Pizza Port and Port Brewing Co. - Carlsbad

571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, CA, 92008, United States
(760) 720-7007
Latitude: 33.15997, Longitude: -117.34801


Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 4.00 | Service: 3.75 | Food: 4.00
out of 100
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Thursday 27th of December 2012 08:22:17 PM
Beer: The beer selection was very good and could fit anyone looking for a good beer. Even though I'm an IPA kinda guy, I thought their best beer was their imperial red. It was hoppy with a good balance of malt.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere was a good place to grab a beer and some pizza... what more could you ask for. It wasn't so fancy that it drove in tons of wannabe beer enthusiasts, although there were some. Beer seems to be getting "trendy."

Service: Service was good... I didn't get the red carpet, but I also didn't get put on the back burner.

Food: We went out on a limb and tried the bacon cheese burger pizza... it was awesome!! Perfect mix of meat and slight sweet BBQ sauce. It complemented the 9 beers we tried while we were there.

All in all this was a great pizzaria brewery! If I lived close by, I would consider this a frequent visit for sure!!
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.75

dorandbob (272)
Friday 20th of April 2012 11:23:16 AM
Pizza Port Carlsbad is on a corner lot, some blocks inland from the beach. The building has a brick facade with large windows. The brewery’s fermenters are visible from the street through large windows to the left of the entrance.

Quite a few varnished wooden picnic tables (communal seating) are
arranged end-to-end in rows on the mostly carpeted interior. Ceiling fans, surfboards, and sound-suppression panels are suspended from the double-height ceiling. On the left side of the room is the bar and just inside the entrance on that same side are brewery’s fermenters, mash tun and brew kettle (not behind glass).

The bar itself is quite long, made of wood, and is lined with tall wooden chairs. The “bar back” is the refrigeration unit that contains the beers on tap. A wood-framed metal board suspended along the top of this serves as the beer list; it has moveable magnetic beer signs listing what’s currently pouring.

One one side of the building is an outdoor covered patio with more picnic tables. The building next door is a Port retail bottle shop with another bar.

The scene is mostly local. It’s a comfortable place to visit and hang out and drink for a while or to eat and go. Black and white historical surfing photographs add to the atmosphere. There is no table service - order beer at the bar and food at the separate food counter.

The beer selection is large: 16 house-made beers, two more house-made beers on cask, and 21 guest beers. And the range of choices is also quite impressive. We liked the Pizza Port Plant To Pint Wet Hop a lot.

The food is pizza (quite interesting combinations) and a salad and appetizer or two.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4 | Food: 4.25

Curmudgeon (255)
Monday 30th of May 2011 06:01:56 PM
Memorial Day in Carlsbad
Beautiful!!! 72, clear - blue skies - slight breeze - and WONderful beer!

Having read the other reviews here, I can only say how truly sorry I am that Chuckee had such a bad experience. I believe I would have been much more vocal about such disgraceful behavior and the apparent lack of concern by the staff.

However, my time here was just incredible!

First, so many beers to choose from including a Scotch that's on tap year-round....guest beers from other local breweries and imported...delicious pizza....and friendly folks both behind and in front of the bar.

So friendly in fact that when day turned to twilight, my "bar-mate" invited me back to his place for some shared guitar music and dinner!

So friendly in fact that the brewer had just poured his first batch of new beer -- Chocolate Mint -- because I was sitting in the "regular" or "local" part of the bar, I got a taste. Delicious!! Would not, could not drink an entire pint but poured over vanilla bean ice cream? Sweet Mary, I could hear the angels sing!

So friendly in fact that the bar staff knew my name and what I was drinking after just 1 beer (and yes! I had more than one)

It IS very popular and gets crowded and noisy after 4 PM-ish so be prepared. You order both beer and food and different stations...the staff literally can't come to you...too many folks!

And I'll be one of 'em again tonight or tomorrow or as many times as I can 'til my time in Carlsbad runs out. BUT I AM looking to move right here and having Pizza Port so close by is a BIG "+" to make that happen as soon as I can.

So Chuckee, again -- so sorry but I would give this place a 2nd try.

This time, sit inside.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.75

joelambic (46)
Tuesday 29th of December 2009 01:09:59 PM
I have been to the Carlsbad Pizza Port pub a couple times. With so many good pubs in the San Diego area, it's hard to get to them all each trip so repeated visits get spread out. My most recent visit was early December, 2009.

As with my prior visits, there was a large selection of both house and guest beers. The Belgian-style IPA (don't recall the name) was very tasty as were the other beers sampled.

Service was great but did get quite slow later in the evening as the place became packed with the regular weekend patrons and the overflow from the beer festival being held next door.

A new offering since my last visit is Pizza Port's Bottle Shop located next door to the pub. The shop offers an extensive list of beers which can be enjoyed while onsite or taken to go.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 3.75 | Food: 3.75
Friday 27th of November 2009 10:18:58 PM

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Terrific beer selection over 15 in house beers on tap plus at least as many guest taps. The "plant to pint" beer was amazing. A amazing wet hop harvest ale. I also enjoyed the "cow stout" a terrific sweet stout. Very laid back place with good music and plent of TV's. The pizza was ok and the rest of the food was pretty basic but overall a great time. I would come back any time I was in the area
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 3.25

beerlist (2)
Tuesday 2nd of December 2008 12:52:49 PM

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Excellent beer selection, both their own and their guest taps. They usually have about a dozen or so of their own brews and about the same number of other local beers with styles ranging from light lagers to double IPAs to imperial stouts and just about everything in between. This is the home for the San Diego Real Ale Festival in late spring (50+ cask conditioned beers served from beer engines) and the San Diego Strong Ale Festival in early December (50+ strong beers of 8% abv or higher) - both are well worth attending. Their pizzas are outstanding, and the garlic "beer buddies" are quite good as well. This is one of my favorite beer destinations in Southern California.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 3.5 | Service: 4 | Food: 4.75

Chuckee (43)
Friday 25th of May 2007 12:56:34 PM
Before getting into the negative, let me first say, the beer and pizza were killer.

Now to the bad side- the situation in the outside eating area was worse than deplorable. There were two or three groups who brought multiple dogs into the area. From what one of the belligerents said during the argument, discussed later, the dogs are a regular occurrence on Sunday afternoons.

There were at least 5 dogs in the outside eating area, one dog vomited right in the middle of the eating area, the vomit was left for 15-20 minutes, some people slipping in the vomit, finally the dog owners allowed the other dogs to lick up the vomit, a dog bit a little girl, the girl’s mother understandably traded words with the dog’s owner who became very belligerent to the mother. The girl’s father got involved and they darn near came to blows. The management’s answer to the situation was to ask the belligerent dog owner to be less offensive to the family of the little girl who was bitten by the dog.

The beer was great but the situation in the outside eating area was inexcusable, much more so because it seemed the management was either complicate or apathetic.

I rated atmosphere, food and service as “2” because of the miserable situation in the seating area.

I will never return.
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 2 | Service: 2 | Food: 2.0
The brewery
The brewery
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The main seating area
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The bar
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The entrance from the sidewalk
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