Your Destination Guide to San Diego

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There is a bitter, citrusy style of ale that slakes your thirst better than anything else possibly could on a summer's day in Southern California. It's hoppy and stronger than average, and quickly becoming the drink that defines San Diego.

"West Coast style IPA" is the lovechild of a handful of beer enthusiasts and adventurous spirits. Those in search of good times and warm weather inevitably need something tasty to drink. San Diego has it. Unfettered by custom, tradition or taboo, San Diego's brewing scene is predominantly the result of a group of home brewers who took their favorite drink and boldly upped the ante. The resulting creations combine the best aspects of Belgian, British and Bavarian brews, while at the same time presenting a style that is unique to the Southern California coast.

The brewers in San Diego are an affable lot. Many brewpubs like Pizza Port started off as home brewers who increased their production to provide for friends. These same brewers soon found a public demand for locally crafted lagers and ales. Visit the tasting rooms of Green Flash or Lost Abbey, and you'll feel like you're in a friend's backyard for a weekend barbeque.

The relationship between brewer and beer enthusiast is symbiotic, as many San Diegans love and wholeheartedly support their breweries. Karl Strauss' Woodie Gold has transcended its bottle to become a cultural icon. Drive down the 101 in North County, and you'll notice that many of the cyclists in the road are wearing Stone Brewing cycling jerseys.

If you truly want to experience San Diego, all you have to do is dig your toes into the sand, let the sunlight and ocean air play over your skin, then grab a pint and drink it all in.

San Diego | Breweries

AleSmith Brewing Company
Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point's ubiquitous and popular ales can be ordered in restaurants and bars all over San Diego as well as at their two breweries. Ballast Point Brewing Company was born in 1996 when Home Brew Mart in Linda Vista added space and facilities to its storefront.
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Green Flash Brewery
  • Green Flash Brewery
  • It's an ephemeral phenomenon that some people spend lifetimes chasing. It's also available on tap and in bottles. Green Flash Brewery is the plucky newcomer to San Diego County's burgeoning microbrewery scene, and is attacking the city's brewscape with gumption.
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • The story of Karl Strauss Brewing Company is the stuff of legend: young kids with a big dream, antiquated Prohibition-era legal hurdles, and the guidance of a beer sage known as "Uncle Karl." Karl...
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Port Brewing / Lost Abbey
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens
  • Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens
  • The gargoyle on the label says it all: uncompromising, bold and aggressive. Though Stone Brewing Company is a relatively young upstart, it has captured the public's taste and imagination with...
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