Rip Current Brewing

Rip Current BrewingRip Current Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

1325 Grand Ave Ste 100
San Marcos, California, 92078-2451
United States

(760) 481-3141 | map

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Added by HopHead84 on 12-10-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 66
Photo of BillRoth
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped during Beer Safari on 78 corridor. Bright cheery high energy brew pub bar and restaurant. Got there on a Sunday afternoon right after the word got out that they had been named best very small brewery at 2015 GABF. Place was hopping, and filling up fast. Had a great time talking with James and swapping stories and many trying many of their beers. Place was very proud of home brewing roots and the local home brew community. Felt pretty honored to be given a gift commemorative bottle of a home brewed beer in honor of a local brewer who had recently passed away.
Very good beers and very good people in an open bright and sunny pub. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mabermud
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Been here many times, finally decided to rate.

10 minutes away from my mom's where I grew up. Awesome place to stop in to have a couple of nice craft beers. Nice vibe, good quality, good service, and selection.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Small tasting room in an industrial area of North San Diego (in San Marcos). Very mellow crowd on a Saturday afternoon. My wife and I met some people traveling down from LA and had a nice conversation, along with beer tenders. Super friendly service and knowledgeable on beer and other breweries in the area.

Great selection of beers. No food onsite, but someone was BBQ food outside in the parking lot as we left.

Picked up some glasses and a cool metal growler. Added to my list of favorite breweries.

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Photo of evil
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is not an ordinary brewery. Awesome staff, great variation on the menu. If you love hops come to rip current. If you don't....come to rip current. Solid awesome beers up and down the menu. The crowd that is attracted here is cool and mellow too. Rip Current rules.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Most of the bar staff that works here also brews the beer. Very cool little brewery. Worth checking out if you're going to Lost Abbey, because it's right down the road.

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Photo of charlzm
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

This is a typical industrial park small brewery. They have friendly counter help who more or less handle the lines well (although they let me stand there waiting while two other people walked up, got served and walked away).

The tasting room is a bit small and got crowded during the 90 minutes or so I was there. "Crowded" means in this case "no more available seats so people had to stand". They have a small room off to the side that was quiet (on the plus side) but only after we turned off the sound of the giant TV tuned to sports (d'oh!).

The beer lineup is solid and respectable. By San Diego standards it's a little below the "A" list. A bonus though is the sheer number of beers they have on tap. If I'm not mistaken, it was 16.

Not an essential stop, but you're not wasting your time if you decide to visit.

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Photo of fox227
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Rip Current has become a nearly weekly hangout for me, and I always drop in for a couple of beers. The staff is very friendly, and offer great service every time. Probably my favorite aspect of this brewery is that they're always in the process of creating new and exciting beers all the time, and improving their IPA profiles. Rip Current also crafts some excellent beers in the German and English styles, and always offer plenty of variety.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in during a tour of North County breweries. We came in expecting to get plenty of hops, which we did. We also were quite impressed with Rip Current's stout and porter selections. Regardless of what part of the spectrum you find yourself on, this place is one to put on your list.

Located in a business park, as are so many of San Diego's breweries, this one is super easy to get to right off of CA78. Space is reasonable, and the crowd at 5pm on a Friday was pretty laid back. They offer the NFL ticket, so Sunday's may be fairly crowded. No food, but they do offer a list of restaurants you can call and get a delivery. But then, food isn't the reason to come to Rip Current. Trust me, you'll be hearing a lot more from these guys!

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Photo of vince4953529
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

It's a terrible idea coming here for their Awareness Celebration event on 6/8 after I just had 6 beers in Toronado SD.
I had 2 of their beers before being completely drunk. Got a bottle of their Vanilla Rescue Buoy and a glass placed into my car trunk. They took away my key for the night to have me sober up in my car so I won't drive home to OC completely blacked out. I say thank you for all their staffs for the move. Next day while trying to drive home only to discover my car battery is drained for whatever reason, a nice patron jump cabled my car battery so I would able to get home from this bad night. Thank you sir for I didn't learn your name.
I've been here once before that while this brewery is at its infancy. I would say excellent beers all around, it's not just another gimmicky brewery among seas of up-comings in SD county.

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Photo of claspada
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Stopped by here after a recommendation from a local, good choice. Smallish to medium size bar and a couple tables make up this location in a strip mall location. Brewing tanks all visible in the background.

Did a flight, wow hops, these guys can use them that's for sure. All their beers were super hop forward flavor wise but avoided being to resiny and bitter like you get from almost every Green Flash beer. Of the 7 I sampled only 1 was not extremely good/great.

Bartenders were pleasant enough and didn't mind chatting while I sampled my beers.

I have to definitely recommend this place, their local is a little cheesy, but the beer is awesome.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great little brewery that tries to cater to the pallets of all visitors. From some very strong stouts and brown ales to some very light, sweet hefs and several pale ale varieties. Since it's new, it is still clean and organized (hopefully it stays that way), with a good amount of seating for such a small space. Overall, everything I tasted seemed like it was brewed with care. They offer small little taster snifters or full pints. Service was good and friendly. Big fan.

