200+ San Diego Breweries: Map + List + Filters (2019 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.