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The Nation's #1 Craft Beer Destination

San Diegan's take our beer seriously (in a laid-back sort of way), with 115+ craft breweries throughout the destination. Innovators like Karl Strauss, Green Flash Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing Co. have helped pave the way for San Diego's exploding craft brew scene, where visitors can hop from brewery and pubs, to restaurants and local bars, tasting the best suds the region has to offer.

In fact, San Diego was named one of the "Best Beer Towns in America" by Men's Journal and cited as a "sunny heaven for suds lovers" by the New York Times. San Diego brews have also gained international recognition, earning more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than those from the traditional beer countries of England, Germany and Belgium combined. At the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, San Diego breweries were awarded 19 medals and 14 medals a the World Beer Cup 2016

Tasting Opportunities Abound

Sampling these award-winning brews is best experienced at the source. And for the real craft brew enthusiasts who want to pull back the curtain and see where the magic happens, a brewery tour is a must. Many of the local breweries offer behind-the-scenes tours, where you have a chance to meet the brewers and learn about the process of making great beer, San Diego style.

Brewpubs throughout the county create a winning combination of brewery and restaurant with award-winning chefs bring out the flavor of these beers with delicious plates, hand crafted to perfectly complement a pint of San Diego's finest.

So whether you are looking to just grab a pint or to pair one with locally sourced dishes, San Diego's craft breweries and brewpubs have you covered, making San Diego is the perfect place for a libation vacation.

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San Diego Brewery Guide

San Diego Brewery Guide

The San Diego Brewery Guide features more than 120 breweries, detailed trip planning information, beer tasting notes, and more than 2 dozen specialty maps.

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San Diego Brewers Guild 2015 Craft Beer Map & Guide

Through an eruption of uncommon brew-talent and a culture of cooperation, San Diego county is known today for its world-class beer & award-winning brewers.

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