Mission Brewery

Mission BreweryMission Brewery
Mission BreweryMission Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1441 L Street
San Diego, California, 92101
United States

(619) 628-0500 | map

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Large industrial brewery with large tasting room partitioned off brewhouse floor. Long bar on right of entry seats about 40, with tables on floor, and another long bar opposite the main bar. 24 beers on tap, nice assortment with plenty of brewery-only options. Fun bartender... good time vibe... didn't try the food.

Dec 14, 2018
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chrisjws from California

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Big warehouse with brick walls, high ceilings and wood. Definitely dig the "mission" vibe it has.

The beer itself, it's okay. Honestly, it's a decent drink but it's definitely nothing you haven't had before. I had a few of their IPAs and a stout during my last visit and it tasted exactly like the same beer I've had a hundred other times. The service is solid.

Worth a quick visit if you're in the area, but no need to go out of your way.

Feb 12, 2018
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BeanBump from California

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located in an old Wonder Bread factory, this tasting room definitely boasts some classic charm. Its walking distance from Petco park so it can get insanely crowded on a game day, during Comic-Con or any other big event. If youre looking for a leisurely drink, then I'd recommend going when its not baseball season or (God help you) Comic-Con.

The bar itself is huge and leaves a lot of real estate for the beertenders to cover. If its crowded, it might take a while to get a beer and they typically only have two people serving. The menu consists of about 20 beers but their most popular drink is by far the hard root beer, which is delicious. They also offer a couple boozy slushie drinks that lean on the sweet side but if its a warm day, the 8% pseudo-Slurpee is a good choice. Friendly staff, full store with bottles on-site and daily food trucks.

Sep 22, 2017
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50wolves from Australia

4.19/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited Mission in September 2015 with my little brother, did a bit of a testing session with 4oz glasses and 16 beers.

Vibe - visited during the middle of the day on a weekday, was quite however there was patronage. Bar tender was talkative and accommodated our questions and banter.

Quality - Place had an industrial feel to it, quality would be medium / medium-high.

service - Top notch, granted we were Aussies (foreign- may gave helped) and it was quiet, nevertheless, top place

Selection - isolated to Mission brewings product range (understandably), had some 30 beers on, which by Aussie standards would be somewhat high.

Food - did a pizza there that was ok

Overall - probably the best place of the whole trip around the San Diego metro craft beer scene, would recommend.

Jan 04, 2017
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DrinkThemAll from California

3.99/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The outside isn't much to look at, but the inside is pretty cool. Old building with deep history. Love the wood and Bricks. Decent selection on tap and nice vibe. Would come back to hang out before the baseball games.

Aug 24, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Located on the warehouse side of the large parking area off Petco Park. This is an old factory, so when you enter you see a large bar on the right side and all the brewing equipment in the back off to the left. Shuffleboard table is also here. Bags of grains and boxes are all over the place making the interior look a bit messy. There is a large beer list above the bar, and the few beers we had were very fresh and tasty. More locals here than tourists. Personally I preferred visits to some of the other San Diego breweries over this one, but is convenient for those staying in downtown area.

Feb 25, 2016
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in a massive warehouse (once storing Wonder Bread) in the East Village district, Mission is a wonderful place to quaff some great crafts. Step up to the huge and well-worn bar and try 20 taps. You can get a full pint ($6.00), a half-pint ($4.00) or a taster ($2.00) of a wide variety of styles: light or dark, hoppy or malty, low abv or high. Great selection that satisfies all. You can check out the brewing tanks on your way to the bathroom. I would definitely call Mission Brewery, a MUST visit. I enjoyed the following: Mission IPA, Citra Session, Shipwrecked IPA (and a Grapefruit Shipwrecked), a yummy porter and their Dark Seas RIS.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it......

Jan 03, 2016
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mrcraft from California

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This brewery is located across from Petco Park and in a brick building formerly a bakery (Wonder Bread?). Once you enter, it's a typical brewery with a bar and monitors. You can see their staff at work brewing beer which is kinda cool. There are games along with tables and seats. They have a few coolers with bottles to go and some merchandise.

