March 19 2012 07:27 PM

I really don't want you to know about this La Jolla beer dispensary

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I really don't want to tell you about The Public House (830 Kline St. in La Jolla). I know journalists are largely defined by sharing information, but it's a simply not in my best interest to put customers between me and this establishment's exquisite wares.

Plenty of the pubs in San Diego pass muster, but it's rare one indeed that can make me just nerd out. The Public House's bottle selection is, in a word, staggering. “Pricey” would also be an applicable word, but not to the point of excess. There were hundreds of selections, many of which were relatively rare and even virgin territory for a seasoned stunt-liver like me.

The bottle list allows you to not just drink your way around the world, but take a dive into most any region. My friend pointed out Japanese beers he hadn't been able to find since his time in Okinawa. There were 88 different selections for Belgium alone. If you want to experience a nuanced slice of Canadian beer culture without the tedium of actually traveling through there, this is a fantastic way.

Perhaps recognizing the shock and awe the bottle list instills, the pub features a weekly flight of four of its bottled wares for only $10. The themes can be as straightforward as selections from a brewery of note to something more considered like the “IPAs of Denmark and Sweden.” The Wednesday, March 21, offering is a pretty spectacular Belgian assortment: Allagash & De Proef “Les Deux Brasseurs,” Dupont “Avec les Bons Voeux,” Halvemaan “Brugse Zot Dubbel” and Rochefort “6.”

All my gushing over the pub's bottles might leave you with the impression that The Public House is just a dusty beer cellar. Quite the contrary, it's a great place to enjoy an equally sophisticated tap list and perfectly cooked burger while surrounded by walls bedazzled with beer flair or the crisp San Diego air on their sizable patio.
Definitely check out the La Jolla location any Tuesday through Sunday night when I've not already announced an interest in doing the same.


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