Modern Times Beer

Modern Times BeerModern Times Beer
Modern Times BeerModern Times Beer
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(619) 546-9694 | map
moderntimesbeer.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.11
Beers:
359
Reviews:
3,301
Ratings:
16,040
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.39
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
260
pDev:
7.52%
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Reviews by joeyjoey104:
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4.04/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

joeyjoey104 from California, Jul 15, 2015
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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

REVZEB from Illinois, Feb 24, 2020
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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.

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

Kolb from Montana, Dec 27, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Jaszucs from Indiana, Sep 26, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

oldmankoch from Tennessee, Sep 20, 2019
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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.

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slander from New York, Aug 16, 2019
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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...

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AleManDan from California, Jul 13, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

mmoore9363 from Arizona, Jun 04, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Spaceman_Jer from Colorado, May 28, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

ntanner83 from Massachusetts, May 16, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

:)

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dr_pingus from California, May 08, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great brewery!

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NCSapiens from Indiana, Apr 15, 2019
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4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

evanwoertz from California, Feb 19, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Djon1rpt from Pennsylvania, Feb 06, 2019
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

aasher from Indiana, Feb 03, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

TrilliumFan from Massachusetts, Jan 21, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Chris619 from California, Jan 18, 2019
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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.

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dukeandduke from Illinois, Jan 06, 2019
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4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

CreightonSM from New York, Jan 04, 2019
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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.

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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.

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Whitesheep from Arizona, Oct 17, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

morebeergood from Massachusetts, Oct 13, 2018
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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.

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yellowrabbit66 from California, Oct 03, 2018
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Aakash from California, Sep 08, 2018
Modern Times Beer in San Diego, CA
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