San Diegan's take our beer seriously (in a laid-back sort of way), with over 40 craft breweries throughout the destination. Innovators like Karl Strauss 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 recently named the "Top Beer Town" 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.
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.
Browse the listings below to plan your next tour of San Diego's world-class breweries.