Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
When Iron Fist first opened in 2010, they hit the ground running with a 15-barrel brewhouse and an aggressive plan for growth. Fortunately, they’ve never looked back. Embraced by legions of craft beer fans, Iron Fist has been expanding space, adding tanks, and ramping up production at a dizzying pace.
The recently expanded brewery and tasting room, opened in July 2012, offers visitors a roomy but mostly standing-room venue set among the rows of fermentation tanks and tall racks of barrels. Friendly service and a fun, casual vibe are the product of a family-centered business built by a brewer son, his parents, and his grandparents.
When he started, Brewmaster Brandon Sieminski had the distinction of being San Diego’s youngest pro brewer (Iron Fist opened when he turned 21). It was soon obvious that his level of talent and creativity go far beyond his years. Excellent Belgian-inspired ales are probably the backbone of the Iron Fist lineup, but the brewery also produces a delicious Saison, an imperial IPA, and stout, as well as very good specialty beers.
Barrio Logan Tasting Room
1985 National Ave. #1132
San Diego, California 92113
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