Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Well, Ramona’s brewery population has now doubled! With the addition of Smoking Cannon, right off Main Street, downtown Ramona now has two working breweries.
Smoking Cannon’s substantial charm lies in the fact that everything about the place—the concept, the tasting room, the beer lineup—reflects the passion and engaging hospitality of owners Natalie Phillips and Mike Nelson. The space has a distinctly handcrafted feel to it— one that invites patrons to relax and chat with Natalie as well as with other visitors. The Civil War theme and historical décor add unique interest, and the long, communal tables that dominate the tasting space facilitate social interaction and make this brewery especially fun to visit.
Mike brews a nice variety of styles (each beer is named after a specific type of Civil War cannon), many of which are clean, simple, and straightforward. A few of his more offbeat styles, such as his Blakeley Chili Ale, Phoenix Vanilla Cream, and Paxton Smoked Peanut Butter Ale, are notable for their creativity, balance, and restraint. Also on offer are Natalie’s homemade sodas and cold brew coffee, which you can have straight up or mixed into one of her many beer/soda combos (her ginger beer mixed with the session IPA is particularly tasty).
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