The San Diego Breweries Master List (2018 Guide)
We all know that San Diego is a beer lover’s paradise. With over 150 craft, micro, and nano breweries and counting, San Diego County has seen an explosion of breweries and tasting rooms, especially along North County’s “Hops Highway.” But others are cropping up throughout San Diego’s 4,500 square mile region, even as far as the small, mountainside town of Alpine.
Every few months, a new (or somewhat familiar) name comes on the scene. Either an experienced brewer decides to take a chance and breaks out on their own or an intrepid home brewer takes a hobby-turned-passion and decides to go pro.
You can spend all year, hopping around, tasting new varieties, and never get bored. Is that a challenge? Maybe. If you’re up for it, here are all the breweries in San Diego. Go forth and taste!
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Culture Brewing Co. - Tasting Room
Culture Brewing aims high with all their beers, focusing on keeping things simple. Classic styles done beautifully is what Culture is all about. Give their Ginger Snap Red Ale, Tart Cherry Wit, and Milk Stout a try. Non-alcoholic drink options include root beers and La Croix. They also feature local artists every month. The tasting room has a trendy vibe with modern-rustic flair. The Solana Beach tasting room serves up some craft beers on tap and offers patio seating.
Burgeon Beer Co.
It didn’t take long for this brewing company to get an award. Within a year of opening up, they garnered a Gold at the San Diego International Beer Festival for their Bitter, ‘Taking the Biscuit.’ Burgeon Beer’s spacious tasting room features tons of natural elements including walls of greenery, handmade wood bar and seating, and a tree in the middle of the tasting room.
They focus on making Northeast-style IPA’s. Explore a variety of beer styles including the Noble Miner Grissette, Treevana IPA, Dutchman’s Pipe Imperial Stout made with espresso and vanilla beans, and plenty of sours. All beers are fermented with a unique enzyme called ClarityFerm in order to reduce gluten.The garden-themed tasting room is also dog-friendly.
18 taps, all pumping out different and widely varied beer styles. Core beers include an American pale ale, India pale ale (IPA), amber ale, cream ale, hefeweizen and English-style porter. Those share space beside a pineapple-infused IPA, double IPA, black IPA (or Cascadian dark ale, as they prefer to refer to it), barley-wine, tropical hefe, imperial stout, Belgian-style strong ale and witbier.
One of the earliest North County breweries, Pizza Port was previously a struggling pizza place in Solana Beach that siblings, Gina and Vince Marsaglia bought in 1987. Vince started dabbling with home brewing in the storage area, and the rest is history. Pizza Port has three North County locations, so you’re never too far from a beer and some Pizza Buddies!
Walking into Rouleur, you might think you’re walking into a bike shop. If you have any cyclists in your circle of friends, you know that there are quite a few that will bike for beer, so it was only a matter of time that a cycling-themed tasting room would open in the area. Rouleur is the French word for an all-arounder… a rider who doesn’t stick to one style of riding, rather who’s good at all aspects of cycling. In the same way, the brewers at Rouleur don’t like to stick to one style of beer, choosing to do more hybrids.
Founded in 2008 by Lars Gilman and Shannon Sager in Oceanside, CA, Breakwater opened its doors on the corner of Pacific Coast Hwy and Seagaze Drive in downtown Oceanside, just steps away from the town’s iconic pier. Using equipment salvaged from a brewery in New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Breakwater set out to offer something to just about anyone. At any time, you’ll find between 12 to 18 house beers on tap, as well as 25+ guest beers.
Oceanside Ale Works
Oceanside Ale Works crafts award-winning ales in the first microbrewery to find its home in Oceanside. Excellent beer with an amazing variety of options like Vanilla Cream Ale, Watermelon Ale, Pineapple IPA, and Coconut Pineapple Hef. Kids, dogs, and even bikes are welcome inside.
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill
Although there are various brewing locations throughout San Diego, Belching Beaver decided to put its Tavern Grill in the heart of North County’s brewing hub in Vista. The tavern is a rustic indoor/outdoor hangout with fire pits and two spacious patio, both of which your furry friend is welcome to join you in. The tavern offers lunch Wednesday through Sunday, and dinner Monday through Friday, with a weekday Happy Hour. There are over 60 beers on tap to choose from, plus wine for those of you bringing along a non-beer drinking buddy.
Founded in 2012 by Dan Guy, a creative brewer who started home-brewing when he was in college at UC Riverside and CSU San Marcos, Arcana Brewing is all about traditional English style ales. The tasting room will make any steampunk fan very happy.
The Lost Abbey – The Confessional
Lost Abbey’s Cardiff tasting room, cheekily named The Confessional, serves beers from its namesake, as well as from Port Brewing and The Hop Concept. One fan raved about the fact that visitors can grab food from the pizza place next door or from Seaside Market for the perfect beer accompaniments.
A patriotic motif built around America’s founding fathers and colonial glory days feels right at home in Oceanside, not far from Camp Pendleton. A visit to the tasting room actually feels a bit like falling in at a Marine Corps mess hall… except there’s beer. Bonus: This is where all the crazy kids go after jumping out of a plane across the street.
Culver Beer Company was opened in early 2016 on the basis of top notch craft beer, a comfortable and inviting tasting room, and to help and participate in the community of North County craft beer. Join the “geeks” on Thursday nights for trivia!
Midnight Jack Brewing
Wild Barrel Brewing Company
Wild Barrel Brewing was founded in 2016 by 3 friends passionate about beer; Dr. Bill Sysak, Chris White & Bill Sobieski. Wild Barrel produces and delivers exceptional craft beers in a variety of styles, pleasing everyone from the novice to the most experienced beer aficionado. The brewery is known for its extensive barrel program, including annual releases of a variety of small-batch barrel-aged sours and barrel-aged imperial stout variations. The core line-up includes “San Diego Vice” sours implementing a variety of fruit additions, a constantly rotating selection of San Diego and Nor’easter style IPAs for the most extreme lupo-maniacs, coffee stouts featuring local roasters of different regions, and a “crushable” Belgian Wit.
Black Plague Brewing
Mother Earth Brew Company
Founded in 2008 by three passionate home brewers based in a humble garage, Mother Earth Brew Co. had one goal: to create distinguished, hand-crafted beers that stimulate sensory conversation and a desire for the next sip. Today, they brew in a 2000 plus sq. foot facility with two available tasting rooms in Vista. If you’re hungry, there are plenty of local places to grab a bite on Main St. But if you wait a minute, someone will show up with menus and will do the ordering and pick up for you. It’s totally legit. Just make sure to pay after you get your food.
Guadalupe Brewery does not have a tasting room (yet!), but you can go in and get your growler filled with one of their many popular beers. While you’re there filling up you can purchase your own homebrew supply at the attached Carlsbad Brew Supply and even sign up for educational classes.
Mason Ale Works
As they themselves put it, “Mason Ale Works is beer for people who defy the odds and make their own fortune.” Mason is headed by Mike Rodriguez, a veteran of Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey and Boulevard Brewing. Founded in 2010 Urge Gastropub is the American reinterpretation of the traditional English Pub. Great comfort foods accompany the eclectic and extensive beer list that changes daily.
Iron Fist Brewing
Iron Fist Brewing Company grew from a passion for brewing, which, as they tell the story, prompted them to make a lot of it. Since they made a bit more than they could drink themselves, they decided to sell the overflow. As a family owned brewery, they invite you to bring the furry members of your family to their patio.
