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Pizza Port Carlsbad

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Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 305
Beer Ratings: 4,702
Beer Avg: 3.86

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
96
world-class

176 Ratings
Ratings: 176
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 5.98%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, California, 92008
United States
phone: (760) 720-7007

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pizzaportbeer

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(Place added by: xlperro)
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

I loved this place. Seemed like a great college bar. There are 2 separate hut looking places (one to order beer from and the other food). There are long picnic benches all down the seating area and a few booths by themselves along the wall. Great selection of beers on tap and their pizzas are great! They have a lot of their beers on tap along with a good selection of other companies (including RR Blind Pig, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, RR IPA, one or two Alpines, and a handful of others). Just a great bar to hang out in if you are looking to have a fun time. It is more of a self serving place but the bussers are very efficient and clean up the seats and your empty glasses pretty fast. Wish there was a bar like this near me!

06-07-2007 06:23:32 | More by BlindPig
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joecast

Australia

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

visited during the real ale fest, friday night.

great place to hang out and enjoy a pizza and some beer. granted, lots of people coming in from the fest which livened the place up, but seemed to be lots of families with kids just there for the food (& beer).

only the service takes a hit for having to order and pick up your food from the counter. the food does come out quick, so its easy enough to get your beer and relax at a table (rows of picnic tables) while you wait.

food and beer are great, lots of each to choose from and what i've had is pretty damn good. would like to get back on a regular weeknight and see how things are, doubt i would be disappointed though. this place rocks!

06-03-2007 17:12:36 | More by joecast
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ReDave

California

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Nice! Been here several times. Only just before the Real Ale Festival's held here [sort of next door in the open area outdoors].
Pretty darn good pizza. Awesome beer selection, i mean what other pizza place [that I've been to at least] has so many IPA's and Even Double IPA's as well!! As i was eating my pesto chicken sun dried tomato pizza, they must have changed the brew list two or three times! {just added HOP 15 man i missed that!}

Service is friendly, but it's always pretty hopping [pun intended] and so not much individual attention, in fact, you kinda had to really "grab" their attention. But once gotten, they take care of you and deliver!

Wish i came to Southern California more often!

A must see!

06-03-2007 00:26:19 | More by ReDave
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sleazo

New York

4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $

This is a nicer location than its Solana Beach sister. Inside people sit at communal benches which invites conversation with strangers, not a common thing in SoCal. You order from the bar on the left as yoyu walk in. Besides the phenomenal house beers which are brewed next store, they always have a great selection of beers, from local favourites like Alesmith and Stone to other great craft breweries like Russian river and Avery. You order food from the back. The pizza is nothing special but it isnt bad. You come here for the beer. There is also an outside seating area between the brewery and the restaurant. A must go to if you are in the area.

03-19-2007 04:27:13 | More by sleazo
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koolchas

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

wipe out ipa is one of my favorites so, with this long presidents weekend, decided to go to an actual pizza port location. was going to go to san clemente since it was shorter but after reading about the small selection and also confirming by phone call they did not have wipe out ipa available, had to go bit further south to carlsbad and i am glad i did.

the place is very 'laid back.' nothing fancy about it. even a bit dingy in terms of interior and looks. but, hey this place has some great brews, with a good selection, as well as very good pizza.

i started; of course, with a wipe out ipa and enjoyed it. i next moved on to the poorman's ipa which was 9% abv. since i got there on an empty stomach (had not ate all day) the poorman's ipa got me feeling pretty good. the g/f and i finished off a pizza (half 'san francisco' and half 'solana').

i wanted a third brew before leaving but, with a lower abv although i enjoyed the poorman's as much as the wipe out. so, i noticed the carlsbad chronic was the top seller. so, i order one and the bartender (i did not get her name but, she was awesome was a killer accent), gave me a look of disappointment. i was like, what's wrong? she goes, why are you going downhill after two very good beers ... i said well this is the most popular ... she goes well the most popular does not mean it's the best tasting ... LOL ... but, she poured it and i really did not like it - basically tasted like a small step up from a macro, very watery. so, she handed me a pint of abby ale and said hey, drink this it's not that high in abv and is much better. she actually swapped out the pint for me on her own will. i was impressed. of course, the abby ale was a very good way to end it.

prices are reasonable and their pints are $4-5. a great selection. at least a dozen taps pouring plus an addtional ten or so of non-pizza port brews.

will definetly go back again when in the area. and guys, if your girl is not into beer as much you, you have the perfect excuse to go here if in the area. the carlsbad outlets is two or exits down the 5 so, she'll enjoy the shopping. if you have kids, legoland is there too ... if a ba, don't eat at the park, just head over to pizza port as this place is very kid friendly too!

cheers!

