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

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

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  1. wesbray

    wesbray Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    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. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Aug 19, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    mad lab in chula vista
     
  3. blguillen

    blguillen Apr 19, 2011 California

    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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  4. SageO

    SageO Jul 13, 2010 California
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  5. blguillen

    blguillen Apr 19, 2011 California

  6. mrcraft

    mrcraft Dec 15, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

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

    For me, Alpine.
     
  7. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    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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  8. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    Mad Labs,
    On the Tracks Brewing
    ChuckAlex
    Wet'nWreckless
    Breakwater Brewpub
    Coronado Brewpub
     
  9. wesbray

    wesbray Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    I'll have two days. No idea where I will be staying yet, depends on the beer...
     
  10. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    I have a few questions:

    1. Where is Wet 'N Reckless

    2. Why are you listing Coronado with the rest of these?
     
  11. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    Stay in Mission Valley, be sure a drive to Alpine is on your itinerary.
     
  12. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    1) Over by Green Flash
     
  13. oxcitypauze

    oxcitypauze Jan 4, 2013 California

    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.
     
  14. wesbray

    wesbray Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    If you had to visit either Ballast Point or Green Flash which one would you go for?
     
  15. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    Stumblefoot.
     
  16. carnevoodoo

    carnevoodoo Oct 10, 2007 California
    Beer Trader

    Dude...
     
  17. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    Breakwater and Coronado are clearly in a higher class than those others.
     
  18. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

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

    pinkgrenade Aug 19, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

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

    Xul May 18, 2008 California

    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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  21. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Nov 29, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

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

    SUBER Jan 26, 2013 California
    Beer Trader

    Rather hit up any other brewery than those 2 breweries...
    Pizza Port in Carlsbad and they have a bottle shop next door...
    Suber
     
  23. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    Iron Fist seems to ship a lot of beer.
     
  24. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    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.
     
  25. AlexM

    AlexM Jun 9, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    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$$
     
  26. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    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.
     
  27. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    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.
     
  28. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Aug 19, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    snarkiness on the internet? never!
     
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  29. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Don't forget Manzanita....
     
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  30. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    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.
     
  31. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

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

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    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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  33. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    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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  34. nanobrew

    nanobrew Dec 31, 2008 California

    Here is a starting point.
     
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  35. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    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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  36. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    Better than the opposite.
     
  37. besaunders

    besaunders Nov 8, 2007 California

    That was not a complaint. Just a statement that all the options flummoxes most people, especially those that want a definitive answer.
     
  38. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    Definitive answers to subjective recomendations.
     
  39. nanobrew

    nanobrew Dec 31, 2008 California


    I agree there are a lot of options, but the main thing is finding the options. When i am traveling to a new area I always go to google maps, look for places, then look for reviews. We have no idea what part of SD this guy is staying in, if he has a car, how far he is willing to travel, what exactly he is looking for, etc. Best place for him to start is looking up places, then he can ask specific questions.

    I agree with what you said before about hitting up beer bars over breweries. There are some amazing beer bar that you can try top notch beer with out driving across SD county. If you are not interested in picking up Alpine bottles I would even suggest skipping the brewery and hitting up Toronado, O'brien's, the Harp, BLAH, etc.
     
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