San Diego Breweries
Your guide to the 10 best breweries in San Diego County.
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San Diego & Breweries go together like peaches & cream. You can explore SD without the obligatory stops at some of San Diego’s most iconic brewing companies. Keep in mind, if you ask 10 San Diegan’s to list their top ten breweries, you’ll get 10 different answers. 

#10 Harland Brewing

One of the new kids on the block, Harland is making waves in the beer scene with their elevated take on delicious pints. Harland also offers a wide variety of seltzers for those who can’t drink beer. 

Harland - South Park
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Harland Brewing Company was created in the image of its owners and by people that inspire others to live their lives doing what they love - brewing beer.
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#9 Ballast Point

An icon within San Diego and one of the original powerhouses that launched San Diego into the craft brewing all-stars, Ballast Point offers a wide variety of styles of beers as well as a delicious menu and lively atmosphere with a nautical theme that ties in perfectly to the San Diego vibe. 

Ballast Point Brewing Little Italy
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Since 1996 Ballast Point has been a staple of the SD beer scene and continuously produces some of San Diego’s best and well-known brews.
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#8 Modern Times

Another heavy hitter in SD, Modern Times is worth a visit on any brewery tour. 

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#7 The Confessional 

While this isn’t a San Diego based brewery, it’s worth a stop along your brewery tour as Lost Abbey is know for putting out some of the best beer in the world & it’s in a great location to explore a bit of the north county beaches. 

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#6 Pizza Port

Delicious beer, great food, walking distance to the beach. What more could you want? Take some time to explore around Ocean Beach (OB) while you’re in the area. 

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#5 Pure Project

Pure project is a company the strives to have a natural, local ingredient approach to beer. They started in Costa Rica but have since moved operations to San Diego where they opened a swanky establishment that’s putting out some delicious brews. 

Pure Project North Park
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Known for its rather holistic approach to brewing, Pure Project is all in the name, pure. They use local ingredients whenever possible, with no chemicals ever and produce some delicious brews.
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#4 Fall Brewing

A favorite in the North Park neighborhood, Fall Brewing consistently puts out delicious brews, namely their Pilsner which is a difficult style of beer to find here in San Diego where we’re IPA focused. 

Fall Brewing Company
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A locals favorite, Fall Brewing puts out some of the best beer in San Diego and its location within North Park makes it the perfect place to kick off a brewery crawl down 30th St in North Park.
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#3 Societe Brewing

Societe’s beers continuously take home awards at any competition they enter and their beers, such as Pupil & Coachman are on more tap handles in more establishments than any other beers in San Diego. What they lack in food, they certainly make up for in delicious beers. 

Societe Brewing Company
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A laidback, no frills approach to brewing, Societe continuously puts out some of the best beers in San Diego County.
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#2 Eppig Brewing

The revival of a 150-year old brewing co that once belonged to the founder’s great-grandfather, Eppig Brewing made a massive splash when it jumped on the scene and has since landed itself at the top of the list for one of the top breweries in SD.

Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten
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Located right on the waters of Shelter Island, sit and relax while watching the boats come and go as you sip on delicious and refreshing brews while you soak up the sun.
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#1 Stone Brewing

The end all, be all of San Diego. Stone Brewing is a local legend that’s now spreading out of California to the rest of the US. Their beers are beloved by San Diego locals and the food and atmosphere of their locations is on equal par to their beer. A truly memorable experience when in San Diego. 

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido
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Their flagship location which features an expansive dining room and lush beer garden that transports you right out of San Diego into another world filled with relaxing scenery and delicious beer.
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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
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Stone brewing has a 2nd location in the Liberty Public Market with a beautiful Beer Garden that’s the perfect place to watch the planes coming and going as they take off and land at the San Diego Airport.
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Not much of a beer drinker? Or can’t do gluten? Take the scenic drive Northeast of San Diego into the beautiful town of Julian and spend the afternoon sipping on some flavorful hard ciders. 

Julian Hard Cider
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Julian Hard Cider Co is located within a larger entertainment complex and features a wide variety of flavorful ciders to choose from. The venue is perfect for kids, pets, or to simply get away from the city for the day. Sit out in the mountain air underneath giant oak trees as you enjoy an ice cold cider out of a mason jar.
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Mackenzie Black is an intrepid explorer with a passion for globetrotting. Having ventured through more than 17 countries, she is well-versed in the art of travel. Armed with a dual bachelors degree in Business Tourism Sustainability & Anthropology from Arizona State University, Mackenzie combines her knowledge of sustainable practices with her fascination for diverse cultures. As a self-proclaimed foodie, Mackenzie's taste buds have become her compass. She revels in the opportunity to savor new and exciting flavors from all corners of the globe. Her culinary adventures are not limited to tourist hotspots; instead, she seeks out hidden gems and local eateries to truly immerse herself in the cuisine and connect with the community. Mackenzie's thirst for knowledge extends beyond her academic achievements. Her insatiable curiosity about new cultures drives her to embrace off-the-beaten-path experiences. She yearns to understand the nuances and traditions of the places she visits, striving to forge connections with locals and gain a genuine sense of what it means to belong. With Mackenzie as your guide, expect an unforgettable journey that goes beyond typical tourist attractions. Her passion for sustainability, cultural immersion, and culinary exploration will surely make your travels a feast for the senses and a truly transformative experience.
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San Diego Breweries
Your guide to the 10 best breweries in San Diego County.
12 Places • ago
Free

San Diego & Breweries go together like peaches & cream. You can explore SD without the obligatory stops at some of San Diego’s most iconic brewing companies. Keep in mind, if you ask 10 San Diegan’s to list their top ten breweries, you’ll get 10 different answers. 

