The United States of America is a diverse and highly unique country. We often see sharp differences from one state to another (ahem, Red v Blue), and it is no different when looked at through beer goggles. Craft beer...
Untappd – if you are into craft beer, you either hate it or love it. Detractors say that it is devaluing any style that isn’t popular and is just a popularity contest. This is because while a Rauchbier may...
A lot of people love homebrewing their own beer. Even more love drinking it. The craft beer boom over the last decade has brought a huge influx of people into the industry. Just look at the number of microbreweries that...
For centuries, there was no uniform method was ever put in place for describing the flavors and aromas of specific hops cultivars in beer. As the commercialization of hops grew in the late 20th century, so did the wild...
The majority of the world's hop production is concentrated between both the northern and southern 35th and 55th parallels.
In January 2020, Hop Growers of America released their 2019 Statistical Report on the state of hop growing and production in the United States. The 2020 report should be due out in January 2021. The report as full of...
A New England IPA is a style of American IPA that features an intense, tropical fruit centric, hop aroma and flavor. It is heavily dry hopped to the point of being hazy and has a fuller body, smoother flavor, and less...
You can still see some references of these names around. Untapped and BeerAdvocate profiles, old articles or databases online and even the breweries themselves often misuse the old names of some of the most common hops...
This is the next article in our series Ingredients Master List (IML). This new series of posts will explore the ingredients within some of the most popular brews at some of the most popular breweries. While these may...
This is the first article in our series Ingredients Master List (IML). This new series of posts will explore the ingredients within some of the most popular brews at some of the most popular breweries. While these may...
How many breweries in San Diego? According to my best estimate as of late July 2020, based on publicly available information that could easily be incomplete or incorrect in various ways given the circumstances, there...
How many breweries in San Diego as of spring 2020? Who knows? We will emerge into a different world once this lock down lifts. Until then, you can use beer delivery and pick-up options to try to help your favorite small...
Even in an emergency situation caused by a pandemic, we have a duty to enjoy life. Practice moderation, don’t let fear rule you, follow the science.
San Diego County is home to 157 craft & 2 non-craft breweries (net -2 over January 31, 2020), 57 craft & 1 non-craft tasting rooms (no change), for a grand total of 217 locations (net -2). Plus a whole lot of...
A new record high! As of the end of Jan 2020, San Diego County is home to 159 craft & 2 non-craft breweries (net +1 over Dec 2019), 57 craft & 1 non-craft tasting rooms (+2), for a grand total of 219 locations...
Karl Strauss Brewing in Carlsbad is a lovely spot with amazing beer, so I decided to go back.
This former under-the-radar brewery has been making house beers for restaurants since 2018. In December 2019, they opened a tasting room in the brewery they took over in June 2019. It is in the former Council Brewing...
JuneShine makes a wide variety of hard kombuchas in a gorgeous facility in Scripps Ranch that was formerly home to a Ballast Point brewery and tasting room.
Hot take: Vista is the real #craftbeer heart of San Diego County. Vista’s 19 breweries+3 tasting rooms are more than North Park (14), East Village (11), even Miramar (16). The nation's best peanut butter stout is either...
Earlier this year, the Mikkeller Brewery in Miramar undertook a tasting room renovation. It turned out well. The beer menu seems to have changed from a couple of years ago, too.
In 2019 San Diego saw a net increase of 3 breweries (from 157 to 160, +1.9%) and 14 tasting rooms (from 42 to 56, +33%). This overall addition of 17 locations (from 199 to 216) is an overall 8.5% increase. That’s higher...
With ELEVEN changes to the list, Dec 2019 has to be one of the most active months ever in #sdbeer. #SanDiego saw 4 #breweries change categories, 1 open and 2 close. 160 breweries + 56 tasting rooms = 216 locations, one...
The “inland” part of Oceanside has four breweries you can drink at (and one you can’t). But if you are looking for a “special” craft beer experience, this is probably not the tour you are looking for. #sdbeer #indiebeer...
Some photos of my tour at the impressive and beautiful Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido. #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #ilovecraftbeer #beertography
This 1.2 mile beer tour of the downtown area of Oceanside takes you to five of Oceanside’s ten breweries and tasting rooms. #sdbeer #craftbeer #localbeer #indiebeer
Below, I’ve copied a press release that blew the socks off craft beer commentators. Here are links to my coverage of this in Coast News: Illinois Craft Brewery Buys Ballast Point (December 3, 2019) Breweries Innovate to...
Nov 2019 San Diego brewery update: Three closings and four openings leave us with 161 breweries and 56 tasting rooms for a grand total of 217 brewery locations in San Diego County.
Dogleg Brewing Co. soft opened Nov. 8, 2019, next door to the new Eppig brewery in Vista, just down the block from Helia Brewing. I’m calling this the Keystone Kraft Kbeer Krawl (the ‘k’ on “Kbeer” is silent, of course).
The Sanctuary, Lost Abbey’s second tasting room, opened at the end of October 20-19 in San Elijo Hills. It is a lovely room in a lovely village, with front and back patios. And, of course, the beer is great.
In October 2019, one brewery opened (Eppig in Vista) and one brewery changed categories from “no tasting room” to “with tasting room” (Harland in Scripps Ranch). There are now 156 craft and 5 non-craft breweries in San...
Harland Brewing Co.’s has opened a tasting room at their Scripps Ranch brewery. It is good.
Small and slapdash but maybe what you are looking for in the center of Escondido.
October 18, 2019, marks the third anniversary since the start of this brewery quest blog. Cheers to three years!
The Invigatorium is really about coffee, but they have six Modern Times beer taps, too. This tasting room joins a thriving craft beer scene in East Village.
