Make your way to Monkey Paw Brewing for tasty suds and savory snacks. You can’t go
wrong with a pint of Sweet Georgia Brown and a pulled pork sandwich with waffle fries.
805 16th St., East Village
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 aromatic 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, expansive grounds, 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 Parkway, 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.
10051 Old Grove Road, Scripps Ranch; 5401 Linda Vista Road, Linda Vista;
9045 Carroll Way, Miramar; 2215 India St., Little Italy
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
ALESMITH BREWING COMPANY
One of the country’s best small breweries, this institution has been churning out
spot-on renditions of beer styles spanning
the globe since the mid-’90s. Today, the
Smiths continue to diversify tasting room
offerings with flavored versions of their
incredible Speedway Stout, cask beers and
lower ABV offspring of the core beers.
9368 Cabot Drive, Miramar
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