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Discover San Diego's Craft Beer Scene

San Diego's meteoric rise as a craft beer capital has added an exciting element to the community, with more than 150 breweries, plus brew pubs and tasting rooms scattered across the county. Local pioneers like Karl Strauss Brewing, Stone Brewing Co.Ballast PointCoronado Brewing, AleSmith and Pizza Port lead the charge, anchoring a beer scene with everything from backyard and nano-breweries to world-renowned mega craft brewing companies regularly serving up gold medal brews. Navigating San Diego's dynamic craft beer breweries and tasting haunts is an ideal way to explore the city's diverse neighborhoods and get a taste of local craft beer culture.

The Nation's No. 1 Craft Beer Destination

San Diegan's take beer seriously (in a laid-back sort of way). In fact, San Diego was 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 national and international recognition, consistently earning medals at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and other competitions.

Tasting Opportunities Abound

Sampling these award-winning brews is best experienced at the source—nothing tastes better than a beer poured fresh from a tap that's only feet away from the tank in which it was made. 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. Guided tours, which leave the driving to someone else, are also a great way to experience San Diego's craft beer scene.

Brewpubs throughout the county create a winning combination of brewery and restaurant with top-tier chefs pairing beers with delicious plates, hand crafted to perfectly complement a pint of San Diego's finest. Smaller brewers often partner with a rotating contingent of food trucks that cook-up creative fare that rivals any kitchen without wheels.

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 the perfect place for a libation vacation.

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Beer Events

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17th Annual Beer & Sake Festival

Jun 13, 2019

The Japan Society’s Beer & Sake Festival is a unique and popular charity tasting event featuring local restaurants serving sumptuous appetizers and breweries pouring tasty beers and sakes....

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Stone Sour Fest

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido
Jun 9, 2019

One of our most popular annual events is back and more mouth-puckering than ever. Stone Sour Fest 2019 features an incredible lineup of sour creations from Stone, as well as a ridiculous lineup of...

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Beer Tasting Party

San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours
Dec 10, 2018 - ongoing

This fabulous 2 hour interactive beer tasting party includes ample tastes of local craft brews paired with tantalizing gourmet appetizers and seasonal menu favorites. You can even add a guided walk...

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Cheers to the Un-Beer-lievable Dad in Your Life!

San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours
Valid: May 13 - Jun 30, 2019

This Father's Day, show Dad your gratitude with a Tasty Adventure he'll remember! We have a variety of tour options including guided chauffeured, train/trolley, and walking tours... so there's...

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Jump Aboard a Wine & Beer Train this Memorial Day!

San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours
Valid: May 13 - Jun 30, 2019

Forget the BBQ - this Memorial Day, join us for a celebration of San Diego's finest wine and beer!  Your expert guide will take you to 4 urban gems - including urban wineries, restaurants, and...

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Toast Active Military Members with SD Wine & Beer

San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours
Valid: Apr 29 - May 31, 2019

May 18th is National Armed Forces Day - a day for giving thanks to the brave men and women that serve our country. Join us for a TOAST to active duty military members on our Wine (& Beer!)...

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