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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Rated: 4.32 by bsuedekum from Missouri

Dec 15, 2020
Rated: 4.72 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by dblipajunkie from California

Feb 07, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by CreightonSM from New York

Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by Aakash from California

Sep 08, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.18 by chrisjws from California

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by armandomacias from California

Feb 27, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 27, 2018
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Rated by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
some good beers. very good guest list. friendly. bar facing a busy restaurant.
Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 4 by DCPlus14 from California

Jan 05, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by frasergrove from California

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by putonyourwalkingshoes from California

Nov 16, 2017
Rated: 5 by HazeyJess from California

Jul 20, 2017
Rated: 5 by BonsBeer from California

Jul 20, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by lupercmda from North Carolina

May 05, 2017
Rated: 4.65 by pinballplayer from California

Apr 09, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.39 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 25, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.58 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.68 by BG24 from California

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by ThirstyHungryLife from California

Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 4.65 by fthegiants from California

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by t2grogan from Arizona

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by kmanjohnson from California

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Keananmichael5 from California

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 4.71 by sd123 from Georgia

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4.65 by M_chav from New Mexico

Nov 24, 2016
Rated: 4.9 by Avatar113 from California

Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by GRG1313 from California

Aug 13, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by BeerMeCJS from California

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 5 by MRVermont from New Hampshire

Jul 19, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by shoegueuze from California

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by franz7061

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.34 by SDRedDevil from California

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by Mike_Amps from California

Jan 18, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by halo3one from Georgia

Aug 18, 2015
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Reviewed by 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 décor, 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: 3.97 out of 5 with 706 ratings