Abbey Road South

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No, not the Beatles album from 1969… This was a craft beer purveyor in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego that billed itself as a pub. I don’t know if it necessarily met my personal definition of “pub,” but it was a cool place. Laid out in an L-shape, this relatively small bar/eatery sat at the intersection of the two main streets in town. It was fronted with large windows and roll-up doors, with tap handles hanging from the ceiling above. A small three-sided bar was located toward the back, with lots of mostly low-top tables in between the bar and the front door. Three TVs and a large projection screen adorned the little wall space that remained. Off to the left was a pool table and to the right outside was a small, narrow patio that faced the street away from the front door.

Craftsman saisonI had one beer while I was here: Craftsman Fireworks Saison (6.5% abv). This beer poured oddly dark, as most other saisons I had ever had were very light in color, with light white head. Aromas were malty sweet with a slight sourness and some fruitiness that I could not identify. It tasted malty sweet at first, then some fruit that tasted like melons and raisins came through in the middle. Light body and lightly carbonated, it finished somewhat sweet, with a touch of tartness to keep things interesting.

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