Pizza Port Brewing Company- San Diego (Ocean Beach)
Name: Pizza Port Ocean Beach
Where: 1956 Bacon Street San Diego, California 92107
Cost: Pints $5.00-$7.00 | Original Pizzas and Gourmet Pizzas $7.75-$22.25 depending on size and toppings | Salads $4.25-$6.50 | Snacks $1.50-$8.75 | Desserts $3.25-$3.75
About: As in previous years, Pizza Port Ocean Beach won medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF), so I dropped by to have a taste of them. It’s also National Pizza Month, and since it was noon and I was craving pizza, I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and pair the two winning brews with a pizza.
Pizza Port Ocean Beach, like the other Pizza Port locations up the coast, is a huge California surf shack inside. It looks like that, too. Adorned with surf boards hanging from the ceiling, flat-screen TVs showing surfing videos, surfing memorabilia, big picnic tables, a small arcade; it’s got it all. Plus, there’s a 10-barrel beer brewing system in the place!
Opened in May of 2010, Pizza Port Ocean Beach quickly became popular with both locals and visitors to San Diego. It’s a block from the Pacific Ocean, and minutes from the airport, downtown, and Sea World.
What I ate: For my pizza I chose Pizza Lahaina, one of their “Original Pizzas” that has a topping of Canadian-style bacon, pineapple, green bell peppers, and onions. It’s a pizza I’ve had at the other Pizza Port locations for many years, and always good.
Pizza Lahaina has the right amount of tangy sauce, good crust thickness with crispy edges, and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. It’s a pizza made to accompany surfing and sports videos, and of course, craft beer.
On my palate the dough is chewy with good flavor and texture. The tasty toppings coalesced into a sum greater than the parts, which is what I love about good pizza.
What I drank: Unfortunately for me, the brewpub had a run on this year’s GABF winning beers from enthusiasts like me who wanted to drink them. On the other hand, I was in luck because they had plenty of Wet Lamborghini (7.7% ABV) on hand, an IPA brewed with fresh Mosaic hops.
Likes: Award-winning, brewery-fresh, high-quality craft beer. Genuine, friendly service from staff. I like the beachy vibe and laid-back environment; reminds me of my roots. It’s paper-plate casual.
The brewpub may get loud and crazy at times with friends and families enjoying themselves, but underneath it all is a well-managed restaurant.
The Verdict: Recommended. Amazing, brewery-fresh craft beers and well-made pizzas set in a casual, beach-themed brewpub environment that is fun for all.Share This: