The Beer Company

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The Beer CompanyThe Beer Company

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

602 Broadway
Ste 101
San Diego, California, 92101-5449
United States

(619) 398-0707 | map

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Added by HalfFull on 10-16-2010

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Photo of blevel
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Enjoyed our visit; an impulse stop in the downtown area as we were looking for a local brewery. Standard pub fare, we only ordered appetizers which were good. Only checked out one of their brews a very solid IPA. I'd recommend a visit but there are many breweries in the area.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I passed by this place a few times as I was exploring the Downtown area the last few months. I finally made it in yesterday. It has a nice sports bar vibe inside. There's a large rectangular bar with plenty of tables and even a private upstairs area. There are monitors with sports on, you can see the brewing equipment, and they have an open kitchen.

My server was cool. She was attentive and friendly.

I didn't order any food, but the menu items were your typical pub/bar food.

They had both their own and guest beers. I didn't think the guest tap list was anything spectacular. It was a combination of BMC and standard craft beers. They also had some house beers which I tried 4 of them. The IPA and wheat beer were good. The red was not.

Maybe next time after my rounds at other new locations around town, I'll come back and try some food.

It's a nice place to hang out, probably more so with non-beer geeks that may not be so particular about their beers.

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Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

When entering the first thing you notice is the large granite topped bar that can seat about 40 patrons. There are a ton of tables here too, and the whole dining area overlooks the brew tanks that are behind a window. Off to the side is an open kitchen and wood burning stove. Loads of TVs around the pklace with everyone showing sports.

A bunch of house beers on draft, but I only had 1 which was the IPA and it was good. Service was a bit slow and for dinner time the place was somewhat empty.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DRTBrewster
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Ran across this place while looking for retail craft beer stores in downtown SD, sat down and was pleasantly surprised. Large place with a contemporary feel in an old building which was very cool. The beer and food were good, however, with so many more wonderful breweries to visit in SD, I wouldn't put this on the top of list of brewery must visits if in SD.

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Photo of fox227
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

First I'll talk about the bad. The guest beer list is very small, and is unfortunately crowded by a number of "crafty" options for the regular Joe and Jane who don't want anything too interesting (read: good). However, the house beers are anywhere from decent to excellent, and include happy hour prices and are always cheaper than the guest options; these beers make the brewpub well worth your time.

The food is good but not consistently great across the board. I have loved some dishes and was overwhelmed by others. The selection is nice, but I'm not blown away, either.

I love the service, however. I haven't been to the bar counter, the wait staff is very friendly and attentive. I'm a huge customer service person, and I always feel very welcome.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I visited The Beer Company recently for the Best Damn Night Of The Barrels. It's a fairly large place inside that reminds me of an independent BJ's type establishment down to a number of TVs playing sports. There was a bar area with seating and tables around the rest of the space. They had 8 of their own beers on tap with a handful of guest beers. I didn't see if they had a bottle list. All the beers I tried seemed to be a bit warm but otherwise OK. Service was pretty good but it took a while to get the attention of the staff at the bar. I found their house beers to be decent but nothing too special. I would probably make a quick stop in again just to see if they have anything new on tap, but it wouldn't be a first choice destination for me.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Beer Company is a small capacity brewpub situated smack in the middle of Downtown, among the lost tourists, the seedy drifters, the psychotic homeless and commuters waiting for the No. 30 bus. It is also a few blocks from the Gaslight District and its many purveyors of depravity. The venue is of moderate size with a sports bar vibe to it: noisy, semi-crowded, with a U-shaped marble bar amid cushy booths lining the Broadway Street side.

As noted, Beer Company offers seven house beers, one of which is a pleasant stout, along with a few dozen guests. In addition to the stout, I quaffed their nice Elimination IPA and a Wyatt Earp Red Ale. (Earp lived in the Gaslight District at one point in his later life.) The food was the usual pub grub and was served by attractive and efficient, if indifferent, servers. That said, it was the second official stop during my recent SDBW 2012 trip. On to Number Three....

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Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited in the late afternoon. It was pretty dead. They have about 7 house taps and 9 guest taps. The selection was decent, nothing over the top special or rare. I tried some of the house beers. They were no worse than say a rock bottom. Standard brewpub offerings though I have heard that they are progressing towards better things recently. I had fries which were nothing special. It was definitely a nice place though, I don't know if it would get too exciting in there after a certain point but all of the furnishings and decor were nice.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited during a conference on a Saturday night.

