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Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times BeerModern Times Beer

Type: Brewery, Bar

3725 Greenwood St
San Diego, California, 92110-4441
United States

(619) 546-9694 | map

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Added by notchucknorris on 06-27-2013

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 179
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is in a business park area but the space is amazing. They put a lot of thought into decorating the space and I appreciate it. Beer selection was great with taps not available in bottles. Reasonable growler fill prices. Even the glass wear was unique.

Not to mention...they roast their own coffee, and sometimes put it in their beer. This is the only brewery I have been to where you can bring home beer and beans!

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Photo of ebin6
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

A very cool brewery with a great vibe. They may not have a ton of stuff on tap at all times, but rest assured, you'll find something that hits the spot. Can get super packed at times, but they keep the beer flowing pretty quickly.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Modern Times near Old Town had an eclectic vibe inside. I stayed at a newly refurbished hotel in the area and was only a couple blocks away, so it was a no-brainer to visit during my trip. The area wasn't the greatest at night, but inside was transformed into a place from another time. It had this Broadway feel to it, a story from years gone by with the lighting, books along the wall. It's an expansive area, with large tanks in the back visible from the seating area. The vibe is just fantastic.

Modern Times produces solid beers. I had small glasses of 4 beers. I must say I liked the Apricot gose the best.

Very nice place. Good beer. Good times.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Awesome place! Lots of unique places to sit, very large space so you won't feel crammed in. Beer is very high quality. Walls decorated with comic books on one side and a post-it mural on the other side, very cool.

Was there two nights last week and both were relatively busy so service was a tad slow but nothing that would cause me to not go back. Location is ideal, right near downtown (easily accessible by cab or Uber).

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Photo of mschantz
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I really dig Modern Times. They seem to make everyone from tragic hipster to seasoned BA feel welcome. They typically have from 10-12 beers on. There stouts are solid to great - I especially liked The unique approach to City of the Dead. IPAs were solid as well with the new Orderville a standout. Only disappointment was the lack of sours when I stopped by. Their coffee Roastery is on site as well so I drug some home as well. Great spot in this beer Mecca.

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Photo of TheKlevin
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If all the breweries I visited in SD this was my favorite. Ended up going there twice in a five day period just because it was so awesome. They had monsters park with coconut and cocoa on tap, it was amazing!

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Photo of socon67
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I was staying on the same street and headed down. Interesting brewery with some nice offerings like the Monster Park stout. Kind of off the beaten path along the way to the airport. But a good place to check out.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Slightly difficult to find the first go around, this brewery is in a warehouse. Inside, the brewery has a tasting area with about a dozen in-house offerings and about a half dozen coffees. They have a 7oz and pint offerings, which is pretty cool! No real food options, but they allow you to bring food in. The decor is off-beat (such as the massive wall adorned with comic book covers or the mosaic made of post-it notes), but quite cool!

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Nice brewery. Sits in a warehouse type building. Tasting room is nice size with room at the bar and tables. Great service. Nice selection with about 15 on tap. Neat artwork, huge picture on the back wall created with post-it notes!

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place is a must visit if you love Modern Times beer! The vibe is very relaxed with the high ceilings and huge space with 'jazzy' music playing. The decoration is really creative as well!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Love the atmosphere of this place. A whole wall plastered in comic books, yes please! Freshly roasted coffee bean smells wafting out of the time office and cold brewed coffee on tap. It's a little bit pricey and they don't have tasters, just half pours. Great place to get a few beers and end with a coffee.

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Photo of mabermud
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited this place for the first time during their 2nd Year Anniversary Party. The vibe was off the charts. Their beer was amazing. The service was great and the selection was special.

This place is highly recommended.

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Photo of Pawoto
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I received my first Modern Times beer as a throw in as part of a trade a year ago - been wanting to visit since.

Great place - really cool decor with the book bindings and various mosaics. Thoroughly enjoyed a flight of Black House, Nitro BH, Coconut BH, and Mega BH.

The merch was great - our group left with glassware, beer totes and a really cool hoody.

