Karl Strauss Brewing Company Brewery Building Exterior

Karl Strauss Brewing Company Brewery Building Exterior

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has been proudly independent since 1989, pioneering the craft beer scene with innovative beer releases like Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Queen of Tarts Dark Sour, and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. The brewery has won 104 medals since 2009 and was recently honored with the 2016 “Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year” award at the Great American Beer Festival.

History

Back in the mid-1980s, San Diego was void of the thriving beer scene it has today. In fact, the city hadn’t seen fresh beer since Prohibition, and the term “craft beer” didn’t exist. But that wasn’t going to stop Chris Cramer and Matt Rattner; two college buddies eager to change the status quo. Inspired by a brewpub Chris came upon while backpacking through Australia, the pair had a dream: bring local, handcrafted beer back to San Diego.

With the help of Chris’s cousin, Master Brewer Karl M. Strauss, it was on February 2, 1989 that Karl Strauss Brewing Company officially opened its doors in downtown San Diego and kicked off the city’s craft beer industry. Happily, as Karl Strauss Brewing Company grew, so did the industry as a whole.

These days, the company continues to pioneer the independent brewing scene by crafting innovative beers across a wide range of styles, and in 2019, they brewed more than 140 different beers. Brands like Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Queen of Tarts Dark Sour, and Boat Shoes Hazy IPA have helped launch the brewery into a new era; while beers such as Red Trolley Ale — one of the most award-winning beers in the world — stand as a testament to Karl’s rich brewing legacy.

Since 2009, Karl Strauss has won over 110 medals and counting, and at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival they received the prestigious honor of being named Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewer of the Year. Nearly three decades after opening their doors, Karl Strauss Brewing Company is proud of their past and look eagerly to their future.

For more information, visit karlstrauss.com or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739. Share it. Cheers.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is an independent craft brewer.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company Brewery Tap Room Interior

Karl Strauss Brewing Company Brewery Tap Room Interior

This brewery has multiple locations.

Tasting Room & Beer Garden

  • 5985 Santa Fe St
  • San Diego, CA 92109-1623
  • United States
  • (858) 273-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 6 PM

Brewery Tours Available The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 2 PM, 4 PM
  • Saturday: 2 PM, 4 PM

This brewery has multiple locations.

Downtown San Diego

  • 1157 Columbia St
  • San Diego, CA 92101
  • United States
  • (619) 234-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Monday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

La Jolla

  • 1044 Wall St
  • La Jolla, CA 92037
  • United States
  • (858) 551-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Sorrento Mesa

  • 9675 Scranton Rd
  • San Diego, CA 92121
  • United States
  • (858) 587-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 9:45 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: Closed

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Carlsbad

  • 5801 Armada Dr
  • Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • United States
  • (760) 431-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 7 AM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 7 AM - 11 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

4S Ranch

  • 10448 Reserve Dr
  • San Diego, CA 92127
  • United States
  • (858) 376-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Temecula

  • 40868 Winchester Rd
  • Temecula, CA 92591
  • United States
  • (951) 225-7960

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Monday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Brewery Tours Available The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM, 4 PM
  • Monday: 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM, 4 PM

This brewery has multiple locations.

Anaheim

  • 2390 E Orangewood Ave Ste 100
  • Anaheim, CA 92806
  • United States
  • (714) 940-1772

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 11 PM

Brewery Tours Available The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 4 PM
  • Monday: 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM
  • Saturday: 4 PM

This brewery has multiple locations.

Downtown Los Angeles

  • 600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • United States
  • (213) 228-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM

Brewery Tours Available The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 4 PM
  • Monday: 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM
  • Saturday: 4 PM

This brewery has multiple locations.

Costa Mesa

  • 901 S Coast Dr
  • Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • United States
  • (714) 546-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Monday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Brewery Tours Available The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 4 PM
  • Monday: 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM
  • Saturday: 4 PM

This brewery has multiple locations.

Universal City Walk

  • 1000 Universal Studios Blvd
  • Universal City, CA 91608
  • United States
  • (818) 753-2739

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 11 PM

Brewery Tours Available The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 4 PM
  • Monday: 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM
  • Saturday: 4 PM

For More Information

Visit the Brewery Website

Beers

A selection of beers from Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Beer NameStyleABVIBUsCal.Rating
10 Beers for Breakfast Maple Stout Review American Stout6.92073.24
31st Anniversary Barrel Aged Scotch Ale Review Wee Heavy11.03304.2
African Penguin Review American Pale Ale2.53
Aurora Hoppyalis IPA Review American IPA7.02104.21
Automatic Centennial Review American Double IPA9.62884.33
Baltic Bliss Review Baltic Porter9.02704.59
Barrel Aged Wreck Alley Review American Imperial Stout10.03003.67
Beers, Bocks, Battlestar Galactica Review Bock6.31893.54
Big Barrel – Rakau Review American Double IPA9.02703.15
Big Barrel Double IPA Review American Double IPA9.02704.05

News

Karl Strauss Brewing Company in the News

Karl Strauss Brewing Revamps To-Go Menu with Family-Style Meals Amid COVID-19

Karl Strauss Brewing Company announced meals and beer to-go in the wake of the mandated closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read More

Karl Strauss Brewing Collaborates with Pure Project on “Murky Poetry Hazy IPA”

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is kicking off 2020 with the latest in their collaborations series — brewing Murky Poetry Hazy IPA with Pure Project. Read More

CEOs of Stone Brewing and Karl Strauss Brewing Discuss Selling Out

Stone Brewing CEO Dominic Engels and Karl Strauss Brewing CEO and co-founder Chris Cramer discussed their respective companies’ operations and strategies. Read More

Karl Strauss Releases “Ten Beers for Breakfast” Maple Stout

Just in time for the cold weather season, Karl Strauss Brewing presents the 10th of its “Twelve Days” annual holiday ale series, “Ten Beers For Breakfast”. Read More

Karl Strauss Welcomes Dark Beer Season with 3 New Stouts

Karl Strauss is releasing these dark beers: Golden Stout with Coffee, Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, and Ten Beers for Breakfast Maple Stout. Read More

Karl Strauss to Bottle GABF Winner “Queen of Tarts” for First Time

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is re-releasing its highly coveted Barrel Aged Queen of Tarts Dark Sour Ale beginning on September 12th for a limited time. Read More

Russian River Brewing and Karl Strauss Brewing Collaborate on New California IPA

California brewery icons Russian River Brewing Company and Karl Strauss Brewing Company proudly introduce their collaboration beer, New California IPA. Read More

Karl Strauss and Cowboy Star Collaborate on Steakhouse Stout Beef Jerky

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has teamed up with the Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop to craft a beer-infused jerky with Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. Read More

Duck Foot Brewing Company Joins Karl Strauss Distributing

Karl Strauss Distributing is proud to welcome Duck Foot Brewing Company and will be available throughout Southern California. Read More