Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
By the time Rip Current opened its doors at the end of 2012, its debut had been much anticipated for quite some time. Co-founders Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe have well-established and highly respected track records as homebrewers—in fact, Sangster won the 2011 Ninkasi award from the American Homebrewers Association, essentially bestowing upon him the title of Best Homebrewer in America.
The Rip Current tasting room is an airy, light-filled space with a smallish bar, beer barrel tables, and a decent number of seats. It’s a refreshing change from the usual dark, mostly windowless spaces that characterize many brewery tasting rooms.
Much of Sangster and Shobe’s lineup concentrates on variations of classic American styles, all well done and easy to drink. Of particular note is the Tube Rye-Der IPA, which—at only 5.3% ABV—is a full-flavored, satisfying, very sessionable IPA that doesn’t sacrifice flavor for drinkability.
Rip Current North Park
4101 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
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