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Must-Visit Breweries and Must-Buy Beers in San Diego

Discussion in 'US - Pacific' started by wesbray, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. I'm visiting SD in the summer and I only have time to visit a few breweries. Where in your opinions are the "must-visit" breweries and what are the "must-buy" beers? What I mean by this is that I know of some great breweries who aren't worth visiting (no taproom, tours, restaraunt etc) but their beer is totally worth buying either on tap somewhere or bottled...
     
  2. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Champion (915) California Nov 29, 2006

  3. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Savant (270) California Aug 19, 2011

    mad lab in chula vista
     
  4. blguillen

    blguillen Savant (300) California Apr 19, 2011

    I wonder if there is a way to 'sticky' cetain topics (i.e. San Diego Breweries/Bottleshops, OC Breweries/Bottleshops and LA Breweries/Bottleshops). Seems like a lot of visitors ask the same general questions and it would be easier for everyone.
     
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  5. SageO

    SageO Savant (385) California Jul 13, 2010

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  6. blguillen

    blguillen Savant (300) California Apr 19, 2011

  7. mrcraft

    mrcraft Advocate (735) California Dec 15, 2012

    There were great answers in the West Coast Road Trip thread you started that we helped you out with.

    For me, Alpine.
     
  8. One thing time and time again that these visitor posts omit is in what part of town they are staying, and how much time they have (for example, 2 hours each day, one entire afternoon, etc.).
     
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  9. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) California Dec 10, 2011

    Mad Labs,
    On the Tracks Brewing
    ChuckAlex
    Wet'nWreckless
    Breakwater Brewpub
    Coronado Brewpub
     
  10. I'll have two days. No idea where I will be staying yet, depends on the beer...
     
  11. I have a few questions:

    1. Where is Wet 'N Reckless

    2. Why are you listing Coronado with the rest of these?
     
  12. Stay in Mission Valley, be sure a drive to Alpine is on your itinerary.
     
  13. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) California Dec 10, 2011

    1) Over by Green Flash
     
  14. Man I live almost down the street from this spot, so thanks for this. How's their stuff?

    A buddy and I were just complaining of a lack of breweries/tasting rooms down here in the southern parts.
     
  15. domtronzero

    domtronzero Initiate (0) California Aug 18, 2007

    Hess should be on that list, no?
     
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  16. If you had to visit either Ballast Point or Green Flash which one would you go for?
     
  17. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) California Dec 10, 2011

    Stumblefoot.
     
  18. Dude...
     
  19. Breakwater and Coronado are clearly in a higher class than those others.
     
  20. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) California Dec 10, 2011

    I'm simply advocating for all the brewers across the entire spectrum of the county. Little guys need love too.
     
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  21. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Savant (270) California Aug 19, 2011

    you got a problem with that derek? im sorry they are making delicious beer
     
  22. Xul

    Xul Advocate (530) California May 18, 2008

    I will give them credit for being creative - they don't allow themselves to be constrained by concepts like good taste or proper fermentation techniques the way most brewers do.
     
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  23. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Champion (915) California Nov 29, 2006

    Along with Prohibition and Iron Fist. SD Must Hits.
     
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  24. SUBER

    SUBER Aficionado (230) California Jan 26, 2013

    Rather hit up any other brewery than those 2 breweries...
    Pizza Port in Carlsbad and they have a bottle shop next door...
    Suber
     
  25. Iron Fist seems to ship a lot of beer.
     
  26. So I'm not a local but I'm gathering this thread has turned into a contest of who can recommend the worst brewery in San Diego. In the time that it took you people to type your snarky response, you could have actually given a legit rec.

    OP...hit Alpine and Pizza Port Ocean Beach. Maybe Societe too.
     
  27. AlexM

    AlexM Advocate (500) California Jun 9, 2011

    Agreed with Alpine and Pizza Port Ocean Beach (which is cool cuz they have a ton of great beer on tap ... many times Pliny The Elder) ... I would also throw in AleSmith , their Speedway Stout is truly kick a$$
     
  28. If you look in the second post in this thread, you will see dozens of links to recent threads where people have essentially asked the same question - thus the reason for the snarkiness.
     
  29. Yeah, I saw that and I get the reason for the snarkiness. I just find it childish. If you find the thread a waste of time, just move on to the next one.
     
  30. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Savant (270) California Aug 19, 2011

    snarkiness on the internet? never!
     
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  31. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Don't forget Manzanita....
     
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  32. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) California Dec 10, 2011

    A glowing gem compared to El Cajon Brewing. However, if you go to ECB you might just get to witness and brother vs. brother 6 gun shootout. Highnoon.
     
  33. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    ....don't forget a chick bending over mopping. I'll bring a 1' long mop for her to use.
     
  34. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) California Dec 10, 2011

    This list has nothing to do with the quality of beer produced. It's not funny if I have to explain it.

    Think about it.
     
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  35. domtronzero

    domtronzero Initiate (0) California Aug 18, 2007

    Sorry we all aren't "adult" enough for you on teh interwebz.
     
  36. AptosBeerDrinker admits he is not a local, so he probably doesn't understand the SanDiegoBeerHipster persona (which includes a lot of irony).
     
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  37. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) California Dec 31, 2008

    Here is a starting point.
     
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  38. SanDiegoBeerSaturation

    I think that other useful questions for Wesbray are:

    1. Is there any beer from San Diego you already really like, and want to visit the "source"?
    2. What style of beers are your favorite?

    Don't get hung up on breweries and bottle shops; I think it is also a lot of fun to hang out at some bars and see what they have on tap. To me, Toronado and O'Briens are always worth a visit. BLAH / Tiger! Tiger! are pretty decent places as well.
     
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  39. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (480) California Dec 11, 2010

    Better than the opposite.
     
  40. That was not a complaint. Just a statement that all the options flummoxes most people, especially those that want a definitive answer.
     

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