With more than 80 small craft breweries, including dozens of
national and international award winners, San Diego is abuzz
over its thriving and rapidly expanding craft brew scene. Here’s
a guide to some of the best breweries and beer pubs in town.
Craft Brew Capital
Quirky décor, including a wall of comic books and a mural constructed with Post-it
notes, is the backdrop for inventive brews on 16 taps such as Fortune Islands, a wheat
beer infused with tropical aromatics, and Black House, an oatmeal coffee stout made
with house-roasted beans.
3725 Greenwood St., Point Loma; additional tasting room at 3000 Upas St. in North Park
STONE BREWING WORLD BISTRO & GARDENS
Stone’s immense facilities boast farm-to-table dining, brewery tours, movie nights and
a merchandise outlet, but in the end, it’s all about the beer. The menu is loaded with
draft and bottled craft brews, including Stone’s signature Arrogant Bastard Ale and
top-notch suds from other local breweries.
1999 Citracado Pkwy, Escondido and 2816 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma
What started as a humble brewing operation in the back room of a supply shop
soon evolved to four busy breweries spread across the county. The newest location, a
107,000-square-foot brewing facility in Miramar, features two copper kettles imported from
Germany, a state-of-the-art lab, tasting
bar and full-service restaurant. Locations
in Scripps Ranch, Linda Vista, and
Little Italy, too.
FALL BREWING COMPANY
Brewmaster Ray Astamendi transformed a
former auto repair shop in North Park into
a 750-square-foot tasting room and production brewery where he and his team of passionate brewers create an exciting lineup,
ranging from hop-forward San Diego-style
IPAs to the 2 a.m. Bike Ride, a smooth vanilla bean stout brewed with local Dark Horse
coffee beans. There’s no kitchen on site,
but nightly pop-ups—when you can score
sushi, burgers or tacos—are common.
4542 30th St., North Park
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
BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS
Great news for beer lovers with gluten intolerance:
“Head Quack” Matt DelVecchio’s new brewery
produces a tasty selection of beers made with a
natural, flavorless enzyme that removes gluten.
Five core brews are available year-round, plus
seasonal releases, like the Ukrainian Imperial
Stout, with notes of raisins and plums and a
bittersweet chocolate finish.
8920 Kenamar Drive, #210, Miramar
Fall Brewing Company
DUCKFOOT BREWING COMPANY