It's probably a good place to have some pre-game beers. They don't have a kitchen, but had a BBQ or something at the entrance.

Sep 24, 2015
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IndianaAndy25 from Indiana

2.74/5  rDev -32%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 1.75

I stopped in on a Sunday after a baseball game. The first 4 beers I asked for they did not have. Why not take them off the list? The bartender told me that they they did not have anything good. So I ordered a hard cream soda. The bartender tells me "we dont have that but you are not missing anything. The place was very dirty, floor was sticky, they only had a quarter of their taps in use and the bartender did not seem to care. Whith so many good places around that area like Monkeys Paw or Stone I dont think I would waist my time again.

Aug 11, 2015
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Pawoto from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to mission as part of a 14-brewery San Diego trip. Went on the day of a Padre's game so it was bumpin pretty good. We walked to Mission from Monkey Paw - which was terrifying. Homeless people everywhere - I'm sensitive to their plight, but the volume was scary!

I loved the branding of the place and the history of the building (old wonder bread factory) were cool, but the beer wasn't very good. All passable, but nothing I considered taking home.

Out of the 14 breweries we visited this was probably in the bottom 3. I'd skip it unless it's really convenient to visit based on the rest of your trip.

Jun 16, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Went to the brewery. They were out of Shipwrecked- the one beer I wanted to taste. Beautiful building but overall disappointed. Could be much better.

Mar 14, 2015
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BMonad from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

First brewery I stopped at in San Diego, early afternoon, soon after it opened so it was nearly empty. It is located in an old Wonder Bread factory, as evidenced by the sign that they kept on the side of the establishment. Just southeast of downtown, the area is a little dicy but once you get here it is ok (less rural, more industrial). The brewery itself is great - big, open, bright. Large bar with plenty of room, and high tables. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the big brew stills are out and visible behind you when seated at the bar.

And they do have some solid beers. I started with a pint of Shipwrecked double IPA and followed with the Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout. Both were +9% abv, both were delicious. I was feeling pretty good after knocking those bad boys back, and was intrigued by their hard root beer up on the blackboard, so I had to try that too. That was also tasty, creamy with some noticeable astringency but still good.

Left with fond memories. Was off to Monkey Paw next, but I will def be back at Mission when I return to SD.

Nov 11, 2014
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myelo from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Large, open space with high ceiling and working brewery atmosphere. Long bar along one side and windows on the other side to see the brewery, with some table in between. Pretty loud and busy on this Saturday afternoon. Only had time for one beer, a porter, which was very good. Service was quick and servers were helpful with questions. Not sure about the food, since I didn't try any. Great place to try if you like beer and are downtown.

Oct 25, 2014
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MIrvine from California

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Great spot and great beer. Nice large bar and plenty of space for those who want to stand or huddle around one of the few tall tables. If you're not a baseball fan aim to arrive in the second inning of a Padres game and you'll have the place nearly to yourself. Taco truck outside the front door was also a nice touch. Can't wait to visit again.

Oct 22, 2014
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BeerEngineer from California

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

So I was at the Mission Brewery for the American Homebrew Association Rally that was held in January 2014. This was a big event, a lot of people were there because it was free for members to attend.

Aside from the EXTREMELY long lines to get beer, I really like the location. It's an old bread factory (I think) and it keeps a really nice open air feeling. The brewing system is right next to the tasting room, there really isn't any divider which is pretty cool.

The beer selection is really good, they had a couple of beers that I can't get in the stores. The particular day that I went they also had their zygoas (or something similar to that) in cask which was really good.

I would go back to this location but NOT during another rally. it was way too many people and too few bar tenders.

Jan 30, 2014
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Visited 3:00-3:45, 11/27/2013

I actually didn't realize that Mission Brewery was so close to the heart of downtown San Diego until an exploratory trip to the rooftop of the nearby and brand-new Central Library (besides beer, I like architecture) allowed me to spy the large logo-clad rooftop silo from several blocks away. That's good advertising!

