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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

Map805 16th St
San Diego, CA 92101
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Like its founder, craft-beer-bar pioneer Scot Blair, Monkey Paw is one of a kind. There are one or two other bars in town that also brew beer on site, but Monkey Paw is a real working boutique brewery that does more than 40 styles of beer and usually has at least 8–12 of them on tap.

The bar is a comfortable, neighborhood place, covered in dark wood and brick, which offers a large selection of beers in bottles as well as on tap. Monkey Paw is not a brewpub, but rather it’s a bar with a brewery attached. The kitchen produces particularly delicious and satisfying bar food (get one of the four kinds of cheesesteaks!) that includes salads, corned beef sandwiches, wings, and four kinds of fries.

As head brewer, Cosimo Sorrentino keeps Monkey Paw’s lineup fresh, exciting, and always flavorful. Interesting specialty and seasonal beers are always in rotation, and Scot and Cosimo are constantly searching for creative new flavor combinations and stylistic twists, such as their amazing Great Ape Nectar (hazelnut milk stout) and their Valentine’s Ale (which tastes like gingerbread in a glass).

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: Downtown
East Village
Golden Hill
Bruce's Picks: Recommended
Dog Friendly: No
Best Known For...: IPAs/Pale Ales
Offbeat Styles
Kid Friendly: No
Food: On Site
Seating: Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Brew Pub/Restaurant
Patio: No
Brewery Tours: No
TVs: Yes
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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- Bruce Glassman

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