Phantom Carriage

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

18525 S Main St
Carson, California, 90248
United States

(310) 538-5834 | map
phantomcarriage.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4
Beers:
64
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
409
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.33
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
57
pDev:
7.39%
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socon67 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Brewery off the highway in Carson. The scene is that of gothic horror; skeletons adorn the bar area, and some cool artwork as an homage to the 80's supernatural\horror indie films (Evil Dead and They Live stood out above the to-go fridge). Service was solid; even let me sample a habanero raspberry ale after it was obvious I was cashing out. Plenty of diverse offerings; many with names alluding to horror film themes. I really enjoyed Rare Exports; a sahti no less! Food was standard pub fare and my philly cheesesteak did not disappoint.

Overall, there are options in the area that one would find with better beers (Smog City, Monkish). But the diversity of selections, the chill theme, and addition of food make this a solid visit in the area.

Jun 07, 2019
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Goneflying87 from California

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visit this place multiple times in which they do have some pretty good IPA beers when they do can releases. They are a nice big brewers of sours; one of the best I have tasted is Dolores in which sadly they no longer brew it. They do have a nice selection of food in which in my opinion some are over priced such as the pork sliders. I personally recommend the Phantom Freetos!!!! Those are a must!

Sep 24, 2018
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heytomcat from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If your in So Cal you gotta check this place out. Not much to look at from the outside but inside has a very fun "horror movie" theme to it. If your a fan of sour beers, this place is top notch. Great, knowledgable service too.

Sep 23, 2017
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Mista_Carta from California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Pretty standard industrial area location, they take the theme and run with it... Dimly lit tasting room walled in by barrels stacked high all with the haunted/horror theme you would expect. Skeletons, skulls, comics, horror movie masks & props—there is even a small "Phantom Theatre" that continuously loops horror movies. The tasting room itself is normally playing heavy metal (at a reasonable level).

13 (still going with horror/superstition theme?) taps, one of which is nitro. Taps are split pretty evenly between PC brews and guest taps. Occasionally, they do some bottle pours as well. Guest taps are predominantly SoCal/left coast. Phantom Carriages own offerings lean towards sours (even their BA porters & stouts leans toward sour...) with an occasional IPA/PA option which is fine, it seems like whoever is curating the tap list seems to find a style balance between the PC & guest taps. They also have a small cooler with some local bottled options for on-sight consumption.

Food is a combination of "bar food" small plates (big pretzel, "Frito pie," sliders, couple pickled/veggie options) and BBQ medium plates (brisket sandwich, varying sausages, pulled pork panini, smoked turkey, grilled cheese/grilled mushroom for veg). Pretty sinister looking dessert list that I try to steer clear of... Actually pretty good, and more than capably does the booze soaking job. Despite being on the "heavier" end of the culinary world, the portions aren't huge so you don't feel like a total beast.

Lunch is pretty mellow. Evenings can get rowdy especially if they are running specials tied into any local heavy metal concerts.

Overall fun spot. Helpful, friendly staff. Worth a visit.

Also, the Goodyear blimp is sometimes parked at its airfield just a couple blocks away.

May 05, 2017
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HoppyDude421 from California

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Love this place, but I'm biased since horror movies and heavy metal are both life-long obsessions. Add in tasty sours/fruit blends and it gets two thumbs way up. My only complaint is that it's 400 miles away, so I only get to visit a few times a year.

Jan 05, 2017
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mrcraft from California

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Phantom Carriage is located in an industrial part of Carson. The building itself is a regular commercial building. The only thing that may tip you off what you might find inside are the barrels and name. The entrance to the tap room is found as you walk towards the back on the side. Once you enter, it's dark! It will take your eyes a bit to adjust. This was just so cool, this spooky feel to it.

Once you enter, you have a small bar area where you order your drinks. I didn't order food, but likely food as well. There was a small kitchen right by it. There are plenty of tables with chairs and candles. Their barrels were prominently on display throughout. I also saw two themed rooms with more area to gather and mingle.