The three High Spot Beer Co. beers are contract brewed as Bluewater Grill’s house beer brand. They succeed in what they are trying to be.
The fun, hip vibe means you don't need to be a hard core beer geek to enjoy Pure at the Park. But if you are, you will really enjoy it.
The new Eppig Brewing location in Vista is one of the best in San Diego County. #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiegocraftbeer
SouthNorte, a guest brewery at Coronado Bay Park, now has four permanent taps at that location’s tasting room—two of the four 2019 GABF medalists. Plus Coronado Brewing had two other winners this year, one of which is...
Have you heard of the “shadow” beer competition that goes on alongside GABF, The Alpha King Challenge? San Diego breweries performed well there, too.
As of the end of September 2019, San Diego County is home to 155 craft breweries (-3 and +2 since last month), 5 non-craft breweries, for a total of 160 (net -1). We also have 55 tasting rooms (+1 and -1 since last...
A lot of excellent breweries fly under the radar. After three years and visiting every brewery in San Diego County, here’s my list of the places that deserve more attention.
22 San Diego County breweries won won 37 (22%) of the 170 awards given at the inaugural California Craft Brewers Cup, September 2019. “Best in Show” was Rip Current Brewing’s Breakline Bock.
There is no shortage of Oktoberfest celebrations across San Diego County over the next month or so. Prost!
The Canadian(ish)-themed Little Miss tasting room is their fourth location.
#sandiego’s #craftbeer scene continues to grow. There are now 156 craft and 5 non-craft breweries in San Diego county (no change), 54 craft and 1 non-craft tasting rooms (an increase of 3), for a grand total of 216...
Bolt Brewery & Spirits is the third location for this brand that claims to be the first craft brewery in San Diego County. It has a full bar and serves free hot dogs. If dive bars are your thing, this might be your...
Kilowatt’s newest location in Oceanside is the best of its three current tasting rooms. Plus it has food. And over the last year or two the beer has really leveled up.
Harland Brewing Co.’s first tasting room, at the One Paseo development in Carmel Valley, is a strong entry into San Diego’s competitive craft beer market. There’s room for improvement with the beer but they are already...
Six San Diego brewing companies won a total of nine bronze and silver medals at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Competition held in Oxford, Ohio.
Original 40, the fifteenth brewery in North Park, is a very worthy addition to this beer-centric neighborhood
The sprawling, kid-friendly, My Yard Live offers food, a full bar, games, and several distinct areas including a lovely patio with umbrellas and lawn chairs. They aren’t competing just on beer—which, at least at this...
I made a return visit to Division 23 a couple of weeks ago. It is still a great tasting room, and the beer has leveled up. #craftbeer #sdbeer
Thorn Brewing’s tasting room in Mission Hills opened in late July 2019. It is a great spot. #sdbeer #craftbeer
June 2019 #SanDiego #craftbeer update: 161 breweries (+1 net) + 49 tasting rooms (+1 net) = 210 locations (+2 net). 3.4% growth in locations since Jan 2019. Since June 2018, 50% increase in tasting rooms & 4%...
Thinking about a San Diego beercation? Here for a conference and want to explore the famous San Diego craft beer scene? Here’s a beer tour of downtown’s East Village neighborhood, a hot spot where you’ll find 8 (soon...
There is an excellent grouping of eight craft breweries and satellite tasting rooms in Ocean Beach. Come for the #beach, stay for the #beer. #craftbeer #beertour #beercation #sdbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #sandiego...
Two Roots Brewing has a nifty tasting room in Ocean Beach. Their beers are good and the setting is very nice. Relax in the large window open to the street, or at the long bar.
I did not drink beer at Hodad’s original location in Ocean Beach. I recommend you don’t, too.
Plan 9 Alehouse in Escondido is a nice spot for lunch and a beer. They have a quality guest craft beer list in addition to offering several made on site. The science fiction these is subtle but a nice touch.
Babgy Beer Co. is right up there with one of the best craft beer experiences you can have. Check out their gorgeous Oceanside restaurant, especially the patios (plural), and sample some world-class beer. #localbeer...
Review #220: Carlsbad Brewing Co.: Another great brewery in the Bressi Ranch neighborhood of Carlsbad. #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiegobeer #beertour #beertography
The Mike Hess tasting room in Imperial Beach is right across the street from the Coronado Brewing pub, and it is home to an outpost of City Tacos. The beach and pier are steps away. It is an idyllic setting for summery...
MAY UPDATE: 14 pieces of news related to brewery and tasting room openings and closings in San Diego from the last seven weeks. Breweries = 160 (+2), tasting rooms = 48 (+2) for a total of 208 (plus 13 non-SD craft...
If you want some beach with your beer, it is hard to beat the four tasting rooms in Encinitas, CA. #craftbeer #beercation #beertravel #beertour
Knotty Barrel, a beer bar and tasting room for its Knotty Brewing brand, has a wonderful space. The tap list is extensive and excellent, though too light on their own beers. #sdbeer #sandiegobeer #localbeer...
Updated results and commentary for #SanDiego #breweries at the LA International Beer Festival. #craftbeer #beer #LAIBC #sdbeer
Double Peak Brewing is a small and still new brewery that is making some good beer. The setting outside is gorgeous, and the room is a step above the usual industrial tasting room.
With a large and elegant dining room, long bar, perfect roof top patio, food and beer, Kairoa seems likely to be a huge hit.
Monthly SD brewery update: February saw no changes, but March has NINE additions and deletions to the list of breweries and tasting rooms. There are now 198 SD craft locations and 6 SD non-craft. From the available...
