Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
In August 2012, the owners of California Kebab House in Pacific Beach started pouring their own house-brewed beers. Perched on the second level of a small mall on Mission Boulevard, the bar and restaurant provides a partial view of the ocean and offers both indoor and outdoor patio seating.
Being only a few thousand feet from the beach, the atmosphere at the Kebab House is naturally hip-casual and laid back. A small, surfer-inspired dining area opens out onto a medium-sized patio where patrons can sit and sip as they enjoy the ocean breezes.
Amplified brewer Cy Henley works on a very small system (3-barrel) which means there are often only four or five house beers on tap. The lineup, though limited, will usually include a variety of well-crafted styles, such as a Belgian quad, a stout, a pale ale, and various IPAs. When you visit be sure to taste the Saison and bier de garde.
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