Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
San Diego Brewing Company has been part of the San Diego craft beer scene since the early days, but they have only recently taken the leap to significantly expand their production capabilities. With their new space and 10-barrel system on El Cajon Boulevard (made possible through the Brewery Igniter program), San Diego Brewing has expanded its production capacity more than four-fold; it’s also poised to potentially package its beers for distribution and reach a much wider audience.
The North Park tasting room is simple and cozy, with fermentation tanks and brewing equipment taking center stage as major design elements for the space. The beer lineup looks a lot like the original from their Grantville location (which still operates as a brewpub), though there’s a bit more being offered above and beyond the basic core beers.
Brewmaster Jeff Drum’s approach is skillful but straightforward; he makes clean, well balanced beers that deliver classic flavors. Perennial standouts in the mix are the caramelly amber, the roasty-nutty brown, and the San Diego Gold (American Blonde Ale), which is a tasty mix of bready pilsner-style malts with a light, crisp hoppiness and low bitterness.
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