San Diego is known as a beer town for a good reason: San Diego Breweries offer some of the best beer anywhere! More than sixty craft breweries are making award winning beer here. The beer scene in San Diego is quite active.
San Diego is one of the premier beer destinations in the United States.Beer lovers from all over visit the area to sample the special brews being produced. It’s easy to make a day or two of touring the best breweries. Some breweries focus strictly on the beer. Others have both beer and food.
The Best San Diego Breweries
Alesmith Brewing Company
Address: 9990 AleSmith Court, San Diego
Telephone: (858) 549-9888
Open Mon.-Sat. 11-10 PM; Sun. 11-9 PM
Award-winning producer of handcrafted brews. Consistently outstanding beer. Free tours are available weekly. Call ahead for reservations. Kid friendly and dog friendly. Note: If you are a Padre fan, come see the Tony Gwynn Museum in this brewery.
Alpine Beer Company
2351 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA
Telephone: (619) 445-2337
Open Tues.-Sun. Noon – 7 PM
A small brewery producing quality beer. They have a pub located just 1/2 mile from the brewery at 1347 Tavern Road. The patio at the pub is dog friendly.
Amplified Ale Works
Address: 4150 Mission Blvd. #208, San Diego (Pacific Beach)
Telephone: (858) 270-5222
Open Mon – Wed: 11AM – 11PM; Thur. – Sat. 11AM – Midnight; Sun. 11AM – 11PM
The place to go to enjoy quality beer, Mediterranean-style food, and ocean views. Amplified Ale Works has a second location in the Miramar area of San Diego at 9030 Kenamar Drive #309San Diego. All of their beers are Gluten-Reduced with Clarity Ferm.
Automatic Brewing Company
Address: 3416 Adams Ave., San Diego
Telephone: (619) 544-0555
Open T-Th 5 PM – Midnight; Fri.-Sun. 11:30 – Midnight
Enjoy outstanding beer from Automatic Brewing Company along with great food at Blind Lady Ale House. This popular beer pub consistently wins awards for best pub in San Diego.
Aztec Brewing Company
2330 La Mirada Dr. Su. 300, Vista, CA
Open Mon.-Wed. 3-8 PM; Thurs. and Fri. 3-10 PM; Sat. 1-9; Sun. 1-7
Beers range from mild to strong and are produced with a variety of alcohol levels.
15 Main St., #B100, Vista, CA 92083
Telephone: (760 407-7600
This brewery has locations in Anaheim and Irvine.
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Address: 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 790-6900
Open Mon-Thur 11:00am-11:00pm; Fri & Sat 11:00am-12:00am; Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm
This brewery has seven locations total. In San Diego they have a brewery in Scripps Ranch and Little Italy. If you are interested in home brewing, this is the place to go. They sell supplies and can offer advice. Ballast Point offers a wide variety of quality beer.
Breakwater Brewing Company
101 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA
Telephone: (760) 433-6064
Breakwater serves pizza, their own special brews, as well as other local beers. Open for lunch and dinner.
Coronado Brewing Company
Address: 170 Orange Avenue, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 437-4452
Opens daily at 11 AM
Coronado Brewing has opened a location at 1205 Knoxville Street in San Diego. They’ve also opened a restaurant at in 875 Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach.
Green Flash Brewing Company
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego
Telephone: (858) 622-0085
Open Mon. -Wed. 3-9PM; Thurs. 3-10; Fri. noon-10; Sat. noon-9; Sun. noon-8
Green Flash is located in the Sorrento Valley area not far from I-805. Stop by and sample the outstanding beer from this San Diego brewery.
Mike Hess Brewing
Address: 7955 Silverton Ave., Su. 1201, San Diego
Telephone: (619) 887-6453
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-9 PM; Fri. and Sat. Noon – 10 PM; Sun. Noon-6PM
Hess Brewing is San Diego’s first licensed nano-brewery. It produces small, handcrafted batches of beer. It’s original location is off Miramar Rd. between 805 and 15. They now have locations in North Park and Oceanside.
Iron Fist Brewing Company
Address: 1305 Hot Spring Way #101, Vista, CA
Telephone: (760) 216-6500
Open Wed. 4PM – 9PM; Thurs. 3PM – 9PM; Fri. 3PM – 10PM:Sat. Noon – 10PM; Sun. 1-8PM
Iron Fist Brewing Company has a second tasting room at 1985 National Ave. #1132
San Diego. This is a family owned brewery specializing in hand crafted beer.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Address: 5985 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 273-2739
Karl Strauss has multiple locations in the San Diego area. The Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens in Sorrento Mesa is a gorgeous location for a wedding.
