The Final Say on Rough Draft Brewing Company

The day was Saturday. It was slightly gloomy in the morning but developed into the true California sunshine as the day rolled on. I walked in to Rough Draft Brewing Company* in San Diego; there were only a handful of people sprinkled throughout the establishment. I went up to the beertender & introduced myself. She told me that I would be able to try a taster of all the available beers on tap. My boyfriend, Fred, & I found a spot at the concrete bar top & sat down. 

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She worked on pouring the beers. I took a moment to walk around. Rough Draft Brewing had the usual barrels as tables as well as stools to sit on. Many breweries choose to go with that particular aesthetic. They also had some wooden chairs & wooden tables with plastic succulents, a couple couches, & of course the concrete bar top we were at. 

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Decor & Ambiance: 

Rough Draft Brewing has an industrial vibe with high, exposed ceilings & six 30 barrel fermenters sprinkled throughout. They included a beanbag toss game just in case you want to have a bit of fun. I later inquired about the name of the game; it's called Cornhole. I spotted a water cooler with deliciously refreshing cold water to ensure that patrons stay hydrated & happy. Rough Draft also has another room to rent for corporate events, special events, etc. The day we were there they were slated to host a wedding reception. 

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Service: 

Both the beertenders came up & introduced themselves, asking if we had any questions or needed help. I found out that their names were Melissa, the tasting room supervisor, & Nikki. Both the ladies were friendly, cordial, & knowledgeable. It wasn't too busy so they were able to provide quick, personalized service. 

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We received 11 tasters to sample. Tasters are usually served in 4 ounce glasses; it gives you the opportunity to try the beers without committing to a pint. My boyfriend & I each received a little bowl of popcorn & then we got to it. As the blogger that I am, I took photos prior to sampling the beer. I arranged them, photographed them, & got to work. We slowly made our way through the variety of beers. We each took a couple sips & moved on to the next one. Once we made it through all the beers, we finished the taster, each taking another sip or two to get a final opinion. 

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My Favorite Beers: 

Amber Ale - This brew has a gorgeous color, very true to its name. It has a full body, caramel maltiness, & hints of chocolate. The Amber Ale has a whopping 7.5% ABV (alcohol content) which is quite surprising because it goes down so easily. This is a scrumptious beer with a classic taste. 

Grapefruit Weekday - This beer is so infused with grapefruit that I'd like to pretend it includes one serving of fruit. It uses local organic grapefruit & leaves a tempting aftertaste. It's citrusy, zesty, & refreshing. My boyfriend deemed this one of his favorites as well. The smell alone leaves you feeling nostalgic of summers past & memories past. The Grapefruit Weekday has 4.8% ABV; the mild alcohol content makes it ideal for a quick after work brew. 

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Unique Beers: 

Emboozlement Tripel - This is aged for one year in bourbon barrels. It will give you a kick in the taste buds & leaves you feeling like you got sucker punched in the stomach. It's unique with a sweet aftertaste. Beware because this triple has a 9.5% ABV. Wowza! 

What the Ale? - My boyfriend really loved this pale ale & claimed it as one of his favorites. It's aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels, so you get a little bit of that wine-y kick. Not to mention the name of this beer is quite amusing. 

Stout, Stout Baby - I love stouts especially during the colder months of autumn & winter. This malty vanilla stout has a classic, delicious flavor to it. You can't go wrong. Once again I'm drawn to its clever name. 

Weekday IPA - This session IPA is one of their best-selling beers. It's easy to drink & approachable with a 4.8% ABV. The Weekday IPA is ideal for those who want a beer after work without the regret of having a hangover the next day. Win win. 

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The Verdict: 

My experience at Rough Draft Brewing Company was quite excellent. The service was friendly & the beers were delicious, which is pretty much all you can ask for in a brewery. There is a wide variety of brews to fit your needs & overall, they have wonderful, unique flavor. I enjoyed the fact that there were enough patrons there so you know people enjoy it, but it wasn't so jam-packed you have to shout to hear each other speak. 

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You don't have to physically step foot in the brewery to get their beers. Rough Draft sells their beers in the multitude of location such as 7 Eleven, BevMo, Costco, & more. The set of tasters we received would normally cost a total of $18, which is standard when it comes to craft beer.

Do you like craft beer? Have you ever visited Rough Draft? How does it look? What's your drink of choice? :]

You may find Rough Draft Brewing Company: 
8830 Rehco Rd. Suite D 
San Diego, CA 92121 
(858) 453-7238 

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* Disclaimer: These beers were received complimentary from Rough Draft Brewing Company in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

52 comments

  1. Not much of a beer person but the atmosphere looks amazing!! Thank you for the super kind comment on my blog, you're very sweet! I'm always trying to return the support!

