Common Theory Public House

Gastropub

Hours today: 11:00am - 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 2 days ago

Tap List - 25


32 North Landfall - Basil & Lime

32 North Landfall - Basil & Lime

Berliner Weisse4.1% ABV

32 North Brewing CoSan Diego, CA

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

32 North Pilsner The Conqueror

32 North Pilsner The Conqueror

German Pils5.5% ABV40 IBU

32 North Brewing CoSan Diego, CA

A gold-colored, light-bodied German-style beer with crisp, floral hop aroma.

Belching Beaver 7th Anniversary "What's In The Hop's?!"

Belching Beaver 7th Anniversary "What's In The Hop's?!"

American IPA6.5% ABV30 IBU

Belching Beaver BrewerySan Diego , CA

What's in the Hops? Centennial, Nugget, Amarillo, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, & Galaxy

Belching Beaver Ninja Orchard

Belching Beaver Ninja Orchard

Wild Specialty Beer6.0% ABV

Belching Beaver BrewerySan Diego , CA

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

Bell's Double Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Double Two Hearted Ale

Double IPA11.0% ABV

Bell's BreweryComstock , MI

With two and a half times the amount of Centennial hops, Double Two Hearted has intense pine and citrus notes, a resinous hop aroma.

Burgeon Noble Miner

Burgeon Noble Miner

Saison5.0% ABV

Burgeon Beer Co.Carlsbad, CA

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

Claremont Craft Ales Milk Stout Nitro

Claremont Craft Ales Milk Stout Nitro

American Stout5.5% ABV

Claremont Craft AlesClaremont, CA

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

Creative Creature Raspberry Smackers

Creative Creature Raspberry Smackers

Gose5.0% ABV

Creative Creature BrewingEl Cajon, CA

A refreshing tart and fruity wheat ale with a salt character

Enegren Schöner Tag Hefeweizen

Enegren Schöner Tag Hefeweizen

Weissbier4.7% ABV14 IBU

Enegren Brewing CompanyMoorpark, CA

A refreshing German-style wheat beer with high carbonation, a fluffy mouthfeel, and a dry finish.

Fieldwork Miles Helles Lager

Fieldwork Miles Helles Lager

American Lager4.9% ABV

Fieldwork Brewing CompanyBerkeley, CA

A light-bodied lager designed with drinkability in mind.

JuneShine Blood Orange Mint

JuneShine Blood Orange Mint

Kombucha with Alcohol6.0% ABV

JuneShine Hard KombuchaSan Diego, CA

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

JuneShine Cherry Cafe

JuneShine Cherry Cafe

Kombucha with Alcohol6.0% ABV

JuneShine Hard KombuchaSan Diego, CA

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

JuneShine Honey Ginger Lemon

JuneShine Honey Ginger Lemon

Kombucha with Alcohol6.0% ABV

JuneShine Hard KombuchaSan Diego, CA

organic ginger juice / honey / lemon

Mother Earth Cali Creamin' On Nitro

Mother Earth Cali Creamin' On Nitro

Cream Ale5.2% ABV21 IBU

Mother Earth Brew Co.Vista, CA

Low bitterness, medium body. Madagascar Vanilla Bean added to give it that "Cream Soda" kick. Dry finish. Smooth and creamy on nitro.

North Park Amarillo Loves Simcoe

North Park Amarillo Loves Simcoe

American Pale Ale5.1% ABV

North Park Beer Co.San Diego, CA

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

North Park Whip pineapple milkshake IPA

North Park Whip pineapple milkshake IPA

Hazy IPA7.5% ABV

North Park Beer Co.San Diego, CA

Big juicy hop aroma and flavor, low bitterness and malt flavor.

Pizza Port Chronic Amber Ale

Pizza Port Chronic Amber Ale

American Amber Ale4.9% ABV30 IBU

Pizza PortCarlsbad, CA

This mellow amber ale is the most popular beer in all of our pub locations as it agrees with everyone’s palate and goes great with pizza.

Pizza Port Flyin Hawaiian

Pizza Port Flyin Hawaiian

Weissbier5.0% ABV

Pizza PortCarlsbad, CA

A refreshing German-style wheat beer with high carbonation, a fluffy mouthfeel, and a dry finish.

Pizza Port In the pit

Pizza Port In the pit

American IPA7.5% ABV

Pizza PortCarlsbad, CA

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

Societe The Jackaroo

Societe The Jackaroo

Southern Hemisphere IPA6.5% ABV

Societe Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

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

Societe The Journeyman

Societe The Journeyman

Wild Specialty Beer5.4% ABV

Societe Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

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

Societe The Madam

Societe The Madam

Belgian Golden Strong Ale8.2% ABV

Societe Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

This dry, luxurious strong ale balances subtle sweetness with hop-borne fruitiness and complex spice from our house strain of Belgian yeast.

Societe The Volcanist

Societe The Volcanist

American Stout6.4% ABV

Societe Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

Deep, roasty and silky in texture, this chocolaty stout is accented with piney hops and won a medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

Wild Barrel Hipster Mocha Latte

Wild Barrel Hipster Mocha Latte

Imperial Stout9.6% ABV

Wild Barrel BrewingSan Marcos, CA

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

Wild Barrel Silence Of The Haze

Wild Barrel Silence Of The Haze

Hazy Double IPA8.1% ABV

Wild Barrel BrewingSan Marcos, CA

Big juicy hop aroma and flavor, low bitterness and malt flavor.

Bottle List - 22


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

Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract!

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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