Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
This cute and cozy little brewery has opened its doors in an area that’s ripe for expansion. In between the well-established big guys, Coronado Knoxville and Ballast Point Home Brew Mart, Deft offers a light, friendly, neighborhood vibe in a welcoming and unpretentious setting.
A small bar and a smattering of tables and chairs fill the space not taken up by tanks and equipment, with a tiny patio area facing the parking lot.
You’ll find about 14 beers on tap at Deft, covering an impressive array of styles and flavors. With a kölsch, an altbier, an Irish red, a hoppy red, an English IPA, a stout, and a trippel on offer (among others) there’s sure to be something here for nearly every palate. The beers are, by and large, well made and satisfying, with the spiciness and esters of the Bruxelles Trippel making it the real standout.
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