Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Housed inside Blind Lady Ale House, Automatic Brewing is the nano-brewing side of the operation. Lee Chase, former brewer at Stone and one of the four partners in Blind Lady, has developed some space within the ale house to do some of his own beers. The brew operation is small, kind of hidden, and not operating on a set schedule. But the production is well worth seeking out.
Blind Lady is a comfortable and welcoming place, and it’s popular with locals as well as craft beer insiders. Long, communal-style wooden tables provide ample seating and create a warm, social atmosphere that’s particularly family friendly. The kitchen provides a nice selection of simple un-fussy food and includes organic and vegan options along with house-made chorizo, salami, and other carnivore’s delights.
With 26 taps, Blind Lady offers a fine selection of great craft beer that always includes admirable representation from San Diego and usually includes at least a few Automatic Brewing options. Their sister establishment—Tiger! Tiger!—is located only about a mile away on El Cajon Boulevard. There is no on-site brewing there, but the friendly vibe and approach are similar.
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 120 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.
With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.
So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!
- Bruce GlassmanEdit ModuleShow Tags