La Jolla Brew House
Active Beers: 2
Beer Ratings: 4
Beer Avg: 3.44
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by mobud:
2.88/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Happened upon this place while killing time in La Jolla on a late sat. afternoon. The signage stinks and the parking is horrible, but this is La Jolla. It appeared to me to be an anti-brewpub. Only a small peek at a brew kettle in the back corner of the room and the on-tap list is high up on the wall and not easily read from most of the room. The server was pleasant, but flighty and I also saw that it was change of shift. A whole lot of socializing in front of the customers.
The food was OK. I had the Crispy Sausage appy and my wife had the largest bowl of soup I have ever seen. She only got half of it down, and regretted ordering the large on the server's advice. The beers were average. My wife had the Octoberfest; it was balanced, but lacked any excitement. I tried something different. I miss placed the paper where I wrote the name, but it was a "leftover hops Belgian IPA". It was a hoppy and sweet treat clocking in at 7.7% ABV.
Ok for a visit if in the area, but not a must with all the great beer place in the San Diego area.
10-04-2007 15:28:54 | More by mobud
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Unpretentious sports and burger bar in a pretentious part of San Diego.
On tap on a Monday night (happy hour all day!) they had AleSmith Speedway Stout and X Pale Ale, Race 5 IPA, Trumer Pils, Lightning Amber and Thunderweizen, and Port Shark Attack Red Imperial. Beer was fine, server was helpful.
Food was decent, great french fried yams with the very good burger, shrimp ceviche tostadas, and Asian slaw with grilled chicken.
Others have described the place accurately, so it's just another place to try if you like variety or find yourself in the area. And hey, it's La Jolla, if you want parking go to Escondido.
05-17-2011 05:35:39 | More by mactrail
3.64/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We hit this place while visiting San Diego because the patio is dog-friendly. That always rates high with us because we like taking our pooch with us whenever we can. She weighs in around 50+ pounds, and she easily found a comfortable spot to lay and hangout. The tap rotation was a little light; I think they had 5 beers on-tap to offer while we were there. We were sitting outside, so I didn't see a bottle listing. The manager came out and talked to us while we were hanging out, which was nice. Our server was really cool, too. We were looking at some food, but never ordered anything, so I cannot comment on that. Overall, the patio had a great vibe to it. There was a big flatscreen TV out there, and there was an open hearth/fireplace in the middle of the deck. Seems like a decent place to hang out, especially during Yappy Hour (their name, not mine) with your canine.
04-11-2011 05:31:41 | More by GarthDanielson
2.6/5 rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
This place was dissapointing. They only had 1 beer on tap that they actually made. Then they had probably 4 "guest" taps..the best beer I had was an IPA from a "guest". The best thing about this place was the pretzel. I recommend getting that as an app. Service was slow too, even though I saw lots of people working. The manager was nice but he didn't seem very interested in beer, which was odd. Our waiter also knew nothing about beer but tried to sound like he did. I'm guessing they just need to be better informed. I don't know, I'm not crazy about brew pubs serving other peoples beer, especially when they have barely have any of their own beers on tap. Go to Karl Strauss if you are in the area.
02-08-2011 14:51:43 | More by harsley
2.79/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Was there on a Saturday evening about 5:30 PM . Wasn't very crowded, yet service was slow even at the bar, had to wait several minutes to even get the barmans attention.
They have a decent location and its pretty good sized, with a number of pool tables in a back room, and a nice covered patio up front. Surfboards hanging on the walls give it a SoCal touch.
The selection was kind of all over the board:
Stout 5.9% Brewed 4/5/10
Double IPA 9.2% Brewed 4/25/10
Amber 6.5% Brewed 4/20/10
Ballast Pt. Big Eye IPA
New English IPA
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cervesa
Had the house Double IPA (not great, a bit to malty for my taste) and the Ballast Pt. Pours were reasonable and once I had gotten his attention the bartender was reasonably knowledgeable about local beers.
May give it a try again sometime, just to see if its an off night. (But given reviews from other BAs, sadly its probably not.)
