The Poseidon Project, a beer bar and bottleshop opened quietly in my neck of the woods a couple of weeks back. I recall Candice asking me if I'd been there. At that time, busy with work, I hadn't had time to check them out. But that was soon rectified and I've managed to visit the place three times in recent weeks.
The place is somewhat easy to miss; next to Bay Park Coffee and the place we call the Hydroponic Shop. Parking is at a premium. It's an interesting choice for a locale, since there's a huge, diverse gap in the demographics of Bay Park, but I'm happy to have them in my neighborhood.
On our first visit we found that the place has 8 pulls, but a nice variety of bottles at a decent price. The set-up has that wide open theme that we like. I had the Father Ted from Half Door Brewing. I had enjoyed the beer from Half Door when I visited their tasting room a few months back.
This was a surprisingly light, somewhat apple-pear flavored brew. more of a Saison than a Belgian Pale Ale, but very drinkable. One thing that is quite apparent is the lack of food; this isn't a gastropub....it's only beer. Which tends to attract an interesting crowd.
There are the neigh-"bro"-hood folks, with their girlfriends, excited to try new things; there are the folks on laptops...the pseudo coffee shop gang, and what would be described as hipsters....but he most interesting folks are the beer snobs. I like sitting in front of the cold case and watch these folks hold court.....describing the attributes of each beer loudly...holding the bottle up to the light....grabbing a bottle, then putting it back and picking up a different bottle.....makes a cynical statement about temperature, color......just have a beer already! The staff here is very nice and tolerant...and quite friendly.
I find it quite entertaining from behind my glass of Cuvee de Tomme by Lost Abbey.
Since there isn't any food served at Poseidon, I've seen burritos from Santana's across the street and folks armed with bags of peanuts....I think an In N Out burger someone brought in. On this day there was a Food Truck present and some folks were enjoying Mariscos.
I've kind of taken to the place.......it has a certain personality that hasn't been present in Bay Park before....
While having a Painted Lady from the Good Beer Company I asked about turnover...it seemed that even though there were only 8 pulls, the selection was different on every visit. The really friendly guy behind the bar named Juan told me they are able to get Quarter Barrels which really enhances the turnover. He also pointed to the area to the right and said at least eight more pulls will go in easily.
They've also got an interesting "list" of bottles bought from collectors that you can ask for........
It's all those little inside things about beer culture; the bottle trading and such...they've kind of got it covered. I like the folks that work here....very mellow, super chill...perhaps they'll go with a cheese plate and some charcuterie here some day; nothing that needs a full kitchen and keep the food trucks and the bring your own grinds concept. I hope they do well.....
4126 Napier St
San Diego, CA 92110