Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
It was only a matter of time before San Diego beer impresario Scot Blair set his sights on another beer-focused business. This time, Blair has been able to expand his massively successful and iconic beer bar (Hamilton’s Tavern) by opening the space that adjoins it.
Done with a distinctly nautical flair, this tasting room/restaurant space reflects Blair’s core mantra: bars and brewpubs should be unstuffy, welcoming, comfortable places that make it easy to socialize. Heavy, dark wood tables and booths—as well as a few long communal-style tables—provide the perfect setting for the boisterous atmosphere. A seafood menu of simple fare is available (the lobster rolls and big eye poke are excellent!) and all the fish is sourced from Catalina Offshore, one of San Diego’s premier seafood wholesalers.
Blair and Cosimo Sorrentino oversee the brewing program, which is focused specifically on small batches of seafood-friendly beers that are easy to drink. The core offerings include a light pale ale or two, an IPA, a Saison, and a few kinds of stout (if you see the oyster stout, make sure to get a taste!).
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