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Pizza Port Carlsbad

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Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad
BA SCORE
96
world-class

196 Ratings
Ratings: 196
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.88%
Active Beers: 334
Beer Ratings: 5,153
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Photo of woodychandler
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%

My detailed notes say that I was here on F, 17 July 2009 as part of my visit with my cousin and his wife in support of The Beer Pest column in the current (June/July 2010) issue of Ale Street News. Who am I to disagree?

A day at the beach, courtesy of The Coaster, a local privately-owned light rail system that dropped me off a scant few blocks away. Pizza Port (Carlsbad) sat on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Roosevelt Street. The entry, overhung with a striped canopy, was in the center, with the brewhouse in the left-facing window.

The wood bar, fronted by Captain's chairs, began just to the left of the doorway and continued snaking its way around to the far left side of the building. A cooler with ice cream and sorbets (!) sat in the centerline, followed by a short, wooden dividing wall which separated the bar area from the restaurant area and with its own series of Captain's chair seating. Continuing on the left side, beyond the brewhouse and behind the bar, was the entrance to the cooler, followed by the first bank of taps, a glass door to access chilled glassware, another set of taps and another glass door. A pair of stainless steel boards were mounted above the glass doors and second set of taps and detailed "Beers Brewed Here" on the left side and "Guest Beers" on the right side. The far left wall housed the pizza (and salad) kitchen.

Over on the restaurant side, picnic tables were the norm. The theme on this side was surfing - boards in the overhead, murals along the counter, portraits on the walls. Also in the restaurant area, against the right wall, were a series of video games.

Beers: Fourteen (14) house - Port Van Porter; Palapa Pale Ale; Great American Brown; Wipeout IPA; Carlsbad Cream Ale; Carlsbad Chronic; California Honey; None the Weisser; Revelations; Night Rider Imperial Stout; Borough Market Bitter; State Beach Blonde; Poor Man's [D]IPA; and Party Pants Pilsner.

Cask: Parabola Pale Ale

Guests: Twenty-eight (28) plus a guest cask.

Service: I am always reluctant to mention my server's physical qualities, but I was struck by my heavily tattooed slip of a woman and this coming from a short-statured guy with thirteen tattoos of his own. Hers were much more traditional than mine and included her back, chest and knuckles. Zounds! Very friendly, personable, helpful and attentive - all good qualities in a server.

Shopping: Work shirt, growler, and stickers. Perfect!

woodychandler, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

Another 10 minutes up the coast from Solona Beach, this PP is large, airy, casual and in general another great SD area stop for fine local brews and tasty pizza and salad. This Pizza Port also has a nice outdoor eating area, shady, and roomy with more picnic tables. The brew selections were outstanding, with Port brewing rotating house beer and guest brews from Alesmith, Stone and a host of the other SD local breweries. The beach is only a few blocks away, so a visit to this spot fits in great with a day (and a nap) @ the beach. Highly recommended for a meal, a pint, a session or whatever, just make sure to go and enjoy...

Billolick, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
4.36/5  rDev 0%

This is much better than San Clemente. Like the SC location, there is little parking around at night, so don't be surprised if you park your car a block away. But don't let the parking situation get to yuor head, as you will be greatly rewarded.

It's not just a place for beer lovers, but also a place for kids too. There are long benches and tables for families to gather, several video gaming machines, a long bar section running on the left side of the place, and an easy to spot order spot for both the food and beer. The place was nearly packed before 6pm, but that didn't stop me coming in for a quick drink.

Roughly a dozen Pizza Port beers brewed at the Carlsbad location, and another 20 or so guest taps. There's a great mix of styles, ranging from the lighter Twery to the more alcoholic Stickly Stout and even a brew with sour cherries. I received my Twerp in a tulip, which tasted very good and was presented well. But generally, expect your beer to be served in the usual shaker. Pitchers are also available as well.

It may had been a short visit, but it was totally worth it. And for sure, the Carlsbad location warrants future visits.

DoubleJ, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

The pub is very easy to find. Exit I-5 at Carlsbad Village Drive & it is about 1/2 mile on your left as you head towards the beach.

As you enter, it is a one floor building that has heavy “Surfer Dude” orientated décor. Surf boards hang everywhere from the ceiling; all colors, shapes & sizes. Old photographs of beaudacious wave-riders continue the theme. The one room appears to amplify noise. Loud talk, the calling of names for Pizza collections & general banter, can give the bar a boisterous feel when first entered. This gives the place a rather happening feeling.

