of San Diego
Hit some of the region’s beer
all-stars, like Ballast Point,
Green Flash, AleSmith and
Stone, with Brewery Tours of
San Diego. The tour options
change daily; each of them
makes three stops and
includes tastings, lunch and
a souvenir glass. Public and
private tours are available.
Get a workout and make new
friends while you pedal to
pubs on a 16-rider Dutch-style
bike. Several craft breweries
are on the agenda for Social
Cycle’s North Park route.
Private tours are also available
for groups of six or more.
Want to tour San Diego
breweries with your own posse?
That’s where Brew Hop comes
in. All of Brew Hop’s tours are
private and can be customized
to your preferences. The owners
have access to breweries that
don’t usually offer public tours,
the beer tastings are unlimited,
and they’ll shuttle you and
your guests around in a luxury
vehicle. Cheers to that.
taste one of several award winners from Rip Current.
Just outside downtown San Diego in Barrio Logan is
Border X, the city’s first Latino-owned brewery. Its
unique flavors, like Horchata Golden Stout and Abuel-
ita’s Chocolate Stout, reflect the owners’ heritage. In
what used to be a home in the East Village lies Half
Door Brewing. Closer to Petco Park is no-frills Monkey
Paw, which has 30 taps of house and other local craft
beers. Ocean Beach is home to Culture Brewing and
Helm’s Brewing tasting rooms, and OB Brewery has a
second-floor deck with views of the pier.
San Diego is full of up-and-coming craft breweries
and tasting rooms. Stop in and try a pint at any of the
new names popping up throughout the county. Craft
by Brewery Igniter in North Park has three startups
under one roof: Eppig, Pariah, and San Diego Brewing. Del Mar’s first, Viewpoint, is set right on the San
Dieguito Lagoon. Deft in Bay Park brews up Western
European–inspired beer, and Circle 9 has opened a
small tasting room in Kearny Mesa. Headed north?
Try Ebullition Brew Works or BattleMage Brewing
Company in Vista.
Hard cider is gaining a foothold in the San Diego beer
market. In the mountain town of Julian, famous for
its apple orchards and apple pies, Julian Cider Works
and Julian Hard Cider are putting their spin on the
classic concoction. Newtopia Cyder in Scripps Ranch
uses inventive botanical flavors like clementine, eucalyptus and marionberry, and Vista’s Twisted Horn
pours cider and mead in a Viking-chic tasting room.