Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
The Local, on 4th Avenue just across from the Grant Hotel, used to be one of downtown’s best craft beer bars, but—since March of 2016—it got even better. That’s when Resident Brewing opened up in the (expanded) space and starting brewing right there on the premises.
The space is nice and large, with lots of seating, tables for big groups, and a full menu of pub-centric food. In the front, as you enter, you walk through the craft beer bar space of the new Local in order to get back to the Resident area. Though they both share a big open space, the two operations are somewhat distinct.
Brewer Robert Masterson does a nice job with a range of food-friendly and crowd-pleasing styles. The Perky Blonde was notable for its excellent mouthfeel, bready-biscuity flavors, and crisp, clean finish. The hoppy beers and porter were also particularly well done.
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