As many of you guys probably know San Diego has more selection of Craft Beer than can possibly be imagined. Every day a new brewery pops up and places get more creative on how they pair food and beer together. The combinations are kind of insane. I have had my fish sandwich cooked in IPA while topping that meal off with a chocolate stout infused ice cream. It doesn’t even stop at restaurants or food trucks either. You can do beer miles, yoga brewery tours, or hipster rope tying while you shrug off a Ballast Point IPA because it isn’t a PBR Tallboy.
The food and beer situations I find myself in week after week are what makes San Diego so great. I think it would be a good idea to use the AU space to highlight some cool places that manage to stick out from the crowd. The first highlight of the bunch would be California Tap Room.
The California Tap Room is located on a small side street in the heart of North Park. I think the beauty of this spot is that it isn’t trying to do anything crazy with the experience or the recipes. All they want is for you to engage in good conversation over some local beers and kick ass pretzels. Yeah that’s right, Pretzels! With beer cheese! They have 5-6 different choices of gourmet pretzels and they are ginormous and delicious. The perfect item to snack on with good company and they pair it with a rotating fleet of local breweries.
The location is small at the back end of a little parking lot decorated with incredible art and a nice patio. It sits right off of University so the craziness that happens there doesn’t spill into the atmosphere. What I enjoyed the most was the passion of the owner. He chatted it up with us and discussed his plans for expansion next store and even let us check out the construction in work. The man truly loves the place and it easily adds to the enjoyment of the bar. They also have a strong showing at all the various events going on throughout the area. So if you are looking for a place to relax with a good environment and delicious snacks check out the California Tap Room. Combing the website, it is apparently an Eagles bar as well, so if you are interested in being disappointed 16 times a year you can at least do it over good beer and pretzels…
California Tap Room: http://www.californiataproom.com/
Keep on keeping on,