It is undisputed that San Diego is one of the nation’s top beer destinations. With over 100 breweries in the county, it can be very overwhelming when it comes to deciding which breweries to visit and which to add to your sacred brewery list. But whichever breweries you decide on, be sure to include these 7 breweries to your San Diego Brewery List!
1.Ballast Point– With 3 location across the San Diego County, Ballast Point is a must for every first timer no matter which area of San Diego you choose stay in. With their nautical theme and a focus on fruit infused IPAs, Ballast Point is sure to put anyone in the beer drinking mood. And if you’re into sprits, Ballast Point even makes their own distilled spirits. I prefer the Miramar location because the large size, decorations and ambiance both inside and outside makes for a really fantastic place to go and enjoy a beer with friends on any day of the week. I also highly recommend trying their Scuplin IPA with a little bit of their Bloody Mary mix. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
2.Stone Brewing– As one of the largest breweries in the U.S., no San Diego brewery bucket list would be complete without a visit to Stone. With a focus in IPAs, this place is a must for hoppy beer lovers. Stone also has various locations throughout the San Diego area, but I prefer the Escondido location for its outside patio area because there is nothing like sitting outside amongst the trees, rocks, pond and fire pits, all while drinking good beer.
3.Green Flash– Another one of my all time favorite breweries! While the brewery and tasting room are both located inside with minimal decor, don’t let it fool you because the beer is out of this world. With a wide range in beer style and flavor, Green Flash has something for everyone. While there, don’t forget to try their West Coast IPA, the beer that put them on the map and my personal favorites- Dia De Los Serranos and Le Freak.4.Coronado Brewing– This brewery actually has 3 locations now, with the original location on Coronado Island. While it’s a little out of the way compared to other breweries, I recommend the location on Coronado because it give people the chance to step back in time to this quaint little beach town. After lunch and some beer tasting at Coronado Brewing, I highly recommend walking along the main street to get a glimpse of Downtown San Diego from across the water, grabbing some ice cream from the local ice cream shop, and taking a tour of the famous Hotel del Coronado.5.Mike Hess– The reason I like Mike Hess is simply because they have good quality beers. Everything on tap is great, something that doesn’t happen often. Plus, when you’re done drinking, you get to keep a very cool looking beer glass of your choice!6.Modern Times-This brewery actually has two locations, but I prefer the Point Loma taproom because who wouldn’t want to drink beer while looking at a colorful mural of Michael Jackson and his chimp Bubbles?! Am I right? In addition to the amazing/unique decor, this brewery should be on your bucket list because they have some of the best coffee stouts in San Diego. And bonus- they even sell their own coffee beans!7.Duck Foot Brewing– I stumbled across this little brewery this past summer and because of it’s name I just knew I had to pay them a visit (I’m an Oregon Duck). I was surprised at the excellent quality of beer this new brewery was able to put. Their beers more than exceeded my expectations- their red and chocolate hazelnut porter are out of this world. And on top of that- they brew their beer in a special way that takes most of the gluten out of the beer. Yay for people with gluten allergies everywhere!