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  2. I'll admit, I'm not a huge beer drinker but this place looks great to spend an evening! I love the exposed ceiling and they have plenty of beer options!

    Musings & More

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    1. They had a lot of options for a variety of tastes. :]

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  3. I'm not a big beer fan either! This place looks and sounds great though, I like the shabby-chic decor and the fact that they let you try so many samples! It reminds me a lot of a Brew Dog (another brewing company, which I've posted about in the past).

    Helen xx
    Hels Yeah! | Fashion & Lifestyle

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    1. Shabby chic indeed!. The sample flights are perfect for those of us who don't want to commit to one flavor. :]

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  4. I´m not a big fan of beer but I am quite intrigued by your two favorites. They sound like they could be something I´d like more than the average beer (and that´s coming from a German).
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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    1. You may like the Amber Ale then. It's very mild. :]

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  5. I've never liked beer but in Holland they recently introduced a beer made of forest fruits. It's called Liefmans Fruitesse and it actually became my favorite alcoholic beverage! But the place looks and sounds great, it's definitely something by boyfriend would love to visit! ;)

    Love, Layla Rosita

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    1. That sounds amazing! I was in Holland a couple months ago & wish I tried it. :]

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  6. I don't drink beer haha! But the place looks atmospheric and chic!

    Bilgi | Stepping Onto The Scene | BLOGLOVIN'

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  7. It looks like you had a wonderful time, beautiful! Thanks for sharing your experience with us :) Have an amazing day, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  8. Amazing, this looks like such a fun way to spend a saturday afternoon!
    Although I'm not too into beer, I would love the chance to try them all and see if there's one I agree with
    Gorgeous photos

    What Raj Wants

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    1. That's what's so great about flights; you get a couple sips & you can figure out what you do like. :]

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  9. Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!



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  10. These photos are lovely, seriously sounds like the perfect date!
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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  11. My hubby and I love visiting craft breweries and try to visit at least one when we travel. It's been about 4 years since I was in San Diego but I have to say it's very high on the list of places to return to. I would have never thought to have a wedding reception at a brewery. It's such a smart idea for those who are really into the craft movement! xx www.celebratingthislife.ca

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    1. San Diego has over 125 breweries now so it'll be quite easy to find something. I never thought about a wedding reception at a brewery either but it really looks gorgeous. :]

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  12. Oh my those miniature beers are adorable! This place looks like a wonderful place for a date
    Lovely post and the photos are amazing! xxx

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz

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  13. This looks delicious!

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  14. This place has such a great atmosphere! Sadly I don't like beer

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  15. Cool place, I'd love to try all the beers ;)
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  16. Fantastic post! I'm not a beer drinker...I'm more of a wine a champagne type of gal :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    Keisha xo
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  17. Awesome post! This looks like a great place to visit and hang out.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Katherine; because it wasn't loud it's the perfect place to hang out. :]

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  18. Actually I don't like beer but this seems to be so much fun to try! :)

    Ira / JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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    1. Some of these beers are really mild & tasty, so I think even non-beer lovers could find something they somewhat enjoy. :]

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  19. I think it's such a fab idea when you have can a beer tasting experience like this. I'm not a huge fan of drinking beer as I usually stick to the likes of something like Corona because wit's not too strong in taste x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Corona is a nice, mild brew. You'd probably like the Grapefruit one, since it has such a strong citrus flavor. :]

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  20. I personally don't really like beer, but it looks like you had such an amazing time!

    x Marjolein
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  21. I love lifestyle posts like these. This seems like a fun spot!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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  22. That seems like such a fun experience. I wish I had the opportunity to try it.

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    1. Come to San Diego! There are 125+ breweries here! :]

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  23. I don't care for super hoppy beer, but I do love beer tasting flights. I usually only drink beer on a really hot day. Champagne is my go-to anytime drink.

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    1. Some of these were pretty hoppy while others were mild. Perhaps I need to try more champagne because it's not really my thing. :]

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  24. This looked a lot of fun!! The Grapefruit weekday sounds soo delicious!

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  25. I love this review!! It's so detailed and you picked such great photos to go with it. Although, if I had all that beer, I'm not sure how coherent my review would have been afterwards haha. Awesome job!

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    1. I did the math & since I was sharing with my boyfriend we only had about 22 ounces each, which is a pint & a half. Not too much actually. :]

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  26. I like a beer here and there although I'm more of a white wine drinker. This place looks very trendy.
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    1. I'm more of a red wine rather than a white wine drinker myself. I should try more whites. :]

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