Modern Times Beer

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Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3725 Greenwood St
San Diego, California, 92110-4441
United States

(619) 546-9694 | map

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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

My fav modern times location. The land of weird seats and beer spills galore. I think their music consists solely of a band names "lettuce". I feel like I'm in the liar of Jabba the Hutt but it's all good bc out of all the San Diego locations of MT here is where I see the best BA releases coming in if you can clear your schedule that day to indulge. Easy to spot just make a right off the freeway next to the world famous yet not sure if it's closed "Body Shop" exotic dancing store? and you'll find your new favorite watering hole. Oh yes and for parents ignore the last sentence, this is a killer spot to let your kids run free since they put in an outdoor area.

Jan 13, 2020
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slander from New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

In San Diego, sans the small strange man, due to, well, you know, and if you don’t, it’s not my place to, well, yeah. Freshie three we from the airport, the talls and I hit an ‘In & Out’, left the rental there, and walked the 2 blocks over to Modern Times. Most convenient and an absurdly easy one-two if there ever was one…

Panel garage door closed but should be open and a steel door open raised, we enter. Big vaulted space. Concrete floorings, corrugated ceiling with drop bramble tumble weed lighting, strung ping pong balls, and some wide pan lamps. The front panel doors are done with red curtains, and there are a few fabric yellowy church pews against the walls. Mix & match tables of giant spool, white marble and slat wood, and 55 gallon drums with squared stools. Back corner holds bookshelves with vintage typewriter, radio, & TV play lining atop, and there’s old luggage in the corner. And I spy 100 barrel tanks in the back back there (me, pointing).

Far wall of big brick, done up painted with a bight colorful cubed mural. I thought it was a woman holding a baby, but the woman is actually Michael Jackson and the baby is a monkey named Bubbles. And on closer inspection, it’s not a painting but rather done up entirely in Post It notes. A mural spanning the whole fucking wall done up in post in notes. I deem it ‘extremely badass’.

The opposite wall is pasted with pages from comic books and holds a logo piece on center. Below it sits some sort of coffee roasting room with diagonal subway tiling and a coffee bar fronting. The coffee bar itself is white marble slab topped with a base pasted with Garbage Pail Kid, Bad Dudes, & dinosaur stickers. Coffee is being poured from a deep sea suit helmet head. They do not exactly have food proper, but there are muffins and cupcakes. Back corner Mini Mart for the purchase of bottles & cans, and a serious swag zone in between.

And the front wall is done up pasted with book pages with paintings of founding members of the ‘League of Party Goers and Elegant People’ on one side, and random prints, paintings, & needlepoint on the other side.

‘C’ shaped bar to the right; white marble topped on steel posts, and a base of books stacked in all sizes & depths. Seating for 2 dozen on squared stools. Barback is what I assume is the cold room, as there are 34 handles, mostly logo’d, extending from the wall there in a loooong row on stainless drainage and paneling. Dangling tulips racked the length above and 3 pallets atop painted black with the coffee & beer list (name, style, ABV, & price) on them. Ping pong ball lighting on both ends of each slat, and strung from the pallet tops up and outward across the room to the walls adjacent.

2 coffees (Black House blend & Ethiopia Chelelektu) and a dozen plus beers; a few of them of the coffee variety (Black House, Oatmeal Coffee Stout, 5.8%; Black House, nitro Oatmeal Coffee Stout, 5.8%; Schwarz, Dark Coffee Lager, 5.4%; City of the Dead, Export Stout with barrel aged Coffee, 7.5%), and the others not (Roots of Coincidence, APA, 5.2%; Fortunate Islands, Pale Wheat Ale, 5%; Blazing World, hoppy Amber, 6.8%; Lomaland, Saison, 5.5%; Aurora, Red Rye IPA, 6.8%; Fruitlands Blood Orange & Hibiscus, Gose, 4.8%; Oneida, APA, 5.8%; Orderville, IPA, 7.2%; Fortunate Islands with grapefruit zest, hoppy Wheat, 5%; Trueland, Simcoe & Amarillo Pale Ale, 5%;). The City of the Dead Export Stout was licorice wonderful, Orderville IPA hazy, dank & lovely, and Roots of Coincidence APA juicy & citrus fruit solid. Beers are served in 5oz, 8oz, & pint pours, and a shorty sampler’s served in a cool cigar box tray.

Beers were good. I mean, duh, it’s Modern Times. Tunes, and a great chill Friday start to our trip out west.

