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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

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3.84/5
Monkey Paw Pub & BreweryMonkey Paw Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

805 16th St
San Diego, California, 92101
United States

(619) 358-9901 | map
monkeypawbrewing.com

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Added by laxboy3496 on 08-28-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
42
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
277
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
64
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
5.85%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by slander:
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Because there’s a line out the door at Hamilton’s, that’s why; something about a couple of Bear Republic casks. Whatever, we reshuffled quickly to here, on the corner of something and something in closer to San Diego than I’ve been yet. Okay, so the neighborhood is in, ahem, ‘transition’, and probably not doing so quickly enough. I suppose we could shake that dried up shriveled paw, and fix that with one of our 3 wishes, but at what cost, what cost...

An ‘L’ish shaped shiny wood topped bar, with a brick base and seating for 20 on stools to the left. Matching bar counter adjacent seating another 20 perhaps, and then 2 matching pic-a-nic tables for 8 apiece and 4 hightop wall tabling extensions and bar counter running an ‘L’ off the side and along the kitchen wall to the rear.

Tap row alternating upper lower upper lower upper lower on barback center, some specialty booze above, and magnum bottles of Chimay & Samichlaus atop to both sides of a flatscreen there. 4X8 horizontal board forward of the bar, listing the Monkey Paw house beers brewed on the other side of that wall, + on decks and cask offerings current listed, as well as the rest of the tap; beer, style, ABV & price. Bottle cooler to the left, I believe there to be some 4 dozen + selections. Looks to be a pretty well thought out collection of import & craft, with a good many styles covered. I can see Orval in there; I wonder how much it would cost to spend some time with her.

I thought the walls were a blueish but they seem steel gray now. Matching blue gray ceiling and plank wood away from the bar. Drop spinnys with a center lamp and track baby spot trios. Windows with, well, it’s not stained glass, but papered maybe with beery pieces of stained glass in appearance narrow vertical accordion over out front. Brewery logo pieces and housemade, um, paintings (I think they be), riddled about. Events blackboard to the rear, and a straight to the point down and dirty food menu.

30 beers on tap, of which 6 are house beers (Mandrill IPA, Rich Man’s Double IPA, Low & Slow Rauchbier, Sweet Georgia Brown, The Downs Family Irish Stout, Oatmeal Pale Ale), and 2 dozen more, ¼ of which are imports meh (Guinness, Jever, Chimay White, Delirium Tremens, St Feuillien Tripel, Paulaner Hefe), and the remainder a mix of mostly west coast craft beer selections (Anchor Steam & Zymaster California Lager, Bear Republic Racer 5, Sierra Nevada Stout, Craftsman Juniper Ale, Coronado Mermaid’s Red Ale & Idiot IPA, Karl Strauss Tripel & Queen of Tarts American Wild Ale, Firestone Walker Reserve Porter, Ballast Point Sculpin, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Avery White Rascal, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Ommegang BPA), save a single mead (IQhilika African Birds Eye Chili Mead) and cider (Blackthorn Cider). Lest I forget the pair of handpumps (only 1 live just now), pouring Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.

We’re having at the Monkey Paw beers ‘cause it is, you know, a brewpub. I must say, the 2 IPA’s don’t suck, the Rich Man’s double IPA being not too over the top, but I’m really diggin’ the Mandrill IPA. And then I moved onto the Karl Strauss Queen of Tarts American Wild Ale, which was Rodenbach-ish, in a meh way.

It has gotten to the point at which a bit of food is going to help the cause. As such, I opted for a round of ‘beer candy naked wings’, while Ben went with the ‘spicy monkey sliders’ (I wonder how many of those will come to an order, as I would like to scarf no less than 3 of those from him). The food arrived all wrong, or I don’t know what. The ‘drunken monkey bones’ did not suck, and tasted better ‘cause I didn’t order them. And then the ‘beer candy naked wings’ I did order but had been seemingly denied showed up, while Ben remained sans sliders still (for his sins). Clearly, the whole ‘order through a window and point to the table you’re sitting at’ system is flawed major, ‘cause they just end up delivering whatever wherever. His ‘spicy monkey sliders’ finally arrived, but condensed to a single burger. It will be hard to move on that (Fuckers!) Correction; the slider is supposed to be a single full on burger (?), which Ben offered the ‘thumbs up’ on having quickly consumed.

