The Beer Company

The Beer CompanyThe Beer Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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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Photo of berley31
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -4.3%
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
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