Coronado Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Fresh off the plane from Honolulu, HI, Cuz Colby picked me up at the airport, whisked me to the Home Brew Mart, then here for lunch.
We entered from the rear, but I'll reorient for my loyal audience. Entering, the m.d.s. was just inside the door slightly left. The entry was lined on either side by a garden of various plants and flowers. The undulating brick top of the building was reminiscent of an old Spanish mission. To the immediate right was the restaurant area with booths along the wall, standard tables and chairs left, and a copper chimney for a working fireplace. The short bar was on a right oblique with a mix of booths and standard tables and chairs on a left oblique with the kitchen just beyond, still left. Continuing aft, down a pathway, were the lavs with the back parking lot just beyond. The copper-clad brew house was aft the back bar.
Lunch was a crab and shrimp melt sandwich (!)
Beers: Coronado Golden; Thundering Third Ale; Island Weizen; Rock Bock; 4 Brother's Pale Ale; Mother Pucker; Islander IPA; Mermaid's Red Ale.
Islander IPA would be my pick.
12-24-2009 18:58:27 | More by woodychandler
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
This is a fine place for a few brews and/or a meal on the beautiful upscale island of Coronado, just a mile or two from downtown SD, comfortable, upscale joint, large outside eating areas, family and date friendly, they had about 8 of their own brews on tap and three guests, Stone IPA, Alesmith Lil Devil and one from Bear Republic, nice, the food was pretty good, I tried the Smoked salmon and wifey had the fish tacos, little daughters chicken tenders, all was better the average. One drawback was our server was beer clueless, cmon its a Brewing company ya gotta know what the guest beers are Anyway this is a worthy spot for brew and food on a very worthwhile island to check out ..one note, dont bother going to the beaches further south, Silver strip?, just go to the wide beach on the south side of Coronado, much nicer
08-14-2006 17:21:17 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
Coronado Brewing is located not too far over the bridge from San Diego on Orange ave, near the water. There is street parking on both sides of the establishment.
The exterior is brick and hanging baskets. The inside is nice, with lots of wood and brick and greenery. They have an open fireplace too which adds a nice touch. The bar area is on the left side, with restaurant seating on the right.
The beer selection at CBC is fair. They range from Golden to ESB to a couple IPAs. The beers were all average to above average. Our server told us there were no samples available but a quick trip to the bar proved her wrong.
Service was decent on a weekday evening. Despite our server not bothering to even try to get us a couple beer samples, the bartender made up for it.
The food is pretty good, I had a fish sandwich that was very tasty.
Overall the beer alone is not reason enough to visit here, but the location and food tip the scales enough to make it a worthwhile stop.
07-14-2008 22:19:09 | More by Dogbrick
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Surprisingly family-oriented spot in one of the coolest spots in North America. I crossed the sky high bridge from San Diego to Coronado at the moment the sun was was setting into the Pacific just at the tip of Point Loma. Naval ship in sight just a bit further south. What a sight to behold. I had forgotten just how much I love this place because of the traffic, priciness, and more crowded conditions of this era.
Expecting a yuppy type pub I was surprised to find this spot is really about family dining and parties for the kiddies. A balloon entertainer was making animals for the youngsters as moms and dads chowed on oversized burgers, pizza, and other food goodies. The brews here are tasty as well and I found one I'd definitely go back to get, Mocha Joe's Imperial Stout, an awesome brew.
Great service at the bar and seemingly good service all about as the place bustled with customers and servers at the dinner hour. Nice decor with plenty of dark wood and slowly rotating ceiling fans. Reasonably easy on-street parking in this beautiful little peninsula. Nice.
11-05-2003 04:43:10 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Easily acessable from the ferry form the convention center. It was a packed bar around 3ish, I got the last seat. I just ordered a sampler it was 10$ for 5 4 oz pours. You could only get the regular lineup. Thankfully that includes the Islander and Idiot IPAs, the rest of their beers sucked, but they know IPAs. They had a few other IPAs as specialties, didn't try them though. The service is friendly. One of the bartenders was interested that I liked beer and got me a brochure. There were tons of locals getting growler fills.
07-27-2012 03:03:40 | More by crossovert
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Decor and atmosphere-wise this is the finest "brewpub restaurant" I have ever stepped into. This place is within a few blocks of the ferry landing on Coronado or near the Marriott over there. Very easy to get to from downtown by using the water taxi 619-235-taxi-$6 pp- each way. I liked it so much, I went to this place twice. Coronado is absolutely beautiful and is one of my favorite parts of San Diego.
The first thing you notice about the west coast CBC is that it is a real nice family restaurant. They also brew some fine beers. They were nothing exceptional but certainly worthy of a growler or 2. You can visit their website if you'd like to see what they have on tap now..
They also have happy hour when you can get their food and beers for a discounted price. Definitely not too expensive anyway--but this is one of those really good happy hours which i missed by about 5 mins. (I think its only M-F)
The kitchen in this place is really what makes it stand out. It is an example as to how beer and good food work so well together and these guys are extraordinary in the food dept. The open-air atmosphere adds to it. They have fresh tuna for xtra cheap when its on the happy hr menu. The wood grilled pizzas are amazing. As you are smelling them--you will realize you have to order one
Next time I'm in SD, this will be on my immediate agenda. San Diego has such a great beer scene, I cant recommend CBCs beers over PP or RR --but it is a fine establishment. Somewhat of a diamond in the rough. And theres this dive bar right next to the place which is pretty fun too.
06-21-2006 02:29:41 | More by rousee
3.84/5 rDev -3.3%
My girlfriend took me here after a day at the beach in Coronado, walked into this brick building and saw what looked like a nicer restuarant, brewing equipment behind the bar in the middle to the back, crazy how a small place like this can bottle their beers and keep up with all the demand, cool atmosphere that has a mix of tourists and locals, which I could tell from all the people with growlers, service was good and they were helpful the majority of the time, I had a glass of the 13th Anniversary Smoked Brown Ale which was pretty good, other things they had on draft were a wheat, Red Devil, Islander IPA, and a few guests including Airdale's seasonal Holiday Porter, they had a special for growler fills the following days for six dollars two liter fills, which was a nice deal I would take advantage of if I lived in the area, food looked good, saw a lot of either fish and chips or chicken strips going by, prices were reasonable and especially for the area, I would go back in the future, recommended
11-11-2009 04:19:02 | More by Floydster
4.29/5 rDev +8.1%
This was the 6th stop during a recent trip to San Diego. Located a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown in Coronado – which is not an island – Coronado Brewing is housed in a generic looking building a few blocks from the ferry disembarkation. Upon entry, there is a dark, crowded dining area with a crowded L-shaped bar, where the locals congregate. The glass enclosed brewing tanks peek out from behind the bar.
During my lunchtime visit, there were some 14 house crafts, including five core beers available – I quaffed the Island IPA, Mermaid Red Ale, Four Brothers and something called Black Sails. The food was decent and filling (I had an Albacore Tuna Melt, if you must know.) The service was attentive
The reasonable Happy Hour prices made up for the $4.25 boat ride across the harbor. Of course, many CBC beers are available downtown, but why give up a chance to take a ferry boat?
02-18-2013 23:42:05 | More by jjboesen
Coronado Brewing Company in Coronado, CA
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.