Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
This small, cozy space off El Cajon Blvd. in North Park is one of a trio of suites developed by H.G. Fenton’s Brewery Igniter program. Rustic and charming, the tasting room is inviting and comfortable, and it opens to the outside to provide plenty of options for standing or sitting.
Stephanie Eppig has partnered with her husband Todd Warshaw to revive the Eppig family brewing tradition once again—evidently the Eppigs were successful brewers in Brooklyn in the 1900s with a brewing empire that even survived Prohibition.
The brewing team of Clayton LeBlanc and Nathan Stephens (both Ballast Point alums) are a formidable and talented duo in the brewhouse. Their Ballast Point experience has obviously taught them how to do hoppy beers particularly well, but it has also endeared them to more offbeat styles. Their Glitz & Glam Berliner Weiss and their Zwickelbier (a dry-hopped unfiltered lager) were two memorable standouts.
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