“The Legacy of Brewing!”
Opening in February of 1989, Karl Strauss Downtown became the first brewery to open in San Diego in more than fifty years. Located blocks from San Diego’s city center, this historic brewery location is where Master Brewer Karl Strauss brewed the first batches of his namesake Amber and our World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival medal-winning Red Trolley Ale. The original onsite microbrewery remains in full operation, consistently producing a series of rotating special release brews to pair with our West Coast pub fare. In addition to our drink beer, think food approach to beer and food pairing, Karl Strauss Downtown features 10 craft beers on tap, a full-service bar, brewery tours, and a knowledgeable staff of craft beer enthusiasts.
In my opinion, Karl Strauss is the best local brewer in town! The Amber Lager is my fave, but Endless Summer is a close second. Their food is really good too!
I had the opportunity to visit Karl Strauss when I was in San Diego recently. I decided to try their monthly flight which consisted of four of their beers. After I had completed the flight, I wanted to try two more tasters but had to order a whole flight of four more beers instead of being able to just get the tasters. Oh darn, more beer for me.
While here I tried the:
Columbia Street Amber
Follow The Sun
Red Trolley Ale
Tower 10 IPA
Six Suits a Hangin
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout
Big Barrel Double IPA
The bartender was very nice but was busy and always moving. I ordered a pretzel which is always good with beer tasting to help catch the flavors of all the different beers.
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company Brewery and Restaurants
- Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Fri: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
- Sat: 11:30 am - 12:00 am
- Sun: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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