Brews and Food

San Diego's Inventive Culinary and Craft Beer Scene

Craft Brewery Heaven

Karl Strauss himself launched the modern beer industry in San Diego back in 1989. Today, San Diego holds the unofficial status as “the capital of craft” with more than 130 breweries and brewpubs in the county. Beer lovers can drink a new variety a day for a year, and rarely drink the same brew twice. It even has its own creation - the West Coast-Style IPA - known for its powerful, hoppy flavor. Yes, the world of craft brewing here is like a subculture filled with barrel-aged stouts, IPAs and India Pale Ales for miles.  

Brewpubs throughout San Diego thoughtfully combine great beer with great food, and it's not uncommon for brewers to partner with food trucks to go along with a pint of San Diego's finest. 

Many local breweries make sampling these award-winning brews fun and educational, giving beer enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about the process of making great beer from the brewers themselves. San Diego also offers a host of guided tours, which are also a great way to experience a host of guided tours. Ballast Point has its research and development brewery here, where you can sample three of its new brews for only $5.

Other notable beer pioneers based in San Diego include Stone Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing, Pizza Port and Green Flash. Tasting beer from the source has never been so much fun. Check out the San Diego Brewery Guide to search for breweries that meet your cravings. 

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