Tables separated by small booth like barriers run down the right hand side, these seat 4 people - just. To your immediate right is a small wooden floored raised area that has some bench like Tables & Chairs. The centre has a collection of long bench like tables, giving it somewhat of a beer hall feel.

At the back of the building is the in-house Pizza kitchen. Dominated by a double Pizza Oven, one of those that has slow but continually moving belts though a long Oven. You place your order to the left hand side, & later when your number/name is called, you collect it to the right hand side. They come in 3 sizes & a myriad of combinations. The Pizza’s are top notch quality & reasonably priced. Close by the Pizza pick-up point is a door that leads to an outside area that has seating & makes a very nice outside, albeit fenced, drinking area.

The Brewery is on the left hand side, & leads to the most important part, the Bar. This is located in the back left hand corner. You have to go here to get served. I actually prefer this to waited service, so I enjoyed this aspect. Service was quick & courteous as well. You can take your beverage of choice and sit down at one of the many Tables, or stay at the Bar if you wish. Choice is excellent. I never counted the beers on offer, but there were at least 2 banks of 6 Taps. Colorful hand-made signs are stuck above the bar like large fridge magnets – these detail the current tapped offerings. The beers were awesome, especially the IPA’s. The quality of the house beers was exceptionally high & it would not be folly, or false praise, to say that some of these beers are world class.

The Pizza Port holds Beer Festivals occasionally; these are exceptionally well organized & executed. I have done both the Belgium Beer & Real Ale Festivals this year. I will definitely be there for there next one; a Winter Beer Festival in December I believe.

*Highly Recommended*

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Sammy, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Pizza Port Carlsbad is located right off the I-5 in Carlsbad. Street parking seems to be the best option, since there is only a small private lot behind the building.

The interior has lots of wood, and hanging surfboards and tap handles are the main motif. Picnic benches dominate most of the space, with the bar located along the left side. Interesting sticker collection behind the bar (mostly bands) along with a tap list and some merchandise.

The beer list is pretty impressive. There are around 8 Pizza Port beers and 12 guest taps from the likes of Russian River, Green Flash and others. There is a sampler available of just about everything.

Service was good on a busy weekday evening (I imagine they all are). The bartender was helpful with descriptions and samples.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall I have been nothing but impressed with the 2 Pizza Port locations and would highly recommend one or all of them as places to stop on a trip to San Diego.

Dogbrick, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

There's no doubt this is a solid place, though I'm not sure I quite understand the "lovefest" many reviewers seem to have with it.

Pizza Port Carlsbad is undeniably popular, even at 8:45 on a cold Thursday night the place was pretty much packed. The place has sort of an upscale warehouse feel, with high ceilings and lots of long tables and wooden benches. There is a very laid back, informal vibe here, which I think is fine, but hardly anything to get excited about. The quality of the beers, of course, was top notch (though I'm still tempted to ding them for being out of Hop Suey). The quad was pretty good, and the russian imperial stout and glass of Sierra Nevada weizenbock were excellent. Service was fine for what it was I suppose, though I'm not sure how or why anyone would rate it higher then average (maybe if you're sitting at the bar?). You stand in line to order your pizza, wings, calazones, whatever, and then you stand in an even longer line to order your beer. When your name is called, you go up to pick up your pizza. Beer selection was pretty good, though here I will ding them for running out of the Hop Suey. Otherwise, this place has a great selection of house beers and guest beers, and at least they did have the Green Flash DIPA on tap if you absolutely had to drink DIPA. On second thought, the half point I took away for running out of Hop Suey, I guess I'll give it back for having the impressive SN weizenbock as a guest beer. Doubt we'll be seeing that limited release beer any time soon on the East Coast, if we see it at all!

Food. My brother and I got the Monterey pizza and it was excellent. Granted, I've become spoiled for good pizza since moving to Baltimore (maybe there are good places in Baltimore, but I haven't found them yet), but this was very good. Certainly the best pizza I've had since I left Portland in 2007.

All in all, this is a good place. I guess my expectations were maybe unreasonably high, but no matter. This is a fine place that I would stop by any time I'm in the area.

John_M, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Pizza Port Carlsbad is as good as it gets for craft beer and the food supports it nicely. The beer lineup is outstanding. With about 18 of their own and 10 guests, they have a lot to choose from. We went with a Wipe Out IPA and a couple Poor Man's IPAs. The Por Man's IPA, a double IPA, was absolutely outstanding.

The atmosphere is a close second to the beer. With the surf shop atmosphere, pizza parlor offerings and a varied social buzz, it's perfect. We hit it on a Friday night and while it was quite busy, it was worth waiting in both the food and beer lines.

