Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Ballast Point is one of the breweries that played a major role in focusing the world’s craft beer spotlight on San Diego. The production brewery has been growing and producing great beers since 1996, but it wasn’t until they became the 2010 World Beer Cup Champion Brewery (voted the best small brewery in the world) that their growth became truly explosive.
Increased fame required the brewery to triple its tasting room space at this location by busting down numerous walls and creating an outdoor patio area with plenty of tables and seating. Bar tables and a nice long bar inside also offer ample surfaces to rest your elbows and your pints.
Although they are perhaps most famous for their award-winning Sculpin IPA, this is a brewery that produces almost every style of beer, and—thanks in large part to the impressive talents of Yuseff Cherney—does everything well. In addition to their breadth and depth, Ballast Point is also an innovator. Chile beers, coffee beers, and sours and Saisons flavored with local ingredients are just a few of the items you’re likely to find on tap during any given week. If you’re lucky enough to happen in to the tasting room while some form of Indra Kunindra or Victory at Sea are available, don’t miss them.
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