Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Stone fans in the more southern neighborhoods of San Diego had reason to rejoice in May 2013, when Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens—Liberty Station opened its doors. The huge new space delivers everything the hard-core Stone groupie craves and more, including plenty of rock and water features, bocce courts, and an outdoor movie-viewing lawn.
A good deal of the original historic military barracks structure has been incorporated into the renovation, which covers about 55,000 square feet and includes private rooms for meetings and special events, as well as expansive indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Perhaps the best aspect of the new location is that it offers brewer Kris Ketcham and his team a chance to explore beer styles and recipes that are not feasible on a larger scale. Though this location offers the entire Stone lineup, it also offers small-batch specialty brews created on site with a 20-barrel system. Given the small production of these beers, they change daily, so no beer is guaranteed to reappear on any kind of schedule (some great wit beers were on tap for our visit). Luckily, no matter what’s pouring, you can bet it’ll be excellent.
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