The food was solid and really backed up the beer. The pretzels were cheap ($1.50) and provided a nice starter. The pizzas were solid; especially the BBQ Chicken.

Pizza Port has it all.

GJ40, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.23/5  rDev -3%

Well, yeah, maybe visiting on a Sunday during a Chargers game was not the best idea. But our remarkably low key visit to the (significantly smaller) Ocean Beach location an hour before did not prepare us for the madness that was Carlsbad.

Boy is this place big. Miles of picnic tables, a huge bar, lines 10 deep to get a beer or order a pizza. Loud too. We finally got two seats at the end of the bar where the couple of Raiders fans in the place were congregated watching the one TV that showed their team.

It was worth the wait though as the tap list was stellar. Lots of Pizza Port brews, great guest taps. Pizza was pretty good, and prepared rather quickly.

On the whole, this place had the vibe of a Chuck E. Cheese crossed with a sports bar. Just as many kids, lots of noisy football fans,albeit with far superior food and beer. If I had raised my kids near here, this place would have been my regular stop. At this point, I don't think I'd be going often.

HV

sholland119, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

I did a comprehensive brewpub/beer bar/beer store tour of San Diego over a three-day weekend in mid October - all the highest rated BA establishments.

The short version is that I've been to 201 brewpubs/breweries and Pizza Port is tied with Russian River for the two best (no house sours at PP but better guest tap list). It's one of the few brewpubs that I found difficult to leave and found myself returning on the way back north to LA at the end of my trip. Fittingly, it was my first and last stop of the tour.

In fact, I liked it so much that I also stopped in at PP Ocean Beach (2nd place) and PP Solana Beach (3rd place).

Positives from my notes...
Laid back beach vibe.
Tall ceilings and big windows.
Exposed brewing equipment behind the bar.
24 house taps including two on cask
14 guest taps (Sierra Nevada, Ballast Point, Kasteel Browerij, Green Flash and Great Divide)
The overall beer selection was exceptional.
Food was very good (I ate at the OB location but it seems all the same).
Ability to buy half pints (and pitchers of non high gravity beers)
Friendly people/locals at the bar.

Some of the house beers I had were: Plant to pint wet hop, Whambo IPA, Revelations golden ale, dry Irish Cow stout, cask sticky stout with cocoa nibs.

If I had to reach for a drawback it's that because they don't have table service, the announcement of names for food being ready is pretty loud and happens often.

I provided a review for their bottle shop. In short, with all the beer people this place attracts, it may be hard to find anything unique or in limited supply at the bottle shop.

Yetiman420, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Perhaps the best beer experience I have ever had. No joke! Strolled in here on a Monday at lunch time with my wife, sat at the bar, ordered up two pizzas and life was good.

Atmosphere was cool,m laid back, chill and relaxing. Servers were all cool. Dan at the bar was just AWESOME!

Quality..its Port so Yeah it was really good.

Service. Dan was on top of it and really knew his beer stuff to. Not only was smart on beer but the local scene and he was just a bad ass. We really liked him and thanked him alot. He convinced the bottle shop to open 5 hours ealry so that we can go visit. Now thats cool.

Selection was top notch. They had Double Doroado, Ten Fidy, Top Sail, Victory At Sea, Frankenwine, Kaiser and much much more!
Pizza wa awesome and the Portzel was really good too.

Value was reasonable. This is a must! Best beer bar/brewpub I have ever visited south of Seattle!

barleywinefiend, May 26, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Great selection of house and guest taps on my visit, including a few excellent offerings from Russian River. I had hoped for more of the unique Port beers to justify the drive up here but the good ones were also available at top beer bars in San Diego.

I like the order and sit approach since it's so hard to get service anywhere. Their speaker could be louder so you can actually hear your name being called. Beer bread "beer buddies" were tasty, and our pizza had a great crust with numerous fresh tasting toppings.

Bartender was fairly patient with my questions and a couple samples before selecting my pints. Prices are reasonable for SoCal.

No doubt I'll return, but likely only if they're offering more special stuff on tap here that I don't see in San Diego.

yemenmocha, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

As with the other Pizza Port locations, this is a fun place for pizza and beer. This location is much larger than the others, especially the one at Solana Beach and there is much better parking as well. The inside spcae is dominated by the high ceilings and the overall sense of openness. The nice combination of wallboard and wood finishing is comfortable and wears well.

Of course this is about the consumables and both the pizza and its accompanying liquid are superb. The beer is good in all the various styles and match up beautifully with the great variety of pizzas. Service is friendly and helpful and the surrounding area quite scenic and accomodating.

