200+ San Diego Breweries: Map + List + Filters
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.