Indian Joe Brewing
Max Moran’s Great Uncle Joe was a Luiseño Indian from North San Diego County. His grandfather had tended to the vines at the San Luis Rey Mission, but brewing beer his real passion. Great Uncle Indian Joe earned a reputation in the early 1900’s for brewing outstanding beers. His recipes were infused with natural ingredients —some with medicinal properties— gathered from canyons and valleys throughout the coast and neighboring reservations. Encouraged by friends and loved ones, Max picked up the torch and, In 2010.
Culture Brewing Co. - Satellite Tasting Room
The original Aztec Brewing Company started in Mexico during the Prohibition era. Later moving to San Diego, the brewery and its ABC (Aztec Brewing Company) brand all but disappeared from the area in the 1950s. In 2011, Aztec “reappeared” in Vista as a new brewery that pays homage to the old brand. Offering seven year-round beers like San Diego International Beer Festival winner Aztec Amber, Aztec also features a changing selection of seasonal and specialty beers, including the Coffee Blonde.
Belching Beaver Tasting Room
Prohibition Pub & Grill
Ron and Kathy Adams founded Prohibition Brewing Company in 2011 after years of being home-brewers. Their goal was and still is to use traditional brewing methods and the finest ingredients to produce superb, unique brews. Their passion and commitment was recognized when they were awarded the 2016 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. The vibe at Prohibition is very relaxed, plus bar eats, sandwiches, and breakfast on the weekends.
Barrel Harbor Brewing’s charm lies in its nautical-themed tasting room and affinity for seafaring myths and legends. Their logo bears a mythical octopus monster, also known as the Kraken by 18th century sailors. Customers favorites include the tropical West Coast “Fenris IPA,” as well as their award-winning Brown Ale. Stop by on Thursday nights for Bingo Night from 7 to 9 pm. It’s free to enter and you get a chance to win free beer.
Back in the mid-1980s, San Diego was void of the thriving beer scene it has today. It was on February 2, 1989 that Karl Strauss Brewing Company officially opened its doors in downtown San Diego, later opening up its North County location in Carlsbad, and then in La Jolla.
Bear Roots Brewing Co.
Bear Roots Brewing Co. was created by home brewers for home brewers. A deep rooted love for creating craft beer turned into the vision that you see today. Come for the beer… stay for the laughs! This brewery offers comedy nights, as well as their great beers.
Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
Dave and Donny Firth turned their garage tasting experiment into a brewery and tasting room with a distinct flare. What was once a huge empty room has become a rustic, good-ole’-days oasis. Miss-matched reclaimed wood lines the walk-in cooler and patio fence, vintage bulbs hang from the ceiling, and wood, concrete, and iron make up the hand-crafted bar. Even the bathrooms have a cheeky style, being decorated to look like out-houses.
Rip Current Brewing
Of Rip Current’s two San Diego tasting rooms, one is thankfully located here in North County! The tasting room is directly across the street from the Grand Plaza shopping center, home of several restaurants and plenty of shopping. Cap off a day of window shopping with a pint at Rip Current.
Latitude 33 Brewing offers guests a comfortable and welcoming tasting room featuring bar and table seating, shuffleboard, and a dedicated pool table area. Among their core beers, favorites include the game-changing Blood Orange IPA, Honey Hips brewed with honey and spices, and tropical Mangoveza IPA.
You can also find special seasonal releases like their Syndicate Saison Ale brewed with rhubarb and basil. Head over for weekly specials, happy hours, and “Power Hour” Fridays. Best of all, if you’re an independent brewer, Barrel Harbor offers turnkey solutions for you to accelerate your home-brewing business.
With locations throughout Southern California, this microbrewery brings together Lamppost’s award-winning pizza with fresh, handcrafted ales and lagers. Their brewmaster uses traditional brewing methods in small batches to ensure freshness and quality.
Belching Beaver Brewhouse
Belching Beaver’s Oceanside location is considered their Home Office / Production Facility and Tasting Room. At this location, you will enjoy easy-drinking Blondes, Triple IPAs, Milk Stouts, Imperials Stouts as well as sours and barrel-aged beers.
Plan 9 Alehouse
Another group of Team Stone alums moved on from the gargoyle clan to set up camp in nearby downtown Escondido with a restaurant equipped with a tiny brewing system. Outfitted in reclaimed materials with roll-up garage doors looking out onto Grand Avenue, it’s a cozy place to settle down and enjoy tasty pub grub and a spectacular tap list. That list seldom includes house beers, but those rarely seen ales have won kind comments from those lucky enough to get a taste of them.
Toolbox Brewing Co.
Toolbox Brewing produces funky and tart saisons, sours, and farmhouse-inspired beers. Their beers are brewed with wild yeasts and bacteria in oak and barrels for up to 12 months resulting in a distinctive tart and refreshing flavor.
Since their ales are brewed with seasonal ingredients, you’ll have to check back often to see what they’re pouring. If you get a chance, try their Rustique Cerise barrel-aged Saison with Rainier cherries, Purple Drink Boysenberry Sour Ale, or the Quik Strawberry Milkshake IPA.
Wavelength Brewing Company
Fans of craft beer, who might also happen to be space geeks, now have a place to enjoy two of their favorite things. These two things are brought together at Wavelength Brewing Co. Its mission: to explore bold new flavors; to seek out knowledge of space and stuff; to boldly go where no bar has gone before! Proprietor, Hans Frederick Haas has long had a passion for both beer and science. He talked his friend James Petti into the concept, and together, they opened Wavelength in Downtown Vista in 2014.
Dos Desperados Brewery
Dust off your boots and mosey on into the toughest and tastiest brewery in town. Tucked away in San Marcos, Dos Desperados Brewery is a family owned and operated brewery dedicated to crafting, pouring and serving crowd favorites and specialty brews.
Fallbrook Brewing Company
Fallbrook Brewing opened in 2013 and is located in downtown Fallbrook. Since then, FBC has been brewing quality craft beer and showcasing everything Fallbrook has to offer. This downtown nano brewery offers the choice to observe passers-by or sit at one of four bars. Order local food from surrounding restaurants. No matter if you sit or stand it’s a great place for craft beer.
Despite going through multiple owner transitions, the Stumblefoot Brewery name has stuck. This no-frills tasting room features large barrel tables, bar seating, as well as shuffleboard and giant Jenga to play with your friends. Get a variety of beer styles including IPAs, Blondes, Brown Ales, and Witbiers.
For those that like sour beers, try their Strawberry Gose, Cher-ish the Journey Cherry Kettle Sour, and Peach Lichtenhainer Smoked Sour. They also sell cold brew coffee on nitro provided by Leap Coffee. Stop by Wednesdays through Fridays from open to 6 pm and all day on weekends to get $1 off all beers.
SR76 Beerworks is the first brewery of its type in Southern California owned by a Native American Indian tribe (Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians). Their brewery and the brews are inspired by how members of the tribe would travel between coastal and inland camps along the San Luis Rey River, a path which would later become the highway known as SR-76.
Owners, operators, beertenders, and brewers, Ryan Sather and Chris Barry are the guys behind the newly opened Battlemage. Their two-man operation had a soft-open in May to debut beers made on a five-barrel premier stainless system. After years of assisting home brewers at Mother Earth’s old shop and Ballast Point’s Home Brew Mart, Sather and Barry come to Battlemage having experience with a wide breadth of beer ingredients and styles. The brewery’s theme of wizardry and magic is represented all the way down to flights served on a wooden replica of a battle ax.
Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey - Tasting Room
The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing are both brands of Port Brewing Company. Like Chevrolet and Cadillac, or Taco Bell and KFC, both are produced by the same company but targeted for different markets. Their American / West Coast-style beers (Wipeout, Old Viscosity, Shark Attack, etc.) are packaged in 22 ounce bottles and released under the Port Brewing label. Their Belgian-inspired and premium beers (Avant Garde, Judgment Day, most of the barrel releases, etc.) are packaged in 375ml or 750ml corked bottles and released under the Lost Abbey label. Either way, they’re all produced in the same brewery by the same amazing staff.
Mason Ale Works
Mason Ale Works occupies the north side of the building, housing a 10-barrel Premier Stainless brewhouse, six 10-barrel fermenters, more than 30 barrels (mostly red wine, currently, with plans to expand into more vino and spirits) and a cold-box fitted with eight 10-barrel bright/serving tanks.
Mason Ale Works
The latest installation of the Urge/Mason Ale Works locations is the largest. And unlike the Oceanside location, visitors to Urge Commonhouse have a clear view of the brewing process walking up to and into the restaurant, as well as from the White Russian bar in the Big Lebowski-themed bowling alley.
Pizza Port (Solana Beach)
One of the earliest North County breweries, Pizza Port was previously a struggling pizza place in Solana Beach that siblings, Gina and Vince Marsaglia bought in 1987. Vince started dabbling with home brewing in the storage area, and the rest is history. Pizza Port has three North County locations, so you’re never too far from a beer and some Pizza Buddies!
Whether you want to sip on an IPA, amber, or a stout, you can trust that you will enjoy a beer that’s been flawlessly brewed and well-balanced in flavor. Bring your friends, family and even your pets to relax with Ebullition Brewing in their modern and comfortable setting!
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido
Famed brewery that wasn’t necessarily the first, but definitely the one that put San Diego beer on the map. The restaurant and gardens built around the brewing offers an American menu, California-modern indoor/outdoor with fire pits and koi ponds.
Viewpoint Brewing Co.
Viewpoint is the city’s first brewery, bringing together the diverse perspectives of a collaborative group of longtime members of the culinary and craft brewing communities. A spacious venue offering house-brewed beer & gastropub fare in an industrial-chic waterfront setting.
Stone Brewing Oceanside Tap Room
This Oceanside outpost of the ever-expanding Stone Brewing franchise wins for its relaxed atmosphere, lush patio, and plethora of rotating taps of Stone beers. If you’re drinking on their outdoor patio area, you’ll over their fire-rock communal table and lush native plants throughout. You can bring your dogs, kids, and even your own grub to nosh on.
Jacked Up Brewery
Jacked Up Brewery in Escondido is located in a small industrial complex featuring bar seating, picnic tables, and high table seating. This small and bright tasting room welcomes dogs, kids, and offers board games and free popcorn for all.
Popular beers include the Escondido Honey Pale Ale, Grand Ave Stout, Get Smoked Porter, and Left Turn Only IPA. Check their calendar to see their food truck and special events schedule.
Green Flash Brewing Co
Green Flash Brewing Co boasts a massive space where they house a tasting room, beer garden with heat lamps, and on-site food truck that serves delicious gastropub fare. Their industrial tasting room features high tables and bar counters (no seats) where customers can try any of their 30 beers on tap. Customer favorites include the Le Freak, Double Stout, and signature West Coast IPA. Their offshoot brewery, Cellar 3, create experimental batches of barrel-aged and bottle conditioned beers. Green Flash Brewing also offer a beer shuttle service between Green Flash, Cellar 3, and the Sorrento Valley Coaster station.
AleSmith Brewing Company
A veteran in the San Diego craft beer community, AleSmith Brewing Company has been consistently rated with high marks and has one of the largest tasting rooms in the county. Their modern industrial tasting room features wood and copper detailing and offers handcrafted beers inspired by Belgian, English, and American styles. Customers love the .394 Pale Ale based on baseball legend Tony Gwynn’s exact preferences. Other favorites include the Belgian-style Grand Cru Ale and Barleywine-style Old Numbskull Ale. Pair your favorite European-style beer with a wide range of food truck eats every day of the week. AleSmith also offers ultra sleek and lush private rooms for bookings.
Societe Brewing Company
Societe Brewing Company offers four distinctive groups of beers styles: hoppy Out West ales, Belgian-inspired Old World beer, dark Stygian brew, and barrel-aged Feral sours. Their 16,000 square foot Clairemont Mesa production location is open every day and welcomes the entire family from young children to friendly dogs. Customers will appreciate the casual and rustic decor as well as the food trucks that stop by every day except Mondays. Special events include Charity Tuesdays where local non-profits stop to bring awareness to their cause and Feral Fridays where you can score their coveted Feral bottled ales. Free public tours are available on Saturdays at 2 and 4 pm.
Pure Project globally source organic and in-season ingredients whenever possible to brew their distinctive beers. With a focus on sustainability and quality, Pure Project uses bold ingredients to create vegan beers across a variety of beer styles. Order a few of their classic brews including the Romeo & Julius Vanilla Cream Ale with oranges, hop-centric Murk IPA, and La Vie En Rosé Saison with organic hibiscus and honey. The rustic wood panels and house plants decorating the space create an intimate and inviting atmosphere. While small, the tasting room has high and bar seating, eco-friendly decor, merchandise area, as well as a kid’s play area.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery brews their beer on-site and features tasty menu options like their Brewery Nachos, Ballpark Pretzel, Bacon Chicken Mac n’ Cheese, and Bacon Cheddar Burger. With over 35 locations across the United States, Rock Bottom boasts a La Jolla location with 11 small-batch beers, large tables, booths, TV’s, and regular special events. Explore a variety of beer styles including malty, fruity, hoppy, dark, seasonal, and barrel-aged beers. Try their light San Diego Sunset Blonde, fruity New Garde Belgian Wit, hoppy Astoria Pale Ale, or malty Longboard Brown Ale.
Abnormal Beer Company
Rancho Bernardo’s Abnormal Beer Company is a hybrid brewery, winery, and restaurant. The restaurant, The Cork and Craft, is adjacent to their tasting room that is open everyday except Monday. Core beers include the Jolly Good English-style pale ale, 5PM Session IPA, Mocha Stout, Hazy Dreams IPA, and more. Dine inside or enjoy a brisk evening in their outdoor patio with heating lamps.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant in Mission Valley features a main and private dining area, two outdoor patios, wood-fired fare, live music, complimentary valet parking, authentic German-style beers, as well as American-style beers. Their beers range in flavors from dark and roasted to fruity and spicy. For a complex flavor profile, try the Irish-style dry stout or the unfiltered Belgian Witbier. Their menu includes classic American brewpub eats with a gourmet flare.
Pacific Beach AleHouse
Pacific Beach AleHouse offers customers seasonal craft beer and coastal cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients in their contemporary brewpub. Try house brews including the Grand Ave IPA, Soledad Stout, or Rockfish Red Ale. Join your friends on Pacific Beach AleHouse’s booth, table, or bar seating or their second story terrace to take in a clear view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy specials like Taco Tuesday, Wing It Wednesday, All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp Thursday and “Hoppy Hour” discounts.
