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San Diego Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
San Diego Brewing Co.San Diego Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 155
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 50
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

10450 Friars Road #L
San Diego, California, 92120
United States
phone: (619) 284-2739

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of spbennett13
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%

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!

spbennett13, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of wooddogg922
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

wooddogg922, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

djaeon, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

mactrail, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of coolparrot
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

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!

coolparrot, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

I used to go here with my buddy who lived just down the street. Very good beer selection accompanied with pretty tasty food. You have to have their nachos, I know nachos aren't usually that crazy, but here they're AMAZING! My only complaint, which I admit isn't the establishments fault, is I hate half pints on high ABV beers! I just feel they are a waste. Back to the beer, they're personal brews are very good and always have a revolving stock of other great craft beers. Now that I'm not in California anymore, I really miss this place.

tjkinate, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev -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.

armock, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

womencantsail, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Roeters
3.88/5  rDev -2%

Stopped by while on vacation is the San Diego Area
A: It is a little sports barish inside, with tvs and arcade games around inside. Has a large L shaped bar in the one corner with taps all along the wall.
Q: had a sample of all of their beers that were on tap at the time all were very tasty and well put together.
S: Had a large selection of draughts, not sure if they had bottles, never inquired, had a large range of their own brews in many different styles
S: service was very good, the server was very attentive, and explained each of their beers
F: food was basic but good, had a burger and it was just that, the GF had a chicken club that looked good.

Roeters, May 24, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

flexabull, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of dalion037
3.88/5  rDev -2%

This may be a brewpub but their guest brews are worth the visit. I wasn't too impressed with their brews. Thew had about eight available and a couple were worth a drink but not all that good. They had a couple brews that I could not describe even if I tried. The price for the sampler was too tempting not to order so I did try all their brews. I did not finish too many of them and kept ordering the guest brews. The food was okay. The wings were not edible as far as I'm concerned but some people like them.

This is a sports bar that brews beer so come watch a football game and a guest brew on tap.

dalion037, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.13/5  rDev -21%

Decent place for local brews. Kind of a depressing atmosphere. Dark, cheesy decor that appears to belong outside. Gigantic beer menu, but most of it is beers you can get anywhere. There are the local and San Diego Brewing Co. beers that are sometimes only found here, for about 5 minutes. Food is average bar fare. Burgers, chicken, greasy finger foods. They try to make it a family place, but its just not that nice. Close to Admiral Baker so you can go after golfing. Mellow place, unless a Chargers or Padres game is on.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of hopdog
2.4/5  rDev -39.4%

I'm going to have to really go against the grain on this one...

All I can say is this was a major let down. I was looking forward to their IPA or just any house beer. When I go there, there were only 4 house beers listed - 2 Ambers, a wheat, and a dubble. The board with their house beer on it was wiped clean. Whats up with that? Sure they had a crap load of guest beers, but as far as Im concerned, if you call yourself a brewpub, have some of your own stuff on tap. The beer menu on the table had 8 beers listed with some interesting stuff...just there to kick me when Im down. Bad enough experience with that, that Ill probably never go back...they couldnt even give me a sampler and had to fill in with a guest beer. You know its bad when the waitress tried to talk me out of ordering any of their house beers.

hopdog, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of opwog
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

opwog, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

Re-Rate OCT 2006. Finally made it back here after a long (seven or more year) hiatus. There has been one significant change that happened just a few months ago. They have a new Master Brewer named Dean Rouleau. When I finished eating (and drinking) he gave me a personal tour of their brew process, equipment, storage, capacity and most importantly what he was planning to do to improve the house brews. That was incredibly nice of him to take the time to show me around. He comes from time spent brewing at Stone and I think it was one of the Pizza Port locations. I tried what I believe is his first SDBC brew being tapped. It is a baltic porter called "monster mash." Really tasty. He seems pretty excited about an imperial stout he's designing for the Strong Ale Festival. My next trip back to SD will certainly include a visit to SDBC and see how Dean is doing and sample some of his creations.

BigMcLargeHuge, Aug 29, 2008
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San Diego Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.