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24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Store ]

2161 India St
San Diego, California, 92101-1723
United States
phone: (619) 487-9493

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bottlecraft

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(Place added by: pmarlowe on 07-10-2011)
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djmitche

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I'm just in town for a conference, but dropped by this place to pick up some local bottles to take home, and see what it was all about. They had two flights running, based on bottle pours, as well as two beers on tap. There was a beer club meeting at the table in the back, but lots of stools available along the bar in the window. There are copies of BeerAdvocate and Zymurgy all over. The staff know their product and how to treat it.

All in all, a good selection of local beers, and a great atmosphere of beer geekery without being a bar. More of a "here, try this, it's interesting!" place rather than anything snobby or oriented toward inebriation.

12-13-2012 05:26:35 | More by djmitche
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crossovert

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

A nice place near the airport in SD. IT is on a bit of a sleepy street in a very nice area with a pretty decent stretch of hip and trendy stops. The store is small but it has good quality. Plenty of local brews are featured, not all of them but a good chunk. Nearly every beer is available cold or warm. There is a glassware rack and you can also drink a beer that you buy on-premise. I didn't see if there was a "uncapping" fee or not. A few people were sitting there drinking one night. But overall it is a pretty good shop.

07-26-2012 14:57:08 | More by crossovert
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rmaste6282

California

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

This place is off India Street, right in the middle of Little Italy on a one way street. A true bottleshop, where you can buy singles and six packs, plus you get to open any bottles you want for onsite consumption. Brian, the owner is great, knowledgable, approachable and willing to talk beer, not just send you on your way. Prices are great, better than most in the county. The only drawbacks are the small size of the place, and no old vintage stuff since it has only been open for a year or so. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

02-07-2012 19:39:06 | More by rmaste6282
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notchucknorris

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

I'd heard a lot about this place, so I finally decided to check it out yesterday and I'm so glad I did.

The setup reminded me a lot of a cross between the BP Home Brew Mart and Holiday Wine Cellars. The selection wasn't mindboggling, but you could tell that every single beer on the shelf was selected with care, which is much more than I can say for a lot of other bottleshops in San Diego. I don't think there was one beer there that didn't catch my interest. I also saw a lot of stuff here I've never seen before in San Diego, including Jester King. I had no idea you could find them in SD. The service was great, and the guy there was extremely helpful with the questions I threw at him.

If you happen to be in the area, this is definitely worth checking out. Great service and a great opportunity to try some new beers with their selection and their on site tastings. Probably the best bottleshop I've found in San Diego to date.

02-02-2012 22:00:56 | More by notchucknorris
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pinkgrenade

California

4.44/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Bottlecraft is exactly what san diego needed! They opened about 6 months ago, and have been gaining popularity since!

When you walk in, you will see a bar and a nice big table for seating, and also 2 cold boxes with roughly 120 different beer choices, and a bottle shop that also houses a nice glass selection and merchandise selection from random breweries. The bottle shop is extremely reasonably priced, and he gets a very good selection of local beers, microbrews, and also belgian and other foreign beers. Last time I went in i was able to find the new chatoe rogue series, and a NB lips of faith I had been searching for.

The best part though is the tasting portion he offers, every day he will pick 2 flights for you to choose from, you can pick any bottles from the cold box and make your own flight or just open a beer, or flash freeze any bottle from the shop too! The flights tend to be a style vs a brewery, or a city vs a season, or whatever he feels like picking out for the day! The first time I went I had a flight of all barrel aged beers it was great!

It's a great environment to take someone new to beer, someone who loves beer, or just to pick up something hard to find. Love Bottlecraft!

Tip: no food, but you can order in a pizza from one of the many establishments near by or bring in whatever you would like to eat!

11-03-2011 05:36:11 | More by pinkgrenade
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Brewzer1010

California

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in here a couple weeks back after leaving a Padre game early. The decor here is pretty minimal but it works. Better than average selection, although many beers were not kept cold (and seemingly not intended for on site consumption). Still, the two coolers had a nice selection. The guys working there were cool, willing to talk beer or just leave you be if you prefer. It was pretty quiet when I was in there, however very enjoyable. Prices are very reasonable. A seat at the window with a Class V to enjoy, not a bad way to spend an evening.

10-06-2011 03:14:31 | More by Brewzer1010
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HeavyTaste

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Bottlecraft is located at the upper end of Little Italy. Just North of Downtown San Diego.
They sell bottles to drink at the bar or to go.
Sort of like the Pizza Port Bottleshop.
There is an actual bar, with stools and they feature nightly flights. Nice to be able to sit down and enjoy rather than stand.
The selection is pretty good and so are the prices.
It is within walking distance of many restaurants, mostly Italian. Great place to go before or after pizza down the street.
Not all the bottles are in coolers. Most are on shelves. They currently have two coolers, one for North America, one for the rest of the world.
Good selection. Lots of locals, and a decent selection from Belgium and elsewhere.
They are really good about actually updating the website and Facebook daily to announce the flights for the night. I like that a lot since here in San Diego, there are a lot of choices.
This week, in honor of Belgian Independence they focused on beers from Belgium.

07-22-2011 21:07:08 | More by HeavyTaste
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Bottlecraft - Little Italy in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.