Abnormal Beer Company

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

16990 Via Tazon, #123
Ste 124
San Diego, California, 92127-1649
United States

(858) 618-2463 | map

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stoumi from California

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

It had been 13 years since I had been home to Poway, which borders the San Diego city of Rancho Bernardo (RB). This is where I grew up and lived into my early 20s before packing my bags and moving out of state. Little did I know that RB would a nice, little secret upon my return to San Diego.

I boarded a plane out of San Francisco on a Friday, destined for San Diego with the likes of Modern Times, Mike Hess and AleSmith on my mind. However, a few hours before leaving work, a co-worker dropped the name, "Abnormal Beer Company." Now, San Diego is a big city and chances were I would not be close to check out their hazy IPA, Turbidity, which he raved about to no end. To my surprise, when he said, "Abnormal is in Rancho Bernardo" my mouth hit the the floor. A brewing IN Rancho Bernardo?

After a quick stop at Modern Times, followed by an expensive Uber ride, I arrived at Abnormal, not really sure what to expect. I had looked at their offerings and reviews on BA, knowing I wanted to try Turbidity and grab some 4-packs to go. However, I was taken back by two aspects of their establishment. First, it's small. VERY small. The bar and few tables were all occupied, as the brewpub is situated next to The Cork and Craft restaurant.

I found the last spot at the bar, which was actually being reserved, but the guy was friendly enough to let me hang out until the rest of his party arrived. We tossed back a few beer stories and I asked for recommendations. First up, I started with Turbidity, their West Coast, hazy NE style IPA. My co-worker had not let me down, this was a damn amazing beer. I ordered some garlic noodles that arrived promptly and quickly consumed them. They were incredible too! Then again, maybe I was just hungry as this was my fourth beer and I still had not had anything to eat to this point.

As I was consuming the noodles, I asked for their American IPA, Boss Pour. Another outstanding coming in at 7% IPA. I knew if I went for a third pour, it would be my undoing, as I was waiting for my wife to arrive from Long Beach. The brewpub has great ambience, as the bar faces the brewing vats with an electronic board that displays all the beers on tap. It's great knowing when I go home, I have a close and excellent brewpub in Abnormal available, so I don't need to even go out of town.

If you happen to find your in RB, I highly recommend you stop by Abnormal, it's a right off the I-15 freeway, on Rancho Bernardo Road. Some excellent beer, now to call my parents to have them ship some back up north. Cheers!

Aug 12, 2018
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Went with a buddy. Got a flight of 6 and asked for the bartender to label the beers so I knew exactly what I had going. I had multiple different beers of the same style. Well, she told me I should know what I have by drinking them. Sure, you're probably right, but I wasn't in the mood for a guessing game. Didn't think I was asking too much. Sorry, no tip.

The quality of pours were good and they had a decent selection.

Other than the crappy service, everything seemed good.

Mar 12, 2017
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EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

3.54/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

"Come on ride the train, come on and ride it!" Honestly think this place is tons of hype with below-average beer...and this is coming from a guy from AZ, where a lot of the beer is mediocre. Only had a flight of five brews and one of their specialty release bottles, and the only think I enjoyed was the traditional Saison. Had some HH "poutine" tots that had two cheese curds with a teaspoon of gravy, as if someone accidentally spilled a little on top of regular tots. Over-priced, over-adjunct-added, for a very not abnormal place.

Feb 15, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One of the best places to have a beer and some food in Southern California. Aside from their own beer, which is all so solid, the guest taps are so unique. They get stuff that no one else gets in San Diego. Aside from the beer, the food at Cork and Craft is wonderful. Top notch place.

May 01, 2016
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Floydster from California

4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We visited The Cork and Craft/Abnormal Beer Company on Saturday around 7 pm for the first time and sat at two empty bar stools right away. They own three spots in an industrial park where the walls were knocked down and the place was done up. It has an open kitchen, modern d├ęcor, brick, and glass area showing off the brewing equipment. The vibe was more upscale but not pretentious or overly hip. Everything was immaculate and the service was outstanding. The brewer, Derek, is a great guy and made sure we were having a good time. I ordered a flight with five different IPAs with the 5pm Session IPA and the Debut IPA being the standouts. I tried all of their beers that they had on tap at the time which included four others to the flight: Belgian honey pale, porter, raspberry dubbel, and an apricot saison. All of their beers were good, very impressive for a brewing operation that has only been going since April. The other taps were very impressive too with a rare black currant sour Green Flash cask, a couple one-off Mostra Coffee beers with Alesmith and Green Flash. They even had a B. Nektar mead on draft. The only food we had were the truffle parmesan fries and they were great. I look forward to going to one of their beer dinners in the future. This is a wonderful addition to a great beer scene in tiny Rancho Bernardo along with Urge and Brothers Provisions. I cannot wait to go back here. It is too bad I cannot make it to their Karl Strauss dinner on Monday. Keep up the good work Abnormal!!!

Aug 05, 2015
Abnormal Beer Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 627 ratings