Pizza Port Bottle Shop

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Pizza Port Bottle ShopPizza Port Bottle Shop
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74 Ratings
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.34
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571 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, California, 92008-2304
United States
phone: (760) 720-7007

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

I have stopped here about four times now and I always find something good, it is literally right next to the bar and pizza place, whether it be a hard to find SD local or some other hard to find beer, tons of imports, some of the breweries they carry are Port and Lost Abbey of course, Alesmith, Stone, Green Flash, Mad River, Cantillon, Deschutes, Lightning, Coronado, Ballast Point, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Firestone, and many more, they have it all, some of the beers I have gotten in the past were Abyss, Lightning Old Tempest, various Jolly Pumpkins, and more recently Malheur 10, they have given me samples almost every time I am in the year of whatever they happen to be drinking, wish I would not have missed their vintage Stone bottle sale a few months back, they have keep some cool empty rare bottles along the window and I drool every time I look at the Cable Car with no contents collecting dust, place has like six or seven fridges in all, each stocked with great beer, prices are some of the best in the area, you can buy singles as well, they have held some cool tastings and have a cool staff, I even saw Vinnie in there last time, place is clean and small, you can even drink a beer you buy right there in the store and the stand up bar, they provide you with glassware and will sit and talk beer with you for as long as you possibly want to, I truly enjoy going to this place every time I am nearby

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Photo of mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

I would agree almost word for word with Bfarr's review three years ago. If you're at the Pizza Port and want to pick up something to take home, it would be the logical and convenient place to go. Otherwise I'd suggest Texas Liquors a few blocks east for a vastly better selection and about the same issues with old bottles.

Wide array of southern California breweries, though not a lot of depth. I did not find much of interest to me, even though they are so close to the Vista and Escondido brewing centers. But it's worth a visit if you're having a taste in the next-door beer garden. Though that suffers by comparison with the expansive outdoor spaces at Bagby just up the coast highway in Oceanside.

Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

This would be a great Bottle shop on its own, but combine it with the Pizza Port located next door and it is a match made in heaven. Great selection, and awesome outside area to enjoy a few brews with your food from next door.

Photo of arcaris22
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I don't know what I would do without this place. My man Chris has never let me down on a good recommendation no matter what I was looking to get into. A great selection in a great spot. First lead into Stillwater, Jolly Pumpkin, Pliny, Logsdon, Mad River, Knee Deep,the selection is enormous!

Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I decided to walk over here while we were waiting for our pizza next door. Atmosphere was decent, one or two people milling around looking at bottles but other than that it is a typical bottle shop. Quality was pretty good. I didn't see any out of date bottles and they had some nice glasses but the space seemed a little rough around the edges. Service was good, typical "do you need any help," but I was just browsing. Selection was solid, lots of different beers from all over the world with plenty of local options represented as well. I did see a few bottles I would be interested in but the prices were a bit high for my tastes so I passed on them. Overall a nice bottle shop, definitely worth the stop if you are going to Pizza Port but I wouldn't go out of my way to stop in.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I had to check out the Port bottle shop since I was at the Carlsbad location. It was much different than I was expecting. It's basically a room of coolers with beer in them and some glassware for purchase. I believe it connects outside to a patio area. Pretty bare bones in my opinion. The quality of the beers were good but I saw some old bottles that have probably been around for quite some time. Service was average at best. The selection they have is pretty impressive however, with a good number of beers I have never seen anywhere else. Prices are reasonable for what you are getting. My only complaint is that after handling bottles from multiple coolers, my hands smelled of mildew as if there is some sort of issue going on with moisture inside the units.

Photo of Bfarr
3.29/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

It seems Pizza Port had some extra space and decided to throw a half-dozen second hand coolers together and form a bottle shop. Then they threw a couple pieces of plywood over some sawhorses and got some glassware together so you could enjoy a bottle on the premises. Well, at least there's no corkage fee. The selection is fairly extensive, although lot of space is taken up by grocery store beers and there really aren't too many rarities. I would consider the prices reasonable because they are the price I am used to in Washington but then I also expected slightly cheaper in California. The kid behind the counter didn't move a muscle or even try to greet me at the door but was friendly enough as I checked out. I don't know if there are better bottle shops in the area but it seems better to head next door and get a pint and leave the bottle shopping for somewhere else.

