Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
They were a winery before they were a brewery, and now they do both. Tucked into a small business park in Rancho Bernardo, this restaurant-pub-brewery-winery offers something for everybody.
The small and often crowded bar area opens into a spacious dining area with high ceilings and a generous floor plan. A more private room is also available and a small outdoor patio offers an option for sipping al fresco, even though it faces out onto the parking lot.
The beer lineup so far focuses on clean, mostly well-made classic styles that are designed to pair well with Abnormal’s full menu. All of their various hoppy ales are nicely done, and the oatmeal mocha stout is a treat with (or for) dessert.
Tuesday –Thursday 11AM–9PM
Lunch Meeting Rye Pale Ale
Color: deep golden yellow
Aroma: pine, honey, hints of lemon
Taste: pine, honey, citrus flavors balanced with crisp bitterness
Color: golden apricot yellow
Aroma: banana, bready yeasts with a hint of clove
Taste: banana and yeasty esters with a hint of licorice; crisp and clean
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 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