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By Bruce Glassman

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Hillcrest Brewing Company

Map1458 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
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Description:

Tucked into the corner of a smallish strip mall in the heart of Hillcrest, this brewery—which bills itself as the “world’s first openly gay brewery”—offers a big, open, and well-designed space that is inviting to families, dogs, bikes, and all kinds of beer fans. One of the newcomers from the class of 2012, Hillcrest Brewing appears to have been embraced by the locals in this generally hip, trendy, and artsy neighborhood.

Inside, a big curvy bar offers plenty of seating, along with a number of large, sturdy family-style tables. A nice-sized outdoor patio provides still another sit-down option for drinking or dining on tasty pizzas, wings, and salads.

Brewer and Founder David White offers a straightforward lineup of food-friendly, accessible beers, which include familiar and popular styles, such as Hefeweizen, a brown ale, an IPA, a Scotch Ale, and a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: Hillcrest
Dog Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: On Site
Seating: Very Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Brew Pub/Restaurant
Patio: Yes
Brewery Tours: No
TVs: No
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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About the San Diego Brewery Guide

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 Glassman

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