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Old 02-04-16, 08:34 PM
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What's the best beer bar / microbrewery

1.) In Oceanside? (I'm talking about an end-of-ride place to grab a beer and some food. I like the Pizza Port in Carlsbad and I've heard Breakwater is good in O-side and Bagby sounds interesting)

2.) In the Escondido / Vista area? My parents & sisters & assorted hangers-on and I are staying down there this summer and we're going to go beer tasting, so I'm looking for places that have awesome beer and have a good beer sampling experience like a nice sit down bar area or something. I think we'll hit Ballast Point and Alesmith for sure down by Miramar and I'm thinking Lost Abbey and maybe Belching Beaver up near Vista but I'm open to superior suggestions.
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Oceanside - Bagby.
Vista - Mother Earth
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
1.) In Oceanside? (I'm talking about an end-of-ride place to grab a beer and some food. I like the Pizza Port in Carlsbad and I've heard Breakwater is good in O-side and Bagby sounds interesting)

2.) In the Escondido / Vista area? My parents & sisters & assorted hangers-on and I are staying down there this summer and we're going to go beer tasting, so I'm looking for places that have awesome beer and have a good beer sampling experience like a nice sit down bar area or something. I think we'll hit Ballast Point and Alesmith for sure down by Miramar and I'm thinking Lost Abbey and maybe Belching Beaver up near Vista but I'm open to superior suggestions.
alesmith has a new tasting room on mira mesa blvd. fave overall sd county brewery (due to quality of breadth and depth) with alpine a close 2nd.
green flash is also on mira mesa blvd-about 1.5 miles west of alesmith.

most of my...uh..."expertise" in this field lies closer to dtown san diego. wish i could be of more north county assistance. i've been more impressed with the bagby
beers than any other north county (san diego county) beers tho. ridden by their place on the coast hwy in o-side plenty but it's never been convenient to stop.

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Thanks guys - I got all fired up to stop at Bagby's on Sunday (kid has a soccer game in O-side that starts at 3... THREE! I decided to ride down and meet the family at the sports park) but Bagby's is apparently closing early for some sporting even or other. Maybe if I hustle I'll get there before they shut down the bar but I have no idea what time that's going to be.

They appear to have a dizzying array of beer. Like... 4 of everything I've ever heard of and 5 of everything else.
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Stone is in Escondido. They have a great facility.
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There's a new place in oceanside called Urge Gastropub on Coast Hwy and Vista Way. It opened about a month ago. Ive heard its good.
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the urge gastropub in rancho bernardo is pretty good
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Stone has a tasting room in Oceanside. Very bike friendly
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Well, we hit Bagby's between soccer games today and that was damn good. I might hit it as my lunch stop tomorrow too because too much of a good thing is just a good start IMO.

I had the oktoberfest beer and a belgian dubbel, my wife had some hoppey pale ale, which leaves me roughly 97 beers left to try tomorrow.
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I like Hello Betty Fish House for a brew and grub. They're just south of the pier and in one block. The train station is just around the corner from them if you're catching a ride home. Betty's has comfy couch seating outside where your can put your bike with you. Food and service was very good on our two visits there. FYI, don't leave anything valuable on the couch, someone walking by could just grab it and be gone (nothing's happened yet, just a warning).
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LOL, I hit Bagby's again today before heading over to the SoCal soccer complex. I really like the layout there - it's HUGE! I put my bike on the patio, and ate with my baby in full view of my seat. It was far from crowded too, which worked out well for people who don't want to eat near smelly cyclists.
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Barrel Republic. Fifty plus taps of pour your own.
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Left Coast is in San Clemente.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
1.) In Oceanside? (I'm talking about an end-of-ride place to grab a beer and some food. I like the Pizza Port in Carlsbad and I've heard Breakwater is good in O-side and Bagby sounds interesting)

2.) In the Escondido / Vista area? My parents & sisters & assorted hangers-on and I are staying down there this summer and we're going to go beer tasting, so I'm looking for places that have awesome beer and have a good beer sampling experience like a nice sit down bar area or something. I think we'll hit Ballast Point and Alesmith for sure down by Miramar and I'm thinking Lost Abbey and maybe Belching Beaver up near Vista but I'm open to superior suggestions.
I live a mile from the Pizza Port in Carlsbad and I much prefer the vibe/pizza at the Solana Beach location. You can enjoy a nice ride to that location with a coastal view. If you're in close proximity to the Pizza Port in Carlsbad I would also recommend trying a ride from Carlsbad along Palomar Airport Road, hit the coast, and head south towards La Jolla, CA.

