The Aztec Amber was a clear amber color with light carbonation and body, an even malt/hop balance, and a short, hoppy finish. The Red Sails Ale was a clear , deep ruby color, with light carbonation, medium body, malt over hop flavor and excellent mouth feel. The Stringray Stout had light carbonation, a medium body, a dry, hoppy palate, and a nice dry finish. A standard pint cost $2.95 and happy hour is from 4 to 6 PM. There is small a outdoor area with patio seating and if the same customers I saw, return in warmer weather dressed in summer attire, this place warrants many future visits.
Meanwhile, back a the beach, was Pacific Beach Brewhouse at 4475 Mission Blvd. Open less than one year, one finds a distinctive "beach" atmosphere which is very relaxed and accommodating. New additions to the interior design include brewpub T-shirts from around the country displayed on the ceiling. The beer selection recently stood at six. The Pacific Beach Blonde used 20% wheat, was a light straw color and gave a tart, hop flavor. The S.D. Weiss was golden, crisp, light in flavor, body and carbonation, a real thirst quenching summer beer. The Crystal Pier Pale Ale was straw-colored and malty in both aroma and flavor. The Brewmaster Special was the Oktober Beer, straw-colored, malty sweet, and very smooth. The Over The Line Stout was opaque, displayed a creamy whit e head, had a smooth chocolate malt flavor and a slightly roasted aftertaste. Overall, very nice. Beers were $2.50 per pint with "to go" boxes available, hours were 11:30 AM to 2 AM. After a hard day at the beach, walk across the street, have a cold one, and check out the non-smoking back bar at Pacific Beach Brewhouse.
NOTE: As a result of a name/trademark dispute, Brewskis became Riptide Brewing, then folded. Look for HOPS! Bistro & Brewing in its place.
NOTE: In 1995 Pacific Beach Brewhouse passed away and is no longer with us. :(
RJ's Riptide Brewing Co.
310 5th Ave.
San Diego, California
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - June, 1993