Latitude 33 Brewing Company
Address: 1430 Vantage Ct #104, Vista, CA
Open Mon.-Thur. 4-9pm Fri. 4-10:30PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-7PM
Enjoy exceptional craft beer at Latitude 33.
Address: 1441 L StreetSan Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 544-0555
One Sun.-Thurs. Noon-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-Midnight
One of the first commercial San Diego breweries. This brewery opened in 1913, but closed during Prohibition. It reopened in 2007. Tours are available on the weekends. Enjoy a wide variety of high quality handcrafted beers.
Modern Times Beer
Address: 3725 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 546-9694
The main location is in the Point Loma area. There’s a second location at 3000 Upas St (corner of 30th & Upas) in the North Park area of San Diego. This is the place to enjoy high quality beer in a friendly atmosphere. They offer 32 beers on tap. While they do not sell food, you are welcome to bring in food.
Monkey Paw Brewing Company
Address: 805 16th St., San Diego
Telephone: (619) 358-9901
Open Mon.-Wed. Noon-Midnight; Thurs.-Sun. Noon-2AM
Serving lunch and dinner as well. This is the place to enjoy a well balanced handcrafted ale along with a juicy cheesesteak sandwich. They produce award-winning beer.
New English Brewing Company
Address: 11545 Sorrento Valley Rd. Su. 305, San Diego
Telephone: (619) 857-8023
Open Mon. – Thurs. 4-8 PM; Fri. 11:30AM-8:30PM; Sat.Noon – 7 PM
New English Brewing Company specializes in English style ales. They have won numerous wards for their beers.
Nickel Beer Company
Address: 1485 Hollow Glen Road, Julian, CA
Telephone: (760) 765-2337
Open Mon.-Thurs. 2-7:30PM; Fri. 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM; Sat. 11:AM – 8:30PM; Sun. 11AM-7:30PM
Enjoy an hour drive to the historic town of Julian for a country getaway. Explore the town and sample great crafted beer.
Pizza Port Brewing
Address: 135 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 90725
Telephone: (858) 481-7332
Open Sun – Thur: 11am – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 11am – midnight
Pizza Port Brewing is a chain of five family owned beer pubs. In addition to their Solana Beach location they also have beer pubs in Carlsbad, Ocean Beach, Brassi Ranch (Carlsbad), and Bottleship (Carlsbad). They offer great pizza along with award winning beer.
Address: 5375 Kearny Villa Rd #116, San Diego, CA
Telephone: 5375 Kearny Villa Rd #116, San Diego, CA
Open Mon. – Thurs. Noon – 8PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon – 10PM; Sun. Noon – 6PM
The place to enjoy small bath, quality beer.
Reckless Brewing Company
Address: 9040 Carroll Way #6, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 876-7557
Open Wed.-Fri 4-10 PM; Sat. 3-10PM’ Sun. 2-8PM
Visit soon and enjoy a taster, pint or take home a growler. Their beers are only available at the brewery. It’s a place to relax and hang out. There’s darts and board games to play and make friends as sip beer.
Rip Current Brewing Company
Address: 1325 Grand Ave, Suite 100, San Marcos, CA
Telephone: (760) 481-3141
Open Mon. – Thurs. 3PM – 8PM; Fri. 3-9PM; Sat. Noon – 9PM; Sun. Noon – 7PM
Rip Current has a second tasting room in the North Park area of San Diego at 4101 30th Street. Owners Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe produce a variety of high quality beers.
San Diego Brewing Company
Address: 10450 Friars Rd. #L, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 284=2739
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11 AM – Midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11 AM – 1 AM; Sun. 10 AM – 10 PM
San Diego Brewing offers a varied menu serving salads, burgers, and sandwiches for both lunch and dinner. They feature their own brews as well as other local beers. It’s the place to go for watching sports. They have 17 flat screen television and two very large projection screens.
Address: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 598-5409
Open Sun. – Thurs. Noon-9PM; Fri. – Sat. Noon – 10PM
Societe is known for its world class beer. Societe is both children and dog friendly. One of the San Diego breweries you must visit!
Stone Brewing Company
Address: 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido
Telephone: (760) 294-7866
Open daily 11 AM – 9 PM. They close at 10PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Stone Brewing is the largest of the San Diego breweries. Come sample the beer or enjoy lunch or dinner.
Stumblefoot Brewing Company
Address: 1784 La Costa Meadows Dr., San Marcos
Open Thurs. 4-7 PM; Fri. 3-8 PM; Sat. Noon-6 PM
Visit their tasting room to sample their outstanding artisan crafted beers.
San Diego Wineries
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