Tiger!Tiger! is a popular #craftbeer bar in North Park, San Diego’s best craft beer neighborhood. It is also a tasting room for Automatic Brewing. #sdbeer #northpark
In March 2019, I was invited to start writing a twice-monthly column on beer for The Coast News. Coast News covers Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, Rancho Sante Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista...
Check out the new branding and core beers from Green Flash, including “old school” West Coast IPA. #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #sandiegobeer #beertography #instabeer #ipa...
Gravity Heights is the newest—and overall probably the best—of the seven craft beer locations in #SorrentoValley.
There are seven very good craft breweries in Sorrento Valley. It deserves to be better known as a beer destination. #sdbeer #beertour #pubcrawl #craftbeer #SanDiego #beercation
What’s the right amount of alcohol to drink? Cutting through the confusion to find the best medical advice. #beer #craftbeer #sdbeer #beertography #brewery #beerlover #craftbeerlover
The January 2019 update on #breweries #brewery and #tastingrooms #tastingroom locations in #SanDiego. SD is now home to 160 breweries (+3 compared to December) and 43 tasting rooms (+1) as of the end of January 2019.
13 Point Brewing is Lemon Grove’s first brewery, and San Diego’s first brewery opened in 2019. It is a nice spot and they are off to a great start. #craftbeer #craftbrewery #sdbeer
The list of all the breweries that opened and closed in San Diego County in 2018.
For a fun, interesting beer tour in Miramar that doesn’t require transportation between breweries, check out the Miralani Makers District. #craftbeer #beercation #beertour
A guide to touring breweries and tasting rooms in the Miramar area of San Diego. 17 breweries and 2 tasting rooms justify the “Beeramar” moniker. #beercation #breweries #craftbeer
Craving an authentic pub experience? Fourpenny House is as close to a Scottish pub as you’ll find in San Diego. The beer and food and very good, and the atmosphere is excellent.
Small net growth of 2% in San Diego craft breweries over 2017, but a whole lot of interesting detail and context led to that result. Check out my “SD Beer in 2018” post.
Despite the sad closing of two Council Brewing locations, Acoustic Ales not having current production, and a scare for Benchmark Brewing, the opening of Double Peak Brewing in San Marcos and the start of contract...
Helia Brewing Co. has hit a home run with their lovely tasting room and excellent beer.
There are now four breweries and a tasting room in a tight grouping in Barrio Logan, making it an excellent destination for a beer tour. #beercation #beertour #sdbeer #craftbeer #craftbrewery
Melvin’s large, elegant tasting room is excellent, and so is the beer.
You like burgers and beer. They sell burgers and beer.
Embarcadero Brewing in National City is also a home brew supply shop. The friendliness and expertise of the staff makes this a great place to go drink beer while you talk about beer. And the beer is good, too. #sdbeer...
Oggi’s has two new beers, and they are pretty good. This is my first visit to the original, Del Mar, location.
A new Barrio Logan brewery with a beer hall vibe, fun graphical design, a multicultural approach and eventually a kitchen. Attitude Brewing makes a good addition to the Barrio Logan craft beer scene.
There are now TWO HUNDRED San Diego breweries and tasting rooms (including six non-craft breweries and one non-craft tasting room). Add to that the 14 non-San Diego craft brewpubs and…well, that’s a lot of beer. The net...
Just a few months old at the time I visited, Creative Creature Brewing has a small though nice set up. They join a fairly crowded craft beer landscape in La Mesa/El Cajon/Santee.
San Diego Beer Week was awesome as always, including Karl Strauss’s #Collabapalooza beer fest. #sdbw #sdbeer #craftbeer
Is the new Modern Times in Encinitas the best tasting room in San Diego County? #sdbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #craftbeer
Ketch Brewing in Kearny Mesa is now making the house beer for the Brigantine seafood restaurant chain as well as the new Ketch Grill & Taps in Point Loma. #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiego
Since my September update, one brewery closed and two breweries opened. One tasting room opened. San Diego has a total of 158 breweries plus 39 tasting rooms and 14 non-San Diego craft brewpubs for a total of 211...
Have you ever been to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver? Here’s what our trip was like. #GABF #craftbeer #beerfest #denver #sandiego
This well-designed tasting room in the graduate student housing complex at UCSD has an awesome patio and even a pool. Maybe I should go back to school…
The new Duck Foot Taproom & Kitchen in East Village is a great spot. #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiego
Looking for beer in a surf-and-car-themed industrial tasting room? Beach Grease Beer Co. has you covered! #craftbeer #sdbeer #vista
Review number 200! Council Brewing’s second brewery and tasting room has been open in Santee for not quite half a year now. It is a pleasant, relaxed spot to pick up some great #localbeer #craftbeer #sdbeer.
Since my August update, one brewery closed and two breweries opened. One tasting room closed, and one tasting room opened. I also added one tasting room to the list that has been open for ages, I just had forgotten to...
If you are flying into or out of Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport and you want a craft beer, Stone has you covered! #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #localbeer
Papa Marce’s Cerveceria, located next to Rouleur Brewing in the Carlsbad brewery ignitor, is pretty new but already making a wide range of very good beers.
Guadalupe Brewery doesn’t have a regular tasting room, but they are opening one in downtown Vista. #craftbeer #sdbeer
LIFE IS SUFFERING. HAVE A BEER. This is my contribution for “The Session #139” for BrookstonBeerBulletin.com’s Beer Blogging Friday. See my post here, and the Round Up of links from other beer bloggers here.
Beer Blogging Friday’s Round Up on BEER AND THE GOOD LIFE. Bloggers from all over have contributed! If you would like to add a post of your own, let me know!
Beercation? Brewery crawl? Just want to know where to go to get a good beer? We’ve got you covered with our new series on #SanDiego’s best #craftbeer neighborhoods. This edition: North Park.
