Columbia Street Amber

Columbia Street Amber

With the first batch of his namesake Amber, Karl shared a beer and a passion that changed brewing in San Diego.

Imported Munich malts give our original flagship the deep bronze color and crisp toasted malt flavors of a Vienna-style lager, while Cascade hops and our proprietary yeast strain lend a smooth body and clean finish. Brewed in small batches since 1989, Columbia Street Amber remains San Diego’s original session beer.

Karl spent his life making beer. He believed that behind every beer recipe was an inspiration, and behind every pint was a story waiting to be told. Columbia Street Amber was his story, a story that challenged and inspired a new generation of brewers. Today we brew our own stories, while raising a pint to the man and the beer that started it all.


ABV: 4.5%
Color: 15 SRM
Bitterness: 18 IBU
Availability: 24/7/365, Kegs, six-packs, and twelve-packs.

Tasting Notes:

Style: Session Lager
Malt: Pale 2-Row, Carapils, Munich, Caramel 60
Hops: Clusters, Cascade

Parmigianno Reggianos, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Sea Scallops
Karl Strauss Brewer
The hardest part about brewing this beer is not drinking it all before it is released to the public.
— Austin Pinder, Brewer
Columbia Street Amber Awards: 2 Gold   3 Silver   1 Bronze
Gold: 2013 LA International Commercial Beer Competition    Silver: 2012 CA State Commercial Beer Competition    Silver: 2012 LA International Commercial Beer Competition    Silver: 2012 San Diego International Beer Competition   Bronze: 2009 San Diego International Beer Competition    Gold: 2009 LA International Commercial Beer Competition    96 Rating: Beer Reviews Draft Magazine 96/100