A Sea of Suds
If the center of California’s craft beer scene is San Diego—and it is—then the molten core of the San Diego scene is the neighborhood of Miramar, whose light industrial zone just north of the Marine Corps base has become home to so many breweries and tap rooms that you need a score card to keep them straight. We’ve got you covered, though remember—this is just the first installment…
Meet the big guys, plus the science geeks:
AleSmith: One of the first breweries in Miramar, this venerated company marked its 20th anniversary in 2015 by moving into a huge new facility two blocks away from its original (the one that now houses Mikkeller San Diego).
Mikkeller: The Danish master took over AleSmith’s old location, and took on as well a crew of AleSmith employees who knew the ropes. The result? All kinds of cool, and very California, brews, such as Beer Geek Breakfast, a blend of oatmeal stout and San Diego’s own Dark Horse coffee.
Saint Archer: Now (controversially) part of the MillerCoors conglomerate, Saint Archer is growing fast. The tasting room and deck are still open seven days a week, with food trucks on Thursdays and weekends.
Ballast Point: This local favorite is now a star in Constellation’s firmament. See for yourself if the Sculpin IPA is worth a cool billion dollars at BP’s Miramar tasting room/restaurant.
White Labs: The tasting room here is only open till 8 most nights (and till 6 on Sundays), but that’s because White Labs isn’t really a brewery—the company sells yeasts and enzymes and other fermentation products, and tests them here. It’s an R-and-D facility for beer that lets you taste their research!