There is a minor climb on Torrey Pines and to answer your question maybe you can end up at Regents Pizzeria. They have pizza by the slices, deep dish, and a decent selection of beer. If you're really looking for a killer route follow the same and go all the way up to Mt. Soledad Cross. Then have pizza at regents before returning home.

To Regents - 22 ish mile
To Mt. Soledad Cross - 27 ish miles.

I attempted this with my friend but he had to bail by the time we hit Del Mar and we turned around for pizza at Pizza Port in Solana Beach. You'll see a ton of cyclists on the weekend doing this. I've been to Lost Abbey in Cardiff, CA and the location is small + no food but the actual brewery is in San Marcos. Though I cant comment on that location because I've never been.

Belching Beaver beer is good too in Vista but I've never been in the brewery itself... I hear good things about Mother Earth as well! Green Flash food onsite is okay (pricy) so I recc you try finding Green Flash at a pub with better food IMO.
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I live a mile from the Pizza Port in Carlsbad and I much prefer the vibe/pizza at the Solana Beach location. You can enjoy a nice ride to that location with a coastal view. If you're in close proximity to the Pizza Port in Carlsbad I would also recommend trying a ride from Carlsbad along Palomar Airport Road, hit the coast, and head south towards La Jolla, CA.

There is a minor climb on Torrey Pines and to answer your question maybe you can end up at Regents Pizzeria. They have pizza by the slices, deep dish, and a decent selection of beer. If you're really looking for a killer route follow the same and go all the way up to Mt. Soledad Cross. Then have pizza at regents before returning home.

To Regents - 22 ish mile
To Mt. Soledad Cross - 27 ish miles.

I attempted this with my friend but he had to bail by the time we hit Del Mar and we turned around for pizza at Pizza Port in Solana Beach. You'll see a ton of cyclists on the weekend doing this. I've been to Lost Abbey in Cardiff, CA and the location is small + no food but the actual brewery is in San Marcos. Though I cant comment on that location because I've never been.

Belching Beaver beer is good too in Vista but I've never been in the brewery itself... I hear good things about Mother Earth as well! Green Flash food onsite is okay (pricy) so I recc you try finding Green Flash at a pub with better food IMO.

definitely. although just to clarify for those that haven't been, there is no coastal view from the solana beach pizza port. the coastal view is enroute
to/from pizza port along the coast highway. the solana beach pizza port looks directly out onto the coast highway and the views of the foot "traffic" are
frequently even more spectacular than the coastal one.

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Originally Posted by ooga-booga
definitely. although just to clarify for those that haven't been, there is no coastal view from the solana beach pizza port. the coastal view is enroute
to/from pizza port along the coast highway. the solana beach pizza port looks directly out onto the coast highway and the views of the foot "traffic" are
frequently even more spectacular than the coastal one.
Woops thanks for the clarification. It's an ocean view for several miles which is what California is all about haha.
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Woops thanks for the clarification. It's an ocean view for several miles which is what California is all about haha.
Also to clarify I'm in Whittier, so Oceanside is 85 miles from here. I don't need to add the Mt Soledad leg Partly because the train schedule to get back up is fairly limited. I rode up that in my pre-GPS days when I lived right around there.

I've been to the Solana beach pizza port and I agree with you about the location. Thanks for your other comments about the breweries.
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Arcana in Carlsbad is good too. Small little spot but the tasting room is nice and they have a dart board
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I've heard good things about Plan 9 Alehouse in escondido, but haven't visited yet. As noted above, of course Stone in Escondido, and Urge in RB always has a good selection.

