Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
With the opening of The Bell Marker, the downtown beer scene got a nice bump up in quality. The brewhouse and the space are not new—this is the previous site of The Beer Company—but the new ownership, new menu, and new brewers from Pizza Port have now made this a go-to destination for quality craft beer and some good eats.
The space is still on the dark side (as it has always been) but it’s super roomy with lots of seating and table options. The bar is huge and offers a dozen house beers along with a very nice selection of quality guest beers and cocktails. The menu is relatively simple but well done, with a ton of options for vegans and non-vegans alike. The pizzas—which can be done either vegan or non-vegan—are especially good, in large part due to the excellent crispy crust.
The house-brewed beer lineup offers an impressive variety of traditional styles and flavors, all of which are nicely done. The Czech-Style Pilsner and the English Blonde were both very satisfying and flavorful, and the maltier beers (PJ’s Red, Maeby Brown, and Cassidy Irish Dry Stout) delivered excellent caramel, chocolate and coffee flavors that were clean and well-balanced. Hop lovers, too, will no doubt be happy with the pale ales and IPAs on offer, with the Pinecrest Pale Ale and the NFH IPA being particular standouts.
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 120 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