Common Theory Public House

Gastropub

Hours today: 11:30am - 12:00am

Inspired by a group of friends who are always in search of great food, quality craft beers, and an overall good time, Common Theory will appeal to the local crowd and the casual connoisseur from other parts of San Diego by featuring 30-34 craft beers on tap. The rotating selection of craft beers will derive from many of the local San Diego breweries, breweries up and down the coast of California, and sometimes from other parts of the states. Our philosophy in beer selection is that there is always something available for everyone, but if there isn't we will try our best to find you a beer that suits the palate. Please note that apply the literal meaning of "rotating selection"; although our beer lines are designated to certain styles, the brewery and beer names will always rotate!!! Being in the Craft Beer Capital of the world, we strive to keep the draft beer system clean by performing regular maintenance and cleaning in order to pour our customers a clean, crisp, and tasteful glass of beer.
Our kitchen will revolve around the theory of simplicity, offering a menu of California cuisine that focuses on enhancing natural ingredients using contemporary cooking sensibilities of different ethnic backgrounds. The culture clash of our Korean-Chinese-Mexican-American background will showcase itself in true genuine form throughout the environment, food, and drinks; making it easy to call ourselves Californian!
Our goal is to provide customers with a relaxing and fun atmosphere to enjoy simple-straightforward food at reasonable pricing, paired with a variety of craft beers and cocktails to come.

Updated 5 days ago

Tap List - 28


2 Towns Ciderhouse Easy Squeezy

2 Towns Ciderhouse Easy Squeezy

Fruit Cider5.0% ABV

2 Towns CiderhouseCorvallis, OR

Crafted with fresh-pressed Northwest apples, Meyer lemons and raspberries.

Alltech Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale

Alltech Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale

Cream Ale5.5% ABV22 IBU

AlltechLexington, KY

An ale that is light and crisp while medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

Amplified Ale Works Action Brownson

Amplified Ale Works Action Brownson

American Brown Ale6.5% ABV

Amplified Ale WorksSan Diego, CA

A malty beer that uses its hop flavor to complement and enhance its chocolate and caramel characters.

Amplified Ale Works Pocket Full Of Helles

Amplified Ale Works Pocket Full Of Helles

Munich Helles5.0% ABV17 IBU

Amplified Ale WorksSan Diego, CA

A clean, malty, gold-colored German-style lager with a grainy-sweet flavor and a soft, dry finish.

Beach Grease Surf Reaper Golden IPA

Beach Grease Surf Reaper Golden IPA

American IPA6.9% ABV52 IBU

Beach Grease Beer CompanyVista, CA

A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.

Boochcraft Grapefruit Hibiscus Heather

Boochcraft Grapefruit Hibiscus Heather

Kombucha with Alcohol7.0% ABV

BoochcraftChula Vista, CA

A kombucha/ale hybrid combining brewing techniques from craft beer with traditional kombucha fermentation.

Bootlegger's Trisha O'Hagen

Bootlegger's Trisha O'Hagen

Irish Stout5.5% ABV

Bootlegger's BreweryFullerton, CA

A black beer with a well-rounded bitterness that’s balanced with a pronounced roasted flavor that gives off coffeee notes.

Brewyard Love Affair

Brewyard Love Affair

Witbier6.0% ABV

The BrewyardGlendale, CA

A refreshing wheat ale very pale in color

Cascade Brunch Line

Cascade Brunch Line

Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer9.6% ABV

Cascade Brewing CompanyPortland, OR

A wild-fermented beer containing funky sour flavors and a variety of aromas

Chapman Crafted - Puttin’ on the Fritz

Chapman Crafted - Puttin’ on the Fritz

California Common5.5% ABV25 IBU

Chapman Crafted BeerOrange, CA

A crisp, lightly toasty beer with pronounced hop flavor favoring a woody, rustic bitterness.

Chapman Crafted Pils

Chapman Crafted Pils

German Pils5.2% ABV10 IBU

Chapman Crafted BeerOrange, CA

Crisp - Quenching - Classic

Claremont Craft Ales Buddy

Claremont Craft Ales Buddy

Black IPA9.1% ABV

Claremont Craft AlesClaremont, CA

A dark, hop-forward beer with supportive malts that provides gentle supporting character paired with a smooth mouthfeel.

Craftsman Burly Barley Wine

Craftsman Burly Barley Wine

English Barleywine

Craftsman Brewing CompanyPasadena, CA

An intense, complex English ale that showcases malty richness paired with a velvety, luscious texture.