Moved the car a few blocks and parked right in front of the brewery (beneath the "Wonder Bread" marquee, indicating a former life for this decades-old brick warehouse). On a Wednesday mid-afternoon (the day before Thanksgiving) the tasting room/bar portion of the massive space was only about 1/3rd full, a few small groups, some lone tasters scattered about, a few brewery guys ending their shifts, a guy with his dog. The space beyond the main entry is rather grand: ceiling probably 25-30 feet high and skylit, exposed wooden beams and brick walls, concrete floors and a long dark wooden bar to the right. Oh, and multiple pallets of cans stacked almost to the lofty ceilings - impressive. To the left are a number of tables, counters and benches beyond which are a couple dozen gleaming brewing tanks lined in rows and a bustling crew of brewers nearing the end of the workday. The din of classic rock (Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, etc) and occasional forklift traffic makes it known this is a 'working' brewery - no separation between the two (for example, try finding the restrooms and you'll see what I mean). I like breweries with an "open" atmosphere like this...

I pulled up a seat near the center of the bar, facing an expansive mural of Spanish ships moored in the bay. Obviously, the "Mission" reference in the name dates back to the early European seafaring explorers and their first visits to the region centuries ago (I did not know this prior to the visit). "Andie" was the server behind the bar and did a good job of managing the room, a little friendly chitchat and beer suggestions helped. I chose the 4 beer flight (ANY 4 off the 13 beer menu) for $6: Armada Saison, Adambier, Carrack Imperial Red and Mission Dark Seas RIS were my picks. I later got a pint of the Dry Hopped (Noble) Blonde ($5.50).

Beers were generally good; Dark Seas was definitely my favorite, Carrack seemed "off"/odd-flavored (for a style I usually like) and the other 3 were fine, if not remarkable. I took home a 32 oz(!) can of the El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale ($6) and 2 like-sized cans of the Shipwrecked IIPA ($8 ea), plus a bomber of the Dark Seas. Decent selection of styles overall, from Hefeweizens and Blondes to Cherry Porter, Imperial IPA and Imperial Stout. Also, 2 casks (including an upcoming "Amber with Fall Spice" that I'd have probably liked).

I didn't get any food; there are small bound books of local restaurants that will deliver should you be in the mood. All in all, a good time spent - I will return!

Dec 02, 2013
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jra173 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Located in an old Warehouse, close to Petco Park. Brewery is open to viewing from behind the seating area. They also can right off to the side of the seating area. The atmosphere is really cool. Went with a family member on a weekday and it was relatively slow,which was nice. Our bartender was very knowledgeable and even made recommendations for other breweries to visit while in San Diego. I purchased a 22oz of their imperial stout to go, i enjoyed the one i had on tap that much. This will be a regular stop each time I am in San Diego.

Oct 24, 2013
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MoorBeerPlz from California

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Mission Brewery is located in the Gaslamp/Downtown area of SD, on the eastern side of the Petco Park complex.

Lots of seating at the huge bar and at the picnic tables/benches. Never a long walk to the bar for more tasters and the place had enough staff working to get everyone served quickly. The tasting area is right next to their brewing equipment so you can watch the action as the brew-folks do their thing.

Good selection of their brews on tap the day we went, the tastings are reasonably priced and they also had merchandise and beers to go. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and was always available when needed. While they don't serve food they can help you place an order for something from local vendors that gets delivered right to the tasting room.

All in all a great experience and we'll be coming back soon. Cheers!

Oct 19, 2013
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crossovert from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped in here for my lunch break while at a conference. Didn't get food but sampled their beers. I think they were a buck a sample. I had had the DIPA so I tried all the others. The beers are mostly solid. The single IPA was probably the best. The pilsener has some good character, it had a long bitter finish. The koelsch was pretty insipid but oh well. The brewing equipment is right in the middle of the place. It has a nice open feel. They sell some souvenirs and beer to go as well. Service was nice.

Jul 29, 2012
Mission Brewery in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 3684 ratings