Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Before they moved into their new space on a main drag in downtown Chula Vista, the folks at Three Punk had been brewing in Santee for a few years on the Finest Made Ales equipment. By the time they set up their own brewhouse, they had already dialed in many of the recipes they wanted to brew.
Their Third Street tasting room is light and spacious, with a nice-size bar, a few large tables, and some tasting ledges that open to the street. The décor is fun and casual, with bold graphics that depict the rowdy bygone era of the 1980s punk scene.
The Three Punk lineup includes a nice variety of styles, including a number of lesser-done beers that offer patrons a refreshing break from the onslaught of IPAs and stouts. A very tasty Mexican Lager and a rich, malty Oktoberfest were among the highlights on tap, but the Brick Top English Brown stood out for its big, fresh coffee aromas and its delicious coffee/milk chocolate/caramel notes.
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