Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
A small, unassuming wooden building just outside of Julian center houses Tom Nickel’s humble brewery. It may look simple, but inside, beers of impressive flavor and complexity are being brewed.
Julian is San Diego’s “mountain town.” High up in the eastern part of the county, it’s about an hour’s drive from downtown. Populated by pine trees and rolling hills, the rustic, Old West flavor of Julian offers a real feeling of getaway for visitors.
Tom Nickel is no newbie to the San Diego brewing scene. He’s made beer for some of the most popular breweries in town, and he’s the owner of O’Brien’s Pub (in Kearny Mesa), which is largely considered to be one of the best craft beer bars in the county. Tom’s beers are all solid, flavorful expressions of classic styles, but he’s not afraid to get creative. His Apple Pie Ale, which provides a rich blast of apples, cinnamon, and allspice, is just one fun example.
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