AtLagerHeads, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of aoampm
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

I visited Pizza Port Carlsbad during the weekend of their Strong Ale Festival, which was an excellent festival held outdoors adjacent to the brewpub. I also stopped in the following day for a few pints.

The pub is moderately large with picnic type tables for seating and a bar to the left as you enter. The ceilings are high, with ceiling fans and surf boards suspended from the ceiling. The storefront on the street has glass windows to let in plenty of light, and the stainless steel brewing tanks are visible at the front of the pub. The bar itself is long and made of wood and has one almost right angle turn to make it roughly L-shaped. The bar stools are wooden with backs and swivel. There are some TVs above the bar.

The beers offered are listed on a board, and each one had an ABV listed, a nice touch. There were about 15 of their beers on tap during my visit, plus about 9 guest taps. A very nice tap selection. I did see that pitchers were offered, but I did not see any bottled beers being served. Their beers range from very good to excellent.

The service was great. Very friendly and very beer-knowledgeable. I found the atmosphere to be laid back and very comfortable. I did sample some pizza, which was very tasty. Overall a very cool brewpub with some very good beer!

UncleJimbo, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of greenspointexas
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

A big open space interior with a solid, "Hey, your at the beach in So Cal" surfer kinda vibe.

Quality of the house beers good at worst to phenominal at best! With 13 of their own beers on and 27 guest taps what more could you ask for?

Food is solid with the wood fired pizza being the star....would you get something else?

Service is average because you serve yourself! From going up to the bar for another beer to heading over to the counter to pick up your pie to busing your table. Not that I mind this but I certainly cant give a higher rating! The staff is pleasant and I had no issues.

Nice place, good food, great beer and a relaxed vibe....what more could you ask for?!

Deuane, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

My first visit to a Pizza Port was the Carlsbad location. It has a nice family friendly atmosphere with some arcade games for kids, TVs for sports, etc. They have about 20 Port beers and 15 guest beers on tap along with some bottles I believe. I like the fact that they offer taster pours of all of their taps up to pitchers of certain beers. The quality of the beer seemed to be high for all but 1 of my samples. The pizza and other food (Beer Buddies and Portzel) was really tasty too. Service was good, more from the bar than the food area. Prices are pretty reasonable for both food and beer. I will definitely be back again.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

Stopped here on the way down to Pacific Beach

Really regreat not trying Russian River IPA while I was here, just knew it would have been too good and I would have too many, making me unable to drive to my buddy's house

Had two tasters while here, Sticky Stout and Devotion, both that I had later that same night at Tap Room once I had other transportation offered

Same prices as San Clemente, just with twice the beer, three times as many guest beers

Awesome place, need to go Solana Beach's location next because it is supposedly better than the other two locations, but this one would be hard to beat

Pepperoni and sausage pizza was very good, they also had great pretzels

Got a growler of Nightrider Imperial Stout to bring home and it was fantastic

Floydster, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of orangesol
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%

Final stop of our trip for the day, if you don't count the bottle shop next door, is to Pizza Port for some dinner. Atmosphere was great. Tons of people inside, as well as out on the patio area, enjoying themselves helping to create quite a buzz. Quality was solid across the board. Food and beers were top notch and the space was well maintained. Service was pretty good. I didn't have to wait very long for my beers and the food is self serve so that was on us. Selection was awesome, they had a ton of amazing beers on that I had quite a bit of fun trying. We decided to get our pizza to go since it had been a long day. We got the margarita and it was great but I am not the biggest fan of thicker crust but that is on me not them. Prices were reasonable so no big deal there. Overall this was my favorite of the two Pizza Port locations we visited thanks to their above average selection. I will definitely return next time I am in the area.

orangesol, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

nickfl, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Ah one of many Meccas. Cool surf vibe, like all Pizza Port's, picnic benches throughout, industrial fridge and brewing equipment as well. Stickers all over everything. Suh-weet.

Always the largest variety of their own brews, as well as an impressive selection of guest taps. I mean, super rare sometimes. The pizza is always delicious, some of my favorite in the country, easily top dog on the West Coast or anywhere that makes beer. The bottle shop next door doesn't hurt. Patio is cool, nothing exceptional, the place is on the main drag, which is always nice from a convenience of finding the place viewpoint, its right off the I-5. Watch out though if you're directionally challenged, you can still miss it.

Service is ok. Its always busy, so what can you do (other than hire more employees).

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

No samplers, only problem here.
Bottle shop next door opens at 5??? Much bigger problem.

Bung, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Goldorak
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Goldorak, Oct 06, 2006
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Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.