Lauren was wrong - Modern Times is great and a must-visit if you don't hate beer.

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Photo of Buck89
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I recently took a trip to San Diego, and this was my first stop. I had a phenomenal visit. A really cool tasting room with unique artwork, great music, and a barmaid completely of books. The staff is extremely friendly, and I had a great time chatting with other customers as well. The beer was phenomenal, and there was outstanding selection. A must stop if you're close by.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Killer vibe @ the Lomaland location, replete with kitschy artwork and hodge podge seating. It feels accessible but still artistic and unique. Selection is usually pretty solid -- perhaps a little shaky early on, but lately it feels like the taps are full and varied. Service is usually solid as well, if at times a bit aloof. Overall, though, this place is all about the atmosphere. Grab a pint, find a nook to kick back in with some friends, and relax. Oh, and for the love of Pete, get rid of the odd 7oz "taster" glasses. Get real tasters (4oz or so?) and then some pint glasses with half pour lines. Not a plus if you're trying to sample the offerings of the evening.

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Photo of deford
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Love this place. Friendly, comfortable place to hang out. Had Black House on Nitro and Cask. Lots of choices! Very casual atmosphere were you'll be welcomed and made to feel at home. Great decor! Can't wait to get down there again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Popular belief has led to the idea that San Diego is too concentrated with breweries, and that these new breweries won't be able to stay in a competitive market. Don't tell that to Modern Times, which is perhaps the best of the "new wave" brewers out of San Diego, and is enjoying a quick start full of success. I was lucky enough to have three Brazilian beer lovers with me during my peek at the tasting room, which is open seven days from 12-9 pm. Parking is limited on the street, so anticipate walking a few blocks on a busy night. Luckily for us, it was a Sunday night.

The tasting room is huge in floor space, and a large bar sits in the middle of it. Regarding décor, 1973 called and wants it back; too many different themes going on, but it felt like it came out of the era where avocado colored appliances were hip. However, the place was clean, as was the bathroom.

One interesting aspect of Modern Times is they not only brew their own beer, they brew their own coffee too. If you enjoy both drinks, stop what you're doing and come now! Three lists of drinks rest behind the bar; the left a handful of cold-pressed coffee options, the middle consisting of their year round list (Lomaland Saison, Fortunate Islands, Black House, Blazing World), and six "special release beers (Funky Lomaland, Pilot Black IPA, e mais). Beers are fairly priced, going from $5-7 a pour, poured in elegant slender tulips. Keeping the beers flowing was a helpful bartender.

Still young and already a celebrity, the sky is the limit for Modern Times.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

The place is in a quiet corner of the sports arena area of Point Loma. Nothing around so there was plenty of parking. Not many people inside, plenty of room at the bar (which was nice because we went there because Societe was super crowded).
Place was super clean, modern feeling. Kind of a cold atmosphere, maybe because it was so empty.
The selection was good but all the stouts happened to be of the coffee variety which I'm not a huge fan of. I had a pale ale which was quite good however.
Service was friendly, prices were reasonable.

Definitely a place I would go back to.

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Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Nice big warehouse, interesting décor, (I love Michael Jackson tribute done with post-its!). Serves flights in old cigar boxes. No food, but has a funny water dispenser with a "Coors Light" sign over it. Clever!

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Photo of jlisuk
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

what a great spot!
A highlight of my recent San Diego trip.
Relaxed, warehouse tasting room with very cool decor and great beer.

Service was exceptionally friendly and helpful, prices were reasonable, and all 9 available beers were awesome.

They will fill screw top type 64 oz growlers, as long as any other brewery's logo is completely covered.

If I lived nearby, this would be my go-to spot.

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Photo of antoines15
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Place is huge, super cool atmosphere, wouldn't mind moving into this place. The beers have just been okay so far for me, but what do I know? Worth checking out though.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Such a great spot. Very cool use of the space. Some neat art and a nice vibe that matches their brand well.

The logo is gorgeous as well as the cans. Eager to see these in Portland soon!

