52 Weeks: Hamiltons Tavern, San Diego, CA
Week 48 of 52-
(4 to go! We are dedicated!)
1521 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92102
Hours: M-F, 3PM-2AM and Saturday/Sunday 1PM-2AM
Type of Establishment: A place to disappear from the sunny outdoors and get lost in a beer or 5.
Visit: This was stop 3 or 4 during out San Diego Beer Week trip. It was Marin Brewing Co. night with tons to offer from the Northern California brewery.
Beers on Tap (at time of visit):
There are so many, but here goes most of them.
Marin San Quentin Breakout
Marin 2009 Old Dipsea
Marin Hoppy Holidaze
Marin St. Brendans
Marin Tripel Dipsea
Marin 2008 Chocolate Porter
Marin Star Brew
Big Sky Moose Drool
Marin 21 Something Year Old with Brett
Marin 2007 Old Dipsea
Marin 2008 Old Dipea Bourbon Barrel
Green Flash Fizzy Yellow
With an updated bottle list on their website, Ill let you check it out for yourself! Beers of note: Brewdog / Mikkeller Devine Rebel; Deschutes The Dissident; Firestone Walkers 13th Anniversary; Alesmith Decadence 2009 and so many more, all at reasonable prices!
Usually there isn’t a menu. The day we went, we were lucky enough to encounter a full spread buffet with cupcakes to top it all off. But on your average day, come full or leave hungry.
After hitting up several amazing beer locations in San Diego, we wanted to keep the vibe and our buzz going so we headed to Hamiltons Tavern.
The sun was blazing outside, but as we stepped inside, I felt worlds away. Hamiltons Tavern is just that, a tavern. When I think of a tavern, I think of a dark, eclectic space with minimal access to the outside world (maybe a couple of windows in front). Hamiltons is lit in a way that creates a comforting ambiance, one that protects you from the mutation of impending drunkenness. Well not really, but it sure feels that way.
Today, Hamiltons was packed with beer lovers as Marin Brewing Co. was featured across the taps. We had the pleasure of trying Marin’s 21 year old (old ale) with Brett, Brass Knuckle IPA on cask and Old Dipsea Barleywine. We sipped on these amazing brews while chatting with the head brewer of Marin. A passionate, humble man who knows his beer and brews some pretty incredible recipes.
We stayed at Hamiltons for quite some time, admiring the beer while chatting up locals, brewers and bartenders. Hamiltons is spacious (although cramped today) with a long wooden bar, pool tables and high ceilings. A great place to spend a laid back Sunday afternoon or a energetic Friday night.