Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
San Diego’s Gordon Biersch is a testament to the fact that a large brewery-restaurant can be owned by a big corporation, yet still maintain a high level of beer quality. A good deal of credit for that goes to Master Brewer Doug Hasker, who’s been lending his considerable talent to Gordon Biersch for more than 20 years.
Gordon Biersch’s space is quite large, and offers a variety of seating options for patrons. A huge indoor dining area opens out onto an inviting outdoor patio space, and special private rooms are also available for large parties.
Doug Hasker’s beer lineup has been distinctly Bavarian-centric in the past (he is well established as one of San Diego’s premiere lager brewers) and all his European-style beers are crafted according to the strict standards of the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law of 1516). Even though most of Doug’s recipes utilize traditional European hops and malts, most recently he’s ventured boldly into the world of hops with some excellent results. Fans of crisp, clean, beautifully balanced brews should not miss an opportunity to taste this expert portfolio.
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 120 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