Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
San Diego Brewing may be one of the unsung heroes in San Diego’s craft beer narrative. According to co-founder Lee Doxalter, Callahan’s (which became SD Brewing) was the first brewpub and then multi-tap brewery in the county (post-Prohibition). Soon after Karl Strauss opened the city’s first craft brewery in 1989, Doxalter and co-founder Scott Stamp opened Callahan’s, which quickly started brewing and offering a then-unheard-of 12-tap selection of handcrafted beers.
Today, San Diego Brewing is housed inside a large brewpub that offers a full menu and a choice of tables, booths, or seats at the spacious bar. The atmosphere is family-friendly and informal, so don’t come looking for a hipster “happening scene.”
Brewmaster Jeff Drum’s beer lineup at San Diego Brewing is intentionally straightforward and accessible, so drinkers of all tastes and palates will find something that suits. He does well-crafted, mostly American-style beers that are easy to drink and go well with food. (IPA lovers will be especially happy with the delicious Infinitude IPA.)
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