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Photo of cbanker
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Rip Current is a great new brewery in San Marcos. I have been there several times and have always been happy with the experience.

They have a nice tasting room with a large bar, a couple of TVs and a couple of barrels that act as cocktail tables. The real highlight of the tasting room is their collection of vintage beers cans that the brewer has apparently been collecting for much of his life. There have been a couple of times when I have gotten there earlier than friends I am meeting and I much prefer browsing the beer can collection to standing around awkwardly. I have found the crowd to be mostly a mix of homebrewers and random locals, but not as heavy on the college crowd as I would expect for that area.

The location is pretty prime - right off the 78 and right across the street from a large shopping plaza with lots of shops and restaurants. There are plenty of options for places to eat after a visit to the brewery, as well as places for wives who don't like beer to shop. As an added bonus, it's quite close to Churchills and Sublime for a nice brewery/bar combo trip. For those from out of the area, there is a hotel across the street that often has good prices on some of the discount travel sites.

The quality of beers have been great, particularly for such a new brewery. Their IPAs have all been solid and their nut brown is one of the best I've had. I really like the rotating small-batch series beers that they are doing on their pilot system, it gives me a reason to stop in to try new limited and experimental beers.

Service has generally been very good. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. At busier times, I have occasionally felt slightly ignored for periods of a couple minutes, but not enough to be bothersome.

As a new brewery doing full-scale batches, they naturally won't have as large of a selection as some of the more established breweries. That said, they typically have around 8-10 taps pouring and they change fairly often with the aforementioned small-batch beers that only last a day or two. I never have any troubling finding a few beers to try.

They don't serve food, but they often have food trucks on site as an option. They typically have some chips and pretzels as bar snacks and palate cleansers. As I mentioned before, there are lots of restaurant nearby.

One thing to note is that the taster prices may be a bit off-putting to some people, but the pint prices are reasonable. People accustomed to dollar tasters at other breweries might be shocked at $2-$2.50 taster prices, but the pints are only $5-6. Perhaps they will consider offering discounts on taster flights so that people new to the brewery can try most of their offerings without spending a fortune.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Cool tasting room with a glass wall full of vintage beer cans on one side and glass open to the outside the rest of the way. Small bar area with 7 beers on tap, brewing system in the back. A handful of tables and barrel "tables" around the rest of the space. Friendly service and great explanations of the beers by the staff. Beers were pretty solid all around. Best of luck to Paul with the brewery!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Rip Current is a fairly new brewery with a tasting room conveniently located right off the 78 in San Marcos. The owners were very successful home brewers and many people were excited when they announced they were opening a brewery. Their first offerings have been impressive, to say the least. The beers have been well crafted and the guys seem to be dialing in their process much faster than other new breweries. I always stop here when I'm in the area and have really enjoyed the variety and quality of the offerings. The tasting room sometimes has seats if it's not a busy night, but seats reduce the overall allowed capacity so if it gets crowded the seats are removed. The service is prompt and friendly, and the bartenders know their beer. You'll usually see Guy and/or Paul behind the bar and they're always happy to talk about their process and give a tour. The wall is lined with historic beer cans that are pretty cool to look at . For such a young brewery they have a lot of offerings and they represent many different styles, from Imperial Stout to English Brown, to deliciously dry and hoppy IPAs. The stuff turns over fast so you know you'll get a fresh product. They seem to be consistently booking food trucks so you'll find something to eat just outside the door. If there isn't a food truck there's a shopping center a stone's throw from the brewery so you don't have to worry about starvation. There's also a Nordstrom Rack, which is convenient if the person with you wants to shop while you imbibe across the street. Great selection, great service, high quality beer, snifter tasting glasses (these are awesome), and a bright, spacious atmosphere with TVs that show sports if this interests you. I consider this one of the must-stop destinations if you're in North County and I wouldn't miss it if I were visiting San Diego for the first time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in at Rip Current recently on my way out of San Diego. It's a nice space inside with barrels for tables but their chairs seemed a bit flimsy, especially for portly beer drinkers. They have a collection of old vintage beer cans lining the walls and I spend some time looking over the beers of yesteryear. They had approximately 9 of their beers on tap when I went. All the beers I tried were served at a good temperature. Service was good as there were very few people in there when I went. Most of their beers were pretty good and I would definitely stop in again to see how they are growing in the future.

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Photo of ALBuff
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great layout, welcoming, friendly place for some drinks after work or to sample a few while watching the game over the weekend. Rip Current has a nice selection of beer, and doesn't do San Diego wrong with its IPA offerings. The stouts, for me, were a bit too sweet and syrupy, but all in all, I enjoyed my experience and would definitely go back.

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Rip Current Brewing in San Marcos, CA
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