Personally, I think Alpine is worth the drive.
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a couple of favorites in san diego county in no particular order...
all these places have somewhere to keep a bike close at hand/maintain visual contact since i never ride with a lock:


alpine brewery out in alpine. newish facility. food is okay but the nelson rye ipa, duet ipa, hop boxed ipa, alpine (pale) ale and hoppy birthday ipa
are all phenomenal. worth the 64 mile round trip ride from my place. freeway easy on/off so will occasionally hit it coming back from julian/mt. laguna.


alesmith brewery-new facility in miramar area just off miramar rd. food truck(s). can't get enuff of the .394 pale ale. tied with alpine as my fave sd county brewery.


fathom beer bar-intimate place (cool decor) on the shelter island pier near point loma. great tap selection and great views of the bay/boats. check hours online
before rolling over there. not a big place so seats are at a premium.


toronado beer bar-on 30th st in north park. pretty good burger and consistently one of the best beer selections on tap/bottle you'll come across. good mix of local stuff
and euro classics.


blind lady alehouse (blah)-on adams ave in normal heights. about 24 taps but always a few gems. can't not have a craftsman (pasadena, ca) hefeweizen...possibly the best american heff.


south park abbey-in south park on the corner of fern & grape caddycorner from target express. small patio but great place to watch the zaniness of the drivers befuddled by the
difficult intersection and passing riders zipping through the "s" curve. can't not have (esp on a hot day) a craftsman 1903 pre-prohibition lager...possibly the best american lager.
tri-tip sliders, burger and wings are all good here.


small bar-in university heights right near the uni heights "trolley" street sign. solid food, small patio and currently my fave beer board in the entire county. excellent mix of (mostly)
craft domestics. plus...they always have the og american ipa-anchor liberty ale-on tap.


societe brewing-just off clairemont mesa rd near (west of) the 163 fwy/clairemont mesa rd intersection in kearny mesa. everything they make is top-notch.


ob noodle house-the new one in ocean beach on niagara. cleaner, bigger and great tap selection. not really sure about the ideal pho/beer pairing but i keep trying!


pizza port (multiple locations)-fave one is in solana beach (location, location, location) but i end up at the closer ob one. love the oregano heavy pizza. not as big
a fan of the pizza port beers as many people but i can usually find a guest brew that's decent.


fall brewing-30th st (between madison and monroe) in north park. nothing spectacular but everything is solid. one of the very few sd county breweries actively producing
good lagers in this ale-heavy beer scene. food truck(s). love the old gig poster decor.


hasn't opened yet but keeping an eye on the may opening for the 3rd carnitas snack shack downtown next to the bay at broadway/harbor dr. hear they'll have a few taps
and it's in a good location for cyclists with a big patio. can't wait.

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OK, well if we're just going to list breweries all over san diego...

Hess now has 3 locations, the original small tasting room in Miramar (a stone's throw from Alesmith, and the newest Ballast Point facility, so it would make for a good mini-tour), the main brewery in North Park, and the new tasting room in Ocean Beach.

Modern Times, down in Pt Loma is also fantastic.
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OK, well if we're just going to list breweries all over san diego...


Well, you're supposed to list them all over Escondido and Vista.

Not to worry, I just keep adding them to my beer google map. Downtown LA appears to be experiencing a mini explosion of new breweries as well, over in the arts district.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
OK, well if we're just going to list breweries all over san diego...

Hess now has 3 locations, the original small tasting room in Miramar (a stone's throw from Alesmith, and the newest Ballast Point facility, so it would make for a good mini-tour), the main brewery in North Park, and the new tasting room in Ocean Beach.

Modern Times, down in Pt Loma is also fantastic.
oops...forgot about the original disclaimers of north county san diego only. cat's out of the bag now! give me a mm, i'll take a km...

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I've heard good things about Plan 9 Alehouse in escondido, but haven't visited yet. As noted above, of course Stone in Escondido, and Urge in RB always has a good selection.

Personally, I think Alpine is worth the drive.
hell yes. or worth the ride.
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I'm not much of a beer drinker but this seems like a long list.

Apparently all bars/microbreweries are the best. Or at least worth driving to
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