Although many breweries are expanding into full-service restaurants serving food on par with their quality beers, many local bars and restaurants are equally exuberant when it comes to San Diego brews.
Frequently revolving taps and extensive knowledge of the beer scene in San Diego (and beyond), give you the best of San Diego brews—all in one, flavorful spot. Most even post up-to-date tap selections on their websites to help you plan your tasting adventure.
The Quad Alehouse is a safe haven in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter for craft beer aficionados and newbies alike. With an emphasis on community and education, The Quad celebrates beers from San Diego's and the nation's best small batch, independent brewers.
The Yard House in Mission Valley is an upscale, casual eatery known for its extensive menu and self-proclaimed "world's largest selection of draft beer." Guests can find a range of brews including classic lagers and obscure ales and stouts served in authentic goblets, pints and half-yard glasses.
The laid-back Downtown Johnny Brown's, located in downtown San Diego, has an excellent selection of hard-to-find, specialty local brews from Green Flash, Stone Brewing, Port and Ballast Point. Other selections are also available from top-notch craft brewers from around the country.
Neighborhood, located in downtown San Diego's East Village, offers more than 27 local craft brews on tap and a creative, upscale take on classic American dishes like burgers. Tasting flights of San Diego beers and international selections are available.
Toronado San Diego, located in the North Park neighborhood, is a sibling of San Francisco's famous beer outpost. At Toronado San Diego, the focus is clearly on craft beer with 50-plus beers on tap featuring the best from local, domestic and international breweries, and even a cask or two. Bottled offerings number more than 230 and focus on Belgian, French, German and English brews.
Hamilton's Tavern, located in the historic South Park area near downtown San Diego, is the oldest beer and wine licensed establishment in San Diego, with over 75 years of service. Hamilton's offers quality ales and craft beers from around the world and boasts one of the most diverse bottle selections in San Diego.
The 28 taps and extensive bottle list at O'Brien's Pub in Kearny Mesa features rare brews and local San Diego drafts. Known as the "hoppiest place on earth," guests can find specialty hop-heavy beers, including selections from Alpine Beer Company, AleSmith, and Ballast Point, plus an authentic tasty tavern menu.
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