I’ve agreed on short notice to host BrookstonBeerBulletin.com’s Beer Blogging Friday on 9/7/18. Please help me out by writing a blog by/on Friday on the topic of “Beer and the Good Life".
San Diego has 207 breweries+tasting rooms! Three closures and four openings since last month’s update. 156 breweries, 37 satellite tasting rooms and 14 non-San DIego brew pubs. #sdbeer #craftbeer
The new Mikkeller tasting room in Little Italy is appropriately minimalist in design, buts its beers are maximalist in flavor. #sdbeer #craftbeer #SanDiego #LittleItaly
Who is AMERICA’S BIGGEST BEER GEEK? Me, apparently! I won BrewDog’s competition!! #beerblog #craftbeer #sdbeer
Amplified E-Vil is going to be a VERY popular place: #craftbeer, food, coffee, full bar, open early and late, ambience, service, location…all excellent. This might be the new "place to beat" in downtown San Diego.
Thirty #craftbeer locations have closed in #SanDiego since the beginning of 2016. All but ten have or will likely reopen under a new name/owner, so the “real” closure rate is only about 3.6 closures per year. Out of the...
California Wild Ales is a blendery that focuses exclusively on barrel-aged “wild” and sour beers. The owners take turns behind the bar, and they are so enthusiastic that this is a “must” experience for any #craftbeer...
July 2018 update on the state of #beer in #sandiego #sdbeer #sandiegobeer. As of July 22, 2018, #SanDiegoCounty is home to 157 #breweries, 35 #tastingrooms and 14 #brewpubs, for a grand total of 206 beer locations, 185...
After being closed for two years and with a slight tweak to the name, Julian Beer Co. has reopened. They are right next to the pie place! #craftbeer #sdbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #applepie
The barrel-aged speakeasy at @AleSmith is a cool little semi-hidden spot to try some rare and exciting beers. #craftbeer #bbastout #barrelaged #sdbeer #sandiegocraftbeer
I am super-excited to tell you that @benchmarkbrewing’s Bay Park tasting room is finally open! Go drink some #beerflavoredbeer #craftbeer #localbeer #sdbeer
Saint Archer is a #sandiego #sandiegobeer #brewery. Since they disappointed #craftbeer fans and sold to MillerCoors, they haven’t gotten much love from #localbeer lovers. Their new tasting room in Leucadia is well...
Home Brewing Co. is doubly good: The best home brewing shop in the country, and an excellent place to taste some award-winning #localbeer #craftbeer #sdbeer #sandiegocraftbeer.
Bear Roots' new downtown Vista tasting room is smash success—beer, service, vibe, everything. Bear Cookie peanut butter stout may be my favorite beer ever. And Downtown Vista is nipping at North Park’s heels as the best...
I tried (almost) all of San Diego’s fourteen 2017 Great American Beer Festival medalists. #sdbeer #craftbeer #gabf
Need a refreshing beer and a snack while you are at Imperial Beach? Here’s your spot. #sdbeer #craftbeer #imperialbeach
The newest addition to the Mason Ale Works family, the Tap Room and Kitchen in Carmel Valley is bound to be a hit for its extensive house and guest beer list, including a large fridge for specialty and to go items...
Monthly update on #SanDiego #craftbeer #sdbeer. Five openings since the beginning of May 2018; no closures. There are now 150 craft breweries in San Diego County, 6 non-craft breweries & 47 tasting rooms/brew pubs...
My first visit to the San Diego International Beer Fest at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Can you think of a better way to spend a sunny afternoon? My first product review on this site: Love the insulated growler bag. Good for six packs and picnics, too. #craftbeer #growler
Excellent mead and excellent cider under one roof in the “ethanol-topia” that is the Miralani Makers District of Miramar. #beeramar #craftbeer #craftmead #craftcider #cider #mead #sdbeer
Check out the Modern Times #fortnightofthemonsters going on around San Diego until June 2, 2018. #craftbeer #sdbeer #wowitisgood
Craft Brewery Review #183: A new brewery in an old brewery location. Mission Brewery Plaza is now home to Latchkey Brewing, which took over the space from Acoustic Ales. #craftbeer #history #sandiego #sdbeer #sdcraftbeer
Craft Beer in San Diego Review #180: The Bell Marker Brewery and Kitchen. Good spot, good beer. I’m closing in (again) on completing the list of 184 breweries and tasting rooms in San Diego.
For me, visiting a brewery or tap room is not just about the beer. Of the more than 180 locations I’ve visited in San Diego, here are my 12 favorites—and 10 more, too! This list might be useful if you are planning a...
#LaJolla’s newest #brewpub, CAVU Brewing (originally opened as Absolution by the Sea), offers #craftbeer from the Absolution #brewery in Torrance as well as offerings made here, on the oldest still-operating #brewing...
Monthly update on state of #SanDiego #craftbeer. 7 closings & 6 openings in last 5 wks. Most of that related to @GreenFlashBeer foreclosure. Net result: There are now 148 craft breweries in San Diego County, 6 non...
Eppig Brewing's Waterfront Biergarten in Point Loma might be the nicest setting for enjoying #craftbeer in #SanDiego.
In the San Diego beer scene, at least, failure is only temporary.
