Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
The Vista region has become one of San Diego’s most brewery-intensive spots. Today, the area already boasts more than fifteen breweries, and the new guys just keep coming.
Barrel Harbor’s nicely appointed tasting room is roomy and simple, with whimsical, nautical-themed elements adorning what is essentially another high-ceilinged, concrete bunker-style office park production space.
Brewmaster Dave Meadows, formerly the brewer for El Cajon Brewing Company, launched the Barrel Harbor line with an ambitious variety of styles, but he has since been replaced by a team of other brewers. The tasting room attempts to offer something for nearly every taste, from light Pilsners to reds to IPAs, Belgians, and stouts.
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