Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
If you’ve heard of San Diego craft beer, you’ve heard of Stone. As perhaps Southern California’s greatest brewing success story (thus far), Stone has cultivated vast legions of loyal, dedicated, die-hard fans all over the world. Not surprisingly, the “cult of Stone” is often compared to that of a rock band.
Stone’s main facility in Escondido is big, and getting bigger. The concrete building that houses the enormous brewery space and administrative offices fell short in terms of capacity a while back. The brewery shares the building with the company’s restaurant, Stone World Bistro & Gardens, which offers beautiful indoor and outdoor settings replete with ponds, waterfalls, fire pits, and lots of greenery.
Super-talented Head Brewer Mitch Steele oversees the production of too many great beers to summarize here. If you’re anything of a hop-head, you’ll love the variety of aggressively hopped full-flavored options on tap. If you prefer other styles, such as barley wines, stouts, porters, or Belgians (which are plenty hoppy!), there’s always an array of excellent selections from which to choose. No matter what you try, you won’t go wrong.
Other Tasting Locations:
310 N Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054
Stone Tap Room (Downtown): 795 J Street, San Diego, 92101
Stone on Kettner (Downtown): 1202 Kettner Blvd. Suite 101, San Diego, 92101
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