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By Bruce Glassman

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Breakwater Brewing Company

Map101 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
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Description:

The Oceanside vibe is all about the beach, the sun, and the surf. The folks at Breakwater have created a brewpub atmosphere that captures the laid-back feeling of the neighborhood and offers patrons a casual and friendly place to gather after a day at the beach.

A tiny brewing area is tucked away deep in the recesses of the brewpub, which is long and narrow but is sunny and offers both indoor and patio options. A long bar dominates the space, along with an impressive variety of tap handles that feature both house and guest beers.

Brewer Lars Gilman likes to keep the Breakwater lineup evolving. As an accomplished home brewer (and owner of Hydrobrew, a local home brew shop) Lars produces a variety of tasty styles that range from light, refreshing pale ales, to hoppy reds, to Belgian styles, stouts, and—recently—a line of sour beers. He was also one of the first brewers in San Diego to produce mead, which is also offered on site.

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: Oceanside
Bruce's Picks: Recommended
Dog Friendly: No
Best Known For...: Belgians/Saisons
Pilsners/Blondes/Kölsch
Sours
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: On Site
Seating: Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Brew Pub/Restaurant
Patio: Yes
Brewery Tours: No
TVs: Yes
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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- Bruce Glassman

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