La Jolla Brew House

La Jolla Brew HouseLa Jolla Brew House
La Jolla Brew HouseLa Jolla Brew House
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

7536 Fay Ave
La Jolla, California, 92037
United States

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travolta from California

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

It is not easy to get to and the parking is horrible. Those two qualities made me think I was either in for something grand or foul, nothing in the middle. I was relieved when I was greeted with a true pleasant smile. Upon reviewing the beer list I noticed that they have unique and interesting styles as well as the classics. With a look around it seemed to be a local spot. Everyone knew each other. The food was very good. not great, but very good. It was perfect beer food, but not classy or over hyped. The beer was great. They have a small patio with a fire pit. They have an interesting "A.D.D. certified" interior.
I would recommend it 100% If you will be in the area for a short while, it is worth trying to find! They also sell growlers for your loved ones at home.

Dec 03, 2007
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mactrail from Washington

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Unpretentious sports and burger bar in a pretentious part of San Diego.

On tap on a Monday night (happy hour all day!) they had AleSmith Speedway Stout and X Pale Ale, Race 5 IPA, Trumer Pils, Lightning Amber and Thunderweizen, and Port Shark Attack Red Imperial. Beer was fine, server was helpful.

Food was decent, great french fried yams with the very good burger, shrimp ceviche tostadas, and Asian slaw with grilled chicken.

Others have described the place accurately, so it's just another place to try if you like variety or find yourself in the area. And hey, it's La Jolla, if you want parking go to Escondido.

May 17, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

We hit this place while visiting San Diego because the patio is dog-friendly. That always rates high with us because we like taking our pooch with us whenever we can. She weighs in around 50+ pounds, and she easily found a comfortable spot to lay and hangout. The tap rotation was a little light; I think they had 5 beers on-tap to offer while we were there. We were sitting outside, so I didn't see a bottle listing. The manager came out and talked to us while we were hanging out, which was nice. Our server was really cool, too. We were looking at some food, but never ordered anything, so I cannot comment on that. Overall, the patio had a great vibe to it. There was a big flatscreen TV out there, and there was an open hearth/fireplace in the middle of the deck. Seems like a decent place to hang out, especially during Yappy Hour (their name, not mine) with your canine.

Apr 11, 2011
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harsley from Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4

This place was dissapointing. They only had 1 beer on tap that they actually made. Then they had probably 4 "guest" taps..the best beer I had was an IPA from a "guest". The best thing about this place was the pretzel. I recommend getting that as an app. Service was slow too, even though I saw lots of people working. The manager was nice but he didn't seem very interested in beer, which was odd. Our waiter also knew nothing about beer but tried to sound like he did. I'm guessing they just need to be better informed. I don't know, I'm not crazy about brew pubs serving other peoples beer, especially when they have barely have any of their own beers on tap. Go to Karl Strauss if you are in the area.

Feb 08, 2011
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pubcrawler069 from California

2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Was there on a Saturday evening about 5:30 PM . Wasn't very crowded, yet service was slow even at the bar, had to wait several minutes to even get the barmans attention.

They have a decent location and its pretty good sized, with a number of pool tables in a back room, and a nice covered patio up front. Surfboards hanging on the walls give it a SoCal touch.

The selection was kind of all over the board:

House brews:
Stout 5.9% Brewed 4/5/10
Double IPA 9.2% Brewed 4/25/10
Amber 6.5% Brewed 4/20/10

Guest beers:
Ballast Pt. Big Eye IPA
New English IPA
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cervesa

Had the house Double IPA (not great, a bit to malty for my taste) and the Ballast Pt. Pours were reasonable and once I had gotten his attention the bartender was reasonably knowledgeable about local beers.

May give it a try again sometime, just to see if its an off night. (But given reviews from other BAs, sadly its probably not.)

Jun 21, 2010
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mithrascruor from California

3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

When we went to this place it was practically dead inside... for a while I think we were only one of two groups in there. It is sort of tucked away across the street from Vons, and perhaps gets busier more on the weekends and later in the evenings. The service was unfortunately not very good; despite there being only a handful of people in the place, the wait staff was confused and messed up on orders a couple times. The place was nice and clean inside, lots of wood panels - nice but nothing special. The selection was ok. I don't remember exactly what all was on tap, but I remember being a bit surprised that a few "staples" (style-wise) were missing, while they did have an Imperial Stout. The beers I thought were good, although not particularly memorable. I did enjoy the food; all the burgers seemed really good. Maybe we'll go back here sometime - could have just caught them at a bad time.

