Pizza Port Solana Beach
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5/5 rDev +18.8%
By far my favorite Brewpub in Southern California. Pizza Port Solana Beach never ceases to make my mouth happy and my belly full.
Pizza Port - Solana Beach is the original location for the Pizza Port Franchise. The brewer has been there since I have been going and makes some pretty exceptional beers. My favorites being the Shark Bitten Double Red, Cuvee De Tomme, Santa's Little Helper Imperial and the Lou P. Lin.
I always order a veggie pizza of some kind with the wheat crust. It is totally and completely worth the trip to this brewpub just for the food. The pizza is actually pretty good and better than some of the other places you can go to for specialty pizza.
The atmosphere is great, especially on a Saturday when all the local cyclists stop in for a beer and pizza at the end of their ride. It is set up family style and you end up sharing rather large tables with strangers. Makes it great to meet other people who know good beer.
If I lived closer, I would spend more time than I should hanging out at the Port.
04-17-2006 05:08:55 | More by PuckLSHS
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
This is probably the best restaraunt I have ever been to. I go there every few weeks. It is layed out like a pizza parlor, not a usual brew pub. The whole place is lined with picnic tables. There are video games in the back. There are even two pin ball machines. The juke box has a very good selection of music. Very diverse. The pizza is very good. I would go there even if they didnt serve beer, but I am glad that they do. They dont have much to offer in the food department other than pizza. The salads are good though. The beer is great. They have a large and varied selection of beers. Also, there is an equally large selection of beers from other places. It makes for a great selection. Everything is very reasonably priced. Every night they have great specials like 25 cent wings or cheese sticks. It can get crowded some nights, and can be hard to find a place to sit sometimes, but it is definately worth it. If you are ever in the area, I would definately recomend this place. I live about 40 minutes away, and still go every two weeks. Hope to see you there.
10-05-2004 00:05:08 | More by OStrungT
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
I absolutely love this place. Great pizza, great beer, and a great environment. After spending an afternoon at the beach this is my go to spot to get some grub and good pints. The prices are reasonable, and the bartenders are always nice and knowledgeable about the beer they're serving. They serve growlers too. I recently picked up a growler of their Tubby's Porter, which was a nice treat when I got home. The only downside about this place is that it is always crowded during dinner time. I would recommend coming here if you're ever visiting San Diego and have the time.
11-19-2011 20:48:34 | More by madpentzer
4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
This place reminds me of Applewood's Pizza in Menlo Park, CA. Wood motif. Picnic tables for eating close to your neighbors. 2 TVs and 1 big screen TV for watching San Diego Chargers games. A whole line of arcade games in the back. There's a counter to order pizza, then a counter for ordering beer, then the tiny little brewery setup. I went on a Thurs night, a Sat night, and a Sunday lunch. Both nights were crowded. Surfer decor, with surfboards and memorabilia. There are a handful of outdoor picnic tables. Order your pizza and wait for them to call your name. Get some beer while you wait. Pizza Port has a TON of specials depending on the day. These include $2 pints, $6 pitchers, etc. Go to their website and click on Calender, or call them up. When I was there a week ago, they were selling SPF 15 Saison and Cuvee de Tommee (red and silver).
Lotsa taps, lotsa beers. See the website for in depth descriptions and recipes. Their Cowabunga Cream Stout won third at GABF. All nicely done. Emphasis on IPAs, as seems to be the rule in San Diego. They usually have one or two cask-conditioned ales. The other cool thing is they have guest beers from several differnet breweries.
The pizza is actually pretty darn good. Apparently they make their own ice cream and make some stout/porter ice cream floats though I have not tried them.
All in all, this is a great, fun, low-key inexpensive place to get great beer. A nice alternative to the more expensive and formal brewpub/restaurants.
12-28-2003 20:03:58 | More by oggg
4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
As I neared the brewpub that Monday, beautiful wafts of fresh brewing aroma hit me smack in the face. And this was from about a block away. As I entered the pub, I realized that a batch had just been brewed. There was a big dumpster-type garbage container in the pub filled with spent grains that were still steaming. What a sight to behold.