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Nickel Beer Company
If you’re headed up to the quaint and rural town of Julian, make sure to make a stop at Nickel Beer Company. Their intimate tasting room has 16 beers on tap, rustic interior, bar seating, and a large outdoor patio. Sample unique and locally-influenced flavors including the Apple Pie Ale (Julian cider, beer, and spices), spicy Jalapeño Gold, or rich Filthy Paws Porter.
San Diego Brewing Company
San Diego Brewing features up to 50 beers on tap, an on-site restaurant, TV’s, projectors, arcade games, pinball machines, and a curated jukebox. House beers include the drinkable San Diego Gold Blonde-Pilsner mix, chocolatey Old Town Nut Brown, or Blueberry Wheat beer. They also have plenty of local guest craft beers on tap. Food options include pizza, burgers, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, and desserts. Stop by for their weekly specials which include Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays, and a Sunday Breakfast.
Smoking Cannon Brewery
Smoking Cannon Brewery has a range of flagship, rotating, and seasonal beers, as well as house-made ginger and root beer sodas and iced fresh ground roasted coffee on nitro. Flagship beers include the American IPA, Smoked Peanut Butter Ale, American Stout, and smooth American Stout on Nitro. Rotating beers include the Rye Pale Ale, sweet Vanilla Cream, and spicy Chili Ale. Get your flight, pint, or growler as you revel in the historical Civil War-era photos lining the wood-paneled walls. The tasting room features long, communal tables as well as counter seating.
Automatic Brewing Company
Automatic Brewing Company is located inside Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights and offers guests table seating to enjoy a cold craft beer. This nano brewery offers guests organic menu options including pizzas, salads, desserts, and appetizers.Their core beers include the One Hop Beyond IPA, Magnificent 7 Porter, and Cherrywood Smoked Porter. While they do not package their beers, you can purchase a growler to take home.
The Bell Marker
The Bell Marker has a modern and sleek tasting room featuring 28 beer taps including guest beers, a unique cocktail menu, and plush seating options for small and large groups. Their vegan-friendly menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and an Impossible Burger. They even have a specialty “Late Night” menu which includes starter and pizza options. Pair your meal with a light and crisp beer like The Founder Czech-style pilsner. Hop lovers will enjoy the Sonoma Pride Session IPA. Other favorites are the Stingaree English Blonde, Lester Cream Ale, and Cassidy Irish Dry Stout.
Alpine Beer Company
Alpine Beer Company’s intimate tasting room serves up a wide range of beer styles like their Duet or Windows Up IPAs, Willy American Wheat ale, or Hoppy Birthday Pale Ale. Besides offering 30 craft beers on tap, Alpine’s tasting room is adjacent to The Pub, their second location which serves food. Order from their meats smoked with hickory and mesquite wood or freshly caught fish. Enjoy your meal and a pint at a table inside or in their outdoor patio with a mountain-side view. Stop by on the first Friday of the month for Quiz Night or Bingo Night.
Align Brewing Company
Align Brewing Company offers guests a small, but cozy space where they can sample a variety of beer styles. Sit at the bar or at a high table to try their Nelson Eclipse Double IPA, Nivelar Mexican Lager, or Symbiotic Hibiscus Hefeweizen with strawberry.
Hillcrest Brewing Company
Billed as the “world’s first openly gay brewery,” Hillcrest Brewing Company provides guests with a large dining area with table and bar seating, as well as an outdoor patio. This brew pub offers plenty of pizza, wings, salads, pretzel, and dessert menu options. Make sure to try their Banana Hammock Scotch Ale, Just The Hop IPA, and Perle Necklace Pale Ale. Special events include “Hoppy Hour,” Bottomless Saturdays, Hopped Wednesdays, Two-For-One Tuesdays, and Keg N Eggs Sundays.
BNS Brewing & Distilling
Visit BNS Brewing to try handcrafted brews, as well as purchase home brewing supplies. Their Santee tasting room has a distinct wild west theme, outdoor patio, and award-winning beers like their Revolver IPA, Ole Prospector Red Ale, and Gatling Gun Stout. While there, check out their spirits that have been brewed on site. Check their calendar to find out their schedule of food trucks, group classes, and live music.
South Park Brewing Company
South Park Brewing Company focuses on making coastal cuisine with fresh fish brought in from Catalina Offshore to pair with your craft beer. Enjoy a wide selection of brews including the Towhead Blonde, Smiling Faces Belgian Blonde, Scripps Pier Oyster Stout, and Southern Accents Russian Imperial Stout. Sit on long, wooden communal tables or tables for smaller groups in this maritime-themed brewpub.
Kensington Brewing Company
Kensington Brewing Company’s clean and simple tasting room that offers customers delicious craft beers and food from neighbors Cucina Sorella. Kensington focuses on American-style beers like their farmhouse ale 41st Saison, the sour and fruity Apricot Wheat, the timeless Bavarian Wheat, and the dark Bedford Black IPA. Their tasting room features bar and table seating, as well as a game area for kids.
Rough Draft Brewing Company
Rough Draft Brewing Company’s tasting room features tons of comfortable seating including large tables, sofas, and bar seating. This hidden gem brews classic and varied beer styles that any beer drinker would appreciate. Make sure to check out their Southern Triangle IPA and Grapefruit Weekday IPA. Rough Draft also offers food options including jumbo bavarian pretzels, cheeses, meats, paninis, and flatbreads.
Lightning Brewery in Poway has a handcrafted selection of German lagers and ales that you can enjoy in their tasting room and biergarten. Take a sip of their flagship Elemental Pilsner, classic Thunderweizen Ale, and flavorful Blue Sky IPA. They also offer specialty, seasonal, and barrel-aged beers.
Bay Bridge Brewing
Bay Bridge Brewing has been Chula Vista’s first micro-brewery ever since it opened up in 2006. Enjoy full bodied and balanced beers made from the best hops, wheat, barley, and yeast. Make sure to taste their refreshing Bonita Blonde, hoppy Wolf Canyon Wheat, flavorful America’s Finest Amber, and rich Rolling Hills Irish Red. They also have live bands on every Saturday night and regular food trucks.
Knotty Brewing Co
Knotty Brewing offers customers an intimate and welcoming space with a bar/restaurant next door called The Knotty Barrel. Their flagship beers include the TransFixed Irish Red Ale, traditional English-style Superfresh Pale Ale, citrusy Clay-Pa IPA, and bold Kama Kama chameleon Baltic Porter. Head over Monday through Fridays from 5 pm to 7 pm to get $1 off pints and half off flights.
2kids Brewing Co
2kids Brewing Co is a San Diego nano-brewery lead by a husband and wife home-brewing team. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 2kids Brewing Co hosts regular events and anniversary parties. Get a flight or pint of their core beers like their Cupcake Vanilla Blonde, chocolate and coconut Rebel Alliance Imperial Stout, and the Obligatory IPA.
Novo Brazil Brewing
Chula Vista’s Novo Brazil Brewing infuses unique flavors and aromas to produce craft beers with a Brazilian flare. There’s plenty of beers to choose from including their Otay IPA, Mulata Amber, Chula Pils, and Belo Blonde. They have daily specials and discounts for those in the armed forces and teachers. Hungry beer drinkers can order from food trucks that stop by regularly.
Quantum Brewing boasts an 1,800 square foot Kearny Mesa location where you can find 12 beers on tap every day of the week. Stop by often to check out what they have on tap. For a refreshing craft beer, try their SD Summer Solstice. For a blueberry infused brew, try the Cyano Cream Ale. Other favorites include the Project 101 American Stout, Final Gravity Russian Imperial Stout, and Planck’s Peppers Pale Ale brewed with habanero peppers. Events include Yoga and Beer every first Saturday of the month and Trivia Night on Tuesday nights.
