crank up the
heat in this
hoppy IPA. For
those who can
handle the fire,
it’s a favorite.
will love this dry
salty and tart,
these are great
for summer and
come in flavors
and guava, and
5 TO TRY: UNUSUAL SAN DIEGO BREWS
This stout is
dessert in a
and tastes like
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
BAGBY BEER COMPANY
This craft beer hub offers multilevel dining,
a barrel-side tasting room, four bars, a giant
outdoor patio and decks with ocean views.
With 18 house-brewed beers on tap and a solid
selection of upscale pub grub—everything is
made in-house except the bread and tortillas—
it’s a must-visit.
601 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside
The Brew Project
Don’t have time to book a
brewery tour? This new bar
lets you sample the region’s
best beers without leaving
the city, since it pours only
locally made suds from two
dozen taps. Enjoy a cold one
with carne asada fries on
the sidewalk patio.
3683 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest
Customize your own tasting
adventure at this self-serve
bar with more than 40 digitally controlled taps. Pay by the
ounce to sample ales, ciders
and specialty beers, or pour a
whole pint of your favorite.
1261 Garnet Ave., Pacific
Beach; 215 N. Coast Hwy.,
Monkey Paw Pub
Owned by the same craft
beer enthusiast behind the
Tavern, this pub brews its
own line of hop-forward
beers and serves indulgent
snacks like “stoner fries”
and fried pretzels.
805 16th St., East Village
A landmark on San Diego’s
30th Street (aka Beer Street),
this watering hole has been
regularly named one of the
country’s best beer bars. Here
you’ll find 60 rotating taps,
burgers, sausage sandwiches
and a late-night menu.
4026 30th St., North Park
HELIX BREWING CO.
La Mesa’s latest suds post is a tastefully designed, happening spot in the commercial
warehouse district. Though the brainchild of
young brewmaster and engineer Cameron
Ball, this project became a community effort
as many locals pitched in to see Helix Brewing
succeed. Weekends are packed with families,
dogs and beer connoisseurs enjoying Ball’s
1492 hoppy IPA, gourmet eats from pop-ups
and live music. A giant potted tree anchors
the patio with counter seating, where patrons
play board games, talk beer and socialize.
Helix Brewing Co. gets it right.
8101 Commercial St, La Mesa