38 Degrees Ale House & Grill


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38 Degrees Ale House & Grill38 Degrees Ale House & Grill

Type: Bar, Eatery

100 W Main St
Alhambra, California, 91801-3511
United States

(626) 282-2038 | map

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Added by charlzm on 08-08-2009

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Nice spot. screen in every angle so you can watch your favorite sporting event. Beer selection was good, didn't try the food but, it looked great. Service was a bit slow but, it was busy and the staff appeared to be working hard. I would stop in again during a happy hour.

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Photo of beernazi
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

has one of the best selections in la, and can easily find out what is currently on tap before you go via taphunter, great food too, and they always have some awesome bottles along with a great draft list

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Photo of Chris7482
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great selection of brews, especially for someone not from CA. Really enjoyed the Russian River selection and a few rare beers. Great taplist and nice variety of to go bottles. Being from the Midwest made this a real treat. Really good appetizers were a bonus.

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Photo of sheenisgod
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This place is really cool. I went for the Hoptoberfest event they had a huge selection of beers on tap and bottle. I had Blind Pig, Supplication and Lucky Bastard! One of my new favorite spots.

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Photo of craft_is_king
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the first beer bars I have been frequently. Its great to have a local place with Russian River on tap along with local favorites.

Burgers are usual go to. the steak sandwich with Chimichurri sauce is amazing. 5 years in still changing menu and offering great beers.

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Photo of Sumdeus
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Alhambra is close by to me, but it's not the most direct to get there by car and by public transportation not really possible (read: about 6 miles as the crow flies but public transportation, cab aside, will take about an hour.). That said, I do love coming here.

The food is quite tasty and varied. I'm a big fan of the tuna tartar as well as any if the tacos. The food prices run from about average to a bit pricey, however, the happy hour specials (3/4-7pm m-f) are a good deal and unique from the rest of the menu.

Beer selection is fantastic! Changes often and has a bit of everything usually. For events like Sam Fest and Pliny Day the beer menu is insane. Outside of marquee beer festivals it's rare to see as many rare and awesome beers as they have for events. You can order every beer as a 5oz taster and usually a full pour too. Lots of pre-made flights plus you can build your own. My girlfriend doesn't always want a full pour or is driving and so she finds the 5oz pours to be perfect for her.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My review is for beer only. I may have ordered food before, but I don't remember, so I won't review food.

I visit 38 degrees a few times a month. I usually sit at the bar and order 3 to 4 tasters on tap and either talk with folks at the bar or watch whatever is on TV.

They have a pretty good rotating tap of various types - Belgian, west coast/regional/national, etc. They also carry some of the newer craft breweries in the LA area, so it's nice to be able to sample those. They generally have something from Russian River on tap, either Pliny or Blind Pig.

The prices for the tasters are okay. They range from about $2 to $5 per.

I live in Monterey Park, so this is the best bar located near me. I like it, and I'll continue to visit 38 degrees.

Update - 1/11/2015 - I've been here a number of times after my initial review and ordered food. The food here is very good. Last time I had some calamari to munch on with some tasters, and it was one of the best I've had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited 38 Degrees this past weekend. The space is pretty modern with a normal restaurant area and a bar area. I sat at the bar and ordered some sweet potato fries that were good. I was pretty drunk by the time I made it here so I only got 1 taster but I appreciate the fact that they sell tasters individually as well as in pre-picked flights. The quality of the beers was great and things were served in the appropriate glassware. The service at the bar was good even though they were busy at the time. Prices were reasonable for my tab. I will definitely make it back here sometime when I am a bit more sober so I can enjoy things more.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I happened to be in Alhambra which is rare for me so I decided to stop in. Wasnt in the mood for beer at the time, but what the hell, I'm here!

Very cool joint in the heart of older Alhambra which is a very nice spot. The place is decorated nicely, trendy with class. Well situated bar and seating area.

A very healthy amount of beers on tap and not just any beers. Very current sought after beers that make you do a double take. And the bottle list amazing as well.

I couldnt decide on a beer so I did a taster flight with 4 amazing picks. Rapped with the bartender for a few minutes about beer, he was very accomodating. The only thing I didnt care for was the pricing on the flight. It was billed out as individual glasses based on what beer it was and some were quite a bit more expensive than others.

Wasnt that hungry, so I ordered a salad from a very intriguing menu filled with great choices. Very well made salad with huge taste. I want to go back and order some of the other things I spied on the menu. You can tell they have a chef on staff, not just some cook hired from Craigslist.

