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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San DiegoKarl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego
very good

30 Reviews
Reviews: 30
Visits: 52
Avg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1157 Columbia St
San Diego, California, 92101
United States
phone: (619) 234-2739

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Reviews: 30 | Visits: 52
Reviews by Fabric8r:
Photo of Fabric8r
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped in here while on vacation because it was on this beer fly list of brew-pubs. While trying to navigate downtown San Diego (one of the hardest cities to get around in) we finally found this place and parked OK. A little bit uneasy walking up to the place, wondering if the car would be the same when we came out, etc, but once we got inside we were pleasently suprised. The waiter was very friendly and I ordered the 6-taster, to get a feel for the different brews. Each beer was true to the style and I enjoyed each one. The Red Trolley was my least favorite as I had a hard time considering it as an ale, but it went down just fine. Their beers are wonderful, although not anything to write a rave review about.
The food, wow, that was the best meal we had during our week visit to southern Cal. The three of us each really enjoyed our meal and we got to taste each other's.

This place is a must-visit for anyone interested in good beer and good food. I wish they would open up one here in Bozeman, we sure need a quality place like this!

Oh, the car was just fine when we left.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Decent atmosphere, friendly bar tender and flights of beer. Food looked good. Not the most amazing beer selection as they had only Karl Strauss offerings.

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Photo of SkiBumbo
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of barflybastard
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of numbers
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This place was the first San Diego brewery we went to. Vibe was so-so the servers were pretty damn good. Worth the trip

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Photo of clager
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of qcghost
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of kingpin1010
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MikeyGCAP
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A must visit if you are in Gas Lamp area.

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Photo of GatorCoop
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.86/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mrcraft
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

I forgot this place was only a few blocks from the Sante Fe Depot. It was perfect to grab a few tasters before jumping on the train back home.

It was a Friday evening, so it was packed, a good sign. The atmosphere was inviting. Bartenders and servers were all friendly. I sat at the bar to grab a series of tasters. I had a nice chat with a fellow from back East visiting San Diego to watch the Patriots/Chargers game with buddies he hasn't seen in over 20 years. That was cool.

I didn't order any food, but it looked pretty good. The beers were good, nothing earth-shattering but solid. My favorite of the night was Five Wee, a scotch ale. Very nice.

I'll surely return in the future, and make my rotation of places to hit before hopping on the train.

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Photo of myelo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Seems primarily a restaurant with good beer selection. Convenient to downtown. The food is better than a lot of brew pub places and atmosphere is upscale casual. Tried the chili, fish tacos, and the squid and ahi poke appetizers and they were all excellent. Service is very good and servers knew about the beer offering, which was about 10 beers on tap as well as some bottles. Also fill growlers. Tired the Belgian IPA, Octoberfest, Red Trolley ale and one other that I can't recall and they were all nice. Most main dishes were in the $15 range so figure $25-30 with a few beers.

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Upon entering you first notice the lighter shades of woods, yellow walls, and plenty of tables and 1/2 booths. There are a few tables outside too. The bar overlooks some of the brewing tanks. Big open wood ceiling give this a bit of an airy feel.

There were about 10 house beers on draft with some beers available in bombers. I had numerous beers over a few stops here and the ranged from OK to really good. One of the older places in San Diego, and it is worthy of a stop.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego in San Diego, CA
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.