One of the delightful perks of dating a professional musician is the wide variety of places our weekends take us. When Robbie’s band booked a gig in Ocean Beach, I immediately started searching for a cool place we could grab dinner before his show. And so we discovered OB Brewery. His band, Green ToDay (Southern CA’s most awesome Green Day tribute band), was playing directly across the street from the brewery at The Holding Co, so the location couldn’t have been more perfect for our evening. Though our time at the brewery was brief, we quickly fell in love with this place.
San Diego is the epicenter of California’s craft beer scene. Boasting dozens upon dozens of craft breweries, it takes something special to set one brewery apart from the next. Up against brewery giants like Karl Strauss and Stone Brewing, it is easy for smaller ones to get lost. But OB Brewery has managed to make itself stand out in the crowd.
Located in the heart of Ocean Beach (an artsy, laid back enclave of San Diego), OB Brewery opened its doors just steps from the beach in 2008. The goal was to craft a distinctly local beer inspired by the culture of Ocean Beach, putting Ocean Beach on the map of the So Cal craft beer scene.
It has since grown into a place loved by both locals and visitors, and is a perfect destination for happy hour, date night, or just grabbing a beer after hanging out at the beach. It seriously doesn’t get much more southern CA than this.
Since we were pressed for time and couldn’t allow ourselves to get buzzed, we opted to split a flight. We chose our flight from the beers OB Brewery brews onsite (listed below).
We selected the Hop On Board IPA, Long Time Coming agave cream ale, Roll Wit’ It Belgian wit, Elevator red IPA, and the Dunkelweizen.
While they were all tasty, we particularly LOVED the agave cream ale and the dunkelweizen. They were very unique beers with an interesting taste, and would be our recommendation to anyone who comes here.
They also have a huge selection of other beers served on tap or by the bottle as well, but it seems kinda silly to visit a brewery and order a beer you could get anywhere.
The brewery is divided into three floors, and as Robbie noted, each has it’s own atmosphere, creating the the effect of being three places combined into one. The ground level feels like a traditional brewery, containing a bar with bar seating. The second floor is like a fun gaming area on an open balcony with multiple game tables available for customers to use, including foosball and shuffleboard. The third level is the roof, which features the bulk of the brewery seating area with tables and a small bar. It is completely open, and offers fantastic panoramic views of the pier and the ocean. We were there right at sunset, and it was absolutely perfect and beautiful.
The food here at OB Brewery is absolutely incredible. Each bite was packed with flavor and full of fresh ingredients. The cod was particularly delicious- it’s hard to beat fresh seafood when you’re right there on the waterfront.
I ordered the beer batter cod pita taco, which was grilled garlic pita bread, house slaw, and spicy aioli. I added an order of house fries on the side, but honestly just the one taco was plenty to fill me up. Robbie had the fish and chips, which came with pickled slaw and gremolata fries. The portions were huge, and I thought they were beautifully plated (especially Robbie’s fish and chips).
The menu features appetizers, entrees, and a rotating “dessert of the day.” Even if you’re not into beer, the food is reason enough to come here. The whole restaurant is open seating. We were lucky to find a spot on the roof… it’s a small place, and very popular and crowded.
OB Brewery is located at:
5041 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107, just half a block from the pier
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
While most people breeze right past Ocean Beach and continue heading straight into downtown San Diego, it is definitely worth taking the time to stop here. It’s places like this where you truly get to experience the real southern CA. For additional information, visit the OB Brewery website.
Have you been to OB Brewery? Tell me which beers you loved!