The overall number of open San Diego beer locations has stayed the same this month--despite a large number of cases of *re*openings under new names and/or new owners. #craftbeer #sandiego #sdbeer
February 2018 monthly update of the best and most accurate list of #breweries and #tastingrooms in #SanDiego. #craftbeer #beer
RateBeer.com arguably was once the king of beer rating sites. It has undeniably been usurped by Untappd. #craftbeer #beer #beerreviews #breweryreviews
SR76 Beerworks is a about an hour's drive from San Diego proper. It is worth it for the pleasant views along the way, the comfortable tasting room and the very good beer. #craftbeer #sandiego
Belching Beaver's main production facility is impressively large, and their beer is reliably very good. #craftbeer #SanDiego
Midnight Jack Brewing in Oceanside is nice tasting room, for a tasting room in an industrial building. The beer I tried was just average. #craftbeer #SanDiego
The race to 150 is still on! With four closings and three openings since my last update, there are currently 148 craft breweries (154 including non-craft breweries) and 198 San Diego beer locations in total (one less...
Savagewood's beers are very good. Given that it is essentially a brand new brewery, the beers are *very* good. I'm excited to see how they grow over time. #craftbeer #sandiego
ChuckAlek's brewery in Ramona is not a nice as their North Park biergarten, so I'd save the trip if I were you and just go to their North Park location. #craftbeer #SanDiego
If you are trekking to Julian for a pie, or coming back from the dessert, this is a place you could stop. The beer is okay, the atmosphere is relaxed, but the brewhouse and restrooms are filthy. #craftbeer #SanDiego
Successful homebrewers opened this Civil War-themed brewery on Ramona's Main Street just last year. It is a comfortable spot with a small town feel. The beer is not bad at all and I predict it will eventually be quite...
Though tiny and entirely outdoors, the tasting area at Escondido Brewing is quite pleasant (if you can get one of the 25 seats). But on the day I was there, at least, the beer was bad. #craftbeer #sandiego
This small operation which has changed owners recently and experienced some technical problems is gaining speed again. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Their beers are clean and well-made, and should please...
Belching Beaver's original location in #Vista, with a fun tasting room. The beer is good, some of it very good. #craftbeer #SanDiego
A pleasant rustic tasting room on the old main street of the eponymous mountain town. The beer is not worth the trip by itself, but do stop in if you are in Fallbrook for other reasons. #craftbeer #sandiego
Latitude 33 Brewing in Vista is one of North County's better known breweries, with pretty wide distribution. Their tasting room is comfortable and fun. #craftbeer #sandiego #vistaca
Serving mostly European-style beers, this new brewery is off to a good start. People will like it for its atmosphere, service, vibe, and beer quality/variety. And it has the seal of approval of visiting Europeans...
Some people love Dos Desperados Brewery in San Marcos. I didn't have a great experience there. #craftbeer #sandiego
The tasting room at Thorn Brewing's Barrio Logan production facility is large and fun. #craftbeer #sandiego
Groundswell Brewing's beautiful new tasting room in Chula Vista joins a "groundswell" of new #craftbeer activity in the South Bay, particularly along 3rd Ave.
Rip Current makes some of the best beer in San Diego County. Get yourself up to the San Marcos brewery, or to the North Park tasting room. #craftbeer #sandiego
Jacked Up is one of only four #craftbreweries in Escondido. It is a bright comfortable space with a diner/Route 66 vibe and some pretty good #beer. #sdbeer #sdcraftbeer #craftbeer
The next #craftbrewery to open in #sandiego will be the 150th, and overall the 200th brewery/tasting room in #sandiegocounty. This is the current list of venues as of 12/21/17. #beer #sdbeer #sdcraftbeer
Toolbox specializes in sours, and fans love them. They also make a variety of other beers, including some IPAs that taste entirely like milkshakes. #craftbeer #sandiego #vistaca
Kuracali Sake & Beer Brewing makes a quirky stop on your beer tour of San Marcos and Vista. #craftbeer #sake #SanDiego
Ebullition Brew Works in Vista is making a lot of good #craftbeer, and serving it up in a well-designed space.
@2ndChanceBeerCo's "Beer Lounge" might just have become my favorite #craftbeer place in already-amazing North Park. #sandiego #beer #sdbeer #sdcraftbeer
The nice patio and relaxed beach theme at Oceanside Brewing Company are reasons to come here; the beer and the service are good enough to make you want to stay. #craftbeer #sandiego
Northern Pine Brewing in Oceanside offers a good location, a well-designed interior, good service, food, and beer that is well-crafted right out of the gate. #craftbeer #sandiego
Kensington is finally home to the Kensington Brewing Company! The tasting room is bright and comfortable, and this family-operated business makes good beer. #craftbeer
Arcana Brewing tried a steampunk theme but didn't quite pull it off. The beer is only halfway, too. #craftbeer #SanDiego
A cycling theme pervades the Rouleur Brewing tasting room in the Carlsbad Brewery Ignitor, lending a fun note to the relaxed and sophisticated ambience. The diverse beer offerings are named after things in cycling--and...
November 2017 San Diego beer update: 10 new breweries and tasting rooms since mid-Sept brings the total to 198, an increase of 25 in the last 7 months, and nearly 50 in the last year. #craftbeer #sdcraftbeer #SanDiego
This is the full list of breweries, brewpubs and tasting rooms in San Diego County. This update 7/23/2018 #beer #craftbeer #sandiego #sdbeer
Beer is safer than water. And much tastier--especially at Black Plague Brewing in Oceanside. #craftbeer #sandiego
The Iron Fist Brewing Co. production facility and tasting room in Vista is a fun place to sample their quite excellent #SanDiego #craftbeer.
SpecHops brewing is still a relative newcomer in Vista's brewing scene; even so, they've built a following and show signs of becoming a good brewery.
