Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
When Mike Hess first rolled up the garage doors at his tiny 20’ x 30’ office park space and began pouring for the public, the long-time home brewer was still making beer in 1.6-barrel (51-gallon) batches. Though he wanted to take it slow, the beer-drinking public made it nearly impossible for the brewery to stay small.
To answer the demand from his fans, Hess opened a gorgeous new 13,000-square-foot facility in North Park in August 2013. The impressive and smartly designed two-story brewery and tasting facility houses a 30-barrel system and 8 fermenters.
Mike and his head brewer, Jason Stockberger, have developed a tasty lineup that includes a nice selection of malty and hoppy creations, along with a few beers (like the Grazias Vienna cream ale and Deceptio black IPA) that are unique to San Diego. When you go, be sure to take home a “prowler,” of your favorite beer (it’s a 32-ounce can that’s filled and capped on site).
Address: 4893 Voltaire St (Ocean Beach), San Diego, CA 92107
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