Three Breweries You Can’t Miss in San Diego

There’s plenty of quality beer to drink!

If you haven’t heard, the coastal city of San Diego takes craft beer very seriously. (In fact, San Diego is now home to over 140 craft breweries.) But since hitting them all up isn’t within reach for most of us, here are three you shouldn’t miss.

Founded in 1995 by owner and brewmaster Peter Zien – who also happens to be a certified Master Beer Judge – AleSmith specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by European classics. Though they’ve recently expanded their offerings and have started barrel-aging some of their brews, it’s the legendary Speedway Stout even the most diehard beer fans will geek over.

Ballast Point Brewery
The brewery’s most famed and best-selling creation, the Sculpin IPA, is not enjoyed locally but by beer lovers all over the country. But if you’re looking to broaden your palate a bit, the tasting room offers a whopping 78 beers on tap, while the gift room doles out bottles and growlers, so you can enjoy the craft beers in the comfort of home.

Alpine Beer Company
A breezy half hour northeast drive from San Diego will reward you with with this small, but revered brewery and pub founded by longtime home brewer Pat McIlhenney. As for what to sip, you can’t go wrong with a frosty pint of the legendary Golden rye IPA. And if you need extra time to explore San Diego, make your reservation now at Town and Country San Diego.




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