Monday, November 19, 2012

Pacific Beach Alehouse

Sunday night was game night (go Ravens!), and a perfect night for a beer and burger at Pacific Beach Alehouse.  I swear, nothing is better than some football paired with handcrafted beers and beef of some sort. 
PB Alehouse is situated right on Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach, so it's very easy to find. Unlike many of the other beer and burger places in PB, the Alehouse is also a brewery, creating their own line of beers as well as some seasonal favorites.

Doesn't the firepit look so cozy? I love the way that the Alehouse has changed from open-air summer site to autumnal football cove. Featuring the ubiquitous San Diego outdoor heaters, the deck is a treat in this cold weather.

We had to try some of their famous beers, choosing the Wild Ginger Ale (yes, it's alcoholic) and the Mango Wheat. Another beer of interest was the pumpkin ale, but sadly it was out. Next year!

The Mango Wheat was great, reminding me closely of the Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Company. I like the addition of the tropical fruits to beers! It was very refreshing and a nice beer.

The Wild Ginger was incredible, with lots of spice and flavor. It was tasty and deep, yet very light and refreshing as well. I loved this beer.

We started with the house salad, which was quite large! Loaded with goat cheese and walnuts, this salad featured a homemade vinegarette dressing lightly tossed over fresh greens.

Our other appetizer was a cup of the lobster bisque, which was wonderful! I am a huge fan of bisques, and I'm particularly picky about them. This lobster bisque actually rivaled that of Ruth's Chris (my favorite bisque ever). The texture was silky and smooth, and the flavor was a nice, subtle saltiness.

For my main course, I had to get the beef! The tri-tip sandwich served French Dip style with the au jus sauce sounded too good to pass up. Served on a fresh baguette, this sandwich featured thinly sliced tri-tip with melted provolone. This was not a sandwich to be picked up in proper company, but one that would be eaten with a knife and fork! That's the sign of a good sandwich! Served with their delicious seasoned fries (or a choice of tater tots, sweet potato fries, or slaw), it was perfect game food!

My dining companion chose the classic burger with sweet potato fries. Yum! The burger was cooked to a perfect medium temperature, very juicy and tasty. It was served on a soft brioche roll with white cheddar. Another hit out of the park (wait, wasn't I talking about football?).

Excellent bar food and beers at Pacific Beach!

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