Pacific Islander Beer Company
Pacific Islander Beer Company feature an Island-themed tasting and event room, as well as outdoor patio. Enjoy their Islander music playing outside and grab a meal from their regular food trucks to wash down your beer. Give the Li’ke Li’ke Honey Blonde Ale a try. Other favorites include the Da’kine IPA and Stink Eye Chocolate Stout. Events include a monthly comedy show, live Hawaiian music on Friday and Saturday, and more.
Savagewood Brewing Company
Bring your friends to Savagewood Brewing Company to sip on over 12 housemade craft beers. For those that don’t want to drink alcohol, Savagewood also has cold brew coffee and handcrafted sodas. Give their Black Irish Stout, Sailhead Murphy Pale Ale, and Catholic Guilt Porter a try. Stop by on Wednesdays for Movie Night and Thursdays for Trivia Night, as well as other fun events throughout the year.
Poor House Brewing Company
North Park’s Poor House Brewing Company offers guests a casual and comfortable tasting room space where they can enjoy a beer, watch television, play pool, and hang out with friends. Their tap list features a large amount of beers across various beer styles. Unique craft selections include their Mr. Tangerine Man IPA, Mellow Mallow Marshmallow Stout, and Peanut Butta Jelly Time Stout.
Chula Vista Brewery
Head on over to Chula Vista Brewery to grab a pint in their rustic and group-friendly tasting room. Choose to sit on long communal tables or stand at the bar. A stage for live performances sits in the center of the tasting room. They offer a wide selection of beers including the London Fog Pale Ale, Rube Red Lager, Abundance IPA, and South Bay Brown Ale.
Monkey Paw is a prolific beer brewing company that offers a pleasant tasting room where people can order their preferred pints and brewpub food. Their tap list is gigantic and offers plenty of house and guest beers. Core beers include their Coffee, Cream and Sugar beer, Pongo Pale Ale, and Sweet Georgia Brown Ale. Menu items include salads, sandwiches, wings, fries and more to go with your favorite grog.
North Park’s Barn Brewery features 24 beers on tap (8 house beers), rustic decor, a fireplace, plush seating, and classic brewery bites. Barn brews include their Daniel Boone Stout, Half Acres Blonde Ale, Hayloft Belgian Dubbel, and Rooster Call American IPA. No matter what day you stop by, they’ll have happy hour or brunch specials.
Ocean Beach Brewery
Ocean Beach Brewery is only a few steps away from the pier and beach making it an idyllic place to sip on a San Diego craft beer. This three-story establishment features outdoor rooftop seating overlooking the beach, daily and happy hour specials, and food on-site. Whether you prefer pilsners, pale lagers, ciders, meads, wheat beers, blondes, or pale ales, OB Brewery has it all.
Alta Brewing Co
Barrio Logan’s Alta Brewing Co features Mexican artwork, outdoor patio, small bar seating, and a variety of beer styles including hoppy, malty, light, and dark ales. Make sure to get at least a taste of their Righteous IPA made with Simcoe and Mosaic hops and their Blackfriar Dry Irish Stout.
3 Punk Ales Brewing
3 Punk Ales Brewing’s tasting room features an ample space with a punk rock mural on one side, table and counter seating, and punk music playing over the speaker. Try everything from their punchy pilsners and hoppy IPAs to their Mexican lagers and Imperial Stouts.
White Labs Tasting Room
Visit White Labs’ sleek and simple tasting room to find products and guidance on how you can make your own beer. Outfitted with an analytical lab and educational training rooms, White Labs sets the standard for beer education. Stop by during trivia nights on Friday starting at 6 pm and try their flagship beers in full pours, tasters, or flights.
Helm’s Brewing Co
Enjoy small-batch beer like their Amarillo Heavy IPA, Mocha City Soundtrack Milk Porter, Guava Session IPA, or Satan’s Little Helper Barleywine. This Ocean Beach brewery is both dog and kid friendly. Head on over to grab a pint, get some food from a local food truck, and catch the game on their TV’s.
Benchmark Brewing Co
Family owned and operated Benchmark Brewing Co has a tasting room amidst industrial buildings in Mission Valley. Guests can sit on communal and picnic tables and order core beers including the refreshing and light Table Beer, rich Brown Ale, or signature IPA. Their contemporary and rustic decor adds to their homey and welcoming vibe.
Division 23 Brewing
Division 23 Brewing is a nanobrewery located in Miramar that features extensive seating options, games, and a dog-friendly environment. Check out their tropical Soup of the Day IPA, velvety Spray Tan Brown Ale, or Bourbon Barrel Aged Morning Deadline Coffee Stout. If you love sours, you’ll love the fact that they offer more than ten syrups to change the flavor of your Sour Superintendent Berliner Weisse.
Thunderhawk Alements has a cozy and casual tasting room with an outdoor beer garden and patio in Miramar. They focus heavily on sustainable and eco-friendly brewing practices powered by the sun. These solar-brewed beers include the King of Zamuda Imperial Stout, Indieversity Oaked Smoked Oatmeal Stout, and Sun Kissed Black Coconut Porter.
New English Brewing
Sorrento Valley’s New English Brewing focuses on producing English-style ales, West Coast IPAs, barrel-aged brews, light beer styles, and coffee stouts. Enjoy from a selection of 16 to 20 beers on tap, including one nitro tap and one cask-conditioned tap, as well as local food trucks on Thursdays. Customer favorites include the Pure and Simple IPA, Zumbar Imperial Stout, Whole Lotta Hazy IPA, and Blueberry Blonde. Mega fans will appreciate their Growler Club.
Border X Brewing
Border X Brewing offers a line of Mexican-inspired beers in Barrio Logan’s rising craft beer scene. Find plenty of seating in their tasting room that features colorful and funky Mexican art on the walls. This hip and up-and-coming brewery offers tasty brews like their hibiscus and agave Blood Saison, Horchata Golden Stout, Abuelita’s Mexican Chocolate Stout, and tart Plum Berliner. Their patio boasts additional seating, games, art, and on-site kitchen cooking up delicious Mexican food. Don’t forget to stop by for Taco Tuesdays and Lotería Night.
Fall Brewing Company
North Park’s Fall Brewing Company features tons of creative artwork and free donuts from Nomad Donuts regularly. Don’t leave without trying their hoppy Green Hat IPA, 2AM Bike RIde stout made with Dark Horse Coffee beans, or sangria-inspired Berliner Weisse. Fall Brewing offers guests plenty of seating and regular events like art exhibits and more. Bring the kids and the dog, as well as outside food from one of many restaurants nearby or the food trucks that are there regularly. Keep in mind, this brewery is located in a neighborhood, so street parking may be difficult to find.
10 Barrel Brewing
This Bend, Oregon-based brewery brought their year-round, seasonal, and small-tank series beers to San Diego’s Makers Quarter. Their menu features appetizers and entrees that you can eat in one of their two rooftop patios with stunning views and heating lamps or inside their tasting room. They also offer a great flight deal of 10 tasters for only $10. Make sure to include the King at War Stock Ale and Joe IPA in your flight.
