Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
They named themselves “pariahs,” which are outcasts, but—in my opinion—these guys are more-than-welcome additions to the San Diego brewery scene.
As the third brewery to open in the trio of Brewery Igniter suites on the corner of El Cajon Boulevard and Ohio St. in North Park, Pariah Brewing Company is ready to make its mark. The cozy, handcrafted tasting room is spare but welcoming, with high-top communal tables and drinking ledges that provide plenty of room for social sipping.
The beer lineup, curated primarily by Brewer Brian Mitchell, is a praiseworthy mix of recognizable and creative, with beers that synthesize the straightforward with the downright offbeat. The light, crisp, refreshing and approachable Off White Wit is accentuated with orange blossom, honey, jasmine, green tea, lemongrass, orange slices, and ginger. Of the two IPAs, one is a more traditional hop-bursted brew (Dank Drank) and the other is jazzed up with the addition of peach, mango, and hemp oil (Drupe Fruit IPA). Erotic City, which is a deep golden orange ale brewed with orange blossom honey, muscat grapes, and grains of paradise, is a complex Belgian-inspired winner that rivals some of the best in the Lost Abbey lineup.
Pariah is one of three side-by-side breweries opened through the Brewery Igniter program in North Park this year. They share wall space with Eppig Brewing on one side and San Diego Brewing Company on the other
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