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Christine
Austin (Texas)

San Diego

What are the best breweries in the area?

Can anyone tell me what the best breweries are in the area? I'll have a car when I'm down there, so they don't have to be right in San Diego proper, although that's where I'm staying.  And don't worry -- will always have a DD!


4 Answers

top answer by
Kyle from San Diego

Oh man, loaded question! There are well over 80 breweries/brew pubs in San Diego. It's practically a Mecca for good craft beer. You really don't necessarily need to visit the breweries themselves; tasting rooms and/or bars often give you a chance to try a lot of different ones. Nevertheless, here are a few of my favorite places to visit:


I really could go on for a while about this, but westcoastersd.com is a great resource for more San Diego beer info. Check out their directory for a list of even more places.

Hope that helps!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (attraction)
  2. Stone Brewing Company (restaurant)
  3. Coronado Brewing Company (attraction)
  4. Hess Brewing (attraction)
  5. URBN Coal Fired Pizza (restaurant)
  6. Belching Beaver Tasting Room (attraction)
  7. Mission Brewery (attraction)
  8. Petco Park (attraction)
  9. Neighborhood (restaurant)
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answered by
Peter from Bloomington (Indiana)

Ballast Point Brewing Company -- can't say enough about Calico Amber Ale.  

Also, never been to the brewpub, but I love most of what Lagunitas Brewing Company makes. They're up north in Petaluma.  Just putting that out there.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ballast Point Brewing Company (attraction)
  2. Lagunitas Brewing Company (attraction)
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answered by
Katherine from San Diego

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Santee (city)
  2. Butcher's Brewing (attraction)
  3. Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits (attraction)
  4. BNS Brewing and Distillery (attraction)
  5. Vista (city)
  6. Mother Earth Brew Co (attraction)
  7. Aztec Brewing Co. / Seven Nations Brewing Co. (attraction)
  8. Escondido (city)
  9. Stone Brewing Company (restaurant)
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answered by
Josh from San Diego

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Thorn Street Brewery (attraction)
  2. Saint Archer Brewing Company (attraction)
  3. Societe Brewing Company (attraction)
  4. Helm's Brewing Co. (attraction)
  5. Benchmark Brewing Company (attraction)
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