Oceanside Ale Works


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1800 Ord Way
Oceanside, California, 92056
United States

(760) 721-4ALE | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2006

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 9
Photo of bradybeer
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First the address has changed since they moved across the street from my in-laws (yeah).

Located in a business park and easy to find-you walk in an the bar is to the right and the brewing oops to the left.

When I was there they had 5 beers on tap. a mead. and a guest beet which I don't recall what it was.

We samples the Scottish Ale and American Strong Ale both of which we enjoyed. Ended up with a growler of the Scottish.

Service was very good.

Would come back for the beer and that is so close to my family.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited a half a dozen times over the past 3 or 4 years.

Located in a business park hidden away in the hills in Oceanside. This place can be very hard to find if you're not paying attention. The good news is that they've grown in popularity and you'll probably see a bunch of people standing around outside.

The brewery itself isn't all that large but they do have a decent amount of equipment in there. I used to love picking their brains and talking brewing with them. They had this neat (and possibly more efficient) boil system where they'd split the wort between a number of 100 gallon pots. Then there's the homemade/self assembled keg fridge. Pretty interesting for a nerd like me.

Usually the beers are anywhere from decent to quite good but the last time I was there (with meatballsandwichcantsail) everything was really buttery. Something was definitely off. So 1 in 6 isn't too bad I guess but hopefully they fix the problem(s). The very first time I went in they had something called Elevation 83 which was supposed to be a Pale Ale with 83 IBUs, 83 lbs of some particular kind of malt, and I think it was even 8.3% abv. To date I think that was the best beer I've had there. The Big Ru, the first 2 batches of the Oaked American Strong (they keep reusing the whiskey barrel and it keeps getting more lactic unfortunately), and the Strawberry Blonde (which is actually a 50/50 blend of the blonde and the American Strong) are all quite good.

They do serve some food like hot dogs and popcorn but I'm not sure if that belongs to them or if it's the equivalent of a food truck.

Will definitely visit again in the future.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped here awhile back to try out their house beers while down in San Diego.

Sort of tricky to find as it's sort of hidden in the business park that the brewery is located. You can walk in through the roll up "garage" door or there is a front/office type door that you can use as well. The bar is located in the brewhouse itself, like so many of these breweries.

They offer full pours of all their beers in addition to tasters and growler fills. The bartender was decent enough, but not overtly friendly either. That's fine, though, I just wanted to try the beers.

Unfortunately, the beers were not very good. Many of them were buttery, which just isn't really acceptable. Especially when you're making something simple like a pale ale or IPA.

If you're in the neighborhood, it might be worth stopping by, but don't go out of your way.

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Oceanside Ale Works in Oceanside, CA
3.42 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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