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Karl Strauss (Downtown)

Map1157 Columbia St
San Diego, CA 92101
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Description:

The modern era of San Diego’s craft beer history began with Karl Strauss. When founders Chris Cramer and Matt Rattner opened their doors in 1989, they were the only craft brewery in San Diego. They were also faced with the onerous task of convincing the world that craft beer is better than mass-produced beer. Thanks in large part to their hard work, the craft beer scene is thriving.

The Karl Strauss lineup is an impressive portfolio that spans classic American, English, and Belgian styles. All in all, the brewery brews more than 30 different beers a year. Highly talented Brewmaster Paul Segura has done an excellent job of maintaining the “classic” recipes while also producing an impressive variety of specialty beers that blend unique ingredients and techniques. If you happen to spot any of his anniversary or holiday beers in bottles, you’d do well to snatch them up.

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: Downtown
Bruce's Picks: Recommended
Dog Friendly: No
Best Known For...: Barrel Aged
Belgians/Saisons
Hef/Wheat Beers
IPAs/Pale Ales
Pilsners/Blondes/Kölsch
Sours
Stouts/Porters
Kid Friendly: No
Food: On Site
Seating: Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Brew Pub/Restaurant
Patio: Yes
Brewery Tours: Yes
TVs: Yes
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 120 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.

With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.

So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!

- Bruce Glassman

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