Creative Creature Cranbiscus

Creative Creature Cranbiscus

Berliner Weisse4.5% ABV

Creative Creature BrewingEl Cajon, CA

A very pale wheat beer low in alcohol with light bread and clean lactic sour flavors.

Founders Rübæus Nitro

Founders Rübæus Nitro

Fruit Beer5.7% ABV15 IBU

Founders Brewing CompanyGrand Rapids, MI

Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart

Golden State Gingergrass Cider

Golden State Gingergrass Cider

Fruit Cider6.4% ABV

Golden State CiderSebastopol, CA

Delightfully dry with a bold and beautiful balance of Lemongrass and Ginger- a new dimension in cider!

Groundswell Tropical Hefeweizen

Groundswell Tropical Hefeweizen

American Wheat Beer5.4% ABV16 IBU

Groundswell Brewing CompanySan Diego, CA

A refreshing wheat beer that favors hoppy notes over yeast character.

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

American Pale Ale5.2% ABV55 IBU

Half AcreChicago, IL

A moderate, refreshing ale with noticeable hop aroma balanced by supporting malt flavors.

Karl Strauss 30th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Wild Turkey Redemption Rye Barrels

Karl Strauss 30th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Wild Turkey Redemption Rye Barrels

Russian Imperial Stout14.4% ABV

Karl Strauss Brewing CompanySan Diego, CA

An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Knee Deep No Seeds No Stems

Knee Deep No Seeds No Stems

Triple IPA10.0% ABV90 IBU

Knee Deep BrewingAuburn, CA

A West Coast style TIPA boasting a dank & resiny hop profile with a clean malt backbone. Seeds & Stems removed!

Left Hand Milk Stout (Nitro)

Left Hand Milk Stout (Nitro)

Sweet Stout6.0% ABV25 IBU

Left Hand Brewing CompanyLongmont, CO

Milk Stout cascades beautifully with a tight, thick head like whipped cream! Aromas of brown sugar and vanilla with hints of roasted coffee.

North Park Dowson’s Delight

North Park Dowson’s Delight

Sweet Stout7.4% ABV

North Park Beer Co.San Diego, CA

A very dark, full-bodied stout with creamy notes that soften its roasted, coffee-flavored qualities.

Pure Project Deepest Illuminations

Pure Project Deepest Illuminations

American IPA7.2% ABV

Pure ProjectSan Diego, CA

A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.

Resident Silent Morning Coffee Stout

Resident Silent Morning Coffee Stout

Imperial Stout13.2% ABV40 IBU

Resident Brewing CompanySan Diego, CA

A big, intensely flavored dark ale that ends with a warming, bittersweet finish.

Resident Space Invading

Resident Space Invading

Hazy Double IPA8.0% ABV

Resident Brewing CompanySan Diego, CA

Hazy Double IPA with Mosaic, Strata, Galaxy, Motueka

Sanctum Perfektenschlager

Sanctum Perfektenschlager

Helles Bock7.2% ABV

Sanctum Brewing CompanyPomona, CA

A strong, malty, pale German-style lager with strong hop character.

Second Chance Five Nickels

Second Chance Five Nickels

American IPA9.2% ABV

Second Chance Beer CompanySan Diego, CA

A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.

The Lost Abbey Carnevale

The Lost Abbey Carnevale

Saison6.5% ABV

The Lost AbbeySan Marcos, CA

A Belgian ale that is most commonly pale, refreshing, moderately strong and finishes dry

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2 Towns Ciderhouse Brightcider

2 Towns Ciderhouse Brightcider

Common Cider6.0% ABV

2 Towns CiderhouseCorvallis, OR

Clean and crisp, The BrightCider is made exclusively with fresh-pressed NW apples.

Belching Beaver Beavers Milk Peanut Butter Stout

Belching Beaver Beavers Milk Peanut Butter Stout

American Stout5.5% ABV30 IBU

Belching Beaver BrewerySan Diego , CA

A fairly strong, highly roasted dark stout with pronounced bitterness.

Bockor Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge

Bockor Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge

Flanders Red Ale5.5% ABV20 IBU

Brouwerij Bockor N.V.Bellegem-Kortrijk, Belgium

This unblended old lambic, aged for at least 18 months in French oak barrels from the cognac region has a full body and overtones of vanilla, dried cherry, stone fruit and cocoa.

