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Let these tour
companies do the
driving so you can
focus on imbibing.
Brewery Tours of
Taste some of San
Diego’s best brews on
a public brewery tour.
Tours are available
seven days a week,
including an evening
tour on Fridays.
Get “rock star” access
to San Diego breweries
on a private beer
customized just for you.
This unique tour blends
scenery with suds.
just off 30th Street in the beer-friendly burg of
North Park. Visitors will have plenty of space to
taste and Hess will have lots of room to grow.
Talk about a win-win.
3812 Grim Avenue
This low-frills, high-flavor South Park beer
bastion is such a hit, it’s been copied around
the country. Enjoy the simple formula of casual-meets-craft (and lots of it) at this sizeable dive
bar done right, or get a similar suds list and
mandated coziness at its intimate and aptly
named University Heights offshoot, Small Bar.
1521 30th Street
Thorn Street Brewery
With dual sampling spaces (go beyond the front
bar to the backside lounging area) and plenty of
happy locals tipping back tasters and pints, this
converted homebrew supply store is fast becoming the place to be for North Park denizens looking to support their local everything.
3176 Thorn Street
Tiger! Tiger! Tavern
A fave of hipsters, families, and suds-loving
seniors, this spinoff of Normal Heights’ beer-cen-
tric pie outpost Blind Lady Ale House packs ’em
in most weeknights (especially when beers from
owner/brewer Lee Chase’s Automatic Brewing
Company are on tap), but it’s weekend brunch
when the communal den is at its most convivial.
3025 El Cajon Boulevard
The roots of this beer bar extraordinaire
may be firmly planted in San Fran soil, but ownership’s allegiance to local brewing companies like
Alpine, Ballast Point, and Societe, and the staff’s
ability to instill a laid-back atmosphere more suited
to SoCal sensibilities make the North Park edition
of this NorCal institution 100 percent San Diegan!
4026 30th Street
Karl Strauss Tasting Room
Whether you’re looking to find that one special bottle, to fill a couple growlers, or order
a pony keg for a special event, be sure to find Karl Strauss’ new tasting room hidden in
a quiet neighborhood near Pacific Beach. It’s not a full service restaurant like their other
locations--they do have food trucks parked there regularly and snacks available--but that
makes it that much more of an authentic experience for the craft beer purists.