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Beer Company- San Diego (Downtown)

Beer Company is located in downtown San Diego at the corner of 6th and Broadway, two blocks from Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp District.  Of the handful of breweries downtown, it is unique in that it rolls a brewery, tap room, restaurant, and sports bar (full bar and lots of TVs) into one fine establishment.  It has great service, a friendly atmosphere, and people seemed to like the food, especially the hamburgers.  I went for the fresh brewed beer, however, and I found six regular brews to choose from.  I picked four.

Skipping over their blonde and wheat beers, I built a flight of Bloodshot Red, Broadway Brown, Cali’ Common, and Elimination IPA.  This flight of four was quite drinkable, and all were authentic expressions of their particular style.  By the way, if you are looking for a tasty San Diego Pale Ale, i.e., “hops, hops and more hops,” then you should taste the IPA.

Currently, I am a student of Bill Sysak, and I took his challenge to lay off IPAs for at least a week and try other beer styles.  And now that I understand the origins of the California Common style with its roots in the Gold Rush, I chose the Cali’ Common to rate and review.  Here is my description of this beer style indigenous to California:

Light amber in color, with lively effervescence and thick white head.  Hops hit the nose with citrus and fruity aromas, and flavors follow the nose with a slight taste of malt.  Great carbonation refreshes the palate, and there is a clean, bitter finish.

Next time you are in downtown San Diego wanting for a tasty brew, check out Beer Company.  You’ll be glad you did.  Cheers!

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