Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
When Valley Center Brewing closed its doors last year, a major chunk of North County was left without a local brewery. Luckily, the predicament didn’t last long. At the end of 2016, Harrah’s Southern California Resort jumped into the San Diego brew scene by opening a brewery of its very own, right on site.
The finished product, called SR76 Beerworks, was the result of a proposal originally put forth by brewer Brian Scott and Harrah’s GM Darrell Pilant. By the time all the dust settled, Harrah’s boasted a gi-normous brewery space with a 15-barrel brewhouse and a spacious, airy, and modern tasting room for hotel guests and locals to enjoy.
Scott’s opening lineup consists of four core beers, designed mostly with accessibility and sessionability in mind. His saison, pale ale, wheat beer, and Kölsch are all below 6% ABV and are characterized by minimal hop aromas and bitterness, soft, round maltiness, and easy-drinking balance.
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