Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
From the outside, you might not realize it’s a brewery and pub. Standing on the corner of Island and 9th Ave., this large, two-story house—enveloped by two Southern-style ballistraded porches—is now home to Half Door.
The home-style setting offers visitors a number of options for sitting or standing. Inside, the dark-wood bar has the feeling of a traditional Irish pub, while outside the sunny, open-air tables on two levels feel more like cocktail hour on a Southern plantation.
Brewer Dan Drayne, who previously brewed at Coronado Brewing Company, has used his considerable skills to develop an ambitious, interesting, and well-executed lineup of beers. Though Dan says he never wants to brew the same beer twice, he will undoubtedly continue to riff on the styles he knows and loves. If his first releases of Bearleener, Belgian Blonde, red ale, stout, and pale ale are any indication, Drayne’s beers will all deliver impressive flavor, not matter what the recipe.
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