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San Diego Brew News 2019

Theres no better place than San Diego to sip, sample, and savor craft beers. Spring is the perfect time for tasting, and weve found a handful of the best brews and venues to do just that.


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AleSmith Brewing

This year marks the fifth anniversary of .394, AleSmith’s beer honoring Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and his career-high batting average. To celebrate this milestone, the brewery is hosting a party at its tasting room on May 9—the slugger’s birthday—open to all. New this season: 19-ounce cans of .394, a golden pale ale selected by Gwynn with mild bitterness and sweet, malty notes. In May, AleSmith is adding another Gwynn-inspired ale to the lineup: the Hazy .394, an unfiltered, more robust version bursting with tropical and citrusy hop aromas.

Baja Brewing

The brewery, based in Los Cabos, Baja, is currently exporting its third style of beer, Escorpion Negro, across the border. This Schwarzbier-style black ale, made from a special carafe-roasted malt, is available at spots like Whole Foods, PB Cantina, Mitch’s Seafood, and Offshore Tavern and Grill. Make sure to #followthedonkey to keep up with everything going on down on The Tip.

South Park Brewing Co.

Hamiltons Tavern / South Park Brewing Co.

Look for monthly beer events hosted by iconic South Park beer haven, Hamiltons Tavern. Its sister brewpub, South Park Brewing Co., is brewing IPAs, Irish reds, pale ales, oatmeal stouts, and more. Last year, the brewery quietly won 11 medals at beer competitions.

10 Barrel Brewing Co.

10 Barrel Brewing Co.

The Bend, Oregon-born 10 Barrel holds its two-year anniversary party on June 29. The rooftop of its East Village location, at 1501 E Street, will be rocking with live music, giveaways, and a special IPA from brewer Ben Shirley. 10 Barrel is submitting three brews in this year’s San Diego International Beer Festival, happening at the Del Mar Fairgrounds June 16 through 18. Sample those beers (a Belgian, an IPA, and a Mexican lager) at the festival, or visit the brewery to try 10 Barrel’s rotating list of stouts, porters, Belgians, IPAs, and lagers.


High Style Brewing Co.

Creators of the first nonalcoholic, THC-infused beverage in California —the Coastal Haze IPA —this Mira Mesa-based brewery is adding two more flavors this spring: A blood orange IPA and grapefruit IPA will be available at dispensaries statewide, including local retailers Torrey Holistics, Mankind Dispensary, March and Ash, and Apothekare. “There are so many cannabis consumers that may be moving away from alcohol or looking for lighter, healthier alternatives,” says spokesman Charlie Reed. “It offers such an awesome option in a socially acceptable and common way.”


Summer’s Beer

Mark Your Calendar for Delicious Days Ahead

May 3, June 28, July 26, August 23
San Diego Padres Beerfest
Petco Park

May 4
Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer and Music Festival
Historic Vista Village, Vista

May 4
Tacos, Tequila & Beer Festival
Liberty Station NTC Park, Point Loma

May 18-19
Third Annual Over the Line Tournament & Craft Beer Festival
Mariners Point, Mission Bay

May 25, June 22, July 27
Arts & Amps
Karl Strauss Tasting Room, Pacific Beach

June 13
17th Annual Beer & Sake Festival
USS Midway Museum

June 14-16
San Diego International Beer Festival
Del Mar Fairgrounds

June 17 (estimated)
AleSmith Brewing Co. Tony Gwynn 5.5k
Location TBA

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