Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment operates at one of San Diego’s most historic brewing locations. Not only has this building recently been home to breweries such as New English and Coronado, it was also the original location for Mission Brewery, which thrived in town before Prohibition forced it to close its doors in 1918.
Today, the brewery and the tasting room inhabit two separate spaces, with the tasting room easily accessible from Hancock Street. Comfortable, welcoming, and nicely designed, the space offers a bar, bar tables, and big chairs and sofas for those who care to lounge. Prohibition-era items, such as an old cash register and an old phonograph, add just the right amount of charm to the room.
Owner Tommaso Maggiore and brewer Zach Jones have crafted an appealing list of well-done beers, which include flavorful hop-based brews as well as nicely done Belgians and browns. Their Hopski lager, which is unfiltered and has corn flakes added, is a unique offering that also pays homage to a non-alcoholic drink originally offered by Mission during Prohibition.
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