Wild Barrel Brewing is a unique new brewery with a pleasant tasting room in San Marcos. They offer a full range of styles, not just the barrel aged sours and imperial stouts implied by the name. #craftbeer #sandiego
OAW is one of San Diego's older breweries. Open late, they offer great service and pretty good beer in a dive-bar-like atmosphere. #craftbeer #sandiego
Pacific Islander Brewing offers a relatively small number of very high quality beers to an appreciative crowd. #craftbeer #sandiego
The D&D gaming theme at BattleMage is a ton of fun, and the crowd seems to have a strong affinity for this new brewery. When the beers are more polished, this will be a good spot. #craftbeer #SanDiego
Here's the monthly BeerMaverick.com update on the number of breweries and tasting rooms in San Diego! #craftbeer #sandiego
The tasting room is okay, the free pretzels are a nice touch, and if you order the right things you'll like the beer. #craftbeer #SanDiego
For beer and atmosphere, Bear Roots is a place to seek out. Bear Cookie is unquestionably the best Peanut Butter Stout in San Diego and it should be nationally famous. #craftbeer #sandiego
I predict that this brewery will soon be much better known; it makes consistently good beers and has a fun tasting room. #craftbeer #sandiego
The Stone Brewing mothership in Escondido is a "don't miss" place--both for beer geeks on pilgrimage and for anyone wanting a good meal and great beer in a wonderful natural setting. #craftbeer #SanDiego
My whole experience at Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey in San Marcos made me grumpy. #craftbeer #SanDiego
The people are really nice and the beer is really good at Aztec Brewing Company. #craftbeer #sandiego
While some things are definitely good at Indian Joe Brewing (like the decor), the most important thing (the beer) needs improvement. #craftbeer #sandiego
Want to try three recent GABF medal winners and a crop of other solid beers? Head out to BNS Brewing in Santee. #craftbeer #sandiego
Mother Earth's beer is great; but instead of the brewery go to the tasting room on Main St., just 3.4 miles away. #craftbeer #SanDiego
Kearny Mesa's newest #craftbrewery location looks good and the #beer is already good. #craftbeer #SanDiego
The Knotty Brewing tasting room has limited hours, but you can get several of their beers next door at Knotty Barrel, a bar with an extensive craft beer list and a fun atmosphere. #craftbeer #beer #SanDiego
The Mason Ale Works inside URGE Common House next to Cal State San Marcos is an impressive facility with good beer. #craftbeer #beer #SanDiego #SanMarcosCA
The "OG" Karl Strauss location downtown. You'll find some great food and all the excellent Karl beers you love. Just don't try to park downtown during Padres games. #craftbeer #beer #SanDiego
You will enjoy the excellent service and outstanding food menu when you visit San Marcos Brewery and Grill. #craftbeer #sandiego
Border X Brewing in Barrio Logan offers Mexican-inspired beers in a relaxed tasting room, plus tacos. #craftbeer #sandiego
This new addition to Barrio Logan's brewing scene will be popular for its back deck and solid #craftbeer. #SanDiego
Mason Ale Works (inside Oceanside's URGE Gastropub) makes good #craftbeer and serves it in a classy, hip setting.
Pizza Port is good. But it should be great. #craftbeer #sandiego
Drop by Stone's Tap Room next to PetCo Park when you are downtown for a game. Great #craftbeer and good times.
With only outdoor seating and no food, this @BallastPoint location is a different experience than the others.
A hip, fun tasting room. But the beer is the real reason to go. #craftbeer #sandiego
San Diego adds 15 net breweries & tasting rooms in 6 months; total #sandiego #craftbeer stands at 170 (190 overall).
This is where it all started: Alpine Beer Co.'s original location. #craftbeer #sandiego
A long time coming, 3 Punk Ales is now open in Chula Vista, brewing well-made #craftbeer in a fun setting with a punk rock theme.
There's a gem of a #craftbrewery in far eastern Chula Vista: Novo Brazil Brewing Co. #craftbeer #sandiego #chulavista
There is good #craftbeer in #SanDiego's South Bay.
Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa is fun place to relax with friends and drink some excellent #craftbeer.
Fantastic beer and a great brand. I hope they go huge. #craftbeer #sandiego
Another beautiful tasting room from Culture Brewing, this time in Encinitas. And the beer is awesome. #craftbeer #SanDiego
Check Legacy's event schedule for bands, open mics, trivia and other things to draw you out to the area near the Oceanside Airport. #craftbeer #sandiego #oceanside
The Stone Company Store in Oceanside is a garden oasis. It is an awesome place to relax with a flight of great beer. #craftbeer #sandiego
Long read: A craft beer lover's musings upon visiting 10 Barrel Brewing. #craftbeer #fakecraft #sandiego
A relaxed place to drink some very good beers. #craftbeer #SanDiego
Burgeon Beer Co.'s beer and setting are both delightful. No wonder it is such a popular place. #craftbeer #SanDiego
KNB is technically a brewery but don't often serve their own beer. Great tap list, and excellent Wednesday specials. #craftbeer #sandiego
Coronado Brewing is celebrating 21 years of being a leader in San Diego craft brewing. #craftbeer #sandiego
A great new brewery in a wonderful setting.
A sports bar atmosphere next to a movie theater. #Craftbeer #Vista
Vista has great beer, and Prohibition fits in. Their restaurant is a low-key place to grab a bite and a flight. #craftbeer #vistaca
Off the beaten track but worth a visit. #craftbeer #chulavista
A very busy restaurant/pub across the street from Imperial Beach Pier.
The 4S Ranch location of Karl Strauss feels more like a restaurant than anything, but the bar regulars prove that this is a genuine #craftbeer venue.
The last Oggi's location that brews on-site. #sandiego #craftbeer
San Diego now has 143 operational craft breweries, plus 6 others. That's a net increase of 12 in four months, including some closings. A monthly update on the state of #craftbeer in #sandiego.
