OB Brewery- San Diego (Ocean Beach)
Name: OB Brewery
Address: 5041 Newport Avenue | San Diego, California
Cost: Pints $6.00-$8.00 | Small Plates $7.00-$15.00 | Big Plates $12.00-$15.00 | Sides $2.00-$5.00
About: Although it took close to seven years to plan, design, permit, and construct, OB Brewery finally opened last month. It is the second craft brewpub to open in Ocean Beach, the other being Pizza Port.
Located near the end of Newport Avenue in a three-level building, OB Brewery is a half-block from the beach and pier. The vibe of the new brewpub is laid back and beachy.
Its main bar and beautiful tasting room are on the street level, in front of the kitchen and 5-barrel brewhouse. A big picture window opens onto the sidewalk out front and fresh ocean breezes keep the room cool.
Near the big window and front door, a metal staircase leads up to the second level where there is ample seating, a pretty chandelier, colorful mural, and a small balcony overlooking the street and sidewalk below.
Continue up the staircase to find the third level and rooftop lounge where you can enjoy one of the best coastal views in San Diego. The sweeping ocean view, from the pier to La Jolla, is truly amazing.
The brewery’s food menu consists of pub fare such as clam chowder, Sriracha honey wings, fish and chips, a hamburger, sandwiches and fries. Some interesting dishes I may try during future visits include “Shrimp & Cheddar Grits” and “OB Street Dog.”
When I visited there were two fresh, house-brewed beers on tap, a Wit and a Stout, with more styles to come. There were also 18 guest beers available from other California craft breweries.
What I Ate: From the Small Plates section of the menu I ordered “Tubes Tied” calamari, a heavily battered and deep-fried medley of squid tubes, tentacles, and cherry peppers, served with a roasted red pepper coulis.
Cherry peppers among the calamari added an interesting flavor pop to the dish. Unfortunately, the calamari were not cooked properly, and I could not finish the dish. However, I enjoyed the coulis, which was well made and delicious.
What I Drank: Roll Wit It (ABV/IBU unknown), a Belgian-Style Wit.
My tasting notes:
Glowing rust-gold in color, cloudy and dense, it has a cheery white head. Aroma is pleasant: light, lemony, with a hint of coriander. Flavor is layered: sweet orange, biscuit, lemon, and perfectly bitter. Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, juicy, with good carbonation. Finish is crisp, clean, tart, and lemony. Overall, this beer is flavorful and refreshing. Pierre Celis would be proud.
Likes: Good selection of craft beers, both local and upstate. Roll Wit It is a tasty beer and I really enjoyed. The sweeping view of the ocean from the top deck is spectacular, and not to be missed. Service was excellent and professional.
Dislikes: In my opinion, the “Tubes Tied” calamari dish was not good. The batter was too heavy and the squid tubes and tentacles were rubbery. Pairing the dish with the Wit created an unpleasant after taste in my mouth, so I do not recommend the combination. Parking is difficult around the brewpub.
Warning: be sure to read ALL signs posted if you park on streets in Ocean Beach. On certain days of the week, depending on the street, there is no parking during the middle of the day. Look for the tiny white signs about street sweeping along the street where you park your car. Parking ticket fines are currently $52.00.
The Verdict: A new craft brewpub serving a nice selection of local craft beers in addition to their own house-brewed beers, and interesting pub food. I recommend ordering one of the brewpub’s brewery-fresh beers and drinking it on the top level while enjoying the cool breeze and Pacific Ocean view.