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By Bruce Glassman

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Belching Beaver Brewing

Map980 Park Center Dr.
Vista, CA 92081
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Opened in 2012, Belching Beaver was part of the “third wave” of breweries that popped up in the northern third of San Diego County between 2010 and 2015. Like many of their fellow brewers, Belching Beaver has taken over an industrial space within a business park and has transformed it into a 15-barrel brewery and a good-sized tasting room.

A large bar, beer barrel tables, and a few dozen chairs service the tasting area, which shares the high-ceilinged space with fermenters and bright tanks.

Belching Beaver’s brewers are producing an impressive array of beers and styles, and are doing most of them well (they have recently undertaken an ambitious barrel-aging program). Locals have embraced the brewery (the peanut butter stout is the hands down fave), which makes weekends at the tasting room busy, high-energy affairs that are festive, social, and not quiet—but who goes to a brewery for quiet?

Other locations:
• North Park tasting room:
4225 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: Vista
Bruce's Picks: Recommended
Dog Friendly: Yes
Best Known For...: Barrel Aged
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: Food Trucks
Seating: Fair
Brewery Size: Medium
Brewery Environment : Tasting Room
Patio: No
Brewery Tours: Yes
TVs: Yes
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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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 Glassman

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