Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Before Bolt opened at the end of 2014, La Mesa was a kind of a brewery wasteland. Now, a few breweries have set up shop, thanks, in part, to Bolt’s pioneer spirit.
In La Mesa (they have a tasting room in Little Italy as well) the surroundings are decidedly low-tech. The “tasting room” is actually not a room at all, but rather a collection of picnic tables outside surrounding a kind of “tap hut” where beers are poured. The quonset hut, which houses the brewing equipment, adds to the rustic charm.
Veteran brewer Clint Stromberg brings his considerable expertise and talent to a lineup of classic American favorites. All well done and flavorful, Bolt’s beers are simple but impeccably balanced and easy to drink.
Satellite tasting room:
1971 India St, San Diego, California 92101
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