Jun 13, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

They had a short patio area fronting the parking lot with entry to the far right. Blonde wood booths ran down the right wall. The center line was high tales and chairs with standard tables and chairs left and the 3/8 octagon, dark wood bar left/center with the kitchen further left, followed by a pathway to the left of the kitchen to the lavs. At the end of the pathway was a fame room with a green-felt pool table with its own bar and a bunch of standard tables and chairs. Rolling garage doors between bar and patio. Brewhouse at extreme right end of bar. Growlers!

Beers: Pigpen (porter); Wheat; Blonde.

Six guest taps, including Saint Bernardus Tripel, DFH 90 ", Trumer Pils, Port Wipeout IPA, and Ballast Point Longfin Lager.

Dec 24, 2009
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Swimsum from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for dinner the other night. There is no real parking in front or to the side of the place. We got very lucky and got a spot right in front on the place.

This place doesn't look to impressive from the outside and really it is more of a sports bar then a restaurant. We sat on the deck which was nice but there was a large party next to us and it was sort of loud but still able to hold a conversation. Can't speak much about the inside since I only looked at it. Long bar with plenty of seating at the bar. There is also plenty of tables both inside and on the deck for seating. There were plenty of TV's on with lots of different sports on (again feels like a sports bar).

The service was pretty good in my opinion. Our server was nice and quick to get us anything. Considering he was also responsible for the large group next to us, I thought he did a very good job. He was also very nice.

The selection was 6 house beers, 6 guest taps and 3 specialty bottles. I had a Night Stalker (Belgian IPA) and it was alright, nothing special. That was the only beer I had from them so I cannot tell you if there were any better beers to have.

The food was average but good. The menus were just printer paper stapled together so that felt a bit cheap but that's the only knock. The food was good portioned.

Perhaps not the nicest place to go in La Jolla but I still enjoyed the place. Again it's more of a sports bar than anything else and I bet it can get very crowded when there is a big game being shown. Not really a must see but if you're in the area, it's an option.

Jun 18, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Kinda of a hole in the wallish, sports bar feel to it. Looking at the web site and reading some other reviews, I was expecting for them to have between 5-8 house beers and half hoping for an IPA or IIPA. Guess what? I was severly let down. They only had 3 house beers on tap. At least 2 of the 3 were stronger beers and happen to be 2 beers that I missed out on at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Some guest beers on tap, but my beef is, if you call yourself a brewpub, have more than 3 house beers on tap...I mean really. Food was OK, nothing to write home about or really go back specifically for.

Dec 10, 2008
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kleffman from California

3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The Brew House is a decent stop in La Jolla if you're nearby, but I wouldn't recommend driving very far for it. First problem is obviously the location and the parking. You can probably park at Von's across the street but they probably have "we tow" signs everywhere. Last time I was there the security guy at the door was rather funny, which is a pleasant change from the usual security personnel. The beers are decent, I recommend the specialty seasonal ones, which seem to be their best. Pretty cheap though, especially during happy hour. Haven't been for awhile, but I assume it's still the usual college crowd mostly just looking to get drunk. Give it a shot.

Feb 07, 2008
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

While spending some time on the West Coast, I came across the La Jolla Brew House. The outside is painted with an ocean theme, which is appropriate considering the location (1/2 mile from the ocean). They had about a half dozen or so of their own beers on tap. I had an IPA that was nice and hoppy, a little sweet. Along with it, I had some ribs that were pretty good, better than ribs from other such establishments.
But what really sets the Brew House apart is the great staff. The waitress I had the first night I was here was extremely helpful. Not just with the menu, but in giving tips on the local area and how I could maximize the time that I had out in La Jolla. While there, she even brought me a couple local weeklies and pointed out what to look for in them to have the best vacation possible. A few nights later, I came back, and I had new server, a fellow who was just as friendly and helpful. Good brew and food, with exceptional service will have me coming back when I am back in the area.

