Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
What started as a humble brewery in the back of
a supply shop has evolved into the reigning best
small brewing company in the world (awarded
by the World Beer Cup, the Olympics of beer).
Ballast Point recently expanded its main facility
in Scripps Ranch, adding a new tasting bar with
extra space for a craft distillery. Only two years
old, that side project has already garnered industry kudos for its Devil’s Share Whiskey.
Highlights: Brewery tours offered daily at
12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. 10051 Old Grove Road,
Scripps Ranch; 5401 Linda Vista Road, Linda Vista
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Manzanita Brewing Company
From day one, this brewery’s tasting room has
rivaled full-on bars as a popular haunt for East
County beer lovers. Such a loyal following is well
deserved for a company with so much hometown pride at its core. Try the Riverwalk Blonde
or Gillespie Brown Ale.
Highlights: Food trucks regularly stop by to
supply beer lovers with fortifying fare that pairs
perfectly with a brew or three.
9962 Prospect Avenue, Santee
One of the country’s largest yeast production companies has an in-house tasting bar
showcasing beers brewed by White Labs’ lab
technicians alongside pro brewers’ beers that
use the same recipe, but a totally different
type of yeast. The result? Completely different
final products. Science lessons never tasted
Highlights: On Fridays and Saturdays, tours
are held hourly from 2: 30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m.
9495 Candida Street, Miramar
Located in the old Wonder Bread building
adjacent to San Diego Padres’ Petco Park,
Mission Brewery is a tailgate-friendly hops
spot. Try the Mission Pils, the brewery’s take
on the classic German brew (and the 2012
San Diego International Beer Festival Gold
Highlights: Tours run Friday to Saturday from
12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., every hour on the hour.
1441 L Street, East Village