Craft Beer Mecca Hosts Homebrew Con

For the primary time in eight years, San Diego will host the most important annual gathering of leisure brewers within the nation, Homebrew Con, from June 22 to 24. With roughly 150 working brewhouses and 200-plus brewery-owned venues, America’s Best Metropolis is a advantageous locale for this beer-centric occasion, however those self same stats render it difficult for out-of-towners to wrap their heads across the area when planning their imbibing itineraries.

To assist attendees plan and guarantee they go to breweries of outstanding reputation and historic significance with beers matching their preferences, right here’s an outline of the communities surrounding the conference website with important info on breweries and tasting rooms in every. There’s really one thing for each kind of craft beer fanatic in San Diego, so go forth and drink your fill (responsibly, in fact)!

Close to the Convention Venue 

Homebrew Con host website, City and Nation Resort, is in Mission Valley West simply off Interstate 8. That east-west freeway facilitates a fast two-mile journey east to Puesto Mission Valley, a Michelin-recognized brewpub helmed by essentially the most revered lager skilled in San Diego County, Doug Hasker. A Gordon Biersch expat with over twenty years of expertise, he has shifted his bottom-fermenting ability set to manufacturing of a kaleidoscope of Mexican-style lagers that pair exceptionally nicely with a menu of SoCal- and Mexico Metropolis-influenced tacos, enchiladas, and extra. You gained’t discover a way more San Diego pairing than that! Or head a pair miles west to go to landmark Dwelling Brew Mart, the 25-year-old homebrewing emporium that birthed Ballast Level Brewing. The shop and its stock of substances and apparatuses now give approach to a bar serving a big selection of BP cores and seasonals, plus scads of small-batch creations protecting a wealth of ale and lager kinds, a few of that are produced on-site.

From there, take a brief stroll to the off-the-beaten-path forger of English, Irish, German, and Belgian beers, Deft Brewing, a brewery that’s teamed with a meadery and vineyard to construct a beautiful outside house referred to as The Gärten, providing leisure a number of nights per week. Farther north is venerable Coronado Brewing’s most important manufacturing facility with a kitchen-equipped indoor-outdoor taproom serving up largely West Coast-style ales, in addition to a tasting room from “it” brewery Harland Brewing, the attraction of which is amped up by a snug again patio. The latter gives an assortment of IPAs and lagers together with occasional pastry beers.

Coronado Brewing, 1205 Knoxville St; Deft Brewing, 5328 Banks St; Harland Brewing Bay Park, 4112 Napier St; Dwelling Brew Mart, 5401 Linda Vista Rd; Puesto Mission Valley, 5010 Mission Middle Rd.

A Barely Longer Uber Trip 

Clusters of breweries and tasting rooms are positioned all through San Diego County, making it simple to get extra bang in your rideshare buck. Listed below are three five-star communities well worth the journey.

North Park

Regarded by many because the craft beer capital of town dubbed the craft beer capital of America, North Park is full of brewery venues, bars, and eating places. It’s the place to be and maybe the one neighborhood the place you’ll be able to style a number of Nationwide Homebrew Competitors medal-winning IPAs which have gone on to be produced on a business scale.

The primary is essentially the most awarded novice IPA of all time, Hop-Fu! Conceived of by San Diegan Kelsey McNair, it’s the flagship West Coast IPA at his fashionable, two-story North Park Beer Co., and struck gold on the 2022 World Beer Cup (WBC) after nabbing bronze on the Nice American Beer Pageant (GABF) that very same 12 months. Want one thing opaque? Hop-Fu!’s hazy sibling, Artwork Is Exhausting, took silver at GABF in 2021. And simply half a mile north is El Cid Brewing. A Navy-themed nano put in within the shell of former American Homebrewers Affiliation (AHA) Homebrew Store of the Yr, The Homebrewer, it’s the pro-brewing ardour mission of Eric Bridges, a retired Senior Chief who positioned third eventually 12 months’s NHC along with his Knifehand IPA.

One other native enterprise with NHC roots is a tasting room belonging to Rip Present Brewing. Brewmaster Paul Sangster was the Ninkasi Award winner on the 2011 competitors and has stored the homebrewing spirit alive at his brewery, crafting lesser-seen kinds along with hop-forward crowd-pleasers like Lupulin Lust double IPA. A number of extra obscure choices have gained GABF awards, together with two-time gold-medalist Breakline Bock and the silver-clad Black Lagoon Scotch ale, each of which mixed to earn Rip Present Very Small Brewery of the Yr honors in 2016.

Different North Park standouts embody Fall Brewing, a well-liked hangout amongst native brewers that includes balanced, largely SoCal-style beers and a rock-show motif; tasting rooms from the sustainability-minded makers of murky IPAs and creatively flavored saisons, sours, and stouts, Pure Undertaking Brewing; and bike-friendly beer bastion Rouleur Brewing. Additionally, El Cajon Boulevard’s lease-to-brew Brewer Igniter facility presently homes one-year-old upstart Search Beer Co. and its household of crispy-boi lagers, IPAs, and modern-day sours from a transplant who opened and ran City South Brewery’s Houston brewpub earlier than going west.

These searching for beer and a chunk would do nicely to hit up The Authentic 40 Brewing (particularly for Sunday brunch the day after the convention) or TapRoom Beer Co., the place the beer board is broad, various, and usually crammed with enjoyable and fascinating collaborations involving different San Diego brewers. 

El Cid Brewing, 2911 El Cajon Blvd; Fall Brewing, 4542 thirtieth St; GOAL. Brewing, 3052 El Cajon Blvd, Ste A; North Park Beer Co., 3038 College Ave; The Authentic 40 Brewing, 3117 College Ave; Pure Undertaking Brewing North Park, 2867 El Cajon Blvd; Rip Present Brewing North Park, 4101 thirtieth St; Rouleur Brewing North Park, 2899 College Ave; Search Beer Co., 3052 El Cajon Blvd, Ste C; TapRoom Beer Co., 2000 El Cajon Blvd

Kearny Mesa 

Away from the brightness of city lights and sunshiny seashores is Kearny Mesa, an industrial-zoned space that’s dwelling to a half-dozen breweries. Probably the most well-known of the sextet is Societe Brewing, a 10-year-old award-winning enterprise with a menu heavy in hoppy fare reminiscent of The Pupil IPA and two-time GABF gold-medal-winning session IPA, The Coachman. These unfiltered, definitively West Coast beers are augmented by a number of Belgian-style ales and stouts.

A number of blocks west is cult favourite Hopnonymous Brewing with its usually rotating menu of hoppy ales juxtaposed with pastry stouts, adjunct-laced sours, and strong under-the-radar Belgian-style ales. On the identical block, Kilowatt Brewing wins factors—and GABF medals—for experimental numbers like its Maple Smoked Maibock and Chocolate Macadamia Stout. However wait…there’s extra. A secret entrance spirits guests from the blacklights and psychedelic artwork of Kilowatt’s tasting room to an island-inspired tiki-cocktail speakeasy dubbed Forbidden Cove.

These headed to Kearny Mesa needn’t pack a lunch. The group is dwelling to Convoy Avenue, which is crammed with eating places serving genuine Chinese language, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean delicacies, to not point out San Diego’s longest-tenured craft beer bar, O’Brien’s Pub, owned by former WBC Brewer of the Yr Tom Nickel and that includes beers from his namesake Nickel Beer Co.

Hopnonymous Brewing, 7705 Convoy Ct; Kilowatt Brewing / Forbidden Cove, 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd; O’Brien’s Pub, 4646 Convoy St; Societe Brewing, 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd


Nicknamed “Beeramar” for its sheer quantity of breweries, Miramar is one other industrial space the place good beer abounds. A novel expertise for any homebrewer may be had at yeast firm White Labs, with an in-house brewery producing batches of wort which are break up fermented utilizing completely different home strains. The resultant beers are then served aspect by aspect at White Labs’ tasting room for instance the dramatic function yeast performs in brewing. White Labs additionally  serves scrumptious pizzas utilizing dough made with its yeast.

Farther west is famous native curiosity AleSmith Brewing, serving fan faves Speedway Stout and .394 San Diego Pale Ale out of the most important tasting room within the county. That two-story venue is dwelling to the Tony Gwynn Museum, a dugout space that’s excellent for catching a sport with beer in hand, together with a mezzanine space, outside patio, and firm retailer promoting beer, attire, and house-made fromage from on-site aspect hustle, CheeseSmith. Guests to Miramar can even go to Ballast Level’s bar-and-restaurant-equipped mom ship, which additionally serves the English-influenced beers of lesser-known dad or mum firm Kings & Convicts Brewing.

The world can be dwelling to San Diego’s solely USDA-certified all-organic beer firm, Protector Brewery, run by an ex-Navy SEAL who helps active-duty and retired servicepeople through a number of charity beers and fundraising initiatives. Stable IPAs, Belgian-style ales, and beers made with native honey, purple corn, spruce ideas, and extra may be discovered at Duck Foot Brewing, whereas the liquid wares of Embolden Beer Co. share faucet house with arduous tea, kombucha, and barrel-aged seltzers from sister firm New Movement Drinks.

AleSmith Brewing, 9990 AleSmith Ct; Ballast Level Brewing, 9045 Carroll Means; Duck Foot Brewing, 8920 Kenamar Dr; Embolden Beer Co. / New Movement Drinks, 8655 Manufacturing Ave; Kings & Convicts Brewing, 9550 Distribution Ave; Protector Brewery, 8680 Miralani Dr; White Labs, 9495 Candida St

Close to the Airport

Whether or not you’ve simply landed and are chomping on the bit for some native suds or are camped out and killing time earlier than flying out, the next are your greatest choices for brewery spots near San Diego Worldwide Airport.

