This blog is long overdue in a couple of different ways. Firstly I’m late. My new schedule has made sitting down a writing a bit more challenging. Secondly, I actually meant to write this particular blog back in November. Oops.
What I’m going to talk about today is an unabashed plug for something that was so great, I really hope everyone who reads this will consider using them for your own special occasion. What am I talking about? Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurants. Particularly we’re going to talk about them hosting your next big event.
Karl Strauss sometimes may go overlooked in the vast ocean of craft brewers here in the San Diego area. It’s not because their beers aren’t wonderful. I think it’s because Karl Strauss has been here for so long that sometimes we just take them for granted. I know for a fact that I’ve been guilty of this. When I’m at the local beer store and end up walking out with a six pack of Tower 10, I usually will kick myself after drinking one because sometimes I lose sight of just how good that IPA is. Good beer should never be forgotten.
Karl Strauss has been a San Diego staple for almost 25 years now and they have been killing it the whole time.
Many of you have been to their brewery restaurants and have hopefully had just as great a time as I have. The location downtown is great, the Sorrento Mesa location, with the Japanese Garden, is simply beautiful. Then there is the one I will be spending my time talking about, the La Jolla location at 1044 Wall Street. Located right in the heart of La Jolla it’s hard to not feel like you are in the middle of everything. It’s also in a great spot if you want to let your significant other finish their shopping solo.
As some may know from posts here on the site as well as my twitter feed, @hoptologysd, which you can also follow on instagram now for fun beer pics, I got married in November. I’m sure those of you who have been through this situation know just how much work goes into planning this event. One of the few areas I was allowed to tackle head on was the rehearsal dinner. Fortunately, my soon to be wife loves beer as well (Not to the same insane degree that I do) so she was very open to including beer as a part of our event. Initially we thought it might be really cool to go to one of the breweries and rent the place out and then have the event catered. The problems started dawning on me as soon as I began making inquires. The logistics involved just didn’t make much sense. We had a ton of people flying into town for this event and they would be staying close to the ceremony site in La Jolla. Asking people who don’t know their way around town to drive to Miramar, Escondido or Oceanside for a dinner then having them drive back sounded like a bad idea. Thats when the lighting struck my brain and I remembered the Karl Strauss restaurant that we went to after choosing our wedding site. Seems like such an obvious choice in hindsight.
Getting an event set-up with Karl Strauss is so easy and really took some stress out of our lives. The people I worked with, Alyssa specifically, were amazing. After sending an inquire email from their web site
, I received a phone call in less than 24 hours. In reality, it was probably less then 12 hours, but I digress. I gave Alyssa all my information, the date we needed, the time frame we were thinking of and they did the rest. I was emailed all the different menu options and price points and what we needed to decide on. Once we made our selections everything was set. The people over there did a great job of keeping in touch and letting us know about things as they happened. They were great.
Once the night came, it was smooth sailing. Our section was ready to go, we had custom menus and the wait staff took really great care of us. The food was outstanding, the flank steak was killer. Oh and we went with unlimited bar service…so yeah it got a little crazy. Unlimited bar service on the first night of San Diego beer week. It’s pretty hard to go wrong there. The two beers that stood out was the special SD Beer Week Peanut Butter Porter – so tasty! It was just like the candy. The other was Tower 20, oh my how I love me some Tower 20 DIPA!
I can’t thank the people at Karl Strauss enough for all the hard work they did in putting together a really memorable night for my wife and our family and friends. After a night like that I’m not sure I could ever overlook Karl Strauss again. Be sure to stop by sometime and check them out and if you are ever in need of hosting an event these guys won’t disappoint you.