Cascade Apricot Ale

Cascade Apricot Ale

Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer8.5% ABV

Cascade Brewing CompanyPortland, OR

Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes da

Cascade Gose

Cascade Gose

Gose7.5% ABV

Cascade Brewing CompanyPortland, OR

A refreshing tart and fruity wheat ale with a salt character

Cascade Kriek

Cascade Kriek

Wild Specialty Beer7.2% ABV

Cascade Brewing CompanyPortland, OR

A sour beer that derives some of its taste and aroma from the particular spices, herbs or vegetables

Cascade Sang Rouge

Cascade Sang Rouge

Wild Specialty Beer8.0% ABV

Cascade Brewing CompanyPortland, OR

A sour beer that derives some of its taste and aroma from the particular spices, herbs or vegetables

Cascade Strawberry

Cascade Strawberry

Wild Specialty Beer7.1% ABV

Cascade Brewing CompanyPortland, OR

This NW style sour is a crisp, refreshing wheat beer that was barrel-aged for seven months then additionaly aged with strawberries for another eight months. Bright, sweet strawberries and light candy notes greet you in the nose. A light tartness and berry sweetness intermingle on the palate, giving way to a light, sparkling fresh berry tartness in the finish. It is better as a breakfast beer or a dessert? You decide.

Chimay Première (Red)

Chimay Première (Red)

Belgian Dubbel7.0% ABV24 IBU

Bieres De ChimayBaileux, Belgium

Topped with a creamy head, it gives off a slight fruity apricot smell from the fermentation.

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero

Imperial Stout9.0% ABV13 IBU

Clown Shoes BeerIpswich, MA

A big, intensely flavored dark ale that ends with a warming, bittersweet finish.

Duchesse De Bourgogne

Duchesse De Bourgogne

Flanders Red Ale6.2% ABV11 IBU

Brouwerij Verhaeghe VichteAnzegem, Belgium

Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown sour ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.

Firestone Walker Sucuba

Firestone Walker Sucuba

American Barleywine13.0% ABV

Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyPaso Robles, CA

A very strong ale with hop character, rich malt flavors, and prevalent alcohol with a very long finish.

Georgetown James E. Pepper

Georgetown James E. Pepper

American Brown Ale10.2% ABV

Georgetown Brewing CompanySeattle, WA

A malty beer that uses its hop flavor to complement and enhance its chocolate and caramel characters.

Lindemans Kriek

Lindemans Kriek

Fruit Lambic4.0% ABV

Brouwerij LindemansVlezenbeek, Belgium

A sparking cherry flavoured brew which is smooth and refreshing

Logsdon Seizoen Bretta

Logsdon Seizoen Bretta

Brett Beer8.0% ABV35 IBU

Logsdon Farmhouse AlesHood River, OR

This unfiltered bottle of seizoen, with it's beeswax seal, is naturally refermented and carbonated with select yeast strains, producing fruity and spicy flavors that are balanced by hops and soft malt character.

North Coast Brother Thelonious

North Coast Brother Thelonious

Belgian Dark Strong Ale9.4% ABV32 IBU

North Coast Brewing Co.Fort Bragg, CA

Jazz icon Thelonious Monk is the inspiration for North Coast Brewing’s Belgian-style abbey ale.

Port Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout

Port Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout

Russian Imperial Stout10.0% ABV

Port Brewing CompanySan Marcos, CA

An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Prairie Artisan Ales Standard

Prairie Artisan Ales Standard

Saison5.6% ABV25 IBU

Prairie Artisan AlesTulsa, OK

Prairie Standard is our everyday beer. Its a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per bbl with Motueka hops. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.

Small Town Not Your Father's Root Beer

Small Town Not Your Father's Root Beer

Hard Root Beer5.9% ABV10 IBU

Small Town BreweryWauconda, IL

A harmonious marriage of ingredients, with a silky smooth and satisfying finish that is unmatched in flavor.

The Bruery Saison Rue

The Bruery Saison Rue

Saison9.1% ABV30 IBU

The BrueryPlacentia, CA

This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone, and a slight citrus hop character.

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

Belgian Tripel8.0% ABV25 IBU

The BrueryPlacentia, CA

A strong and pale Trappist ale with spicy-fruity notes and highly aromatic

The Lost Abbey Track 8

The Lost Abbey Track 8

Abt/Quadrupel13.7% ABV

The Lost AbbeySan Marcos, CA

Strong and richly malty sweet with low bitterness and noticeable alcohol.

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