SAN DIEGO: Brewpub Capital of the U.S.?

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Every time we turn around a new brewery or brewpub is opening in San Diego County. We could probably do one post a week just on this topic alone, but in the interest of space and in deference to non-beer drinkers, we chose to consolidate the state of suds in SD into two posts—one for San Diego and one for North County San Diego (coming next week).

Our very unscientific research found 61+ breweries and brewpubs* located within the county, a figure that just very well may be higher than any other town, although Seattle and Portland are possible rivals. Nonetheless, when you are ready to sample some tasty brew, you shouldn’t have to look far.

Your San Deigo contenders:

Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment • 1795 Hancock, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
AleSmith Brewing Company • 9638 Cabot Drive, San Diego • Brewery only
Alpine Beer Company  • 2351 Alpine Blvd, Alpine • Brewpub
Amplified Ale Works • 4150 Mission Blvd #208, San Diego • Brewpub
Automatic Brewing Co. • 3416 Adams, San Diego • Brewery  – attached to Blind Lady Ale House
Backstreet Brewery • multiple locations • Brewpubs
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits • 10051 Old Grove Rd, San Diego • Brewery, distiller, tasting room
Belching Beaver Brewery • multiple locations • Brewery and tasting room
Benchmark Brewing Company •  6190 Fairmont Suite G, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Callahan’s Pub & Brewery • 8111 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego • Brewpub
Coronado Brewing Company • 1205 Knoxville Street, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Gordon Biersch • 5010 Mission Center Road, San Diego • Brewpub
Green Flash Brewing • 6550 Mira Mesa, San Diego• Brewery and tasting room
Groundswell Brewing Company • 6304 Riverdale, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Helm’s Brewing Company • 5640 Kearney Mesa Rod Suite C/N, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Hillcrest Brewing Company • 1458 University Avenue, San Diego • Brewpub
Intergalactic Brewing Company • 9835 Carroll Centre Road, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Karl Strauss Brewing Company • multiple locations • Brewpub
La Jolla Brewing Company • 7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla • Brewpub
Manzanita Brewing Company • 10151 Prospect, Santee • Brewery and tasting room
Mike Hess Brewing • multiple locations • Brewery and tasting room
Mission Brewery • 1441 L Street, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Modern Times Beer • 3725 Greenwood Street, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Monkey Paw Brewing Company • 805 16th Street, San Diego • Brewpub
New English Brewing Company • 11545 Sorrento Valley Road #305, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Pacific Beach Ale House • 721 Grand Ave, San Diego • Brewpub
Pizza Port • multiple locations • Brewpub
Rock Bottom Brewery • 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla • Brewpub
Rough Draft Brewing Company • 8830 Rehco Rd Suite D, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Saint Archer Brewing Company • 9550 Distribution Avenue, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
San Diego Brewery • 10450 Friars Rd Suite L, San Diego• Brewpub
Societe Brewing Company • 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
The Beer Company • 602 Broadway, San Diego • Brewpub
Thorn Street Brewery • 3176 Thorn Street, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
Wet ’n Reckless Brewing • 10054 Mesa Ridge Ct #132, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room
White Labs Tasting Room • 9495 Candida Street, San Diego • Brewery and tasting room

 

If you want to know more about the San Diego craft beer scene, don’t miss The San Diego Brewers Guild and the West Coaster magazine.

*Several breweries operate multiple locations.

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