Bay City Brewing Company
Bay City Brewing Company evokes a “coastal urban” interior vibe with their wide and open space, large tables, and patio. While they may not have a large tap list, they do offer a tasty selection of malty, hoppy, and sour beers. Choose from their Sour Wheat, Sour Brown, San Diego Style Pale Ale, 72 & Hoppy Session IPA, and the Gulls-inspired Power Play IPA. Groups will enjoy their board game selection.
Burning Beard Brewing Company
El Cajon’s Burning Beard Brewing Company’s spacious location offers guests 20 beers on tap, a jukebox, and rustic interior design. Choose from a good selection of tasty lagers, stouts, saisons, and American wild ales. Flagship beers include the refreshing Normcore Pilsner, dark Ingsoc Imperial Stout, and west coast-inspired Hopmata IPA.
Reckless Brewing Company
Reckless Brewing Company has 11 rotating taps that feature their signature beers and other special releases. Order a few tasters of their “regulars” like their Oral Pleasure IPA, Dude Abides Rye, or Down And Out Stout. Their warm and inviting tasting room has plenty of games to keep you and your friends entertained, while munching down on complimentary popcorn. Check their event calendar to attend trivia nights and yoga with beer classes.
Absolution Brewing Company
Los Angeles’ Absolution Brewing Company brought their brand of artisan beer and food to San Diego at their Absolution By The Sea location in La Jolla. Try your favorite American or English-style beers that have been made with all-natural ingredients. Their on-site kitchen offers a blend of Mexican and American bites.
Saint Archer Brewery
Saint Archer Brewery’s tasting room is open seven days a week and offers 18 core and limited edition beer releases. Their consistent line of beers provides San Diegans with classic and delicious beer styles. Bring your pet, outside food, or order from one of many local food trucks that stop by Thursdays through Sundays. If you love barrel-aged beers, check out Saint Archer’s Tusk & Grain line of beers.
Resident Brewing Company
Located in the back of The Local Eatery & Drinking Hole in the Gaslamp Quarter, Resident Brewing Company brings you local brews and food. Award-winning brewer Robert Masterson leads the operation over at Resident Brewing Company. You’ll find plenty of seating, large tables, and food made on site by The Local Eatery. Core beers include their Perky Blonde, Hall Pass Pale Ale, Vacation Coconut IPA, and Golden Kiss Saison.
North Park Beer Co
North Park Beer Co’s space on University Avenue (off 30th Street) provides ample room, high ceilings, wood and copper interior, and spacious mezzanine. Grab yourself a Hop-Fu! American IPA, Covington Cream Ale, or plenty of non-alcoholic beverages including cold brew on nitro and kombucha. If you’re hungry, order a bite from their on-site kitchen managed by the staff from Mastiff Sausage Company.
Mikkeller Brewing Company
Mikkeller Brewing Company creates beers across a variety of styles including hoppy beers and European-style beers. Their hip and welcoming tasting room includes a colorful mural, minimalistic design, 19 draft beers and two rotating taps, and playful cartoon designs on their cans. For Mikkeller superfans, there’s a tiered Viking Club which offers specialty and experimental beers and other fun perks.
Bitter Brothers Brewing
It’s hard to miss Bitter Brother’s large orange arrow that points to their taproom as you drive down Morena Blvd. Once inside, the small and casual tasting room is consistent with it’s orange theme. where you can enjoy core beers including the Golden Child Hefeweizen, Little Brother Citra IPA, and Little Sister Russian Stout.
Intergalactic Brewing’s tasting room has up to 20 taps at one time with unique beer offerings. Open seven days a week, their sci-fi themed tasting room may seem intimate, but there’s plenty of room to stand and sip a Coconut Porter, Red Planet Rye, Astro Amber Ale, and Cake Is A Lie. They don’t have an on-site kitchen but bring in food trucks regularly.
32 North Brewing Co
32 North Brewing Co’s 2,4000 square foot brewery offers guests 15 rotating taps of their core, seasonal, and special release beers. Their warm and rustic decor is the perfect setting to meet up with friends or family, drink beer, and play giant Jenga. Their large location offers plenty of seats and standing room to enjoy their unique selection of beers including their blondes, IPAs, sours, stouts, and more.
Inspired by Nordic traditions, Longship Brewery is a Viking-themed brewery that combines bold and powerful beer flavors to create distinctive brews. Stop by for special events like trivia night, private dinners, and Growler Sunday and more. You’ll find a range of beer styles from a sweet and salty Gose to a hoppy lager like the Grendel India Pale Lager.
Stop by Helix Brewing to try one of their 12 rotating taps including their Acid Drop Bavarian Weizen, Helix Pale Ale, Inverse Belgian IPA, Black Eye Rye IPA, and King Rufus Chocolate Rye Porter. Located in a La Mesa industrial park, Helix Brewing has food trucks regularly, corn hole, and an overall pleasant atmosphere.
Duck Foot Brewing Company
Duck Foot Brewing Company stemmed after head brewer was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. This avid brewer turned to starting up the only gluten-free brewery in San Diego. Their spacious tasting room features plenty of seating, trivia night on Wednesdays, and popular beers like the Contender West Coast IPA. While these brews may use a unique enzyme to reduce gluten, they don’t sacrifice on taste and flavor.
Pariah Brewing Company
Pariah Brewing Company is located in North Park and makes a delectable selection of beers including the Dank Drank IPA, Off White Wit, Dorcha Extra Stout, and Mamba Mode Double IPA. Nestled in between two other breweries, you can grab a flight and head out to go brewery hopping. You’ll love the dim lighting, purple lighting, and rock music that adds to the unique atmosphere. Bring your friends for yoga, trivia, or lotería night or to play board games and drink some great beer.
Half Door Brewing
Inspired by traditional Irish pubs, Half Door Brewing offers a unique selection of beers from their Hazy House of Hops IPA to their chocolatey Coleman’s On Craic Stout. Located just one short block from Petco Park, Half Door has brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour menus that include a Turkey Brie Sandwich, Red Ale Braised Belly, and more.
Council Brewing Co
Council Brewing Co makes flavorful beers inspired by American, English, and Belgian ales, as well as IPA’s and sours. Hop lovers will enjoy the Bully Pulpit IPA. If you love dark beers, try the Pirate’s Breakfast Oatmeal Stout. For those that prefer sours, opt for their Beatitude line of bottle-conditioned sours and barrel-aged beers in a variety of tropical and fruity flavors. Their tasting room is open every day of the week and welcomes kids and friendly dogs
Deft Brewing was inspired by West-European beer styles to create their current flagship beers including the DeftHopt Golden English IPA, Austere Abbot Belgian Single, Day of the Deft Stout, and Shanagarry Summer Irish Red. Their industrially-located and simple space often feature food trucks, a small patio, 14 beers on tap, and a kid’s corner. Dogs are welcome, too.
Circle 9 Brewing
Kearny Mesa’s Circle 9 Brewing makes a variety of beers including IPA’s, Belgians, stouts, pale ales, lagers, and more. Make sure to try their light Limbo Lager, tropical City of Dis IPA, fruity Belgian Blonde, or robust Relic Stout. While the space may seem small, Circle 9 Brewing does allow kids and friendly dogs to come.
Protector Brewery focuses on brewing organic beer in an effort to support American farmers and the environment. These 100% organic brews offer beer lovers a fresher and purer drinking experience in a clean and minimalistic space. Standout interior decor details include a spartan-helmet graphic composed entirely out of hops.
