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Prohibition Brewing Co.
2004 E. Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 295-3525

latitude: 33.230445
longitude: -117.226825
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overall average: 50.00

this location does not have wifi availableWifi Available | this location does not have cask availableCask Beer | this location does not allow indoor smokingIndoor Smoking | this location has adequate parkingAvailable Parking
this location is not close to public transportationPublic Transit | this location does not use proper glasswareProper Glassware | this location does not have outdoor seatingOutdoor Seating | this location is not family friendlyFamily Friendly
Value: Expensive
Based off of 1 review.

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Selection: 0.25 | Service: 0.25 | Atmosphere: 0.25 | Food: 0.25
beerbad's (1) view beerbad's forum profile send beerbad a private message Overall Score: 5.0
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Waitress not knowledgeable about beers Asked for Hoppiest beer but got some flat no head dark thing with some hop flavor Manager exchanged it for some GreenFlash IPA Then he explained how I did not make my self clear, as the waitress must have understood me to ask for the hoppiest beer they brewed on premise... hmmmm Understaffed Waitress was too busy with a large party so finally one of the owners took our order, when asked how large the burgers were, she said about 14 pound (when they arrived I estimated them at 12 pound (well informed owner) When asked what condiments come on a burger she pointed to the mustard, ketchup, salt & pepper. I restated my question with classification as to lettuce tomato etc ( the menu describes all the burgers as: Burgers With Regular Fries, Cajun or Truffle Cheese Burger Terriyaki Hawaiian Jalapeno Avacado - with Cheese Bell Pepper Mushroom - with Bacon) Please note in the burger section there are no plain old burgers.... and no description of what comes on the burgers. Her reply was Lettuce, Tomato & Pickle, Mine came with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and some thinly sliced red onions that looked greasy. I asked for mayo and put some on the top bun. Took one bite chewed and swallowed, and decided it was the worst burger I had ever tasted. What she and the menu left out was that the burger was cooked with so much garlic & salt that it may as well have been a vegiburger. On a side note the fries look like the cheapest frozen ones you can get, you know all short & broken pieces and they were cooked wonderfully golden yellow and had that quintessential lack of crunch we all love in our fries! Boy for 9.00 bucks you sure get crap on a plate.

I haven't mentioned the ambiance of a school cafeteria or (like in the movies) a jail cafeteria, 3 different floors of varying age and color vinyl tiles, and not a soft surface in the place. The roar was intolerable and I had to lean in to my dining companion to hear her, & her me.

Clearly these people are struggling with their first foray into commercial food service. Every problem I had was met with an explanation as to why they were right, inferring why I was wrong. I got so tired of this I informed them that I wanted the entire table comp'ed. They brought me a bill and said they took off my meal. I reminded them of my informing them I wanted the table comped and they removed the plates from my two dining companions.

Good luck as they run through their savings, the mortgage on the house and their retirement accounts pouring money into a mismanaged first attempt into the food service business
reviewed on: 2012-04-20 14:56:21 this review is based off of one visit
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Selection: 2 | Service: 2.5 | Atmosphere: 3 | Food: N/A
Curmudgeon's (189) view Curmudgeon's forum profile send Curmudgeon a private message Overall Score: 50.0 this is the high score for this location

Wife Persimmon and I spent 2 years traveling throughout Washington State visiting every brewery / brewpub and recording our thoughts here.
Now we've left the Pacific NW behind (and I DO miss all the outstanding beers!) for sunny Southern California and the beach...and the brews here in the Best Beer City in America, so voted in 2011.
I would question that distinction...but not here. Another time.
My point here is that on a past Saturday (in January 2012) we ventured out again with 3 brewpubs on our itinerary.
Prohibition Brewery was 2nd on the list.
It appears to have once been a community center, Norway Hall to be exact and it is a bit off the beaten path...although if one stays on the main drag through town, you won't miss it.
Then again, you might want to.
This is the little brewery that tries...but falls short.
It is a "dive" but for Persimmon and I, that's a good thing. We have experienced some of the best beers in so-called "dives" but not this time.
Although the service was excellent, the brews lacked flavor and diversity. The Hefe looked dirty, a brown color with almost non-existant lemon or citrus flavor; the Hef U Up was a Weiss that, to me, tasted like medicine. The only dark; an Oatmeal Stout that was watery and tasteless.
The brewery claims it is a place known for its hospitality and down-to-earth atmosphere; the essence, friends, family and good times and indeed a group was enjoying some sporting event in the back with great gusto...but up front, where the beers live, we looked at each other, shrugged and said it was time to move on in hopes of finding the "waterfall after a good hike."
Prohibition was just on the path, a nice shady tree to rest a moment but not a place to stop.
It IS the newest San Diego County brewery and as a result, they are still testing their wings.
They just started to fly too soon.
reviewed on: 2012-01-29 16:42:53 this review is based off of one visit