Jan 12, 2008
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mobud from Delaware

2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Happened upon this place while killing time in La Jolla on a late sat. afternoon. The signage stinks and the parking is horrible, but this is La Jolla. It appeared to me to be an anti-brewpub. Only a small peek at a brew kettle in the back corner of the room and the on-tap list is high up on the wall and not easily read from most of the room. The server was pleasant, but flighty and I also saw that it was change of shift. A whole lot of socializing in front of the customers.
The food was OK. I had the Crispy Sausage appy and my wife had the largest bowl of soup I have ever seen. She only got half of it down, and regretted ordering the large on the server's advice. The beers were average. My wife had the Octoberfest; it was balanced, but lacked any excitement. I tried something different. I miss placed the paper where I wrote the name, but it was a "leftover hops Belgian IPA". It was a hoppy and sweet treat clocking in at 7.7% ABV.

Ok for a visit if in the area, but not a must with all the great beer place in the San Diego area.

Oct 04, 2007
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sideshowrob from Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Ok, so this was not a "destination" brewpub for me while visiting the Left Coast, but I found myself in La Jolla with about an hour to kill, so I figured I was thirsty...

The place is very different and much more down-to-earth than I would have assumed given the address. It's got a gritty, almost dive-bar appearance, which to me is a plus. They don't make a big deal out of the whole "brewpub" aspect of the place - the kettle was visible behind an open door at the back.

My first impression should be self-evident to anyone reading this web site. I ordered the Hefeweisen, which came served in a BUDWIESER pint glass and adorned with a lemon. I put the lemon to good use on the plate of Calamari I also ordered (the squid were very good!), but getting a bud glass in a brewpub was a new one on me.

The beers were pretty standard fare - a pale, a brown, a kolsch, the hefe... I had a few and sampled others, they were well-brewed but nothing out-of-the-ordinary. Only unexpected thing was the "Czarina", a 9% IRS, which was very good.

It was happy hour when I was there, so the prices, already very reasonable, were downright laughable.

I'd go again if I were already in La Jolla and looking for a drink, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get here.

Aug 11, 2007
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Stoneman78 from California

4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I just moved a few blocks away from the LJBH recently and have made regular trips to this locale. Since the last review was over a year ago, I wanted to put in my two cents.

Overall, I think LJBH is a solid bar/restaurant. The atmosphere is nice, with a wide open patio area (I can walk to the bar, but I do know that parking can be tricky in this area in the evening). The quality of beer and food is very good, with some appealing Happy Hour specials. I have found the service always impressive, and most of the bartenders are fairly knowledgeable about beer.

They have a good range of house brews, usually 4-8 on any given day. I have had an amazing DIPA and IRS there recently, so it seems that their quality of beer has improved markedly in the past year (judging from previous reviews). They also have a few other local choices on tap as well. Great brewpub for anyone in the LJ Cove area.

Jul 30, 2007
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drbenzo from California

2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

There food was nothing to write home about... I had a steak sandwich, which seamed to come write out of a truckstop. My wife had a mediterranean cobb salad which was a little inventive, but not all that impressisve and the protion was less than average.
The beer was definately unimpressive. First I had a "dry hoped brown ale." This beer was not very aromatic for a dry hoped beer, but it had the mellow characteristic of a brown. Next I had the IPA. This was probably the second most disappointing IPA that I have ever had. The first being some other random brew pub. It had very little aromatic qualities and little body. Although, it was bitter, it just didn't have that beautiful hoppy smell that you find in most IPA's; especially for here in Southern California. Somebody was correct in saying that it is more like a Bitter than a IPA.
Overall, I may go back just because it's close to were I live write now, but it is not worth a trip if you are driving very far. Also we had a coupon, which helped make us feel better...

Jul 22, 2006
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warmstorage from California

1.58/5  rDev -51.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

This location is a kiss of death: now it's a new place called "La Jolla Brew House.' Hopefully they will be better than their predecessor(s)! (Before Beach House, it was Ale and Ocean...)

I'd agree with others about Beach House brewing: this place was terrible: weak, boring, bad beer, a limited selection, and only the stout was drinkable: it was an Irish-dry style, a little light, roasty with chocolate hints, and tolerable, but unexciting. The blonde ale was thin and harsh, the IPA was more like a sharp bitter (think Redhook ESB, but not as good as that). The others are so unremarkable that I don't even remember them: maybe a bad porter?