Atmosphere: Loud - place was about 75% full. Plenty of tables in the middle and booths at the walls. Typical sports bar type atmosphere, but you could see where the pizzas were fired through one wall, some of the brewing equipment through another wall, and the tap line-up behind the counter had a nice copper metal motif going. Nothing special though.

Quality: The night I was there Sierra Nevada was the guest tap list - quite a lot of good Sierra Nevada beers to choose from - some of the higher rated stuff. As for the brews from this company, I only had the blonde that evening, which was okay.

Service: Friendly enough staff. A little slow at times but otherwise attentive and friendly to questions and beer requests. Used the right glasses with the type of beer ordered - noted this throughout the place and with the glasses behind the bar as well. Plenty of Tulips, Nonics, snifters, and even a few chalices available.

Selection: As with quality - good selection of Sierra Nevada the evening I was there, and a reasonably large amount of their own brews on tap as well. Something for every taste.

Food: Had the beer battered fish and a salad, and it was good. I cannot say the same for the Buffalo Chicken pizza my friend had though - I did not care for it.

Overall: Good in some categories, so-so in others. Need to try more of the beers on tap and see how this brewery does in other styles, as the blonde was just okay. Felt the prices were reasonable.

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Had no idea this place existed until we walked by it on the way back to our hotel. We decided to stop in early on Sunday evening on our way to dinner.

This place is huge, with a large oval bar and plenty of stool, with tables all around. A big sports bar feel with TVs inevery direction and the feed of an NFL telecast blasting so loud we could barely hear the bartender.

Beer was pretty solid with 7 house beers and about 9 guest taps from local superstar breweries. I particularly enjoyed the Warrior Red. Food was consistent with the concept and executed fine.

Service was pleasant if a bit spacey. We would have stopped in again but it never fit in our schedule.


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Photo of berley31
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Kicked off our SD trip here on Monday... their happy hour had just started and we were walking by...

A: Nice spot... big, wrap-around bar in the center, with lots of tables. We sat at the bar.. it wasn't too busy this afternoon. Good lighting (neither too dark or light), a few TVs scattered about.

Q+Selection: 8 or so of their beers, plus about the same number in guest taps. I had two of theirs, both of which were actually pretty darn good. Tasted fresh to me.

Service: The bartender was extremely friendly and willing to chat about beer, local breweries, whatever.

O: A nice little underrated spot... I'd definitely go back. Happy hour prices were great (3 bucks/pint).

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here for the first time on late Sunday afternoon (08-14-2011). I was by myself and had some time to kill, so trying a new brewpub sounded like an excellent plan. I seated myself at the bar and quickly felt right at home.

I moved to San Diego only six weeks ago, and in that time I've had no trouble making new friends. Most people are engaging, kind, and conversational, and the crowd at The Beer Co. was no exception. I was talking it up with strangers the whole time (2.5-3 hours). That said, the bartenders didn't seem interested in chatting, even though the bar was less than half full. They were attentive though.

The Beer Co.'s interior reminds me of a cellar at a European winery. Thick wooden beams crisscross to form low-hanging rafters, vintage incandescent lamps provide dim lighting, and brick walls and rod-iron rails provide barriers and multi-tier seating. A plethora of flat-screen TVs (all playing SportsCenter) adds a heavy dose of 'murricana. It feels classy, plain, and a touch cheesy all at the same time.

While the beer selection pales in comparison to other bars in the vicinity, the house brew list was larger than I expected. I counted at least ten house brews, including a pale ale, a brown ale, a black ale, a rye beer, three IPAs (one imperial), a wit, a Belgian pale ale, and an imperial stout. Given the size of this place, that's impressive. Also, all four of the beers I sampled were above average, and two of them (both IPAs) were damn good!

If you're only going to be in San Diego for a short while, don't waste time coming here; there are far better beer bars downtown. However, if you're in the city for an extended stay, check out the Beer Co. when you get a chance. The $3 pints during happy hour are tough to beat!

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Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere - as you walk in the bar is straight ahead with the dining area to the left. The brewhouse and fermenters are in the back right corner of the restaurant. It has a feel of a sports bar inside of a nicer bar.

Quality/Selection - During my visit they only had four of their brews on tap and none were anything that I'd really go out of my way to get again. They had a number of guest taps with other locals like Stone, Ballast Point, and Coronado.

Service - I went during the first week of them being open so the bartender didn't completely know about their beers or the menu. However he would ask the proper people for the answers and was friendly and quick with drinks.

Food - I will say that they do have some good cooks here. I ordered the chicken and shrimp skewers and those were damn good tasting.

Overall I think this is a good place for a meal the beer needs some work but the food is good at least.

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The Beer Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 104 ratings