Mission Brewery

Mission BreweryMission Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1441 L Street
San Diego, California, 92101
United States

(619) 628-0500 | map

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Added by Stoneman78 on 11-02-2007

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2/5  rDev -50%

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2.2/5  rDev -45%

Photo of IndianaAndy25
2.74/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of bcerv-ca
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Drift
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.44/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Rachael11
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of fureousangel
3.52/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Junichi
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of benzalman
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gavage
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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