Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
In July 2013, Karl Strauss’s production brewery finally realized its long-time dream of opening a tasting room on site. And it was worth waiting for. The large, airy, nicely designed space houses a long bar, a barrel room area, and generous seating along with a beautiful outdoor patio/beer garden.
Inside, visitors can peek through various windows to watch the bottling line in action, or to glimpse some of the other workings in the brewing area. Television monitors also provide a sort of “Karl TV” streaming into the tasting space, which is a fun way to make some of the brewery’s history accessible to visitors.
Patrons will enjoy a draft selection of about 20 beers, including some of the specialty and seasonal batches that get only limited release outside of the Karl Strauss company.
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