Common Theory Public House

Gastropub

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

Closed Temporarily

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 22 days ago

Tap List - 32


2 Towns Ciderhouse Prickly Pearadise

2 Towns Ciderhouse Prickly Pearadise

Cider with Other Fruit5.3% ABV

2 Towns CiderhouseCorvallis, OR

Like a white wine with complex flavors. The apple character must marry with the added fruit so that neither one dominates the other.

Alpine Cake And Bake

Alpine Cake And Bake

Imperial Stout10.0% ABV

Alpine Beer CompanyAlpine, CA

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

Artifex Enough To Believe

Artifex Enough To Believe

American IPA7.5% ABV40 IBU

Artifex Brewing CompanySan Clemente , CA

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

Beach Grease Surf Mummy

Beach Grease Surf Mummy

American Pale Ale5.3% ABV

Beach Grease Beer CompanyVista, CA

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

Bitter Brothers Golden Child

Bitter Brothers Golden Child

Weissbier5.2% ABV9 IBU

Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

A pale, German wheat beer with high carbonation, dry finish, a fluffy mouthfeel, and a distinctive banana-and-clove yeast character.

Brewyard Hazelnut Cream

Brewyard Hazelnut Cream

American Brown Ale6.7% ABV

The BrewyardGlendale, CA

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

Burgeon Wilderlust

Burgeon Wilderlust

American IPA6.7% ABV55 IBU

Burgeon Beer Co.Carlsbad, CA

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

Chapman Crafted - Colonel Oats

Chapman Crafted - Colonel Oats

Oatmeal Stout5.6% ABV13 IBU

Chapman Crafted BeerOrange, CA

Dark-Creamy-Infinity

Chapman Crafted - Social Butterfly: Pomegranate Cherry

Chapman Crafted - Social Butterfly: Pomegranate Cherry

Fruited Wheat Beer4.8% ABV10 IBU

Chapman Crafted BeerOrange, CA

Wheat Beer with Pomegranate & Cherry

Chimay Cinq Cents Tripel (White)

Chimay Cinq Cents Tripel (White)

Belgian Tripel8.0% ABV36 IBU

Bieres De ChimayBaileux, Belgium

This Trappist beer combines sweet and bitter in a rare balance. The beer has fruity touches of Muscat grapes and raisins.

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

American Porter5.2% ABV30 IBU

Deschutes BreweryBend, OR

Dark and distinctive like Black Butte itself, Black Butte Porter uses chocolate and crystal malts, crafting a rich, approachable porter.

Eppig Show Pony

Eppig Show Pony

American Barleywine9.8% ABV

Eppig BrewingSan Diego, CA

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

Figueroa Mountain Danish Red Lager

Figueroa Mountain Danish Red Lager

Vienna-Style Lager5.5% ABV23 IBU

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.Buellton, CA

Danish Red Lager is crafted with seven kinds of specialty malts to produce layers of rich, caramel malt flavor and a full body.

Firestone Walker  23 (XXIII Twenty-Three Anniversary Ale)

Firestone Walker 23 (XXIII Twenty-Three Anniversary Ale)

American Strong Ale11.5% ABV

Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyPaso Robles, CA

Blend of six distinct beers aged in spirits barrels that includes both bourbon and tequila barrels.

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion #15

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion #15

American IPA5.9% ABV59 IBU

Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyPaso Robles, CA

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

Firestone Walker Mind Haze

Firestone Walker Mind Haze

Hazy IPA6.2% ABV40 IBU

Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyPaso Robles, CA

Juicy yet balanced, hazy yet lasting, and loaded with an imaginative array of tropical hop flavors.

Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout

Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout

Sweet Stout5.5% ABV27 IBU

Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyPaso Robles, CA

A unique spin on the Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout. The addition of lactose (milk sugar) and a dose of nitrogen transforms our original stout into ribbons of French silk chocolate and mocha latte richness.

Full Circle Chinatown Undergrounds Imperial Coffee Stout

Full Circle Chinatown Undergrounds Imperial Coffee Stout

Imperial Stout7.0% ABV30 IBU

Full Circle Brewing Co.Fresno, CA

A big, intensely flavored coffee stout that ends with a dry, roasted bean finish.

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale

American Wheat Beer7.5% ABV64 IBU

Lagunitas Brewing CompanyPetaluma, CA

A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A filtered pale wheat ale that is great for both IPA and wheat beer fans.

Mikkeller Humble Nord

Mikkeller Humble Nord

Hazy IPA7.7% ABV

Mikkeller San DiegoSan Diego, CA

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

Mikkeller Windy Hill Hazy IPA

Mikkeller Windy Hill Hazy IPA

American IPA7.0% ABV

Mikkeller San DiegoSan Diego, CA

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

Newtopia Apple Soiree

Newtopia Apple Soiree

Common Cider6.0% ABV

Newtopia CyderSan Diego, CA

A refreshing drink with medium body and wine-like apple flavor.

Nickel Wet Hop Table Beer

Nickel Wet Hop Table Beer

American IPA4.0% ABV

Nickel Beer CompanyJulian, CA

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

Pariah Dry Land Is Not A Myth

Pariah Dry Land Is Not A Myth

American IPA7.5% ABV45 IBU

Pariah Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

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

Pariah Lebron Haze

Pariah Lebron Haze

American IPA7.5% ABV40 IBU

Pariah Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

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

Pure Project Indigo Dreams

Pure Project Indigo Dreams

Kombucha with Alcohol5.0% ABV

Pure ProjectSan Diego, CA

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

Resident 3viiiL

Resident 3viiiL

Triple IPA10.5% ABV75 IBU

Resident Brewing CompanySan Diego, CA

Simcoe, Nelson, Mosaic and Citra Hops

Resident Bankers Pils

Resident Bankers Pils

Bohemian Pilsner5.0% ABV30 IBU

Resident Brewing CompanySan Diego, CA

Classic Bohemian Pilsner with Czech Saaz hops

Smog City Torrential Hop Pour

Smog City Torrential Hop Pour

6.9% ABV

Smog City Brewing Co.Torrance, CA

Societe The Scamp

Societe The Scamp

Berliner Weisse3.0% ABV

Societe Brewing Co.San Diego, CA

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

Unibroue Saison 13

Unibroue Saison 13

Saison6.1% ABV

Unibroue BreweryChambly, QC

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

pFriem Czech Dark Lager

pFriem Czech Dark Lager

Czech Pale Lager5.3% ABV

pFriem Family BrewersHood River, OR

A rich, Czech-style lager that is light-bodied with small hints of bitterness.

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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