.
08-01-2008 20:34:05 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 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: 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: 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
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: 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 |
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