If you are going to San Diego, you have many choices when it comes to drinking good #craftbeer. There are a lot of breweries you can visit and they are each wonderful in their own ways. But I believe Council Brewing Company is maybe a little more wonderful and definitely worth a stop.
They are a self-described “nano-brewery” but the menu offers a diverse selection. By the time I got to Council on that fine Saturday, I was already buzzed. That may have clouded my vision and led me to order a 7.0% Make IPAs Clear Again. Whatever it was, I was extremely pleased with my selection. It had a strong number behind it but it didn’t taste like a typically overly hoppy west coast IPA. It was a mellow IPA that was very drinkable.
The old man went with the award-winning Bully Pulpit that was a high 7.2% ABV.
I snapped this picture of him behind the cut-out. The term comes from a speech by Teddy Roosevelt in which he refers to the White House as a “bully pulpit.” The brew itself is another great IPA from Council. Not too hoppy at all, very clean finish. I can see why it was the medal winner.
Carie tried the Farmer’s Gold Belgian Saison and she liked the light 5.7% beer and Ck started off with a 5.2% Pilsner called Diamond In The Grain.
Neither of them could resist getting their pictures taken with the Bully Pulpit cut-out either.
Here is a nice, readable picture of the menu-board. It’s surprisingly well-populated list of alcoholic delights.
Council Brewing is like any other brewery, kid and dog-friendly. Which is good in one way and bad in another, for me at least. But I’m not complaining. The kids in there were quiet and not running all over the place. The parents had trained them well. We were probably louder than the kids and we had just as much fun playing with the blocks. I got to meet this sweetie too!
When it was time for our second round, we all tried something new. Except Carie, who knows a good thing when she finds it. She stuck with the Farmer’s Gold. I got a 100% Maybe IPA that was lighter than my first and measured in at 6.3%. Again, I was impressed with the flavor of their brews….delicious!
Sean ordered a Questionable Advice IPA that was a 6.7% and Ck delighted his taste buds with a 3 Berry Beatitude Saison. Even though it was a light 4.5% ABV, it was so tart & tasty. We had Charlie join us for our second round and he went for the heaviest right away. He got an 8% Royal Blood Imperial Red IPA that was dark in color and tasted like coffee.
They have a special menu of sours that are brewed at another location called The Magic Factory.
One of them is called Lickable Staves and I was curious about what a “stave” was so I asked the brewtender. He informed me that it is a plank of wood in a barrel. So next time I go back, I definitely want to try the sour Likable Staves.
I liked Council Brewing Company a lot. The only disadvantage is that it is tiny and not meant for crowds. But the selection is extensive and the brews are good. They brew truly craft beer and it is obvious once you try your first taste.
Go ahead and do yourself a favor. Visit and enjoy Council Brew then check it off your list of things to do in #SanDiego. Your drunk self will thank you.