Check out Mission Brewery’s 2,500 square foot space to try core beers like the Blonde, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, IPA, and Russian Imperial Stout . They brewery kept original design features including wood, bricks, and bow trusses to retain a historic and industrial feel. Mission Brewery is both kid and dog friendly offering kids colors to draw. You can even bring the whole family before Padres games before you head to stadium just a few blocks away.
Modern Times Beer
Visit Modern Times Beer’s 2,000 square foot Fermentorium in Point Loma to explore 32 rotating taps of core beers and experimental batches in a uniquely decorated space. From the mural composed entirely of post-its to the tumbleweed light fixtures, Modern Times’ locations offer fun and quirky decor, ample standing room space, bar seating, and a wide variety of beer styles. Don’t leave without trying the Blazing World amber ale, Orderville hazy IPA, or Fruitlands gose.
Modern Times Flavordome
Visit North Park’s eccentric and vibrant Flavordome to taste up to 16 beer taps and coffee. The Flavordome is kid-friendly and allows dogs on their patio. The tasting room features communal tables, bar seating, newspaper wallpaper, and lampshade art on the ceiling. Get their Lomaland Saison, Fortunate Islands Pale Ale, or Black House coffee stout while you’re there.
Kilowatt Brewing (Kearny Mesa)
Stop by to try Kilowatt’s delicious Southern California beers, play games, check out local artwork, and enjoy custom-programmed lighting to fit the mood of the space. Kilowatt Brewing has 20+ beers on tap across a variety of styles including IPA’s, sours, stouts, and barrel-aged brews. Special events include trivia night on Wednesdays and mug club Tuesdays.
Kilowatt Brewing (Ocean Beach)
Thorn St Brewery
Thorn St Brewery features an impressive lineup of beers including IPAs, lagers, stouts, and many more. Taste a few of their rotating beers on tap and eat from food trucks that visit regularly. Bring a group to socialize in front of the bar or in a more spacious back area with sofas, large tables, and more seating for large groups. Dogs are welcome only if they are well-behaved and on a leash. Children are welcome anytime before 8 pm.
Thorn Brewing Co.
Thorn Brewing Co offers many of the same German-style beers as their North Park location. Give their Barrio-Lager a try for a Baja-style beer flavor that is refreshing and crisp. Other favorites include the Rock the Pale Ale, Foreplay Belgian Blonde, and Cocomotive Coconut Porter.
Little Miss Brewing
Little Miss Brewing provides guests with an ample tasting room decorated with WWII memorabilia, a vintage plane wing, military flags, and more nostalgic items. Customers love their Havoc IPA, Killroy Irish Red, Rosie Ginger Wit, and Grapefruit Ale. Stop by on Fridays or Saturdays to grab a bite from one of many local food trucks.
Little Miss Brewing (Normal Heights)
Little Miss Brewing’s Normal Heights location features 16 beers on tap and a distinctive World War II theme. Stop by for special events like trivia night, bingo night, and bottomless beer Fridays (at both locations). While this location only offers bar seating, it’s just enough room to bring a few friends to try the craft beers.
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
ChuckAlek tasting room in Ramona focuses on brewing old German-style lagers, porters, and stouts, as well as sours. Try their 1850 Runner Brown Porter for a rich flavor. If you’re looking for a light and refreshing beer, go with their Flycaster Helles Lager. Their tasting room offers delicious beers and menu from neighboring restaurant called Tostadas.
Their North Park location features a clean and open outdoor space with picnic tables, shade, and toys for kids, as well as ceviche tostadas from Tostadas. Grab a flight of their signature beers and enjoy the pleasant Southern California weather.
Ballast Point Brewing (Little Italy)
Ballast Point has three inviting locations where you can try their award-winning beers across many styles including the Grapefruit Sculpin, Victory At Sea Porter, or Fathom IPA. With tasting rooms in Miramar, Scripps Ranch, and Little Italy, Ballast Point gives beer lovers a comfortable space to enjoy beer with on-site food options and happy hour options. Their home brew mart location offers prospective brewers classes, workshops, starter kits, expert knowledge, and anything else they may need to create their perfect home brew.
Ballast Point Brewing (Miramar)
Ballast Point’s Miramar location is gigantic. Stop by for one of their award-winning craft beers and get some food while you’re here. Their on-site restaurant delivers a variety of weekly specials, shared plate options, tacos, flatbreads, salads, and main courses like their American Wagyu Burger or Veggie Burger. Sit inside their ample tasting room or enjoy the fresh air in their large, outside patio with games, fire pits, and more.
Ballast Point Brewing (Scripps Ranch)
Ballast Point Brewing’s Scripps Ranch location offers customers indoor and outdoor seating where you and your friends can try this renowned San Diego craft beer. Enjoy all of their favorite brews including the Sonoma Pride Kölsch, Wahoo White Witbier, and Aloha Sculpin.
Belching Beaver (North Park)
Belching Beaver has been a North County favorite since it opened in 2012. Located across a variety of industrial spaces, tasting rooms, and production facilities, Belching Beaver provides large tables, delicious food, and beers that appeal to all tastes. Beer connoisseurs enjoy the Hop Highway IPA, Me So Honey Blonde, Peanut Butter Milk Stout, and Here Comes Mango IPA, to name a few.
Belching Beaver (Ocean Beach)
Ocean Beach is full of great breweries including a Belching Beaver tasting room. Explore from a variety of unique and experimental craft beers and take some home, as well. The tasting room features table seating, televisions, and 21 taps of beer.
Pizza Port (Ocean Beach)
Barrel Harbor (Miramar)
Barrel Harbor’s Miramar location offers customers 16 beers on tap, ample bar seating, regular food trucks, gaming tables, military discounts, big screen televisions, and more. You’ll love their South Islander Pilsner, Red Ale, and Imperial IPA. Stop by Tuesday nights to play bingo with your buddies.
Culture Brewing Co (Ocean Beach)
Come to Culture Brewing’s Ocean Beach location to try up to 18 beers on tap, including some on nitro. Similar to their Solana Beach location, this tasting room features a rustic and open-air theme, a raw steel bar, and local art on display. If you’re hungry, they bring in food trucks after 4 pm.
Amplified Ale Works
Amplified Ale Works’ kitchen and beer garden in Pacific Beach makes gluten-reduced craft beer without sacrificing taste. Their menu is heavily inspired by California and Mediterranean fare. Their Pacific Beach location offers plenty of group and communal seating with an open air feel.
Amplified Ale Works (Miramar)
Rip Current Brewing (North Park)
Rip Current’s North Park location offers beer lovers 29 taps of beers including flagship and guest beers. Sharing a space with Sublime North Park, this location offers a food menu like jalapeño poppers, beer cheese fries, lumpia, and shrimp tempura skewers. Pick up a sleek steel growler to take home your favorite beer.
Karl Strauss (La Jolla)
Karl Strauss in La Jolla has up to 12 beers on tap. If you’re hungry, choose from their menu featuring beer bites, shared plates, burgers, sandwiches, desserts, mac and cheese, and vegetarian options. Seating options include booths, tables, bar seating, and outdoor patio tables.
Karl Strauss (Pacific Beach)
Check out Karl Strauss’ tasting room and beer garden in Pacific Beach. Enjoy 20 small-batch beers and limited releases on tap. You can even order food in from one of the many nearby restaurants. Sit outside in their expansive patio, picnic tables, and trees or grab a seat inside their minimalist space.
