Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Back in the 1800s, when Julian was primarily a mining town, Julian Brewing Company became its first brewery. It had been closed down for quite a while before Vince Marsaglia (key member of the Pizza Port dynasty) and his business partners decided to revive the name and the business, along with reviving the Bailey BBQ restaurant, which adjoins the small brewery.
The brewery’s tasting room is part of the BBQ restaurant, and the casual, friendly, family-oriented dining areas are all about high-quality fare in a no-frills package. Indoor and outdoor seating options are plentiful, as are pit-smoked meats and homemade sides of all kinds.
Brewer Matt Pitman offers visitors a good selection of solid, well-crafted beers that are brewed on premises, focused mostly on traditional American and English styles. Though all the beers pair exceedingly well with the food, the IPAs are particularly flavorful and satisfying.
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