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The Capital of Craft

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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 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.


The Nation's #1 Craft Beer Destination

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.

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. 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.

Buddy the Elf's Carols and Barrels

A Holiday Beer, Wine and Food Festival

I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked over the Coronado Bridge, all to get to you for an afternoon filled with beer, wine, food, holiday cheer, and of course elves!

The best part is that your affinity for elf culture supports my favorite charity Cancer For College and gives cancer survivors the opportunity to realize their dreams of attending college through scholarships. I hope you'll join us for this year's Carols and Barrels and spread holiday cheer by singing loud for all to hear. Son-of-a-nutcracker, we are going to have a good time!

Your friend,

Buddy the Elf

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