Karl Strauss (Downtown)
Karl Strauss (Sorrento Mesa)
Karl Strauss’ family-friendly tasting room in Sorrento Mesa features plenty of space to bring a big group over. Overlooking a koi pond, this location features 18 beers on tap including small-batch and core beers. Head over for Cask Night every Thursday to discover new beers.Join them every Sunday for a craft beer brunch buffet featuring chef-prepared omelets, pasta bar, pancakes, waffles, potatoes, shrimp cocktail, and the list goes on.
Karl Strauss (4S Ranch)
Karl Strauss in 4S Ranch has 15 beers on tap and features extensive bar, booth, and table seating. One of their walls is embellished with large letters that read “Make Beer, Not War.” Their outside is inviting with its fire pits and comfortable seating.
Legacy Brewing Tap & Kitchen
Legacy Brewing offers a unique gastropub experience in their tap and kitchen fitted with high tables, bar seating, televisions, and award-winning beers. Their decor incorporates biker and patriotic objects. Legacy offers 12 Legacy Brewing beers on tap, cold draft coffee from Caribbean Coffee Company, tea, and wine. Kids will enjoy the board games, cards, and putting green. Pets are welcome in the patio.
Groundswell Brewing Company (Grantville)
Groundswell Brewing Company focuses on creating lighter alcohol content beers to bring out their flavors and aromas. Try their Undulation White IPA, Oathkeeper, and Pogue Mahone beers for a unique beer tasting experience. Enjoy entertainment options including TV’s, games, couches and benches with electrical outlets to get some work done, and more. With plans to install a kitchen, they offer food trucks and welcome outside food, as well.
Groundswell Brewing Company (Chula Vista)
Groundswell Brewing brought a tasting room to Chula Vista’s burgeoning brewery scene. This simple tasting room offers guests all Groundswell core beers ranging from light Blondes and Hefeweizens to Double IPA’s and a sour Berliner Weisse. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating and vintage arcade games while you sip your beer.
Groundswell Brewing Company (Santee)
Groundswell’s rapid rise enabled them to build a larger shop in Santee. This tasting room features a cozy interior, board games, plenty of seating, and an overall relaxed atmosphere. Make sure to try their Mocha Milk Stout, Full Ginger Saison, and Piloncillo Brown Ale. Stop by for “Social Hour” Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm to get $1 off pints.
Iron Fist Brewing (Barrio Logan)
Iron Fist Brewing is a family-owned brewery that has a brewery in Vista and a tasting room in Barrio Logan. The Barrio Logan location often feature food trucks, live music, games, and beer across a variety of styles. Make sure to try year-round releases like their Dubbel Fisted, Nelson the ImPALEr, Renegade Blonde, or limited releases like their Chocolate Mint Stout.
Bolt Brewery is an mainly open-air brewery that makes an effort to offer gluten-reduced beer. Their featured beers include the west coast-inspired Bolt OG IPA, boozy North of the Border Porter, smooth Nitro Dan Stouts, and drinkable Bolt Lite.Their La Mesa and Little Italy locations are especially welcoming of dogs in their beer garden and patio. Bolt Brewery offers craft beer from 20 taps, a comprehensive food menu, beer club membership options, live music, games, and more.
Bolt Brewery (Little Italy)
Bolt Brewery’s Little Italy location features an open-air feel with open windows and food made on site. Order pizza, salads, and appetizers to pair with a flagship beer. Stop by for happy hour and lunch specials, as well as trivia night and other special events.
Head to the picturesque Coronado Island to enjoy stunning views of downtown San Diego. While you’re there, visit Coronado Brewing’s brewpub and brewery to try award-winning beers including the Seacoast Pilsner, Orange Ave. Wit, Easy Up Pale Ale, Mermaid’s Red, and Islander IPA. Head over Tuesdays through Friday from 2 to 6 pm for Happy Hour discounts.
Coronado Brewing (Imperial Beach)
For those who can’t make it out to the island, head to Coronado’s Imperial Beach location. Bring your friends or family to grab some drinks and food. With an extensive tap list and a casual setting, this tasting room offers a no-frills design to hang out.
Coronado Brewing (Bay Park)
Coronado Brewing’s Bay Park location enables San Diegans to try this award-winning craft beer without going to their Coronado location. Their location invites large and small groups to take advantage of extensive seating options. You can even bring your dog over.
Second Chance Beer Company
Second Chance Beer Company founders incorporated salvaged and upcycled items into their Carmel Mountain Ranch taproom. You’ll love their award-winning Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter, Mulligan Irish-Style Red Ale, and Legally Red Hoppy American Red. If you’re hungry, the tasting room have food trucks over almost every day.
Second Chance Beer Lounge (North Park)
The Second Chance Beer Lounge in North Park features a modern and inviting lounge atmosphere with comfortable seating including plush sofas. Grab one of their many core or small-batch beers like their robust Fool Me Twice Double IPA or their easy-to-drink Clever Hoppy Name Pale Ale. Second Chance in North Park also sells non-alcoholic options and appetizers like beef jerky and pretzels. Pets are welcome in their outside patio.
Mike Hess Brewing Company
Mike Hess’ North Park location is an ideal spot to bring the family (including the dog), play some board games, and enjoy great food truck eats. Flagship beers include their 8 West Orange Honey Wheat and Claritas Kölsch. Stop by their simple and sleek tasting room to taste all of their solid brews and join them for special events like trivia night.
Mike Hess Brewing (Miramar)
Mike Hess’ family and pet-friendly tasting room has all the great tasting Mike Hess beers and plenty of seating to accommodate large groups. If you own one of their glassware, bring it in on Mondays and Tuesdays for $4 fills. Join them on the third Friday of every month for their “Friday Afternoon Club” featuring live music, food vendors, and sometimes special beer releases and discounts.
Mike Hess Brewing (Ocean Beach)
Bring over your kids, dogs, and friends to Mike Hess’ Ocean Beach location, just three short blocks from the beach. Stop by on Monday nights for trivia night and $4 fills if you bring in your Mike Hess glassware. Also, join them on the seventh of every month for 20% off your entire tab, local artwork on display, food vendors, and beer releases.
It’s hard to miss the giant beer mural leading up to Eppig Brewing. This small brewery makes lagers, ales, sours, stouts, and more at their tasting room in North Park. Try beers from a broad range of styles including their smooth Pilsner German-Style Lager, the Special Lager Japanese-Style Dry Lager, or the Baltic Porter Strong Black Lager.Open seven days a week, this intimate space brings in food trucks regularly and welcomes kids and dogs.
Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten
Eppig Brewing’s open-air Waterfront Biergarten features sleek and rustic decor and a wrap-around patio overlooking the boats and the harbor. Grab some tasters to get a good feel for their varied beer styles. Eppig makes handcrafted ales for everyone like their gluten-reduced Factory of Dreams IPA. If you like a hint of salty sweetness to your drinks, go for the Glitz and Glam Berliner Weisse with raspberries and cherry or the Royal Gose made with grapefruit.
Stone Tap Room (Petco Park)
Stone Brewing’s Tap Room located next to Petco Park offers sports fans 16 Stone Brewing beers on tap and bistro food options like flatbreads, salads, as well as bottles of special release beers to go. Enjoy comfortable leather couches and a distinctive modern decor, while you dine and drink here.
Stone Brewing (Point Loma)
Head over to Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens’ Liberty Station location for exciting features like their bocce courts, manicured lawn, and an impressive menu. The location incorporates the historic feel of this ex US Navy mess hall. With over 40 taps of beer, delectable menu options, and an adjoining company store, this tasting room is a must-visit location for all beer lovers.