Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Let’s see…where to begin? It’s a brewery. It’s a bowling alley. It’s a cocktail bar (actually two or three). It’s a big, beautiful space, both outdoors and in. There are bocce courts. And fire pits. Urge Common House is all that, and more. Located adjacent to the Cal State San Marcos campus, the newest Urge (there is one in Rancho Bernardo and Oceanside) is the premier business that will provide the anchor for development in the sprawling multi-use area that surrounds it.
First off, the place is truly fun. Even if you’re not bowling in the 8-lane bowling alley, you’ll appreciate the playful “Big Lebowski” design elements that adorn the alley, and will no doubt find a tasty beverage at the alley’s bar, which features a dazzling array of cool cocktails, including ten versions of the classic White Russian.
Out in the main space, there are a variety of seating “environments” for patrons to choose, depending on your mood and your group. There are booths, long family-style tables, and smaller, more intimate tables—there’s even an area with big overstuffed leather sofas and flat screens that provide more of lounge vibe than a restaurant feel.
Options abound outside as well. Guests can gather around one of the many fire pits, pull up a regular table, or hang out on the neat, new bocce courts with their favorite cocktails.
If you’ve been to one of the other Urges, you’ll recognize the food menu in San Marcos. All the Urge favorites are offered here, including the killer brussels, great calamari, monster burgers of all kinds, and one of the best meatloafs in the county. In addition to a nice selection of Mason Ale Works beers (Charley Hustle Red IPA is a great food beer) there are numerous other excellent beers on offer, as well as an impressive collection of whiskeys and cocktails.
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