06-20-2010 23:29:33 | More by pubcrawler069
3.05/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
When we went to this place it was practically dead inside... for a while I think we were only one of two groups in there. It is sort of tucked away across the street from Vons, and perhaps gets busier more on the weekends and later in the evenings. The service was unfortunately not very good; despite there being only a handful of people in the place, the wait staff was confused and messed up on orders a couple times. The place was nice and clean inside, lots of wood panels - nice but nothing special. The selection was ok. I don't remember exactly what all was on tap, but I remember being a bit surprised that a few "staples" (style-wise) were missing, while they did have an Imperial Stout. The beers I thought were good, although not particularly memorable. I did enjoy the food; all the burgers seemed really good. Maybe we'll go back here sometime - could have just caught them at a bad time.
06-13-2010 18:39:22 | More by mithrascruor
3.8/5 rDev +16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
They had a short patio area fronting the parking lot with entry to the far right. Blonde wood booths ran down the right wall. The center line was high tales and chairs with standard tables and chairs left and the 3/8 octagon, dark wood bar left/center with the kitchen further left, followed by a pathway to the left of the kitchen to the lavs. At the end of the pathway was a fame room with a green-felt pool table with its own bar and a bunch of standard tables and chairs. Rolling garage doors between bar and patio. Brewhouse at extreme right end of bar. Growlers!
Beers: Pigpen (porter); Wheat; Blonde.
Six guest taps, including Saint Bernardus Tripel, DFH 90 ", Trumer Pils, Port Wipeout IPA, and Ballast Point Longfin Lager.
12-24-2009 12:37:45 | More by woodychandler
3.45/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner the other night. There is no real parking in front or to the side of the place. We got very lucky and got a spot right in front on the place.
This place doesn't look to impressive from the outside and really it is more of a sports bar then a restaurant. We sat on the deck which was nice but there was a large party next to us and it was sort of loud but still able to hold a conversation. Can't speak much about the inside since I only looked at it. Long bar with plenty of seating at the bar. There is also plenty of tables both inside and on the deck for seating. There were plenty of TV's on with lots of different sports on (again feels like a sports bar).
The service was pretty good in my opinion. Our server was nice and quick to get us anything. Considering he was also responsible for the large group next to us, I thought he did a very good job. He was also very nice.
The selection was 6 house beers, 6 guest taps and 3 specialty bottles. I had a Night Stalker (Belgian IPA) and it was alright, nothing special. That was the only beer I had from them so I cannot tell you if there were any better beers to have.
The food was average but good. The menus were just printer paper stapled together so that felt a bit cheap but that's the only knock. The food was good portioned.
Perhaps not the nicest place to go in La Jolla but I still enjoyed the place. Again it's more of a sports bar than anything else and I bet it can get very crowded when there is a big game being shown. Not really a must see but if you're in the area, it's an option.
06-18-2009 03:48:39 | More by Swimsum
2.68/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Kinda of a hole in the wallish, sports bar feel to it. Looking at the web site and reading some other reviews, I was expecting for them to have between 5-8 house beers and half hoping for an IPA or IIPA. Guess what? I was severly let down. They only had 3 house beers on tap. At least 2 of the 3 were stronger beers and happen to be 2 beers that I missed out on at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Some guest beers on tap, but my beef is, if you call yourself a brewpub, have more than 3 house beers on tap...I mean really. Food was OK, nothing to write home about or really go back specifically for.
12-10-2008 00:51:30 | More by hopdog
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Brew House is a decent stop in La Jolla if you're nearby, but I wouldn't recommend driving very far for it. First problem is obviously the location and the parking. You can probably park at Von's across the street but they probably have "we tow" signs everywhere. Last time I was there the security guy at the door was rather funny, which is a pleasant change from the usual security personnel. The beers are decent, I recommend the specialty seasonal ones, which seem to be their best. Pretty cheap though, especially during happy hour. Haven't been for awhile, but I assume it's still the usual college crowd mostly just looking to get drunk. Give it a shot.
02-07-2008 04:30:13 | More by kleffman
La Jolla Brew House in La Jolla, CA
80 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.