Aug 16, 2019
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AleManDan from California

4.26/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Hip spot, great selection of amazing beer BUT I almost felt like the bartender felt she was doing me a favor to serve me. I wasn’t dressed too hip and they are busy.

I love the art in this place...

Jul 13, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

8/23/18 (San Diego, CA): Visit during Southern California swing, loved previous Modern Times offerings tried and definitely was not disappointed with this visit. Low key vibe, brewing in the back, nice bar and bottle / merchandise area, building has large garage door entrance. Somewhat creepy Micheal Jackson post it note rendition, but sat facing the opposite side.

Several different varieties on tap, Modern Times does a great job over multiple categories and the beers I tried and purchased this visit were excellent, with Deeds & Exploits the best pour at the brewery, Devil's Teeth Imperial BA Stout with Strawberry and Vanilla the best purchase brought back. Bartenders very friendly and knowledgeable, liked taking beer. Quality at this brewery excellent, on-site pours reasonably priced, to go beer a little pricey for the special releases but high quality. Many offerings available to go, nice merchandise as well. Very well worth the visit, will definitely return to this or perhaps one of the two other MT locations during my next trip to San Diego.

Jan 06, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

From our visit in May.
Great place for my wife and I to visit on a vacation to SD. Arrived on a Saturday, the place was hopping.. the beer hoppier. They had a great selection of beer, including our new favorite called Eye Spy . The prices were very good, as was the service. The Michael Jackson post-it note wall was ..different. Can't wait for a return trip.

Nov 15, 2018
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Whitesheep from Arizona

4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If you love beer and are in San Diego you need to come here. The only reason the vibe isn't 5 is because the place is so busy. This is my current favorite craft beer and they have all your favorites in stock to try. Service is really good for such a busy place.

Oct 17, 2018
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yellowrabbit66 from California

4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

I firsts visited Modern Times Fermatorium in San Diego and enjoyed the vibe so much that I decided to visit their North Park Flavordome tap room and the Portland, OR Fermatorium. Each location I visited had interesting decor and relaxed atmosphere. There was a wide selection of beer styles ranging from stouts, porters, pilsners, west coast IPA, hazy IPA, and sours.

Oct 03, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Definitely a craft beer and hipster crowd vibe. Went there on back to back nights (Sunday and Monday) and the place was busy on both nights. Having said that, you weren't rubbing elbows and there was plenty of space to move around. The place has great character, unique art and interesting decor. Nice layout also with the bar in the middle of the space (vessels behind the bar) and then tables, barrels and couches surrounding the bar. There's also a coffee shop off to the side and also an area where you can buy bottles & cans to-go.

The service was prompt and quick, even with the busy scene that I experienced. Selection was the highlight of this place. Tons of IPAs (NE and non-NE style), stouts, barrel aged stouts, sours, blonde ales, sours, etc... they definitely had something for everyone's preference, and the quality of beers within those styles was exceptional. I've had a few Modern Times beers from random cans I've tracked down or traded for, and they do no justice to the quality of brews that Modern Times has on draft at this location. I was blown away by the quality and selection.

Overall a really cool place with great beers on draft that I would look forward to visiting again if I happened to be in San Diego.

Jul 05, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Stopped on a busy Sunday afternoon. In an industrial area - not much street parking. The tap room is just a section of their brewery, so warehouse vibe but they've added quirky decor to liven it up - one wall is wallpapers in comics, another wall is a mosiac made from sticky notes. There is the beer bar, and a coffee bar, and a merchandise/to-go counter. A ton of beers on tap, and organized into categories - but mostly hoppy beers, sours, and stouts. I had a DIPA and a coffee Export Stout that were both very good.

Feb 25, 2018
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Large warehouse like building with huge service bar in center. About 16 assorted taps.. with some brewery only offering. A few 55gal drum tables and other makeshift accommodations. Very upbeat and friendly vibe.

Dec 31, 2017
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BeanBump from California

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Admittedly, I like the Flavordome in North Park better from an aesthetic standpoint but this is the headquarters and they typically have a better selection. They offer about 20 beers on any given day, spanning a number of varieties. This location also hosts an awesome in-house coffee bar and a cool little merch/bottle pick-up nook.

The fact that MT is employee owned makes it THAT much cooler. Great beer, ethically sound and worth a trip to SD.

