Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Just a short while ago, this small family-owned brewery was chugging away on a 3-barrel system in Grantville, desperate to find bigger breweries with extra capacity so Groundswell could produce more beer. Well, that problem is no more for these folks. Owner Kevin Rhodes has taken a big leap by moving his production facility into the old Twisted Manzanita space on Prospect Avenue, which houses a 30-barrel system inside 15,000 square feet.
Although the old location will remain open as just a tasting room, Groundswell’s new tasting space is considerably larger, with a big bar, and plenty of tables.
The beer lineup is good, with a nice mix of styles that can suit just about any taste. While the hoppy beers are well done (Undulation White IPA), the standouts are the kettle sours and the darker malty beers—especially Oathkeeper/Oathbreaker and Pogue Mahone, which are especially creative and unique.
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