Photo of sholland119
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Massively disappointing compared to my expectations. Selection was pretty good, but nothing that would blow a beer geek away. Of the three bottle shops I hit on our vacation this was third best, and it was no contest.

I guess this is a great place for a local bottle shop, or if you don't get down the highway to San Diego or something. But there were no rarities even of the Port/LA family, unless they are hidden away for those who know the (in my visit, not at all helpful) staff.

Glad I did not go just for the bottle shop here.

HV

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This place is small and cozy. It almost has a feel of a beer garden in Europe, long table, semi outdoors, and very friendly.

Our first stop was at night and even though it was a bit hard to see all the labels in the murky, greenish glowing lights and the fogged up fridge doors, it was beer heaven right from the get go.

This is a no-frills cement-floored, stand up-tabled shop that can get crowded at times, but never fails to deliver the goods. I kept going back and forth between chillers and seeing beer I A) was surprised to find, and B ) had never even heard of before.

My wife was quite pleasant as I piled Russian River selections after Yeti selections, followed by their own Pizza port selections, and Pliny bottles galore into my take home box. And since she samples along with me, was almost as anxious to pop open the hard-to-find beers as I was. Okay, maybe not that anxious, but curious nonetheless.

And though busy, every employee was quite helpful and we shared beer-bro looks as I kept dashing from cooler to cooler ( possibly drooling as I did so).

Feeling as if I had missed something important, we went back in the daytime and found the place much less crowded. And I was able to engage in one on one beer geek talk with the clerk. Nice, informative, and very friendly.

You have got to give major props to a place that has a Brewbies tasting to help Breast cancer awareness. This place will be my definite go to place for beer in SoCal. Well worth the five hour drive!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Despite being small, the Pizza Port Bottle Shop is a must stop for any beer geek. While the lighting could be a little brighter, this place was full of life. One secret of the place is that you can drink any bottle you purchase here without paying a corkage fee. Perhaps that explained the crowd in here.

All the beer is kept cold and in good condition. The selection is very impressive; well over 500 bottles. Oddly enough, I was most impressed with the English section, seeing imports (Pedigree, Hook Norton) that I don't recall seeing before. A tidy selection of glassware is for sale too.

The checker was a great help, putting extra packaging around my purchased glassware and answering my question about drinking inside the store. Strangely, I feel that I met the guy at a tasting a few years back, when he said he ran the Pizza Port Bottle Shop. Well, my visit day finally arrived, and the only thing I'm dissapointed about is that I didn't visit sooner!

Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We hung out in town an extra hour and a half to see the bottle shop. I was not disappointed but it is exaggerated by some of the visitors. Yes, almost all the beer is refrigerated in ideal cold temperature without any strong lights in the store. Yes the selection is very good, though the Lost Abbeys were all regular stock. Good on the smaller bottles, the reasonable prices, and stuff I get out east but is harder to find in South Cal. I did find a number find a number of bottles am I am happy. Also Shawn who opened the store was very knowledgeable about beer.

Photo of 100floods
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Typically my beer odyssies involve me, my girlfriend or some combination of friends; but this time it involved the girlfriend and her family. On our way down to San Diego (my first time( I made sure that we had lunch at this particular Pizza Port location.

The location doesn't initially strike me as a beer destination. The restaurant seems like a great place for families to bring their kids for dynamite pizza while parents can knock back a few pints. The crowd was a mix of mostly families and 20 somethings and beach town dweller types and hesher types. Not what I imagined, but I went with it.

The beer selection was pretty awesome. Not being a noob to the Pizza Port offerings I was really glad to see few brews that are widely available in 22oz form. I tried their Yakima Wet Hop cask IPA which was PHENOMENAL, and I mooched some of my ladies heff which was also very good. I was also surprised to see a separate menue of guest taps, including Fat Head's Rye Ale, which was also really good. The fam weren't the biggest beer drinkers, so I was limited to two pints (but I later got more Port beer at Hamilton's a few nights later).

The pizza was also great. I had something with a wheat crust, which I didn't expect to be as good as it was.

Overall this place was pretty fucking rad. If I lived in the area it would be a go-to for sports nights. Pick up a few pies, a growler and I'd be good to go.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here after a late lunch, but before we wanted to really start drinking at PP just next door.

