Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Even though it is relatively small, Alpine Beer Company is one of San Diego’s craft beer cornerstones. First opened in 2002, the brewery expanded in 2008 and added a pub next door in 2010 (which has since been remodeled). In 2014, Green Flash acquired the brand and began producing many of the Alpine’s most popular recipes at their Mira Mesa brewery (though the original Alpine location still brews as well).
Located 20–30 minutes east of downtown San Diego, Alpine is a destination brewery that is well worth the trip. The small tasting room is primarily for tasters and growler fills, while the cozy pub offers seating, a full menu, and fresh pints of Alpine’s delicious beers.
In Alpine, father-and-son team Pat and Shawn McIlhenney brew the popular Alpine lineup, which includes full-flavored ales, lagers, and sours. Demand sometimes outstrips supply at this location and bottle availability can be limited, so dedicated fans will often make the trip just to purchase their daily allocation of bottles right at the brewery.
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