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Bottlecraft - Little Italy

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Bnoise11, Apr 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of HoppingAlong
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%

While I live nearly twenty minutes away, I find that a trip to Bottlecraft is often worth the drive. The place is located in Little Italy, near the San Diego airport (so if you are visiting SD I would strongly urge you to stop by here before you head to your hotel). The shop is super clean, with some wood tables/benches to sit and drink/eat (you have to bring your own food, if you are into that sort of thing). The bottle selection is great, with all styles represented. While their fridge space is ample, stroll to the back of the store to find the rest of the beers they carry. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they will answer any questions you might have and they will certainly make suggestions if you need them. The prices are reasonable and comparable to just about every other shop in San Diego. They often have a couple of different beers on tap and they allow you to consume purchased bottles on premises (not sure that if there is a corkage fee, as I always purchase my bottles to go). All in all-- one of the best bottle shops near downtown.

They also have another shop that recently opened in the North Park area (an area that features some of the best craft beer bars in San Diego).

HoppingAlong, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Hanson_Cole
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%

Quite possibly the most diverse selection of beer available in San Diego. My own personal beer odyssey has been enriched ten-fold simply thanks to the horizon expanding Bottlecraft Beer Shop & Tasting Room. And I'm not sure how they keep the prices so low. But you get the feeling this joint is dedicated to providing great, affordable beer for all.

Luckily, I live one block away from Bottlecraft. But even if you don't live near Little Italy... who doesn't want to take a short trip here!? It is well worth it. And if Little Italy isn't your scene, the highly successful and popular little shop has just opened a new, larger store in the heart of North Park.

You owe yourself a visit to Bottlecraft if you think you like beer at all. Seriously, you will enjoy every sip.

Hanson_Cole, Feb 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

dwagner003, Oct 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Afroman, Oct 16, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

Camjmorton, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

robear, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

HeavyTaste, Jul 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

notchucknorris, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sicem99, Dec 28, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +5%

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!

pinkgrenade, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of rmaste6282
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

rmaste6282, Feb 07, 2012
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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%

I only went here once but my impression is they have a sweet selection but as with anything you gotta pay to play. They were just a bit pricey but the location they maintain allows for this. I will say I was able to get Jester King Weasel here and at that time I really was wanting to try that. Selection overall was impressive and the inside was pretty cool as far as atmosphere.

JDJTEXAS, Sep 10, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

djmitche, Dec 13, 2012
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4.29/5  rDev +1.4%

The atmosphere of the place is great, this is a mix of a bar and store, since you can buy a beer and drink on (with an additional uncorking charge) or take it home. Don't be surprised if you see a lot of pets inside, as this is allowed.

Quality is great, nice and clean.

Service is a strong point, always friendly. They occasionally have a "Keep the glass night" in which you buy a specific beer and you get to keep the proper branded glass for it.

Selection... I'll put it this way, if you are fairly new to crafts beer, you'll be impressed; but if you know your stuff and know what you're looking for, it's fairly above average.

One of the things that I liked the most about this place is that you can take whatever food you want inside, and go at it without anyone bothering you. (I recommend Mona Lisa Italian Foods a block south)...

I normally visit once every month from Tijuana to restock... Salud!

Boga, Jun 06, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

This place is great. Tons of selection. We did a local flight and had a great time talking to the bar tender and the people around us. This is a community place that would be great for date night or just having a fun evening with friends. They had a great selection of local beers, a great selection of domestic beers, and a lot of Belgium beers.

Theitos, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BKotch, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Cynic-ale, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Kurmaraja, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, Feb 02, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Medium size retail establishment, very clean, well organized with plenty of local offering and everything you could expect to find from the area.

Didn't see anything rare, per say, but it would be more than useful if I was from the area and wanted to purchase something to take home but on a trip it wasn't quite useful or warranted me hemorrhaging more $ than necessary.

Prices seemed reasonable. Service was nice, asked me for assistance. Would gladly shop here if I lived nearby.

claspada, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%

Popped in during my vacation after a recommendation by Loews hotel concierge and BA research. This place felt special. It's nearly all beer and the exceptions were some ciders and there may have been meads. There's a lot of calculated mood lighting and I like that while there are beers on the shelves on the wall,there are also lots of shelves set within the middle arranged at angles to encourage exploration. They an amazing selection. I did not have time to crack anything open from the cooler and enjoy it. There was one guy behind the counter and he answered questions when I asked. I did take into account he had a few people at the bar on the other side of him so he can't exactly walk over to assist.

Franziskaner, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of mrcraft
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

I visited this location since my hotel was near Little Italy and wanted to try another bottle shop in San Diego.

It was good. They have most beers on shelves on the wall, and had 3 coolers. The selection isn't as good as BDBS or my regular bottleshop in Los Angeles, but they carry quality stuff. Also, since Bell's is only distributed in San Diego for now, finding Bell's beers here was a plus for me. I didn't inquire, but you can pay a corkage fee and drink beers on site which is nice if you're meeting friends, and then have dinner afterwards at one of many nice restaurants nearby.

Overall, a solid bottleshop. I'll visit again next week since I'm down in San Diego again.

mrcraft, Oct 19, 2014
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Bottlecraft - Little Italy in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.