Sep 21, 2017
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DrinkThemAll from California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in the heart of San Diego. Parking is a nightmare. Very hipster inside, with its own bagel & coffee stand. It's pretty cool inside with the comic book wall, but I'm not sure if I could spend all day hanging out here. All their glasses and shirts were over priced and they didn't have a growler with their logo which sucked, because I collect them. Cool spot if you're in the area, but wouldn't come out of my way to get here.

Sep 30, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This place is awesome. Funky, unique decor, great service, some of my favorite brews. Parking sucks...pretty much the only negative, and mostly just the core brews, but the other options are always awesome! Cheers!

Jun 23, 2016
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SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Run of the mill warehouse brewery in an industrial area.

Wow - the barrels, the beards, the fat dudes, the tattoos, the weird ingredient beers, the punk music. All the current overplayed craft beer clichés in one place!

If you can get past some of the nonsense, there's some good hoppy beer to be had here. Prices were reasonable and bartender was friendly.

Jun 14, 2016
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T100Mark from California

3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Vibe - Industrial cool. The tanks and the seating area share a large, open space.

Quality - Good.

Service - Pleasant enough.

Selection - Good. No guest beers.

I realize that Modern Times was on the front-end of the San Diego beer explosion. This probably explains the horrible location (bad part of town/no parking). The place is cool. Getting there takes some effort, though.

May 04, 2016
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is in a business park area but the space is amazing. They put a lot of thought into decorating the space and I appreciate it. Beer selection was great with taps not available in bottles. Reasonable growler fill prices. Even the glass wear was unique.

Not to mention...they roast their own coffee, and sometimes put it in their beer. This is the only brewery I have been to where you can bring home beer and beans!

Apr 06, 2016
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ebin6 from California

4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

A very cool brewery with a great vibe. They may not have a ton of stuff on tap at all times, but rest assured, you'll find something that hits the spot. Can get super packed at times, but they keep the beer flowing pretty quickly.

Mar 07, 2016
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mrcraft from California

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Modern Times near Old Town had an eclectic vibe inside. I stayed at a newly refurbished hotel in the area and was only a couple blocks away, so it was a no-brainer to visit during my trip. The area wasn't the greatest at night, but inside was transformed into a place from another time. It had this Broadway feel to it, a story from years gone by with the lighting, books along the wall. It's an expansive area, with large tanks in the back visible from the seating area. The vibe is just fantastic.

Modern Times produces solid beers. I had small glasses of 4 beers. I must say I liked the Apricot gose the best.

Very nice place. Good beer. Good times.

Mar 01, 2016
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Awesome place! Lots of unique places to sit, very large space so you won't feel crammed in. Beer is very high quality. Walls decorated with comic books on one side and a post-it mural on the other side, very cool.

Was there two nights last week and both were relatively busy so service was a tad slow but nothing that would cause me to not go back. Location is ideal, right near downtown (easily accessible by cab or Uber).

Feb 17, 2016
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mschantz from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I really dig Modern Times. They seem to make everyone from tragic hipster to seasoned BA feel welcome. They typically have from 10-12 beers on. There stouts are solid to great - I especially liked The unique approach to City of the Dead. IPAs were solid as well with the new Orderville a standout. Only disappointment was the lack of sours when I stopped by. Their coffee Roastery is on site as well so I drug some home as well. Great spot in this beer Mecca.

Feb 05, 2016
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TheKlevin from Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If all the breweries I visited in SD this was my favorite. Ended up going there twice in a five day period just because it was so awesome. They had monsters park with coconut and cocoa on tap, it was amazing!

Jan 31, 2016
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socon67 from New York

4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I was staying on the same street and headed down. Interesting brewery with some nice offerings like the Monster Park stout. Kind of off the beaten path along the way to the airport. But a good place to check out.

Nov 13, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Slightly difficult to find the first go around, this brewery is in a warehouse. Inside, the brewery has a tasting area with about a dozen in-house offerings and about a half dozen coffees. They have a 7oz and pint offerings, which is pretty cool! No real food options, but they allow you to bring food in. The decor is off-beat (such as the massive wall adorned with comic book covers or the mosaic made of post-it notes), but quite cool!

Oct 28, 2015
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Nice brewery. Sits in a warehouse type building. Tasting room is nice size with room at the bar and tables. Great service. Nice selection with about 15 on tap. Neat artwork, huge picture on the back wall created with post-it notes!

Aug 22, 2015
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dddddddd from Washington

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place is a must visit if you love Modern Times beer! The vibe is very relaxed with the high ceilings and huge space with 'jazzy' music playing. The decoration is really creative as well!

Jul 29, 2015
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