Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
In terms of spaces to taste beer in San Diego, Mission Brewery ranks as one of the best. Housed inside the old Wonder Bread factory downtown, the exposed brick and vaulted 30-foot ceilings with skylights are the perfect setting for the super-long bar, shuffleboard table, and the very generous seating within.
If you have the inclination, you can wander around the brew house, bottling room, and fermentation tanks that fill the non-tasting areas of the brewery. When the place is jumping (like before and after Padres games) it can be loud, but there are plenty of areas within the space to find relative quiet, if desired.
Compared to most other breweries of their size, Mission’s lineup is fairly focused and streamlined, and in a good way. If you’re a Hef lover, you won’t be disappointed by their Hefeweizen, or any of their other beers (Shipwrecked DIPA is a big fan favorite). They are all solid takes on classic American-English styles that deliver satisfying flavor as well as good drinkability.
Not a beer fan? No problem. Mission brews a very delicious hard root beer on premise, and also offers patrons a number of fun frozen drink options.
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