Staff were super friendly, laid back, but attentive. Place was hopping on a Saturday night. A great time for all. Good crowd.

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Photo of guityler83
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Being an avid homebrewer and having familiarity with the madfermentationist blog, I'd heard about Modern Times and some of the great stuff they were doing so decided to stop in for a pint on a Thursday while on vacation.

Damn.. The tasting room is just my vibe. Huge mosaic on the wall made of post-it notes, interesting artwork all over, the brewery within eye site of the bar itself. I got a flight of the 4 beers that were the same as their packaged lineup. Not a bad one in the bunch! The coffee stout was extremly drinkable and the hoppy beers fresh as sin. Another thing I loved aout the beers was they were relativity session strength (4.8 - 6.7%) so I didn't have to worry too much.

The bartender was friendly and humored my beer nerd questions, I left with a shirt, some stickers and a strong inkling to return. One of the best places I've been in a while for being so new.

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Photo of Popp24
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Just checked this place out on Sunday 11/24 which happened to be my birthday.

Atmosphere - The tasting room is very cool especially the large mural on the wall of Jacko and his monkey bubbles. The mural is made out of all post-it notes which I thought was really cool. It was a bit cold in there and the bartender admitted they need space heaters and they were looking into getting some soon. They also have book shelves with many leather bound books :P But seriously they did have book shelves with books to read and also with their merchandise such as shirts, hoodies and trading cards of their employees which was very unique.

Quality - The 4 core beers that they already can were all very good. The Black House Stout and Blazing World were my favorite and the Fortunate Islands was very good as well. The Black House Stout has a very nice coffee roastiness and is very flavorful. The Blazing World Amber is really just masquerading as an Amber and is really just a tasty IPA. Reminds my of Nelson from Alpine which makes sense seeing how it's made with Nelson Sauvin hops. Loved this one. The Fortunate Islands is pegged as a Hoppy & Citrusey wheat and that it is. It could be classified as an American Pale Wheat and actually reminds me of an IPA as well more specifically Lagunitas IPA. The Saison called Lomaland was nice. They also had a 100 % Brett IPA which was very interesting and tropical with a strong pineapple notes. Good stuff.

Service - The bar tender was friendly and even talked to us about the beers they currently had aging in barrels. One of them was a Flemish Red and the other was a sour but I couldn't remember much more about that one. The service was fairly prompt.

Selection - They had 7 beers on tap so pretty good selection.

Food - They have food trucks on certain days and times.

Value - Tasters were 2.50 a piece and the the taster glasses were at least 4.5 ounces so very big for a taster so good value there.

Overall I really liked this brewery and I see them doing big things in the future. Their regular offerings which are now canned were very good. Aside from those the Wet Hop IPA was just average and the DIPA they had just tapped a couple days before called Lost Horizon was pretty disappointing. It was less hoppy than the Fortunate Islands and Blazing World. Still though I really enjoyed the experience and recommended this brewery for sure.

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Photo of velcrowe
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Headed down here after the Pacific Islander Festival.

It's like a lot of other San Diego taprooms - huge industrial layout, bar in the middle, some views of the brewery equipment, etc. Their design is flawless, in my opinion. I really like the look of their logo, the cans and the quirks of the taproom (books, old TVs, microscopes, post-it mural, comic book pages on the wall).

The beers are good. The ones I didn't care for were still high quality beers, just interesting interpretations of styles that didn't quite fit me (the hoppy wheat and the hoppy amber). I think the stout is the star, here. The saison is tasty, but a little light (and the one-off hibiscus version was way tastier). They certainly deliver on what I read on their website: with slightly lower ABV averages than your other San Diego envelope-pushing beers, they really focus and deliver on aroma. All of the core 4 beers smell great.

Parking was not the greatest, but the streets weren't busy enough for it to matter, and I don't think there was a food truck nearby (strange for a Saturday, but maybe they are setting things up logistically, still).

Super excited for the cans to hit the market. I'll definitely toss the Black House Stout in the fridge.

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Modern Times Beer in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.