Overall great experience. Great brews and very satisfying food. If you're in the area, stop by. You wont be disappointed!

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Photo of Catchy_Name
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Did a bottle trade and met here. Went inside only to check it out and ended up being really impressed with the tap selection so I ended having lunch. The tap selection was very impressive and the bartender was very helpful. It's refreshing when a bartender knows his/her stuff about craft beer. I ended up with a flight of 4 beers. The bartender then recommended a sandwich that ended up being one of the better sandwiches I've ever had. I recommend anyone to try the Ménage O' Pork if you can take spicy food. It was delicious. Overall I'm definitely going here again and I recommend everyone else give it a shot if they're in the area.

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Photo of ArrogantScott
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife and I love this place. We've been coming here since they opened. The management and wait staff have always been great. They share our love of quality hearty beer and food.

There are places with a greater number of taps but Clay and James do a great job of keeping their beer list populated with excellent choices covering the range of styles and breweries. I often wonder if a place with too many taps has trouble with lesser ordered beers going stale. No worries here. The taps are always fresh and tasty.


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Photo of fullthrottle77
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went here for the Dogfish Head 120 Minute Tasting Event. Absolutely epic beer menu with so many choices. They had so many beers that I haven't been able to find in my local stores. The staff was really friendly and helpful when making a decision on the different beers and styles to choose from. Food was good, typical pub grub. Loved the atmosphere, lots of savvy beer drinkers in the crowd. Its a bit of a drive for me, but I would definitely return just for their selection of brews. Loved this place!

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Went for the first time for BA week with a buddy. The first day of BA week, started @ 4pm. We got there at about 4:30 and the place was almost full. By 5pm it was packed.

We sat at a bar table then moved to a dinner table when we had a couple people meet us. The service was good, not excellent. I wouldn't say the servers were intensely educated on the beers and a little annoying/rushing at times.

The menu for the BA week event was pretty impressive along with their solid rotating tap list. The bottle list was pretty exceptional but very pricey. At least 2.5x retail.

Overall this place has a great vibe, selection and service. But its in horrible part of town IMO. It's in an area I've never been to and dint really ever plan on going back to unless they have some amazing event there. Aside from the nice actual Main St. its pretty much a shithole part of town.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

visted this place during Barrel Aged week and the selection did not disappoint. They had some great beers on tap like Older Viscosity, Chocolate oak aged yeti, Ad Lib, and BB black marlin just to name a few.

When I first walked in the place was alive. I sat in the bar area and it was pretty crowded obviously everyone there trying the different version of BA treats.

The waitress in the bar was very helpful and always around when you need a refill or a bite to eat or just to chit chat for a bit. Then we moved from the bar area to the dining area when we meet a few more friends and the waiter was very attentitive and in good spirits.

This place has a great beer selection. Lots of treats on tap and if you feel like over paying they have a great bottle list. If they have something you have been looking for and never found then maybe you could justify the huge price hike on bottles.

Overall I cant wait to go back to this place and try some more goodies and maybe this time grab a bite to eat

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Photo of Retsinis
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Great location for a craft beer bar, right on the corner of Main & 1st (1 block from Garfield) so it's pretty prominent. There are some what high end restaurants and clubs in the area too, so it's a bit of an upscale business area.

I like the brick of the building, the high ceilings, and art work. Didn't try the food, so when and if I go back, I'll have to try that.

Alhambra is not really that close to me, so not sure when I'll get another chance to check this place out again. However, while I was impressed with their selection, (at the time was able to get a Barrel Aged Coton on draft) it was $15 though. Granted, a bottle to the RS is $30, and doesn't get sold outside the Bruery, so the fact they even had a keg was a pretty big deal, but still, a high price per 8-10 oz.

However, me and my group were a bit shocked and displeased with one aspect of our visit. We were a party of 8 people, so they seated us at a table. The place was pretty empty at the time though, so they could have sat us anywhere, but when the check came, they had added 18% gratuity on our check, (becasue we were 8 people) even though we didn’t order ANY food, just ONE beer per person (and the bill was $100, so the beers are not the cheapest, though again, the selection was pretty killer) Just seemed a pretty crumby policy to all of us. Next time, I'll just sit at the bar. I am by no means cheap either, and I would have tipped well anyway, as I worked as a Lead Server in a restaurant for over 5 years while in college, so I know what it is to turn tables, but that is not something we would ever do when I was a server if 8 people ordered just drinks, in the bar.

