Belching Beaver Peanut
Butter Milk Stout
Full-bodied and sweet, it’s
aromatic of and tastes like
dark chocolate Reese’s.
Modern Times Fruitlands
Sour Fruit Gose
Fruit-forward, salty and tart, and
come in flavors like apricot, passion
fruit and guava, and sour cherry.
AleSmith Evil Dead Red Ale
The annual homage to Halloween
is a blood-red ale with 6. 66
percent alcohol. A local artist
created this year’s label.
THE LOST ABBEY
Beer fans trek here to taste some of the most thoughtfully blended,
esoteric and hard-to-come-by barrel-aged creations on Earth, like
Duck Duck Gooze, a blend of young and old ales aged in French
oak wine barrels, and Red Barn Ale, an intoxicating spiced saison
ale brewed with orange peel and ginger.
155 Mata Way, San Marcos
GREEN FLASH BREWING COMPANY
This award-winning brewery is known for its robust, take-no-prisoners brews like the Palate Wrecker, an explosive, hoppy double
IPA. The tasting room is stocked with 30-plus taps, and rotating food
trucks serve up good eats. Stop by on Sunday morning for Hoppy
Yoga, followed by a pint.
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa
Named one of the best new San Diego breweries of 2016 by West
Coaster magazine, this eco-conscious brewery with upcycled decor is
all about small-batch beers with high-quality sustainable ingredients.
Try their Everyday California, a true Cali IPA with local wet hops, or
La Vie en Rosé, a tasty saison brewed with organic hibiscus flowers
from Africa, local Temecula honey and spices from Morocco.
9030 Kenamar Drive, Miramar
MIKE HESS BREWING
This small, family-owned company started as a home brewery and
now has three tasting rooms. Get a flight of their five core beers,
like the grapefruit Solis IPA and My Other Vice Berliner Weiss, in
an industrial setting at the North Park brewery or a bright, airy bar
in Ocean Beach. You can also get any of their beers canned, to go,
in 1-liter “purrowlers.”
7955 Silverton Ave., Miramar; 3812 Grim Ave., North Park; 4893
Voltaire St., Ocean Beach
This cozy beer garden decorated
with stringed lights is tucked
behind a tostada shop and spe-
cializes in German-style brews.
The “radler,” lager mixed with
house-made lemon-ginger soda,
is perfect on a hot day.
3139 University Ave.
North Park Beer Co.
A home brewer who won three
consecutive gold medals for his IPA
brings the neighborhood its newest
brewery. The dim tasting room is
designed with a 1930s aesthetic
and has plenty of seating. Try the
popular Hop Fu American IPA.
3038 University Ave.
Funky decor, affordable prices (a
flight of four beers is $6) and a
menu of sandwiches and burgers
using ethically sourced meats
makes this a welcome addition
to the local suds scene. They
specialize in farm saison ales, and
those who don’t drink beer will
appreciate the wine list.
2850 El Cajon Blvd.
Thorn St. Brewery
It may be blocks from the main
drag, but North Park’s first brewery is still busy. Build your own
beer flight and enjoy it on the
skylight-covered patio or stop by
for trivia night.
3176 Thorn St.
and corn hole
or catch an
outdoor flick at
this beer haven
more than 40
brews on tap.