Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Santee’s third official brewery, which opened its doors in June 2013, has something for almost everyone. The brewery and tasting room space also houses a home brew supply store and the BNS distilling equipment, which offers visitors a range of spirits also produced on site.
The tasting area, which sports a Wild West theme, is spacious and well designed, with outdoor options (good for kids) as well as a good-sized bar and plenty of elbow-leaning space. (Check out the refrigerated copper panel that runs the length of the bar, which will keep your pint cold, if you like.)
Head brewer Dan Jensen, who learned to brew big-time at Coronado Brewing, created a core lineup of well-crafted and very drinkable ales, the highest ABV of which clocks in at 6.5%. With a Saison, a golden, a pale ale, a stout, and an IPA, the main styles should appeal to almost any kind of beer enthusiast. The Revolver IPA won a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
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