Selection is awesome. And the cool thing is that they provide glassware if you want to stay at the shop and drink what you bought! We got a Jolly Pumkin and a few Russian River sours. We ate the JP and my friend took the sours back to Canada (eh).

The shopkeeper was super friendly and helpful with suggestions. I told him my friend was from out of town, and asked for any rarities that might be fun. He went to every fridge with us and pointed stuff out for us to try.

Selection is phenomenal. Only place I actually saw Alpine for sale.

Will definitely be back the next time I go to Carlsbad PP!

Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is a cool urban place with a good selection. The thing I really liked about this place is that you are able to buy beer and drink it there. Looking forward to doing that one day. I walked in and found a hard-to-find beer there once and was happy I found this place-by accident actually so that was a bonus. They have a u shaped cooler displaying tons of stuff-good beer ranging from your typical ipas, stouts, begos...etc...check this place out when in San Diego. Not only that, but it is connected to their restaurant that have a good selection of beers that go good with their pizzas and salads...have fun!

Photo of Retsinis
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

While on a self made San Diego brewery/beer tour, made a stop in here. We had just had lunch at Pizza Port, and made the short 20 steps or so into this bottle shop. Along the side walk, or more speficially in the windows of the shop, are empty bottles of some semi-rare & rare bottles of beer, which is a nice touch.

The store is chalk full of Refrigerators. In fact if memory serves, everything was refrigerated, which is a huge plus. There were a total of I believe, 6-8 single door fridges, all stocked with craft beer. Many of your typical fare, Beglian beers, St. Bernardus, Golden Drakk, Piratte Ale, Kasteel, as well as Stone, Sierra Neveda, Rogue, Deschutes, but also a good swath of other San Diego brands, (port of course, lost abbey) Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Ballast point, etc. Also had some Full sail, and quite a bit more.

The shop is not huge, so you can browse the store in about 10 mintues or less, and prices were reasonable as well. All in all, a recomended stop if your shopping for beer in the area, and or making a stop for lunch or dinner and Pizza Port Carlsbad.

Photo of BigB415
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The only reason why I went to the pizza port carlsbad was for the bottle shop. You walk in and all the beer is in coolers which is good, there were some glassware too. The only trouble I had sometimes was seeing certain beers since the window of the cooler door was either frosted over or the cooler was dark so I had to open the cooler everytime I wanted to look at something. They had a bunch of beer I have never seen or heard of. Some I saw I've been wanting to try like Espresso Yeti from Great Divide but it was 11 bucks so that made me not want to try it. They had other Great Divide beers and bunch of California beers. They have a huge selection of european beer. I found a swedish stout I wanted to get but couldn't find it when I went back so someone bought or I was just blind. The person working was quick to help me out but he had no luck finding it either. I was frustrated that I missed out but I ended up buying a 12oz of Great Divide Titan for $1.99 and I was on my way.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Stopped in here for the first time in a long time on Sunday evening. JustinA1 and I had just placed our pizza order next door.

I really love how the Pizza Port Bottle Shop refrigerates ALL of their beers. That's quality, folks!

The beer in the coolers are high-quality as well. Most of the offerings come from the west coast, with a special focus on the greater San Diego area. We saw a lot of hoppy favorites, along with a good variety of Belgian and European ales. Perusing the wall coolers was fun.

The cashier was very nice and conversational, and not pushy or invasive at all. He seemed to know a lot about craft beer too - it looked like his laptop browser was open to BeerAdvocate while he rang me up.

Pizza Port Carlsbad is a must for craft beer lovers. Visit the restaurant and bottle shop - you'll be happy you did!

Photo of mulder1010
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

First place I hit after getting off the plane in LAX.

Q-- Small selection but good. More like a garage but almost everything in fridges or kept in a place that gets little light.

S-- Very helpful. Answered a few questions and got good answers.

S-- Not the greatest selection I thought. But good. Strong European stuff there. Had fresh PTE and Silva Stout there.

V-- $4 dollars for Silva Stout?? Sign me up!! Good pricing, except the Euro stuff was a bit pricey I thought. Darned 3 tier system. Good selection of Jolly Pumpkin and Allagash though. Would shop there again

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

I love me some PPBS.