#10 Harland Brewing

One of the new kids on the block, Harland is making waves in the beer scene with their elevated take on delicious pints. Harland also offers a wide variety of seltzers for those who can’t drink beer. 

Harland - South Park
@mackenzieblack
Harland Brewing Company was created in the image of its owners and by people that inspire others to live their lives doing what they love - brewing beer.
Add to
Details

#9 Ballast Point

An icon within San Diego and one of the original powerhouses that launched San Diego into the craft brewing all-stars, Ballast Point offers a wide variety of styles of beers as well as a delicious menu and lively atmosphere with a nautical theme that ties in perfectly to the San Diego vibe. 

Ballast Point Brewing Little Italy
@mackenzieblack
Since 1996 Ballast Point has been a staple of the SD beer scene and continuously produces some of San Diego’s best and well-known brews.
Add to
Details

#8 Modern Times

Another heavy hitter in SD, Modern Times is worth a visit on any brewery tour. 

Modern Times Beer
@mackenzieblack
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Details

#7 The Confessional 

While this isn’t a San Diego based brewery, it’s worth a stop along your brewery tour as Lost Abbey is know for putting out some of the best beer in the world & it’s in a great location to explore a bit of the north county beaches. 

The Confessional by The Lost Abbey
@mackenzieblack
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#6 Pizza Port

Delicious beer, great food, walking distance to the beach. What more could you want? Take some time to explore around Ocean Beach (OB) while you’re in the area. 

Pizza Port Ocean Beach
@mackenzieblack
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#5 Pure Project

Pure project is a company the strives to have a natural, local ingredient approach to beer. They started in Costa Rica but have since moved operations to San Diego where they opened a swanky establishment that’s putting out some delicious brews. 

Pure Project North Park
@mackenzieblack
Known for its rather holistic approach to brewing, Pure Project is all in the name, pure. They use local ingredients whenever possible, with no chemicals ever and produce some delicious brews.
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Details

#4 Fall Brewing

A favorite in the North Park neighborhood, Fall Brewing consistently puts out delicious brews, namely their Pilsner which is a difficult style of beer to find here in San Diego where we’re IPA focused. 

Fall Brewing Company
@mackenzieblack
A locals favorite, Fall Brewing puts out some of the best beer in San Diego and its location within North Park makes it the perfect place to kick off a brewery crawl down 30th St in North Park.
Add to
Details

#3 Societe Brewing

Societe’s beers continuously take home awards at any competition they enter and their beers, such as Pupil & Coachman are on more tap handles in more establishments than any other beers in San Diego. What they lack in food, they certainly make up for in delicious beers. 

Societe Brewing Company
@mackenzieblack
A laidback, no frills approach to brewing, Societe continuously puts out some of the best beers in San Diego County.
Add to
Details

#2 Eppig Brewing

The revival of a 150-year old brewing co that once belonged to the founder’s great-grandfather, Eppig Brewing made a massive splash when it jumped on the scene and has since landed itself at the top of the list for one of the top breweries in SD.

Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten
@mackenzieblack
Located right on the waters of Shelter Island, sit and relax while watching the boats come and go as you sip on delicious and refreshing brews while you soak up the sun.
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Details

#1 Stone Brewing

The end all, be all of San Diego. Stone Brewing is a local legend that’s now spreading out of California to the rest of the US. Their beers are beloved by San Diego locals and the food and atmosphere of their locations is on equal par to their beer. A truly memorable experience when in San Diego. 

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido
@mackenzieblack
Their flagship location which features an expansive dining room and lush beer garden that transports you right out of San Diego into another world filled with relaxing scenery and delicious beer.
Add to
Details
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
@mackenzieblack
Stone brewing has a 2nd location in the Liberty Public Market with a beautiful Beer Garden that’s the perfect place to watch the planes coming and going as they take off and land at the San Diego Airport.
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BONUS: 

Not much of a beer drinker? Or can’t do gluten? Take the scenic drive Northeast of San Diego into the beautiful town of Julian and spend the afternoon sipping on some flavorful hard ciders. 

Julian Hard Cider
@mackenzieblack
Julian Hard Cider Co is located within a larger entertainment complex and features a wide variety of flavorful ciders to choose from. The venue is perfect for kids, pets, or to simply get away from the city for the day. Sit out in the mountain air underneath giant oak trees as you enjoy an ice cold cider out of a mason jar.
Add to
Details

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CURATED BY
Mackenzie Black is an intrepid explorer with a passion for globetrotting. Having ventured through more than 17 countries, she is well-versed in the art of travel. Armed with a dual bachelors degree in Business Tourism Sustainability & Anthropology from Arizona State University, Mackenzie combines her knowledge of sustainable practices with her fascination for diverse cultures. As a self-proclaimed foodie, Mackenzie's taste buds have become her compass. She revels in the opportunity to savor new and exciting flavors from all corners of the globe. Her culinary adventures are not limited to tourist hotspots; instead, she seeks out hidden gems and local eateries to truly immerse herself in the cuisine and connect with the community. Mackenzie's thirst for knowledge extends beyond her academic achievements. Her insatiable curiosity about new cultures drives her to embrace off-the-beaten-path experiences. She yearns to understand the nuances and traditions of the places she visits, striving to forge connections with locals and gain a genuine sense of what it means to belong. With Mackenzie as your guide, expect an unforgettable journey that goes beyond typical tourist attractions. Her passion for sustainability, cultural immersion, and culinary exploration will surely make your travels a feast for the senses and a truly transformative experience.
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