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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by berley31:
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$

Dropped in for some food/beers after being at DJB's for a couple of hours...

A: What you'd expect. Lots of tables, big bar, high ceilings... not very many people there at 10 or so on a Monday night.

Q+Selection: Several of their beers on tap (about 10)... I only tried the IPA, but it was very fresh and tasty.

Service: Blech. We had one of those young, so-snarky-I'm-cool waitresses. I'm not your best friend, no need to be sarcastic with me from the very beginning. And when I showed my AHA card (website says it gets happy hour prices on beer all day), she takes it to the bartender, who tells her they only honor it during Beer Week... wtf?

F: Had some wings and garlic fries which were subpar.

O: The beer was good, the rest wasn't. I wouldn't return.

09-30-2011 19:23:27 | More by berley31
More User Reviews:
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Tarps68

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-22-2014 03:57:46 | More by Tarps68
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-31-2014 15:15:07 | More by kristougher
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

01-15-2014 03:39:58 | More by mattmarka1
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johnhkelm

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-06-2014 04:06:26 | More by johnhkelm
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sunny289

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-07-2013 02:29:10 | More by sunny289
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Beer_Trotter

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

10-24-2013 01:25:25 | More by Beer_Trotter
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

Overwhelmed by choices during my recent San Diego Beer Week sojourn, I did not give much thought to Karl Strauss; however, an exhausting trip to the nearby Maritime Museum, as well as an overwhelming thirst, led me to this downtown venue. Located on a generic block, the building can be spotted immediately identified from the massive leaf drapery that festoons its’ façade. Thus began, my tenth stop of the trip.

Entering into the dimly lit interior, which has plenty of wood décor, can be found in any other restaurant in the city, I found a seat at the sparsely populated bar and was greeted by the cheerful and very exuberant 14-year old server (she was young, to say the least, but certainly not a pre-teen).

Karl Strauss offers a wide range of brews; during my lunchtime visit, I was proffered with their Red Trolley Ale, Tower 10 IPA, Pintail Ale, and yet-to-be-named amber taken directly from the fermenting tank. While the beers cannot be compared to many of the local hop bombs, the beers here were pleasing and good accompaniment to the big and juicy cheddar burger.

A pleasant experience nonetheless: decent beer, hearty chow, a friendly server who was liberal with samplers and another day in America’s favorite beer city.

03-25-2013 23:25:00 | More by jjboesen
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crossovert

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$

This is a cozy little place kind of away from a lot of the action. Still right downtown though. It is on a quiet corner. I went in the evening it was happy hour so the bartender convinced me to get boneless wings, they were nothing special but good. The bed of spicy as fuck mustard and cabbage was the best part about it. I had a sampler of a few of the beers. They were decent. Nothing stuck out, I think this brewery has more beers to offer but they run a pretty limited selection at the pub. Only about 5 taps total. Overall a god stop in SD.

07-26-2012 15:14:23 | More by crossovert
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exodus1369

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$

Great place wonderful location, not huge not to small. The quality was outstanding. The service was great, out standing waitress! Besides being HOT she new a ton about beer and loved to talk about it. Selection is not huge of cores it is a single Brewery. The food was great! and every thing was very well priced. No complaints at all, they have growers that are priced very well. They have monthly beer pairings witch is nice. Not a huge menu but every thing I have tried has been great. They have a nice selection of food made in a beer sauce. If ever in San Diego a wonderful place to check out.

01-26-2012 04:35:16 | More by exodus1369
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Downtown San Diego in San Diego, CA
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.