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Breakwater Brewing Company- Oceanside

In early 2009, Breakwater Brewing started making craft beer to pair with their artisanal pizzas and have been producing quality brews ever since.  They brew on equipment salvaged from a New Orleans micro-brewery that was wrecked by hurricane Katrina in 2005, which may be a reason why their beers areRead More …


Benchmark Brewing Company- San Diego

Benchmark Brewing is like a geode. It’s plain on the outside, but inside it’s a gorgeous, sparkling cavern specially designed for brewing and enjoying craft beer. They have art on the wall from local artists, enlarged topographic maps of San Diego and the back country covering walls, and comfy picnicRead More …


Helm’s Brewing Company- San Diego

This review was updated on December 21st, 2014 after I returned with a refreshed and better educated palate. When I visited the brewery last month the brews I tasted seemed lackluster which I assumed was due to a problem with my taste buds. This time I only tasted the BeeruccinoRead More …


BNS Brewing & Distilling Company- Santee

Camaraderie between craft breweries in San Diego County is obvious.  With every visit to a local brewery I always hear praise for other breweries’ beers while I am there, and I always come away with recommendations to visit another brewery.  A case in point: while visiting URBN St. Brewing theRead More …


URBN St. Brewing Company- El Cajon

My visit to URBN St. Brewing was pleasant and memorable.  Just before entering the restaurant and tasting room I happened by the outside door of the brew room and peeked in.  One of the brewers was hard at work, but he still looked up and smiled at me and nodded hello.  When I enteredRead More …


Jamul Town Brewery and Tap

I visited their tasting and tap room today and asked the bartender for a taste of one of their beers.  He said they didn’t have any but, “I can pour you a San Diego beer,” as he pointed to their row of taps with handles from at least eight popularRead More …


Culture Brewing Company- Solana Beach

Culture Brewing is located in Solana Beach on cool and hip Cedros Avenue. It’s an easy walk from Solana Station where Amtrak and Coaster trains stop regularly throughout the day. Fletcher Cove Beach Park and the ocean is two blocks west from the brewery. South Cedros Avenue with its galleries, boutiques, and specialty shopsRead More …


Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens- San Diego (Liberty Station)

I finally made it to Stone Brewing at Liberty Station!  Now I know why my friends have raved about it.  Stone has really built a fine establishment at Liberty Station that in my opinion, rivals their Escondido location.  Like Stone Escondido, the service was great as soon as I walked in.  Like Stone Escondido, theRead More …


Thorn St. Brewery- San Diego (North Park)

Russian Imperial Stout has an interesting history in that it was first brewed in 18th Century London for the court of Catherine the Great of Russia.  Russians back then must have liked the high alcohol stouts that were being produced in England at the time, as they imported a lot of it. Read More …


Bagby Beer Company- Oceanside

Photo of Bagby Brewpub

Bagby Beer Company is a brewpub located on the Coast Highway in Oceanside, just a couple of blocks from the Oceanside Transit Center and short walk from the beach.  It’s located in what used to be the old Continental Motors of Oceanside building, but Jeff Bagby, famous brew master from Pizza PortRead More …


Council Brewing Company- San Diego

Photo of entrance to Council Brewing showing logo and beer barrels

Council Brewing is a small-batch brewery carefully creating quality craft beers.  “We brew beers that are unique and extremely flavorful, focusing on Ales hailing from American, Belgian, and English origins with an emphasis on San Diego’s interpretation of West Coast IPAs and Sour Beers,” says their website.  After visiting themRead More …


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