Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
For all the great craft beer you can find on 30th Street in North/South Park, there have been relatively few active breweries in the area. That’s why it’s nice to see Fall Brewing taking the lead.
A small but comfortable space greets you as you enter this tasting room. The brewery is situated in a partly residential neighborhood, and the feeling inside is welcoming and friendly. High-top tables and a medium-size bar offer enough options for standing or sitting. The tasting room is open to the brew house and fermentation tanks, so you can watch beer being brewed as you sip.
Co-owner and Brewer Ray Astamendi is a talented craftsman who brings considerable experience to this young brewery. Previously, he’s been an integral part of the team at Mission, Maui, and St. Archer. Ray has developed a varied lineup of interesting and highly flavorful beers, including a California Common (Beer Named Sue), a Pilsner (Plenty For All), and a chocolate-coffee stout (2AM Bike Ride), that sets Fall apart from many others in San Diego.
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