The pub itself was a laid back "surfer" style place. Tables outside. Big picnic tables inside. A wall of video games. But no bar in the traditional sense to speak of. And no waitresses either. You had to go to the counter to order pizza and to order your beer. (A minor inconvenience for the quality "grub and grog" as they advertise.) The centerpiece of the pub was the sunken brewing area open for all to observe. There was a couple brew tanks and I think 3 fermenters there. It was sunk about 4-6 feet and there was a bit of a bar around that area. And the walls surrounding the brewing area were covered with some nice artwork depicting some of their brews. (All of their serving tanks were in an area below the video games.)
On to the beer. I am no belgian beer expert, but I had two belgian beers there that were just superb. ( I would love to hear what a true belgian beer connoisseur thinks of the belgian beer that Tomme brews. )
Here are the beers I tried and a rough rating (1-100):
1Smokey the Rye - A traditional German Style weizenbock made with a bavarian yeast, wheat malt, rye malt and smoked bamberg malt. 7.5% a/v. 97POINTS
2. SPF 8 Saison (Belgian style Farm ale brewed with rosemary) - 96 POINTS
3. Mother of All Ales (Belgian style quadruppel) 94 POINTS
4. Pale Ale (cask) - just a sample - 92 POINTS
5. IPA - 89 POINTS
6. Pale Ale (not cask) - 89 POINTS
7. Sharkbite Red - 88 POINTS
8. Seaside Stout - 85 POINTS
9. Ale Nino (Double Brown Ale using Belgian malt and English hops) - only a sample - 85 POINTS
10. Restoration Ale (Special Bitter) - only a sample - 85 POINTS
(They also had two lighter beers that I didn't even try.)
I've never been at a brewpub that has been so consistently excellent in every brew they delivered with excellent pizza as well.
07-01-2003 21:32:03 | More by Bighuge
4.68/5 rDev +11.2%
Mike, the GM at Solana Beach, could not have been more cordial or knowledgeable. True, he was wearing a Sox hat, but he was utterly without arrogance despite having one of the ultimate pizza and beer spots in the universe. Full disclosure: I might love pizza even more than I love beer, so this place is heaven on earth. Bought the Frank's Double IPA and Mo Betta Bretta to bring home; drank many including Wipeout IPA, Sharkbite,High Tide IPA( on cask and on tap)Dawn Patrol Dark, Switchstance 2002: this is the place for some serious enjoyment, all of this right on the beach. California dreamin'
11-20-2004 01:24:20 | More by HopShop
District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
Atmosphere The epitome of west coast. Big picnic tables, video games, surf boards and paper plates. An eclectic mix of music, man I wish there was a place like this near me.
Quality When the brewer is sitting the next table over and gets up to stir the mash tun you know the beer is fresh. Everything I had was fresh and delicious.
Service Slightly sarcastic, but a bit slow, or laid back as some might say.
Selection Great selection of house brews with a surprisingly solid selection of rare local micros. I like a brew pub that isnt afraid to put their beers up against the area has to offer. They also had bottles of SPF 45 for sale, I havent cracked mine open yet.
Great place, I envy the friend I was visiting because he lives within easy walking distance. I hit it twice during my four day stay, and Im mad at myself now for not working in a third trip.
10-08-2005 02:59:22 | More by OldSock
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
The service is barely there (but very friendly). Love the bartender, huge Sox fan. Ambiance is cool, like a surf shack. A lot smaller than Carlsbad, and it can get hot in the summertime. This is overcome by the awesome beer and pizza. Good selection of their own brews. Very IPA-heavy, which I love, but also a consistently outstanding rotation of imperial stouts. Decent mix of visitors; Pliny, Oskar Blues, Green Flash, just to name a few. Like the others, can normally get a growler of their beers to go. One of the best places in SD.
12-16-2008 22:40:28 | More by magictrokini
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
Quite a California themed place, "Surfer Motif", small and cozy, with one damn fine lineup of their magnificent brews, I was totally impressed. I had the "Swami's IPA", a real true California IPA, hopped to the max. Taps I believe numbered 10, bottle selection I did not really check out, but I understand it to be excellent. Of course most of the taps were their own brews, and trust me that is not a problem, of the 10 or so I tried over the weekend, all were excellent, especially if youre into hops. Food as we had Pizza, was excellent, a real diet buster I'm afraid. The view was excellent, a quite pretty area. Great beer, Great Food, Great View, equals a must visit when your in the area.
12-08-2003 17:09:13 | More by Gusler
Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.