Where to Drink in San Diego, California

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Admin (4,017) Aug 23, 1996 Finland
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    Home to more craft breweries than any other county in the state, San Diego's beer scene is widely spread across the county, with hotspots in Miramar (aka “Beeramar”), Downtown, and North County.

    Read the full article: Where to Drink in San Diego, California
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  2. Squire

    Squire Grand Pooh-Bah (3,931) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Extraordinary changes in the beer scene since I was last there, but that was more than 20 years ago.
  3. meefmoff

    meefmoff Pooh-Bah (1,798) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    On a much smaller scale, I really enjoyed the beer scene about an hour North in Temecula as well.
  4. narddawg314

    narddawg314 Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2015 Missouri

    perfect timing for this article... I'll be in San Diego for a week in January. Can't wait!!
  5. jjboesen

    jjboesen Pooh-Bah (1,992) Feb 1, 2002 Maryland

    Don't forget Half Door Brewing on Island Avenue. Great beer in a Victorian house.
  6. DarkSideOfTheMoon

    DarkSideOfTheMoon Zealot (529) Feb 18, 2016 Virginia

    I second Half Door Brewing. Great place and great beer downtown
  7. captaincoffee

    captaincoffee Pooh-Bah (2,144) Jul 10, 2011 Virginia
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    I've had the chance to visit San Diego 4 times in the past 5 years and the number of breweries is astounding. That Miramar area is crazy with Alesmith, Ballast Point, Mikkeller, Saint Archer, Intergalactic, Rough Draft, 32 North, Duckfoot, Reckless, Align, and 3 or 4 more breweries in a 5 mile stretch. White Labs is there too and has a great thing going where they brew the exact same beer with a dozen or so strains of their yeast so you can taste the difference the yeast makes in each one.
  8. freeballard

    freeballard Aspirant (288) Oct 21, 2008 California

    The last bit of the article has a toss-off line about going to Tijuana for Mexican lagers but there are a few breweries down there doing some interesting things. Well worth a quick day trip.
  9. hoponit

    hoponit Savant (1,005) Mar 3, 2003 New York

    I can’t believe that an article on where to drink in SD didn’t even mention The Brew Project. 30 taps of beers all brewed in SD county. Add to that good burgers and a nice outdoor space and you have an excellent destination. Located in the Hillcrest area, near the NW corner of Balboa Park.
  10. BeanBump

    BeanBump Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2016 California

    For visitors, the most bang for your SD beer buck does, in fact, come via Beeramar. The area isnt even relegated to just beer either. You also have a couple cider, mead and even craft sake choices in the hood too.

    North Park is decent but likely requires some Lyfting, downtown has a few brewpubs like the aforementioned Halfdoor but the the best taplist in the area is definitely at Monkey Paw.

    North county is fun but pretty spread out. If you feel like braving it, give Lost Abbey and Toolbox a go and, of course, you might as well hit Stone's flagship brewery in Escondido while youre at it (although Ive long felt as though the Liberty Station location has the better taplist)
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  11. Keene

    Keene Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    A fair point and a solid recommendation—thanks for sharing. Any travel guide to a city as large as San Diego is bound to leave out a few deserving spots. Our Destinations articles are meant to be a starting point for visitors, and often concentrate on locations in close proximity to one another.
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  12. jjboesen

    jjboesen Pooh-Bah (1,992) Feb 1, 2002 Maryland

    Monkey Paw has closed. Alas!
  13. BuzzedNinthBeer

    BuzzedNinthBeer Initiate (0) May 31, 2018 California

    Societe in Clairemont, in northwest San Diego.
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  14. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2014 California

    North Park is one of the best spots to get small breweries and large alike with good beer all around with North Park Brewing being one of the best imo.
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  15. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,326) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Better hit Ballast Point before it goes under. :wink:
  16. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,151) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    If you have the time, don't miss the Stone Beer Garden in Escondido. You don't even have to like their beers (plenty of guest taps). The design of the restaurant and garden is worth the trip.
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  17. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Pooh-Bah (1,917) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    OB is still the best. Awesome surfer community w the most outrageous Asian fusion beer bar on the planet
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