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Tap Into San Diego’s Top Breweries

To get a taste of one of the country’s biggest craft beer scenes, tour some of San Diego’s best craft breweries. Whether you prefer light or dark, malty or hoppy, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect brew in a San Diego tasting room. With over 80 craft breweries in San Diego, it’s hard to pick favorites, but we’ve managed to select some of San Diego’s best breweries that have the reputation for both great beers and unique tasting rooms to try them in.

Whether you’re just beginning to explore the world of beer, or are a brew master, one sip at one of these top San Diego breweries is sure to make you part of their loyal and growing following:

  • Ballast Point – What started out as a small group of home brewers has evolved into a company with more than 40 styles of beer and spirits. Make your way to their tasting room in Little Italy, where you can wash down fresh oysters along with your ale.

           - Craft Beer Beginner: Pale Ale

           - Craft Beer Connoisseur: Calico Amber Ale

  • Green Flash – Since opening in 2002, this top San Diego brewery has focused on developing a wide assortment of award-winning craft ales. Named after the green flicker that occurs right after sunset, the brewery has a basic warehouse-style tasting room that focuses on the important things: the 30 essential, seasonal, and special brews on tap.

          - Craft Beer Beginner: Hop Head Red

          - Craft Beer Connoisseur: Le Freak

  • Hess – Quickly becoming one of the top breweries in San Diego, Hess has only been open since summer 2010. Their tasting room in North Park, formerly an Evangelical bookstore, is suspended on a sky bridge above the brewing area.  Given your dog isn’t afraid of heights, guests of our pet-friendly hotel in San Diego will can also bring their dogs to Hess.

          - Craft Beer Beginner: Grazias Vienna Cream Ale

          - Craft Beer Connoisseur: Umbrix Rye Imperial Stout

  • Karl Strauss – One of the oldest craft breweries in San Diego, Karl Strauss now boasts eight brewery restaurants in Southern California. Those who think beer and food belong together can taste Karl’s highly-awarded brews with perfectly paired plates at one of their eateries scattered across the city.

          - Craft Beer Beginner: Red Trolley Ale

          - Craft Beer Connoisseur: Big Barrel Double IPA

  • Stone – End your tour of San Diego’s best breweries at the largest in the city! High on hop content, Stone beers also contain alcohol percentages that are well above the average. Atmosphere at this brew house is also off the charts; gothic style décor is accented by gardens, fountains, fire pits, and bocce ball courts.

          - Craft Beer Beginner: Stone IPA

          - Craft Beer Connoisseur: Stone Imperial Russian Stout

If you don’t have the time to get out to each individual brewery, you can still get access to the ales by San Diego’s best craft breweries at Paradise PointBarefoot Bar & Grill offers an all-California craft beer lineup, plus panoramic views of Mission Bay.

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