White Labs, Inc.

Brewery, Bar, Homebrew

9495 Candida St
San Diego, California, 92126-4541
United States

(858) 693-3441 | map

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Rated by jacobk1997 from Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Dec 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
4/28/22 in Asheville, NC.

What a neat experience to compare the same beer brewed with different yeast strains.

9 different beers on tap with all but one paired with different yeasts!

We had an IPA, Hazy, and an imperial stout.... All excellent, and yes, different with different strains of yeast!
Apr 28, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by Keeling from California

May 22, 2019
Rated: 3.66 by chrisjws from California

Jan 22, 2018
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Rated by putonyourwalkingshoes from California

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25
This is the place if you have a thing for yeast. Get the tour enjoy some science. Not a lot of great beer more of a showcase on yeast.
Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 4.61 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 5 by deniserat from California

Jun 16, 2016
Rated: 4.57 by Teen-o from California

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by SkiBumbo from California

Jul 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Pawoto from New Hampshire

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I'm a half-assed homebrewer so maybe I enjoyed this more than most, but it was really interesting to see how the same beer recipe turns out with different yeasts - they have flights of four for various styles.

They had a food truck outside and great Merch - I wanted to buy the "B. Lambicus" horse blanket t-shirt but couldn't find it in my size.

Overall a really cool stop.
Jun 16, 2015
Rated: 4.7 by demon from California

Feb 26, 2015
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Rated by AVZ from California

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25
It's interesting compairing the same beerafe with different yeast. A great tasting room with early myers flask lamps!
Dec 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Drink_LocalSD from California

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Lucnifter from California

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by briang01 from Maryland

Aug 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by mulletgrab from California

Jun 17, 2014
Rated: 5 by Wbradfordheaton from California

Jun 12, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by antoines15 from Indiana

May 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by MickeyHops from California

May 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by carlmoberg from Illinois

Mar 02, 2014
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Reviewed by guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
After a semi disappointing visit to Green Flash we stopped at White Labs. I've purchased countless vials of yeast from them over the years and it was great to see where it came from. The building wasn't hard to find, just off a main street with plenty of parking right in front. The entrance to the tap room on the side, a garage door style, was opened and a few patrons where sipping on short pours. The inside did up the science lab vibe right down to the Erlenmeyer flask lights and a window so you could watch white coated scientists do some sciencey looking things to yeast slants.

Flights were arranged so you can taste/smell/observe the differences of several yeast strains on the same base wort. I went with the IPA flight made with 001,002, scotch ale and saison? The base beer was nothing to right home about but exemplified each yeast strain nicely. For the base beer the scotch was my fav.

Service was great, the people running the bar explained everything and broke it down to the non brewers to explain what they did and the idea. They also had a FrankenStout beer made with 96? different yeast strains, I like the creativity but the beer was meh.

No food, but I did pick up the Yeast book by owner Chris White and Former Homebrew Jamil Z. In all, If you are a homebrewer check it out for sure. If not I could see how it might not be that great, but give it a shot and you might be converted to a brewer instead of just a drinker :) Prost!
Mar 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by GraduatedCashew from California

Nov 04, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Oct 08, 2013
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Reviewed by bradybeer from California

4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
This place rocks. For any home brewer and or beer geek this is a must visit. The idea to have a number of beers fermented with 3-4 yeasts is brilliant, especially since this THE yeast company.

The bar is located as soon as you walk in. You can also see some of the yeast operations through a window in the bar area There are stools at the bar and seating elsewhere.

You sit down and order by number.We ordered all of the IPAs, Pale Ales, Alts, and the Frankenstein Stout (96 different yeasts). With some of the beers you could really pick out the qualities of the different yeasts. I would suggest trying all of the same style and learning the differences.

Service was very good and I can't wait to come back here. Loved it!
Jun 19, 2013
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Reviewed by claspada from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
Super small tasting bar with a decent above average selection of the base beers combined with different yeasts. Two guys who worked there were in the tasting room but were goofing off the entire time which seemed off for such a highly regarded company.

I wish they gave more scheduled tours because that is the coolest part of visiting this location. The prices are way too high for such simple beers just showcasing yeast flavors.

To be honest this was a disappointment considering how much I was looking forward to checking out their labs.
Jun 19, 2013
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Reviewed by MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3
After striking up a conversation with another beer geek, we decided to meet up at White Labs. I tried a flight of beers here which were ok. Still, as I eventually get into more home brewing, I will learn more and more about the significance of the place. It was just before closing, so there was not much atmosphere to speak of. Just another stop on my SD beer tour.
Mar 15, 2013
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Reviewed by JupiterJesus from California

2.45/5  rDev -41%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3
I'd heard about the new tasting room opening up and was excited to try it. Apparently, so was everyone else. The place was standing room only (at 2-3pm). Stuffy and hot. Loud. They call it a tasting room, but it felt like an overcrowded pub.

After standing at the bar for 20 minutes, sweating (it was freaking winter!), I gave up and left. I convinced my wife and her friend to come here because I'm such a beer doofus, so I felt like a jackass when WL ended up disappointing us. I didn't even get to try the beer :(

Maybe someday when I'm back in town I'll try it again.
Jan 24, 2013
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I am not a homebrewer or anything so I found my stop at White Labs more of a novelty than anything. The tasting room is really quite nice and fancy with a very professional appearance to the bar and decorations. They even have a large window where you can look in on the lab work being done. The quality of the beers served was excellent. The service we received was good even when it got pretty busy. It was interesting to be able to try different yeast strains acting on the same basic unhopped beer. They had about 25 or so different beers on tap featuring a wide array of yeast types. Prices for tasters were inexpensive which was a plus. Worthy of a visit but more so if you are a homebrewer.
Aug 07, 2012
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Reviewed by d0ggnate from California

4.11/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Recently visited the White Labs tasting room. If you're unaware, they present a unique approach to enjoying craft beer, which is providing samples of beer that began as the same wort, but was fermented on different yeasts. This allows White Labs to showcase, educate, etc. patrons about the effects of their yeasts and highlight an area of beer that isn't familiar to all.

First off, their tasting room is spacious and attractive. Plenty of room for all. A few TVs above the bar area, plenty of standing room should you choose to, and windows into the lab for all to peek and wonder about. When I visited there were about 5 different worts, each fermented on 3-4 different individual yeasts. A list of all options was presented and I chose to pick what seemed interesting. Others sampled full series of different worts. If you knew what you liked, or discovered it that day, purchasing a pint worth was available to you.

Their wort is brewed in house, and while I did not try all their beers or even a full pint of a single beer, I wasn't blown away by any individual sample. However, all the samples tried were flavorful and interesting. Some of their wort is provided by Ballast Point, which isn't too far away. Overall, White Labs tasting room was a fun stop. Worth checking out if you're visiting the area or just looking for a new beer spot/brewery to work into the rotation of the saturated Mira Mesa/Miramar area.
Jun 27, 2012
White Labs, Inc. in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 87 ratings