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Amplified Ale Works- San Diego (Pacific Beach)

Photo of sign above entrance to Amplified Ale San Diego

Amplified Ale Works is a cool craft brewpub with a soothing Pacific Ocean view. Located along Mission Boulevard in Pacific Beach, it’s a block from the sand. From the deck you overlook the west end of Pacific Beach Drive where it meets Ocean Front walk, and the white waves ofRead More …


Home Brewing Company- San Diego (North Park neighborhood)

Home Brewing Company is an off-shoot of The Homebrewer brewing supplies and resource store on El Cajon Boulevard near 30th in North Park. Co-owner/Founder and Certified Beer Judge George Thornton and his team recently started brewing on a small batch system for their new tasting room, which is located next door to TheRead More …


Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing Company- San Diego

Although they are brewing on a small-scale right now, Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing Company is producing some big brews. Their latest batch, Needle In The Hey! IPA, 10% ABV, is a good example. This brew is a big IPA, in that it goes all out on classic IPA characteristics. Actually,Read More …


Half Door Brewing Company- San Diego (Downtown)

Photo of the bar at Half Door Brewing San Diego

I like how Half Door Brewing describes itself as “a ‘pub’ in the traditional Irish countryside sense of the word- a place where beer is made and served fresh.” I also like that they are pairing their house-brewed beers with “comfort food.” Just look at their menu for a few examples:Read More …


Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen Restaurant- San Diego (Little Italy)

Photo of Ballast Point Little Italy

Open just 16 months, Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen has become a significant brewpub member of the San Diego craft beer scene. Perched up on India Street in the hilly Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego, you can see the bay through the tasting room windows. It’s a great placeRead More …


Abnormal Beer Company- San Diego (Rancho Bernardo)

Located in the light industrial section of Rancho Bernardo (the northernmost community within the City of San Diego; 26 miles from downtown) Abnormal Beer Company is part of The Cork and Craft. Although Cork and Craft has 41 taps pouring some amazing craft beers and mead, right now there is onlyRead More …


Wavelength Brewing Company- Vista

Wavelength Brewing Company recently opened on Main Street in historic downtown Vista, California, so I paid them a visit. I like to go to see breweries when they first open for business, before they get crowded and too busy to talk craft brewing. I also like to visit when theyRead More …


Keg N Bottle Brewing- San Diego

Photo of brewing system at Keg N Bottle Del Cerro San Diego

I’m a big fan of Hefeweizens, and Keg N Bottle is a small batch craft brewery producing the style at K’nB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro. Keg N Bottle’s creations are available on tap at K’nB, along with other first-rate craft beers from guest breweries. K’nB Wine Cellars is an amazing establishment thatRead More …


Butcher’s Brewing- Santee

About two years ago Butcher’s Brewing moved into where Manzanita Brewing (now Twisted Manzanita) used to be on Prospect Avenue in Santee and has been producing interesting beers ever since. When I visited the other day the place was hopping with locals relaxing and enjoying the fresh brews or comingRead More …


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