Level Loma

There are few experiences extra immersive or stress-free than kicking again with a beer on an out of doors patio with a cross-bay view of downtown San Diego. That’s what awaits beer followers in Level Loma—together with what are extensively thought-about the best lagers within the county—on the waterfront biergarten of award-winning Eppig Brewing. These searching for suds and sustenance can drop in on the most important restaurant in all the county, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, the place a menu of upscale pub fare (ahi poke “nachos,” a wagyu “luxe” burger, duck pot pie) pairs with a large assortment of beers produced on an in-house 10-barrel system that goes nicely past the corporate’s acquainted core lineup.

Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten, 2817 Dickens St; Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd

Ocean Seashore

Craving one final stroll on the seaside or people-watching within the metropolis’s most proudly bizarre neighborhood? Chart a course for Ocean Seashore. Not solely does it have its personal Pizza Port brewpub and all of the award-winning beers that go together with it, it additionally boasts the three-story eponymous brewpub, OB Brewery, named Small Brewpub of the Yr at GABF in 2019. The latter is on Newport Avenue, which packs a whopping 4 tasting rooms right into a single block, together with one from off-center, all-sour (apart from one lager) concern, California Wild Ales.

California Wild Ales Ocean Seashore, 4896 Newport Ave; OB Brewery, 5041 Newport Ave; Pizza Port Ocean Seashore, 1956 Bacon St


San Diego’s beer scene was born in 1989 when a German grasp brewer who’d headed manufacturing for Pabst Brewing got here out of retirement to assist his nephew craft town’s first native beers post-Prohibition. Named for that acquainted headman, Karl Strauss Brewing was an instantaneous success, and its OG red-brick brewpub on Columbia Avenue stays a well-liked hang-out for individuals who stay and work downtown. Along with classics like Crimson Trolley Ale and Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, choose beers from Karl Strauss Distributing’s accomplice breweries (Black Plague, Booze Brothers, Duck Foot, Hodad’s, Mason Ale Works, and Rouleur) are additionally obtainable. Newer however simply as notable is The Arbor, a close-by Little Italy taproom and kitchen idea from Burgeon Beer Co., a six-year-old enterprise with a formidable IPA and lager sport.

The East Village features a non secular expertise from world-renowned Belgian- and barrel-aged beer op and 2007 GABF Small Brewery of the Yr The Misplaced Abbey. That comes care of a tasting room constructed right into a church relationship again to 1906. Parts of the model’s iconic Catholic-inspired art work meld with historic fixtures to offer a pseudo-monastic ambiance made much more pleasurable by an extremely prolonged faucet checklist stuffed out by drinks from sub-brands Tiny Bubbles (Brett beers), and Khárisma (arduous glowing teas).

Additionally brewing at historic East Village websites are Mission Brewing, which continues to breathe new life right into a circa-Eighteen Eighties Marvel Bread manufacturing facility, and Half Door Brewing, a family-run operation from Irish immigrants bringing the heat of an Emerald Isle pub inside a longstanding two-story home. Each of these companies are one block from Petco Park, dwelling of the San Diego Padres (who can be internet hosting the Nationals throughout Homebrew Con), together with a more moderen addition, East Village Brewing. Outfitted with a contemporary aesthetic and a half-dozen serving tanks, East Village is the product of two high-level Ballast Level brewers who completely brew with substances sourced west of the Mississippi.

Baseball followers may need to cease by downtown’s Resident Brewing to strive No-No Joe, a double IPA brewed in collaboration with the one pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Friar franchise historical past, Joe Musgrove. Their vaunted hazies additionally rating factors with locals, as does Trip, a coconut-infused West Coast IPA that was first brewed because the profitable recipe from an AHA-sanctioned homebrew competitors hosted by Stone Brewing.

The Arbor by Burgeon Beer Co., 1326 Kettner Blvd; The Church by The Misplaced Abbey, 1313 J St; East Village Brewing, 201 Park Blvd, Ste 101; Half Door Brewing, 903 Island Ave; Karl Strauss Brewing Downtown, 1157 Columbia St.; Mission Brewing, 1441 L St; Resident Brewing, 1065 Fourth Ave.

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Brandon Hernández is an award-winning San Diego-based beer and journey journalist. He has coated the brewing trade for 15 years, contributing hundreds of articles to newspapers, magazines, and on-line retailers, and spent almost a decade working for craft breweries. He’s presently the chief editor of San Diego Beer Information, an on-air correspondent for FOX 5 San Diego, a beer trade contributor for The San Diego Union-Tribune, and the food-and-beverage editor for luxurious publication Ranch & Coast Journal. is absolutely devoted to small and unbiased U.S. breweries. We’re printed by the Brewers Affiliation, the not-for-profit commerce group devoted to selling and defending America’s small and unbiased craft brewers. Tales and opinions shared on don’t indicate endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Affiliation or its members.

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