02-19-2007 05:55:55 | More by koolchas
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

This is the top ranked of the chain, even according to staff, in terms of beer. It is twice the size of Solana and also in a swanky area. It is a family oriented place, very well-managed, everybody knows their job and smiles. I would think they are paid above average. There were a lot more taps than in Solena including guest taps, I believe I was told 39. Both Pliny the Elder and the Younger, whereas only (!) the Elder at Solena. To get here took some planning as you had to figure the Coaster schedule and I had to make a cabbie deal, if you can find one, to get back the 15 minutes to Solena. People were not as knowledgable about beer, either the patrons who were friendly enough and from everywhere, or the staff, and the bar being so much bigger was less conducive to chatter.

02-09-2007 17:55:08 | More by Sammy
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IntriqKen

California

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

A very comfortable type brew-pub / pizza joint. Small and rustically adorned but with great pizzas and a fantastic collection of award winning brews. Some of Pizza Port's brews (as well as their Lost Abbey belgiums) are beginning to make it into the retail markets in bottles but for the most part, if you want any of the more complex brews, you have to get them here.
The weekend I visited was during their annual Strong Ale Festival which was held in the outdoor "Garden" area. They were able to keep the festial seperate from the rest of the operation and everything ran amazingly smooth.

12-06-2006 20:12:51 | More by IntriqKen
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

For a middle of the day visit. Atmospere was good, there even was a childs birthday party there that day. Nicely decorated interior, something for everyone. Quality was good also, they brew the beers there. Service was good, you still had to go to counter to order then wait. But the bartender chats you up a little. Selection was good they had more beers there then at the Solana Beach one. Food again did not try at this one. The whole experience, was a good one this is another to visit in the area.

11-25-2006 01:22:54 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Finally beating off the traffic of LA and Orange County, we were ready for a quick Beer before heading off to Escondido and a visit at Stone (little did we know it was closed that day). Easy off, easy on the highway, no problems finding the place and plenty of parking in the back.

Beach shack like atmosphere, surfboards everywhere, press wood walls, the kind you used to find on those station wagons back in the day, and a whole lot of stickers. The place looked pretty beat up, but friendly. Strange looking setup for a brewpub of this quality and reputation, but it had a certain charm and was undoubtedly a nice change of pace from the generic style establishments we encountered along the way.

We sat on the stools in the bar section to the left, with the menu on top of us made out of little cardboard cutouts for each Beer. There were about 20 available, ranging from simple pale ale and Mexican light lager to big ass double IPAs, a Belgian ale, a barleywine and an imperial stout. I was really impressed by the range of Beers presented, there was no way in hell you could walk in here and not find something to your liking, if not 5 or 6 like it was my case. They also had a few guest taps, cider and wines, too. Didn’t take long for me to declare myself ineligible for driving duties! Everything I had was fantastic and fresh.

It was around noonish, and more people were there for food rather than drink, the crowd was a mix of both young kids having a slice and a soda to older guys on their lunch break. Our bartendress who was welcoming, helpful and on the ball about what they had to offer served us promptly. We were able to order our soft dough pretzels from there, instead of getting up and going to the other section in the back. We didn’t get pizza since we had plans to eat at the one in Solana Beach, but if it was any indication we were in for a treat, because those things were good, the dipping sauces were superfluous, as they tasted great on their own.

My only complaint was that we left too soon. Even though I spent more time at their other location further south and Beer quality was quite similar, overall I preferred this locality. It was more spacious, it was quieter and the variety offered was superior. Probably in my top-3 favorite US brewpubs that I have had the chance to visit.

10-06-2006 14:44:31 | More by Goldorak
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bigbelcher

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Pizza Port is a great place to find some really great microbrews, not only do they have a nice selection of their own beers but some top notch guest beers. The Carlsbad location caters to two types of people, those going for great beer and also families. Lots of games, etc for the kids. Seating is on long picnic table benches that work well to accomadate the large crowds they have. Bartenders are pretty knowledgeable, not just about their beers but also the guest beers. Service can be spotty when it is crowded. An extra bartender would have helped out. Food is good and is prepared out in the open. Forget the places that think you need a wood fired brick oven to make good pizza, their conveyor belt works just fine.

A great place to go to.

09-18-2006 15:22:44 | More by bigbelcher
Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.