Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
North Park has long been a hub for great craft beer, so it’s no wonder that more and more breweries are establishing themselves in this neighborhood. The ones that do, know they have a sophisticated and experienced beer-drinking population to win over, and the stakes are high.
North Park Beer Co. renovated a large space on University Avenue (just off 30th Street) in the very heart of the North Park scene. The new digs are gorgeous; a beautifully designed Craftsman-inspired room with tons of light near the front, high ceilings of exposed wood, and a spacious mezzanine from which to peer down on it all. A giant bar dominates the downstairs, along with all kinds of tables, stools, and chairs to choose from. Few tasting rooms have this kind of space to work with.
Owner/brewer Kelsey McNair has chosen to open with a limited but fairly classic lineup of beers that include a few things hoppy and a few things malty. The Hop Fu IPA was the definite standout in the group, but the McNair’s Scottish Session Ale was notable for its simple, clean, pleasing notes of caramel and coffee—it had a very light mouthfeel but was redeemed by the fact that it clocked in at a mere 3% ABV.
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