Ten Top San Diego Breweries, plus a few more because it is so hard to choose. #craftbeer #sandiego #sdbeer #topten
Rancho Bernardo's Cork and Craft is home to both Abnormal Beer Co. and Abnormal Wine Co. That is abnormal. #craftbeer
The Little Miss Brewing tasting room in Normal Heights is pub-like and a good spot to grab a pint. Or two.
Still in their soft opening phase, Protector Brewery already impresses. RECOMMENDED
Good service and decent beer in an unpretentious small tasting room in the heart of Beeramar.
You know there's great beer; there's also a great vibe. RECOMMENDED
Come for the craft beer, or the food. Good spot just off Vista's Main Street.
Astronomy-themed Wavelength Brewing is a good location, but the beer needs work.
Mother Earth makes great beer. Check out their tasting room on Main St in Vista. RECOMMENDED
If you are a beer lover, this pleasant tap room near the beach will make you happy.
Newtopia Cyder won two of the three medals in the "Specialty Cider" class at the 2017 San Diego International Beer Competition. Impressive, especially for a cidery that has only been open a few months.
If you like dark beers, you will love this little place.
Their OB satellite tasting room is more polished, but the beer is still great at Helm's Kearny Mesa brewing facility.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse is not usually thought of as producing craft beer, but in fact it does.
Align Brewing did a soft-open in May/June 2017. Don't tell the crowd, they are showing up like it is already fully open.
The chill vibe combined with good beer and the proximity to a bunch of other interesting tasting rooms means Thunderhawk is a place I will definitely return to.
Try flights of the same beer made with different yeasts. *Mind blown.* White Labs supplies yeast to brewers all over San Diego, and all over the US. Their tasting room is a delight, too.
How many breweries in San Diego? Let me count the ways....
The picnic tables create a relaxed, communal atmosphere in which your expectations are not too high.
All the Sculpins. Ballast Point's Home Brew Mart reviewed.
32 N has a large, comfortable tasting room in their Miramar production facility.
Is this the worst brewery in San Diego? I've been to 84, and I think so.
Saint Archer drew the ire of many San Diego craft beer aficionados by selling out to MillerCoors. They still make some good beer.
Impressive location, concept, crowd, service and beer. We will be back to play some games! RECOMMENDED
Groundswell's new Santee location has huge brewing tanks and an IPA-heavy menu.
Good beer in one of the better industrial-themed taprooms you'll find. Good crowds, lots of fun. RECOMMENDED
Include Intergalactic Brewing on your next tour of "Beeramar."
Undeniably great beer in a nicely decorated room with no seating. You decide.
Karlifornia, indeed. Thumbs up for great beer, service, and location. RECOMMENDED
A Viking-themed brewery with some delicious beers and a fun tap room.
Green Flash's Cellar 3 offers Alpine and GF beers along with some unique barrel aged beauties.
Mikkeller SD is an important addition to San Diego's craft beer scene.
There's a remarkable view from the outside of Little Miss Brewing, and some darn good beers, too.
Mike Hess will soon be brewing again in Miramar. My 71st review! Halfway!
In Poway, CA, not far from the beer epicenter in Miramar.
OB's 7th craft brewery/tap room has a great vibe, though the beer could still improve.
Craft beer slump? Not in San Diego County!
Offering excellent beer, Resident Brewing is inside The Local, one of the best bars in San Diego. RECOMMENDED
A big list of good beer in a modern tasting room with a great patio, next to Chicano Park.
Rock Bottom is a rock-solid brewery. RECOMMENDED
The huge production facility has an awesome kitchen and tasting room, too. RECOMMENDED
An unusual, diner-like room with a nice patio. The beers disappoint.
Societe has a large, nice-looking tasting room and some good beers.
One of SD's original craft brewpubs, Oggi's has lost their way.
Pariah Brewing Co. makes high quality and unique variations on traditional beer. RECOMMENDED
KARLifornia loves Karl Strauss beer!
Under new owner/brewership, Quantum is refining and adding recipes and establishing a new reputation in the old location.
Little Italy's hip scene includes this chill place where you can grab a bite, drink some good beer, and watch the world go by.
Check out this "West Coast meets Irish" pub next time you are downtown.
A large and sophisticated operation, Alesmith is a shining example of what a successful craft brewery can be. RECOMMENDED
Worth visiting for both beer and food.
A bright, airy and well-appointed space with some very good beers. RECOMMENDED
Both my visits to South Park Brewing Company, months apart and under different brewing teams, have been disappointing.
A beer-focused restaurant near the beach. What more could you ask for?
A swanky spot with a high quality and extensive house and guest tap list, plus food.
You'll find both Green Flash and Alpine brands brewed here. The beer is good, but I'm not sure it deserves quite the level of hype it has been getting.
Monkey Paw delivers the whole package: a comfortable, divey room with plenty of seating, a great selection of house and guest beers, awesome food and enthusiastic staff. RECOMMENDED
The second location of award-winning San Diego Brewing Co. They are co-located with Eppig and Pariah, and have a beautiful new space. RECOMMENDED
Kilowatt paid a lot of attention to their lighting design, but could give a bit more attention to their beers.
Council Brewing Co. makes a huge variety of different beers with an emphasis on West Coast IPAs and sours. It is good stuff.
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Whether or not you count it as "craft" or "big" beer, this is a good spot to get some good beers. RECOMMENDED
Serving multi-award-winning brews on the theme of "traditional English ales with west coast flair," New English offers good service and a comfortable atmosphere. RECOMMENDED
Located inside The Homebrewer on El Cajon, Home Brewing Co. is a tap room that makes some great beer, and the people who work there are eager to share their craft beer knowledge. RECOMMENDED
Mission Brewery's beautiful historic building is a beacon of hope in the middle of San Diego's shame, namely the huge homeless camp that takes up much of East Village.