The service was friendly and quick. I ordered some sour tasters. The Broadacres varieties were nice as well as the new Porter they had on tap. They also sold bottles for consumption onsite.

I'm glad I visited. Very cool.

Jul 17, 2016
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zanbell from California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Brilliant brews and food. Amazing atmosphere, especially if you are into the horror or dungeon feel. Even if you aren't you owe it to yourself to get ahold of their fantastic wild beers.

May 25, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited Phantom Carriage brewery to pick up some bottles I ordered online. First off and what I liked the least about the brewery was that it is very dark inside. I'm really not one for dark bars I prefer a tasting room that is well lit, especially for viewing and rating a beer. The service was great, great selection of their own beers on tap and guest beers, a solid variety of bottled beer. I did not order any food but what I saw looked really good.

I think they make some really great beers.

Apr 17, 2016
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Yermomsfavorite from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

What's not to love about a horror themed brewery with exceptionally tasty beers? Throw in their mini theater with a 4K Retina display screening classic horror films, smoked meats or their selections of bottled beers from other breweries available for in-house consumption & it's just about perfect. My only complaint would be the limited seating areas as it definitely fills up quickly. Highly recommended.

Apr 11, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small brewery tucked away in Carson, which is definitely not the first place I’d expect a brewery. The place has a very strong horror movie theme to its décor. As such, the place is a bit darker than most tasting rooms. The tasting room is pretty expansive and there’s ample seating, even an area to watch movies. The brewery has a number of in house sour offerings. Phantom Carriage has some pretty kick-ass Berliner iterations, but since they’re still new, their barrel aged offerings are just starting to mature.

Mar 14, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Phantom Carriage camouflages itself well with the industrial neighborhood it's located at, so finding the place was very difficult at first. When I finally did, I walked inside and thought that I had entered Disneyland's Haunted House. It's darkly lit inside and made up of several rooms. All rooms lead to the bar and barrel room, which has a heavy metal theme to it; even metal music was playing overhead. One of the rooms even features a 113 inch screen, which was great because it was the day of the Super Bowl. And drinking with user corby112 made the overall experience a little better.

A total of 12 taps pouring, with five of them being house beer. Phantom Carriage beers had a theme towards leaning towards the wild and funky side, and on-tap were their berliner weisse, hoppy saison, dark saison, wild ale, and brett ale brewed with Centennial hops. I opted for full pours, and the berliner weisse was well done, the dark saison being light and fruity. The glassware was nice as well, served in goblets with beautiful pours. Guest taps included beers from Ballast Point, Beachwood, Almanac, Stone, and Ritual. To cap it off, there was a fridge stocked with at least 60 bottled/canned options.

Good, helpful service behind the bar, plus a warm baked pretzel with house cheese sauce made my mood a whole lot better, especially after the frustration that I had to find the place. It's a bit of a drive from my residence, but I would stop by again.

Feb 12, 2016
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GMan310 from California

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

great place. one of the only places that serve food as well so no need to bring outside food. great selection of there beers and other amazing crafts from around. plus the spooky halloween theme with the huge projector playing movies is awesome.

Dec 31, 2015
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GSThorn from Louisiana

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Great ghoulish theme to support the name. Constant running classic horror / slasher / Halloween films in a viewing room add to the entertainment quality.
Sounds: metal and classic psychedelic / progressive rock. Lots of tables but limited seating at the bar.
Food: menu consists mainly of interesting appetizers and smoked meat sandwiches . The brisket was quite good.
BEER: 7 in-house brews on tap, All Saisons and Sours. I found the Kinski, a really mellow Saison aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels to be excellent. There was also a Cabernet barrel aged sour blonde that was impressive. None of the in house brews fell short of quite drinkable. Additionally there were a few local guest taps and fairly nice bottle selection to choose from.

