Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
First opened in the fall of 2012, this microbrewery joined the quickly growing brewery population of the Clairemont/Kearny Mesa area, just off the 163 freeway. Tucked into a business park setting, as so many are, Helms has a relatively large space for tasting.
In among the brew house, tanks, and barrels is a long bar and an additional long beer ledge that provides ample standing space for guests.
The initial lineup at Helms is a mishmash of styles that focuses on trying to make accessible, easy-to-drink brews that will appeal to a wide range of people. Regulars on tap include a pale ale, a few variations of IPA, a Belgian-inspired option or two, and a couple of dark, porter-like selections.
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