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By Bruce Glassman

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Groundswell Brewing Company

Map6304 Riverdale St
San Diego, CA 92120
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Description:

Just minutes off of bustling Friar’s Road, Groundswell sits along a relatively quiet street, among other office buildings and small businesses.

Inside, the smallish tasting room has a comfortable, inviting feeling, with pillowed corner sofas and large wooden tables. Other seating and standing options—at the bar and elsewhere—offer patrons plenty of places to stand or sit while sipping.

Nick Franchak has scaled up some of his homebrew recipes to create Groundswell’s core lineup. All in all, the variety is good, and many beers show a nice degree of flavor and balance (notably the IPAs and the uniquely delicious Pogue Mahone), but not all beers hit the mark on body and mouthfeel.

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: Grantville
Bruce's Picks: Recommended
Dog Friendly: Yes
Best Known For...: IPAs/Pale Ales
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: Food Nearby
Seating: Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Tasting Room
Patio: No
Brewery Tours: No
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 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.

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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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