THIS LOCATION CLOSED PERMANENTLY IN JANUARY 2017. 32 North Brewing is located inside Moniker General at Liberty Station. Both Bottlecraft's beer shop/tasting room and Stone's World Bistro and Gardens are nearby.
The happy hour prices are good. Avoid the nachos.
Any place that has funk on the radio and award winning beer on the tap is one you should check out. RECOMMENDED
A nano-brewery with a man cave, including award winning beers and really friendly people. RECOMMENDED
The first of three breweries to open in the North Park Brewery Igniter, Eppig is off to a roaring start. RECOMMENDED
The large Coronado brewing facility in the Bay Park neighborhood off the 5 just north of downtown also functions as a popular neighborhood bar for locals and a place to get beer to go.
One of the original craft breweries that got the movement started in San Diego. They still brew award-winning beers and serve them in a comfortable sports bar atmosphere with good pub food.
Poor House produces some awesome beers on their 3-barrel system, and they serve it up with a great attitude in their divey-and-fun tap room. RECOMMENDED
The Stone Company Store on Kettner serves up a wide variety of Stone brews for drink-in and take-home.
Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment is a sure bet. RECOMMENDED
Hillcrest Brewing Company has one of the best "Hoppy Hours" you'll find, and it is a warm, welcoming place.
Automatic Brewing, housed inside the award-winning Blind Lady Ale House, makes a small number of brews that are supplied to this location and the sister restaurant, Tiger! Tiger!
The short drive from San Diego is definitely worth it for Alpine's justly famous brews.
ChuckAlek Biergarten offers "old world" beers in a relaxed and beautiful urban garden at the heart of North Park's craft beer scene. RECOMMENDED.
A huge and beautiful space with great food and Stone beer. Combine your visit here with a movie at The Lot for a perfect date night. RECOMMENDED
The original Pizza Port location is just a few block from the beach and serves up tasty pizza and good beer in a family-friendly atmosphere at very reasonable prices.
A hip venue with outstanding beers and coffees.
Gordon Biersch could be considered the grand-daddy of brew pubs. Its German-inspired beers have helped it grow an national and even international presence.
The brewery and tasting room of Bolt Brewery in La Mesa is a great place to unwind on an afternoon or evening. Outdoor seating under an awning, nice landscaping and good design add to the experience provided by friendly...
Modern Times Flavordome in North Park surprised me: My initial impression on walking by was wrong, and this turned out to be a pleasant place to enjoy very good beer.
The Belching Beaver tap room in Ocean Beach is a happening place to get a good beer.
The Ocean Beach location of Mike Hess is fun, welcoming and has great beer. RECOMMENDED
North Park Beer Co. produces some very good house beers, offers a solid guest tap list, and has partnered with Mastiff Kitchen to provide high quality food. The large, craftsman-styled main room is bright, comfortable...
Pizza Port serves 25 house beers (brewed at their five different locations around San Diego County) as well as an extensive guest tap list. The Ocean Beach location is kid friendly, laid back, and serves dang good pizza.
Opened in July 2016, OB Brewery has a roof top patio within earshot of the waves breaking near the pier. The setting is hard to beat, the food is good, and the beer shows early potential though it isn't quite up to...
Benchmark Brewing focuses on "beer flavored beer" that you can drink several of. Their staples, including Table Beer, River Rye and Oatmeal Stout, are exemplars of their respective styles and have won multiple awards to...
Culture Brewing Co. succeeds in its aim to produce "classic styles, done beautifully." Their American Brown won gold at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, and it is easy to see why.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company won the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year award at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, and four medals for their beers. Consistently good, Karl Strauss is a must-try for craft beer lovers. The...
The Helm's tasting room is a fairly recent and worthy addition to the thriving craft beer scene in Ocean Beach. Offering friendly service, good beers and a perfect location for people-watching, you will enjoy your visit...
Barn Brewing is a delightful spot in North Park with good beer, good food, good service and a good vibe. RECOMMENDED.
Fall Brewing occupies an old warehouse on 30th. Though it is farther north than most of the craft beer action in North Park, it is worth seeking out for its fun tasting room and quality beer.
Groundswell Brewing Company serves some really nice beers in a fun atmosphere with Scandinavian-esque design elements. The bartender is welcoming and helpful, and there's a definite vibe among patrons that everyone is...
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Thorn Street Brewery is a comfortable, local hangout that serves a variety of well-made beers from highly drinkable ales and porters to more experimental brews.
The Belching Beaver Brewery tasting room in North Park serves great beer and offers excellent service in a rustic/modern space that attracts big crowds. RECOMMENDED.
Bay City Brewery is between Mission Beach and Liberty Station, close to Old Town. It is right on the I-8 highway, so noise and fumes are a problem. I was disappointed by the beers I had.
Pure Project was conceived in Costa Rica and started in the "brewery igniter" in Miramar. They brew a broad selection of different styles and have already acquired a reputation for quality that makes their bottle...
The Miramar brewery and tasting room of Amplified Ale Works does not offer food (unlike the Pacific Beach location) and it is potentially a bit of a drive depending on where in San Diego you live, but it is clean...
The Rip Current tasting room in North Park (co-located with Sublime Kitchen) offers the full line of award-winning Rip Current Brews in an airy, comfortable space conducive to extensive day drinking. RECOMMENDED.
The Pacific Beach location isn't the main brewing location anymore, but they still serve good craft beer (brewed at their Miramar location) and food in a nice setting right next to the beach.
The Mike Hess Brewery in North Park is home to some excellent and innovative beers. RECOMMENDED.
Pacific Beach AleHouse is a brew pub about 200 yards from the beach. Its a nice spot, but the house beer is "okay" rather than "good."
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