Anyhow, glad this place has good profile though, every town needs a exclusive craft beer bar.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

38 degrees is an exceptional restaurant/bar.

The food is good, but pricey.

They have a great bear list and feature a ton of California brews that I seem to have a hard time finding.

Clay is one of the nicest guys I've ever talked to and a definite BA. He gave both my brother and I his business card and wrote his personal number on it and stated that if we were in the hunt for a brew, just give him a call and odds are that he either has it or will have it in the next couple weeks.

I will admit, I think the majority of the beers are over priced. Clay was asking $7 for a 10 ounce pour of Sculpin. Tony's asks $5 for a 16 ounce pour. They are both in 2 different areas. 38 Degrees' rent is probably 3-4 x's what Tony's is, but nonetheless, I wish the brew and food were both cheaper.

I will definitely frequent this establishment. It has become my stop whenever I need a beer after class.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited multiple times since they opened.

This place fills up on Fridays and Saturdays so be prepared for that but if you can get a seat or if you go earlier in the day or on an off day it's comfortable, Lots of booths and lots of seats at the bar.

Lots of beers to choose from including a large number of CA made beers. The last time I went they had a number of Ballast Point beers on and a couple Eagle Rock beers. The time before that they had a half a dozen Coronado beers on.

The food is quite good but fancy (square plates with random stuff sprinkled around like on the cooking shows), sometimes I'd like to just have something simple and not the super ritzy stuff.

Clay is a really good guy and is doing a good job running the place. I will be back for sure.

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Photo of pword9d8
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Beer, beer, beer. Went here recently for a friends bday and they hooked us up with some rare brews. Got to taste some victory at sea, oude tarte, 07 vertical epic and some citra dipa.

Food was good but nothing spectacular. The shining star here is the beer collection. They have TVs strewn across the place so I'm assuming you can watch your favorite sports here. The place can get quite crowded so make sure you call ahead and put yourself on the stand by seating list. You can also purchase bottles to go until 10pm.

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Photo of tothebrim
4.63/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What a place! I live far away outwork around the corner and this place is a great place to wait for traffic to die down, watch a game, hang with friends, take a meeting or even take the lady.

No, I don't work for them but I am a huge supporter of Clay and his business.

The tap list boasts some standards and some super rare stuff and he's always got something for everyone.

The food is amazing and the crowd is predictably solid. I never have trouble finding a seat but I've never seen it less than half full. It's really a remarkable place and I recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of willbolk
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I like this place. Pretty contemporary styling, a number of plasmas spread around.

Taplist is very good, usually up to date on their website. They also have an iphone app.

Often have Pliny on tap, recently had Sculpin too. Had Parabola a while back also, they always have a terrific selection to choose from.

Prices are bordering on pricey, but I'll give them a "reasonable". They offer 4.5 oz tasters, starting at about $2.

Haven't eaten there, but reviews are mostly favorable.

You have to try at least once.

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Photo of teamizm
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So I met Clay (the owner) at the Blue Palms 2nd Anniversary Party and decided to stop by after speaking to him.

A fairly large restaurant in "downtown" Alhambra (no idea Alhambra had a downtown). Parking is behind 38 Degrees. Kind of reminded me of a nicer, cooler looking BJs

Very nice tap list, about 18 beers on tap. Tokyo on tap! I don't know of any place off the top of my head that has Tokyo on tap. Other goodies include Sculpin, Pliny the Elder, and a few others.

The bottle list is actually really good as well - Older Viscosity, Red Poppy, and a few other gems. All bottle are available to go before 10p and they are priced actually quite well.

Food was pretty good as well.

Overall, great place and seems to be flying under the radar in LA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

It took almost 9 months since I was introduced to Clay (the owner) to get my butt to 38 Degrees, but you know, traffic on I-5 stinks. There, that's my excuse. I finally made the trip earlier this afternoon to Alhambra for food, beer, and hopefully some hospitality.

The interior is a little abstract with several TV's at the bar, a half-dozen "Hello, how are you?" taps displayed at the entrance, and wooden seating all around. Almost gastropub ambience, but with TV's. The bar is easy to get to from the enterance, which is in an "L" shape. There's also a seperate dining area away from the bar.

