The perfect place for a libation vacation. Grab a pint of San Diego's famous West Coast IPA straight from the tap at one of the 115+ craft breweries.
San Diego's meteoric rise as a craft beer capital has added an exciting element to the community, with more than 100 breweries, plus brew pubs and tasting rooms scattered across the county. Local pioneers like Karl Strauss Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash, Pizza Port and Ballast Point 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.
San Diegan's take beer seriously (in a laid-back sort of way). 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, consistently earning medals at the World Beer Cup and other competitions.
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. Guided tours, that 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 who 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.
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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San Diego Beer Wine & Spirits Tours is kicking off San Diego Beer Week by offering $8 off each Brewery Train Trolley tour ticket! Enjoy local craft beer tastes and delicious brewery lunch in the "Capital of Craft". Go GREEN! No need to drive.
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