Atmosphere was a little cramped, and the patio was always smoky. Apparently they have a nice private room(s?), but I haven't seen them.

The Beach House service was abysmal: disinterested, usually surly and occasionally actively rude, and the table servers didn't know squat about the beer (theirs, or in general.) . The food was overpriced and not very interesting: standard semi-upscale brewpub fare, done in very average ways.

Good riddance to people to do bad things to beer!

Jan 18, 2005
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oggg from California

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Went to BHB on Sunday 2-22-04, on a ugly rainy cold night in La Jolla, so I don't hold it against them that they had very little business that day.

This place is next to Blockbuster. There's about 8 parking spots out front. A coal fire out in front on the outdoor patio. Couple of heaters for non-rainy days. The place is pretty clean and nice looking, to suit families, rich peeps, and students. The front wall is composed of two garage doors that I presume can open up to the air outside for more open air atmosphere and partying. The decor has a surfer motif, with random old historical San Diego pictures around, and a SDSU jersey hanging. They've got like 10 TVs, split between sports and their computer system that runs a playlist of music videos. The bar had lots of piss beer, and a tap for cider, Redhook blonde and another beer. They have their brewery in plain sight in the back. There is a room in the back with 2 pool tables, a Tornado foosball table that takes quarters, and about 4 arcade machines. The lighting is dim.

The beer menu seems to still be taking shape, as their beer availability did not match the beer menu. They have an amber, a pale ale, IPA, brown, "Red roost", and The Beast, supposedly a Belgian Strong. They also talk about having an Irish stout with oats and a Belgian Wheat coming along. I only tried The Beast, which was tasty but not strong. They do try to appeal to families and students -- they describe most of their beers as being sweet or chocolatey =) My beer was served in a cold but not overly frosted regular pint glass. No coasters anywhere... The waittress admitted she was new, and she wasn't much of a beer person. They actually didn't have the Amber available.

Service was fine.
Food was pretty good. I had a yummy (altho fatty) prime rib sandwich, and my gf had a hearty guacamole burger. The burger was great except they burned it a little on one side. The sandwiches came with seasoned fries.

They have happy hour from 3-7pm M-F with $2 pints and $2 off appetizers. I would definitely come here again. They have various specials depending on the day, so definitely call in to see. Also, if you are a UCSD student, check for coupons.

2-24-04 So I went again during happy hour. The wait staff mixed up our drinks. They're all shades of brown, including the pilsener (?!), and she tried to go by color and she failed. I sipped the Mr. Brown which was malty and nutty like Newcastle but rougher. I sipped the Pilsener which was cleaner but too malty and too brown and not exciting at all with hops. I sipped the pale ale and it was sort of a SNPA clone. I had the Red Roost, and it seemed to be a harsh IPA with burnt flavors and dark brown from roasted malts. I don't know what category to put it in, so I thought I'd make my remarks here. Lastly I retasted The Beast, the supposed Belgian Strong ale, and it tasted much more like a hefeweizen with caramel and toffee thrown in. Still yummy.

Feb 23, 2004
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Good looking store that is back from Fay just a bit and quite near Peral Avenue. The setting itself looks as if the original building purpose was really something quite dirfferent, rather like a storage and dock area. It's made good use of here as there is a very substantial front deck area and a faux wood ramp of concrete as the entryway.

The main room is laid out nice with a large 90 degree angle bar is placed near the entry and includes a number of taps as well as a large icing tub for bottled beers. Plenty of table seating areas and many TVs make the room accomodating to beer drinkers.

For the second time in as many weeks I've been in a spot that makes use of large overhead garage doors to separate the interior space from the outside deck/patio areas. This arrangement makes it easy to open up the space to accomodate those wanting to move freely about as well as to provide space for smokers.

Although this space makes much use of wood it somehow seems a bit out of place in the design effort. Just as the space seems built for something else, the use of wood here seems tacked on. Nonetheless, the beer and setting are all that is needed to create a decent experience.

Nov 05, 2003
La Jolla Brew House in La Jolla, CA
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