I reacquainted with Clay shorly after I sat at the bar. We talked for quite a bit thorughout, he recommeneded some beers he had, and he even gave me a tour of the cold box which stores his kegs and bottles. Oh, and the bartender was really cool as well, and nothing ever took too long to get.

Close to 40 beers on-tap, and an additional 100 bottles to choose from. A small selection are common and have mass appeal, but most cater to the beer geek. Beers on-tap included Ballast Point, Tokyo*, Urthel, DogFish Head, Tripel Karmeliet, Pliny the Elder, AleSmith, Lagunitas, Victory, Craftsman. The bottle lists includes other goodies as well, with a list that includes Supplication, Aventinus, The Bruery, Victory at Sea, Moylan's, and Sculpin. There are a number of different pieces of glassware used for the beers, pours were fresh and lovely, nothing served really cold (expect for draught Bud Light, according to Clay), but the way Clay explained and showed me how he handles his kegs convinced me that he really cares about the condition of the beer he serves. (7/14/11: And many future visits later, I concur).

I started things off with a pint of Black Marline with cocoa nibs. Yum. Round two was a Urthel Saissonière (poured in an Urthel glass) which Clay recommended. Then my chicken mac n' cheese came out...good stuff. And for dessert, a 4½ ounce pour of BrewDog Tokyo*.

38 Degrees is close to what I expected; a great spot for drinking craft beer, eating great food, and a very likeable owner. I may live almost an hour away, but I'll be back for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I finally was able to make it out to Alhambra for the Ballast Point night yesterday evening.

The bar/restaurant has a pretty nice vibe going on. Dimly lit, like you would expect with plenty of seating both at booths and raised tables, and of course the bar.

The service was very friendly and quick, which is always a nice thing to have. The beers came quick and the staff was knowledgeable about what they are selling.

The tap list is fairly eclectic, but on this particular evening a large portion was covered by Ballast Point beers (seeing as that was the theme of the night). Some nice selections from other local breweries like Craftsman and Eagle Rock, as well as a great mix of west coast craft beers and imports.

The bottle list is quite large as well and they offer bottles to go, which is a nice thing that I wish more bars would do. And they have more than your standard fare (FW13, Sang Rouge, Consecration, Exponential Hoppiness, to name a few).

I didn't get a chance to try any of the food, but it looked and smelled wonderful.

The prices were perhaps a touch high for some of the beers, but overall not too bad.

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Photo of snpub540
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I remember when this place was the horrible CA Brewing Co. it looks a whole lot nicer inside with the tanks missing and getting rid of the outdoor patio.

Went in with a friend my daughter and a friend of mine with his kids. Was surprised that they had a children's menu and even brought some little puzzle game for the kids to keep entertained. That was a big plus.

Selection was great. I was alittle bummed that they didn't have the Sculpin from Ballast Point that I really wanted to try, but they had some great choices. Ended up choosing the Mongo DIPA from Port, and a small taster of a Dupont Brew. They had 2 flights which were both Belgium themed. Bottle list was also very well rounded.

Food was pretty good. Definately thought my sliders were a little over cooked but I don't really like anything well-done. Definately a place I will have to check out again when I have some more free time.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited this place on 12/30/09 with a few friends.

A: It kind of reminded me of a Yard House in many ways. A lot of TV's showing sports, nice seating, good food, and dim lighting. The two things that I enjoyed more though was the lower volume music (could actually hear the person in front of me) and incredible selection of beer on tap.

Q: "Pretty good" would probably be my one phrase answer. The food was something you would find in a nicer restaurant and since there were no off flavors in any of our beers...I assume the lines to be fairly clean.

S: Not too bad...food came out in a timely fashion...as did the beers. The only complaint I had was the somewhat lack of craft beer knowledge our waiter had and the fact my flight came out slightly wrong. I ordered a flight of Dugana, High Tide, Ten Fidy and Sculpin. Instead, my Ten Fidy came out as Hop Rod Rye. This wasn't a big deal to me...mostly because everyone else at the table got flights and that wasn't really fair to the waiter.

S: I would guess 30 to 40 quality craft brews to choose from and a great bottle list. I give them an A+! Oh yeah...they do flights and even half pours.

F: Food was great! I ordered a Turkey Burger with sweet potato fries...and man...it was good. The quality and preparation of the food is very similar to Haven's Gastro Pub out in Orange.

Overall: I'm glad to another place like this in the LA area. Cheers!

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38 Degrees Ale House & Grill in Alhambra, CA
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