San Diego is an indisputable Beer Lover’s Paradise. The city has some of the best Breweries in San Diego. With more than 100 breweries and brewpubs in the county, one can spend all their time tasting a variety of brews and flavors. In the past year alone, San Diego added nearly two dozen breweries, the tasting rooms have doubled and the creativity of Craft Beers has increased tremendously.
With so many great recommendations to get you started, the real question is where to stop. Venture into the world of craft brewing, and fear not: we'll hold your hand through this one.
Pour a secret Beer
Looking for a great selection of beers to choose from and a place to unwind? AleSmith Brewing Company has one of the largest tasting rooms with a hidden speakeasy that harkens back to prohibition. There they offer different barrel aged beers and beer combinations that are not part of the regular menu up front. You need a password to get in, but a quick check of their Instagram or Twitter will yield the code word and you can head on in.
Fun, laughter and Beer
If you love strong, flavorful beers, you can hop over to Second Chance Beer Company. They have some amazing food trucks right outside for you to enjoy a bite with your beer. The Mulligan (a Red) is an absolute smooth full bodied, creamy favorite, the Seize (IPA) is on par with Sculpin, and the Fool Me Twice is a great finisher. The venue has comfy couches, plenty of seating, games, trivia, warmth, and laughter. The service is exceptionally friendly and easy with touchscreen registers. With options ranging from tasters, flights, half-pours, and full pours, you can't lose!
For the Stone tradition lovers!
At Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, the beautiful open-air patio and one-acre organic garden will take your breath away. It’s a perfect spot to sit back with a group of friends or family and relax and is unique amongst all the Breweries in San Diego. Stone Brewing has always been a strong advocate of environmental responsibility and high quality organic food, which you can enjoy while you make your choice from their special edition of 36 craft beers on tap. They even have a wine list available for wine enthusiasts. It is definitely one of the prime and unique culinary destinations in San Diego.
Learn with every sip
If you’re going to make beer in San Diego, you’ve got to make something unique. As the first casino and Native American owned craft brewery in Southern California,SR 76 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California offers a history lesson with every sip. While each of their beers showcase the history and agriculture of the surrounding area, SR76 is named after the original trail that the Tribe used to migrate to and from the coast. Tastings and tours are available, so stop by to take a trip back in time through a flight or a pint.
Enjoy a Beer with some food at Luis Rey’s
The set-up is designed to impress, complete with a patio lounge and bar. This casual indoor/outdoor lounge and bar offers a blend of appetizers from around the U.S. and Mexico that includes Pala’s famous Street Tacos, Carne Asada Nachos, and much more. Luis Rey’s features a wide variety of local craft beers from San Diego and Mexico as well as domestic and imported brews, craft cocktails and tequila. Enjoy a terrific lounge with live bands on weekend evenings and holidays.
Experiment your beverage at Valley View
Here’s what Valley View says about their beer: “We make what we like to drink, and that doesn’t stop at beer. The same adventurous spirit that guided us from home brewers to professionals also inspired our journey into the world of distilling. We took our time, studied traditions, experimented with techniques, and ultimately began crafting award-winning spirits we are truly proud of. Whether straight from our custom-built coper Vendome still or rich from aging in a charred American oak barrel, we’re confident you’ll taste the dedication in each of our spirits.”
Interesting isn’t it?
Abnormal Beer Company
Don’t be fooled by the exterior, Abnormal Beer Company provides a suave atmosphere with industrial lighting and faux brick facade. The beer menu is extensive, offering Abnormal's lineup as well as other craft beers on tap and bottled beers. Don’t miss out on their superstars - Bee Pollen and Turbidity. And, if that isn’t enough, they also have their own on-site winery and restaurant to keep you coming back for more.