Coronado Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Thanks to an early start and surprisingly easy traffic on the 5-Freeway South, it was decided to visit the Coronado Brewpub, before hitting up the 10th Celebration Open Day at Ballast Point Brewing later on.
I carpooled down from LongBeach with fellow BA Alecoholic (we eventually hooked up with EyeChartBrew at the Coronado) and we have both seen the scenery before, even so, the drive over the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge is quiet something and affords some magnificent views. Coronado Brewing is situated on Orange Avenue and very easy to find. Parking is available on the street and also at the rear of the Brewery; it all seemed easy enough to navigate around and parking was not an issue, though it was pissing down with rain when we arrived.
Which reminds me, we arrived at 10:40am ..parked out on the street and headed into an open Pub, sat around for a minute or two ignored by the staff only to find out that the place was not open until 11am! Oh yeah, well check your Website chaps it clearly states that you open at 9am on Saturdays and Sundays!!! Actually the Coronado Website is not that good and doesnt really provide any information on the brews available here, which is rather annoying, it all looks like very amateurish and has clearly not been updated for a long time.
The décor and interior is very Brewpub in nature, but it is clean and neatly laid out. Near the entrance there is an outside covered deck-like seating are, which looked like a cool place to hang out on a hot Summers night, but the driving rain forced us inside. To the right a large seated area opened up, but we headed up to the bar which greets you as you walk inside and dog-legs off to the back of the building. Booths are up against the left hand side wall, and the kitchen can also be seen off to the far left corner. The restrooms are situated past the open style kitchen (where you can watch hoards of guys in red t-shirts cooking your order), and bar area which also leads to the rear entrance and outback parking area. Plenty of stools at the bar, this is where I always like to sit on first visits. I noted a sign behind the bar which states a 3 Pint limit rule, whether this is actually ever imposed is hard to say.
Service was cool at first, efficient but with some brevity, yet she eventually warmed up and seemed to be fine in the end, maybe the rain hit everyone with a cold start on Saturday.
A single bank of Sixteen (16) Taps lines the back counter, just below the window that allows a view of the Brewery itself, a rather large affair stainless and copper looking affair I have to say. The beer range was heavy on house brews, including SlamDunkelWeizen, Pale Ale, Weiss, Octoberfest, Hoppy Daze IPA amongst others with even a 10th Anniversary Double IPA which actually ran out during our visit, in fact Alecoholic got the last sampler of that brew!
They serve samplers here, which I like when driving, having a chance to try the brews without getting a full Pint is always welcome. I opted for a 3-sampler of, the SlamDunkelWeizen which was very good, as was the Octoberfest, but the Hoppy Daze IPA seemed a little lacking. In addition to the house brews there were Guest beers from Green Flash and Stone, including Stones 10th Anniversary. The quality of the house brews was generally good, and the specials spice things up a bit here from the usual safe tried and tested brewpub style range. I did note that the Sixteen Taps are flanked by two Belgian style glass washers, the ones where you turn the glass upside down and depress it onto a platter which sprays water to the inside of the glass cleaning it.
Didnt really have any serious food in here, as it was a first stop, I just opted to share a Pretzel appetizer with Alecoholic. The pretzel was the biz!! It turned up steaming hot with a nice spicy mustard sauce and was freshly cooked, a good starter appetizer. The rest of the Menu has lots of pub fare, burgers, fries, pastas, pizza and salads with a heavy accent on fresh fish.
The Coronado proved to be an enjoyable stop, a solid selection of house and guest brews, good food and a cracking location - but they do need to update their bloody website though.
Last Visit: Saturday 14th October, 2006.
10-16-2006 03:07:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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