Dec 16, 2015
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was on BeerSafari in San Diego and LA, and heard this was a place to check out. Great stop. "Wild Beer and Smoked Meats" greets you as you walk in. Part bar, part barrel room, part cafe, part movie house. Crowded and lively. Great tunes ("Goth") overhead. The whole haunted house/movie house thing is pretty cool. Old school flicks e.g. Bela Lugosi and East Side Kids. Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry Scarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrey. ( R.I.P...Monster Chiller Horror Theater and Count Floyd!!).
People working there were friendly and seemed be enjoying themselves. Good advice on beers when I first got there. I bit hard soon after because it became very busy. Still good, but no time for chit chat as lines were forming.
Décor was dimly lit space accented with low light lamps all over the place. Had hung some white LED Xmas lights. Phantom theater was separate room with big wall screen (130" 4K projection) showing movies. 8 bar stools but about 20+ tables with seating in 3 rooms. Nice water station to pour yourself as much H2O as you want.
Food was great. Featured in house smoked meats. I had the smoked brisket tacos. Good stuff. Plenty of veggie oriented and other stuff for the non-carnivores.
Beers leaned heavily to barrel aged sours/tart ales. I had a farm house style saison, a strawberry Berliner Weisse and a very good big (8.1% abv) barrel aged brett saison called Kinski. All I all they had 4 house beers, 6 guest beers and a cider on tap. Oh..and about 100 guest bottles of wide range and uniformly high quality. Wall cooler was loaded. Plenty for everybody.

Oct 22, 2015
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Ernie_The_Dude from California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Cool spot, a very "goth" like vibe. A lot of energy in the place with loud driving music (Its a good thing) I had a guest beer but, I quickly notice the bottle selection they have to offer. Next time I am around the StubHub Center, I will again check this place out and try their house brews. Could fairly rate the food, did not eat. This is a pretty hip place any old metal head like myself can appreciate. A definite must try.

Jun 01, 2015
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crob3888 from California

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

It's got a great theme and a great vibe. Would have been nice to move tables around for our large group. No service unless you go up to the bar but there's never a wait and they were fairly friendly and inviting. Food was good. Beer was good. Pour your own water. Street parking once the lot is full which happened quickly on a Friday night. Beer selection is good for a start up but I hope they add a handful more taps as they grow.

Favorite beer tried was Bergman, favorite food item was the smoked brisket and phantom phritos.

Excellent vibe here, I would return and am excited to see where they go in the future.

May 30, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

2016 UPDATE: I've now been back 2 times since my initial trip. Beer quality has improved significantly and the staff behind the bar is excellent. Worth the trip and neat place. Now, if they'd only put the lights on a it higher I'd be a very happy camper!

Quality of beer is excellent and well worth making a trip there just for the beer, although there were only 5 PC beers on tap, along with an equal (or more) guest taps of decent quality.

Place is typical industrial park brewery.

Food is decent and with a pretty good selection although I'd like to see more beer friendly food. (I don't quite get serving pickled vegetables when you're making a sour beer since they don't pair at all - but, there are other things on the menu).

Service is the biggest issue for me. Girl behind the counter was NOT bad - she just wasn't good. Beer people are usually friendly and engaging and like their product. This young woman basically brought me what I ordered - period. So, one could say that she did her job and did it well. However, she certainly was not the kind of server that would bring me back, unlike several of the other new places in Los Angeles and around the country.

Decent place. I might try it again but likely not rushing.

Mar 07, 2015
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited on 30-Jan-15, about 5 weeks after soft opening.

Not much of variety offered yet for their house brews, but does have about 10 guest taps available to compensate for the time being.

Food = 3 because we didn't order any, but they do have a menu.

And props for opening at 11:30 AM on Fridays.

Jan 31, 2015
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HaoleToYouToo from Hawaii

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Still feels like it's in soft opening mode. 3 house beers on draft. A handful of guest taps. Bottles of guest beers available for sale. Had the bavarian pretzel with housemade beer cheese.

Jan 23, 2015
Phantom Carriage in Carson, CA
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 409 ratings