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Barrel Republic's 60-Tap Self-Serve Bar Opens in Oceanside

Now with food, too.

Barrel Republic, which brought San Diego its first pour-it-yourself beer bar back in 2013 when it opened in Pacific Beach, has completed their first phase of a planned North County expansion with a just-launched location in downtown Oceanside.

Their 60-tap self-serve system, designed by iPourIt, includes 48 rotating handles of craft beer, with four handicap-accessible taps; there are also eight wines and non-alcoholic beverages on draft.

This location came with a kitchen, so the bar now serves an all-day food menu from chef Michael C. Brown that includes salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and shareable, drink-friendly snacks that range from crispy garbanzo beans to chile-dusted pickle chips, house-smoked salmon and mini crab cakes. Their kitchen-less original Garnet Avenue bar has started to offer a nacho bar on game days, but there will be full food service at Barrel Republic's third location, which in the works in downtown Carlsbad (at 2961 State Street); owner David Pike should open there in four to six months.