I used to hang out up here from time to time when I lived in San Diego proper. Now that I have moved up North to Carlsbad, I've found myself here several nights a week.

It blends everything about a good beer bar that I love, along with a killer selection that is always being updated. No matter what you're in the mood for, you can pull a bottle straight off the shelf at store prices and drink it at the shop like a bar. Which is awesome.

And, if that isn't enough to get you to come visit, the staff is awesome, friendly, and helpful. It's been quite a long time since I've needed any help picking out a beer, but the staff here are more than happy to assist you with distribution dates, expected availability, and the friendly insider heads-up on what's on the horizon as far as the beer scene in San Diego.

The selection is not as big as some other stores in San Diego, but the quality is awesome. Nearly every beer in the store is one I would have no qualms about drinking. Reasonable prices, awesome staff, and great variety? Sign me up. Often.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...

1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop

My first overall stop of the trip was a freakin awesome stop at Pizza Port Carlsbad. From there I walked to the bottle shop where I found an exceptional collection but no RR other than Damnation and the new Belgian pale. It was nice that they had a table in the center of the room for tasting beers. There were around 4 people sharing some excellent, widely distributed beers. There were two guys working and the one with the beard was helpful and knew quite a bit about the San Diego beer scene and confirmed some of my destinations that I was on the fence about.

I think that because this is such a major beer destination, the really good stuff does not stay in stock. I had much better luck finding what I needed at some of the less popular places.

Photo of gwguest
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

When you go, they won't be open. That's the way it works. Cool your jets next door at Pizza Port, then head to the bottle shop when it's open. It's worth the wait.

It's an entirely different experience from Texas Liquor up the street. PPBS is tiny with a limited selection, but nearly every choice will make you smile. If you're from outside the region, you'll really love it. The outdoor area is a great touch.

There's an odd feeling of 'is this all?' simply because of the overall excellence of the options. They would all stand out in a regular shop, but here, they almost blend together in a blur of awesome.

It's a great problem to have.

Photo of AndyNardo
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

This little bottle shop is great. It looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but it's so much more. There is an open air seating area where they throw beer drinking events from time to time. You can also drink your newly purchased bottles on site. They have All About Beer Magazine available to read. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. You really couldn't ask for anything more. I noticed that they carried a lot of west coast brews and a lot of European brews. I picked up a few bottles of Damnation, Pliny The Elder and Rauch Geek Breakfast the last time I was there.

Photo of jmadrigal2
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

The Bottle Shop has many hard to find beers that I don't see in Ca. I found DFH World Wide Sout and Mikkeller Black to name a couple. The place is small but has more beer than I thought. As you walk in the door refrigerators are on your right. I started looking at beer and picked out a few, was ready to pay when I noticed a whole row of refrigerators behind me I didn't see. Their hours kind of suck. They don't open until 12pm so if you are just passing through this can be an issue to consider. All in all a good bottle shop with a decent selection. Check it out, just might find something you didn't expect.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Small but awesome shop next to Pizza Port Carlsbad. I was a bit surprised that the selection of local staples wasn't very big (besides the usual Pizza Port & Lost Abbey stuff), but they have an awesome selection of stuff from around the country and world that you rarely see in stores! Virtually everything was kept chilled. Found some great beers from Orkney that I'd never seen outside of the islands, some Unibroue beers that are harder to track down, some great American IPAs and barleywines I hadn't seen before, etc. The employees are friendly and helpful, happy to offer insight or help you find stuff. Prices are totally reasonable, some a bit higher than I would have expected, but others lower - it all evened out. I'm glad I don't live closer to here, as I'd be blowing my whole paycheck here every other week. ;-)

Photo of teerinmybeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

An innocuous looking shop attached directly to the Carlsbad Pizza Port building. Shop is small, but well organized with a nice selection of quality craft brews and the occasional hard-to-finds. Staff is cool, laid back, and usually know their stuff. Back of the shop opens up to the patio and some tables so you can buy your beer and crack it open right there. Great idea! Prices are to be expected for sustaining a small shop in a pricier side of town.

All in all, a decent shop that is a MUST STOP if you find yourself mowing pizza and beers next door at PP.

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Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA
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