Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Over the course of the past few years, the Oceanside brewing scene has been one of the most dynamic in all of San Diego County. By our count, O’side now has nine breweries, which includes the addition of the recently opened Northern Pine Brewing. Located on Horne Street just off the #5 freeway, this brewery helps to expand the downtown Oceanside beer map beyond the Coast Highway, which, so far, has been the nexus of all things sudsy near the water.
The Northern Pine tasting room is large and airy, with a nice long bar, plenty of seating, and tables that can accommodate a wide variety of parties. The furnishings are not fancy, but the big roll-up window and the high ceilings make the place feel light and roomy, with plenty of options for couples or large groups. Also part of the space is a small BBQ food counter that offers a limited (but tasty!) selection of beef, pork and chicken selections from the smoker in addition to cornbread, fries, collard greens, cole slaw, and a bunch of other down-home goodness (Frito pie!).
The beer lineup at Northern Pine is an impressive mix of styles, some of which—E.S.B, Rye Porter, and California Common, to name a few—are not well represented in most San Diego tasting rooms. Of particular note is the Golden Horizons IPA, which has heady aromas of lemon and tropical fruit on the nose balanced by low hop bitterness; the Rye God Porter, which emanates smoky coffee and dark chocolate on the nose with a light lactic sweetness on the finish; and the Hooked on Necropolis Dark Saison, which has rich aromas of banana, clove, and tropical fruit balanced with just the right amount of maltiness; it’s an especially well-crafted beer that’s clean, crisp, and easy to drink. And dark saison? You don’t see that in many places…
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