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Discussion in 'Pacific' started by Cynic-ale, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Cynic-ale

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    I will be in San Diego on April 8 and 9, I would greatly appreciate recommendations for bars to visit. I'm a hug fan of Green Flash, Ballast Point, Alesmith, and Stone. Really looking forward to this trip. You guys have an incredible selection of breweries.

    Also, I am glad to bring some beers with me. If there are beers that don't distribute to SoCal that I can bring for trade, let me know. I can get all the MI beers and in Ohio have Elevator, Columbus brewing, Fat Heads, Rust Belt, Rockmill, Brew Kettle, Thirsty Dog, Great Lakes, and Buckeye to name a few. Space is limited.
     
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    Make sure you check hours - some of those breweries are closed Mondays. I'd highly recommend Societe if you can work it in (and they're open every day). It's SD's best little not-so-secret secret.
     
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    first check the search function as this a very common question in the Pacific forum so there is already a wealth of knowledge out there. also in my profile I have a link to a map with the vast majority of beer place in SD
     
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    Alesmith and Green Flash are definitely closed Mondays. Ballast Point and Stone will be open. Tuesday is a good day to hit Alesmith - low traffic and (usually) a new cask has been tapped. Tuesday is cask day at Green Flash too, IIRC. Also, you should hit Societe on Monday.

    And Nanobrew is the sh&t.
     
  5. Cynic-ale

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    Thank you. I appreciate the responses.

    Also, thanks for pointing out your map, nanobrew. That is awesome!
     
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    Just go to alpine
     
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    If you want to sample a lot of beers, (relatively) then as you mentioned a bar is a better bet than trying to hit multiple individual breweries. Where are you staying? There's likely a spot with a good tap list nearby.
     
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    Staying at the Bay Tower at Sheraton on Harbor Island Drive. It is a business trip and I will not have much time and want to do some sampling, and hopefully pick up some bombers.
     
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    Bottlecraft on India Street in Little Italy is a reasonable cab ride and a decent bottle shop, and you can purchase and consume on premises.
     
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    If you need local and close I'd suggest Slater's 50/50...over 100 taps. If you want a quick cab ride, head over to Ocean Beach and go to Pizza Port then (or before) also visit Olive Tree for bottles to go. Between the 3 you'd be set. Bottlecraft isn't a bad idea either.
     
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    @ MNC, I can't recall the name, but didn't some smaller, nautical themed place open up somewhere along the water? Maybe near Pt Loma Seafood, or on a pier, or farther towards downtown? It looked cool, but I never got to check it out. Sound familiar at all?
     
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    Fathom Bistro
     
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    check out Lost Abbey - 5 mins from Stone
     
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    Yes it's Fathom, out on Shelter Island, no sinage but it's the only pier as you go west on the island, kinda hard to miss but the size of a shoebox. There are 21 seats inside and it would be elbows-to-assholes if they were all taken. 15 taps though, good stuff! Outside seating as well and a small menu.
     
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    Thanks. I recall the name now. Maybe the OP wants to hit it up.
     
  16. Cynic-ale

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    You all are awesome! Thank you!
     
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    So where are you going to go?
     
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    Bottlecraft and Fathom seem like obligatory visits. I am not sure which will be on Sun and which will be on Monday.

    Any locals out early in the week? 395er? Patrick?
     
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    I'm outta town this weekend and next week. But post up your experience here for sure.
     
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    I just made the trip recently, Alpine is a can't miss. Don't go to Stone Friday or Saturday night, absolute shit show. AleSmith was great too.
     
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    If you have time to hit 1 brewery, I highly recomend Pizza Port OB. They have guest taps as well and there are other craft beer bars right in the area. Fathom is cool, but so tiny.
     
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    I agree with this.
     
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    Fathom is not open on Monday.
     
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    Go to Fathom on Sunday,awesome view and beer,the explodo dog is the shit. Slaters 50/50 sucks,100 taps=85 oxidized beers. Bottlecraft or Krisp for bottles. Neighborhood,Monkey Paw,Toronado,Blind Lady, for beer. Alesmith,Societte,Green Flash,Ballast for breweries. GO TO Carnitas Snack Shack and have the three pork sandwich and grab a beer on their patio. You will not be disappointed. Good Luck. Drink Local.
     
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    I'm not a local. I just wish I was.
     
  26. Cynic-ale

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    You guys are killing me. Just booked another night for my trip.
     
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    Couldn't agree with you more. Not to mention their burgers are seriously overhyped.
     
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    I randomly stumbled into the Regal Beagle few weeks back and it had some great beers on!
     
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    I started at Fathom. Terrific recommendation. Tried the Pupil, Apprentice, and the Butcher. Loved the Apprentice and the Butcher, which is easily a top three Stout for me (and this week I've had KBS and Pt5). The Pupil is solid.

    Then I went to Bottlecraft and scored a number of great beers. Bottom photo are some of the beers I snagged from Bottlecraft. Also, tried Bottleggers Knucklesandwich- an impressive IPA!

    Many thanks for the recommendations!

    Hope to try a few others tomorrow!
     
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    Thanks again for the great suggestions!

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    Awesome visit and sampling at Bottlecraft.

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    Nice time at Toronado. Had Persevernace, Row 2 Hill 56, and Alpine's McIhenney's Irish Red.

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