A bit gritty but it’s a comfortable enough house overall. Good food if you can get it, I suppose. Solid bottle list, and taps, too, although the latter is seemingly a little odd to me; I can’t remember having seen a brewpub before with a guest tap to house beer 4 to 1 ratio. Just seems they’d be overshadowing their own wares, you know? Beer here!

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Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Junichi
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bumchilly25
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheKlevin
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome beers on tap, cheap greasy food. An awesome hidden gem in SD! Definitely smaller than what you might expect, but they more than make up for that with an awesome draft selection and awesome bottles beers too!

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Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Monkey Paw is located on the outer fringe of the Gaslamp District. This place had a nice edge to it. They had a bar area with tables and seating on the other side. There were tables along an open window to the street. It was packed when I went, so it took a few minutes for a bartender to grab my order. She was nice and apologetic though for my wait. They had some monitors with sports and a movie on. They serve food, I believe you order in the back around the kitchen window. I didn't order any food but it looked pretty good.

The tap list was better than I was expecting. As you would imagine, they have their house beers, but the guest list was pretty good. I had an Alpine SD Surprise since I never had it before. It was alright. I was surprised they had Founders KBS on tap.

Once I hit the other San Diego area breweries, I'll be back. Nice visit. Cool place.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

After a long day of East Village beer drinking, it was time to end the day with more beer drinking. What better place to end it than at this unpretentious little "dive," a term used with much endearment. It is rather small, rather dark and tightly packed, but it is well worth the trip. In addition to providing thirsty patrons with local SD crafts, they also brew their own beer. I quaffed pints of Diabolic, New English Bine and a delicious brew from Alpine called "Bad Boy." Yes, it was. Great bar food - I went for a pork roll. A wonderful place to have a few (but then, this IS America's "Greatest Beer City." ) This monkey cannot wait to return!

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Photo of thepenguin
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Had a layover in SD and chose to visit Monkey Paw after a haul in the area. Nice selection of proprietary beers and collaborations as well as some other good local options, pretty good food, and not overly crowded or pretentious in any way. Great prices on their beer flights!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of NateDyk47
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Stopped here while visiting San Diego. Great atmosphere at this place, good food, and a huge selection of their own beers along with guest beers. Beer and service were both great too.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Another stop on my tour of San Diego. This place had a nice vibe with good taps and some pretty nice bottles. Heard the food was good but did not get a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sara24
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I wish I had a monkey's paw

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Photo of RLM15
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

One of my favorite places in San Diego to drink a beer. Super dark, divey vibes which are right up my alley. They will usually have about 5-10 of their own beers on tap along with another 20 or so beers from all over. Every time I come to Monkey Paw I see at least 5 beers on the tap list I am super stoked to try. Of the Monkey Paw beers I would recommend the i-5 with coconut and pink salt and the big smoke. great bar tenders as well. If you are visiting san diego this is a must hit, local spot.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of nesarebad
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Pawoto
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped here during a 14-brewery San Diego visit after getting a tip from a local. The Taplist was incredible - Vietnamese Speedway, two versions of Angel's Share, Cuvee de Tomme, Red Poppy, lots of other great stuff. The Monkey Paw beers I tried were solid - Cornelius (the DIPA) the most memorable.

The Bartender had a shirt that said "Eat Pussy. Chug Whiskey. Hail Satan!" So I was a little worried, but he was super polite and attentive. So I probably shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but that was a pretty aggressive shirt!

Great spot - really glad we stopped!

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Photo of smb
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dcbobcat
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ucsbrandon
4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of kingpin1010
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery in San Diego, CA
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