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Helix Brewing Company, La Mesa

Name: Helix Brewing Company Where: 8101 Commercial Street  La Mesa, California Cost: 4 oz. $1.50 | Pints $4.00-$5.00 | Growlers $ varies About: Opened in August 2015 by Cameron Ball the brewery is in the light industry area of La Mesa, just north of I-8 and close to where Center StreetRead More …


“The Gauntlet” DIPA at Iron Fist Brewing Company- Vista, CA

Name: Iron Fist Brewing Company Where: 1305 Hot Spring Way #101 Vista, California Cost: 4 oz. $2.oo | 10 oz. $4.00 | 16 oz. $5.00 | Growler fill: $15-$18 | Flights of any four beers: $7.00 About: Family-owned brewery opened in 2010. The brewery is located in a new light-industry business park inRead More …


Beer Touring Like A Rock Star

Last night I had the pleasure of beer touring like a “rock star” by accompanying a foodie rock star on Brew Hop’s “The Beer Tasters Tour.” This 2 1/2 hour private brewery tour took us to two of my favorites, Modern Times Beer and Stone Brewing World Bistro & GardensRead More …


San Diego’s 100th Brewery Is My 100th Visited

Photo of new AleSmith Brewing Company tasting room

AleSmith Brewing Company’s new brewery is known locally as the 100th operational brewery to be built in San Diego County. Like my quest to visit all the craft breweries in the county the new brewery is not yet finished, so I thought it fitting to make it my 100th breweryRead More …


A Visit to Barrel Harbor Brewing Company- Vista

On the way back from a recent craft beer road trip to Orange County I stopped in at Barrel Harbor Brewing in Vista. It was a warm Saturday evening and the big roll-up door out back was open to cool the brewery. A small band was playing inside and theirRead More …


Mother Earth Brew Company- Vista

I finally made it to Mother Earth Brew Company. Located in the City of Vista, they are one of the stars in the cluster of craft breweries in North San Diego County. I’ve been enjoying their beers out of a bottle for a long time and have wanted to visit the breweryRead More …


Division 23 Brewing- San Diego (Miramar)

Photo of Division 23 Brewing equipment, San Diego

Division 23 Brewing is a nano-brewery in the Miramar district of San Diego. Open just three months, their beers are “kick arse” right out of the gate. Zana was on duty the day I was there, and when I asked her what their secret was, she answered with one word,Read More …


San Diego’s Bay City Brewing Company

Bay City Brewing officially poured beer to the public yesterday at their new brewery on Hancock Street near the Sports Arena. It was a historic moment for them, and me, as I have been following their development since they first posted on Facebook. I like how they used Facebook to document construction ofRead More …


Reckless Brewing Company- San Diego (Miramar)

Photo of three taster beers on the bar at Reckless Brewing San Diego

There’s a big, red Phoenix bird painted on the wall at Reckless Brewing Company. It’s a fitting symbol and reminder of the fire that consumed Dave Hyndman’s first nanobrewery, Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing. Just last summer fire destroyed everything Hyndman had at Wet ‘N Reckless, including his finances. It’s amazingRead More …


Pacific Islander Beer Company- Santee

In past posts I have mentioned that I really enjoy visiting the latest start-up breweries in San Diego, especially during their “soft openings.” For me, visiting a new brewery is like getting into a brand new car. When you sit down at the tasting bar and look around, everything isRead More …


Coronado Brewing Company Via Coronado Ferry

A really fun way to visit Coronado Brewing Company’s brewpub/restaurant is by taking the pedestrian ferry from San Diego to Coronado Island. Breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy stunning views of the San Diego skyline while crossing San Diego Bay to get a beer. Award-winning Coronado Brewing CompanyRead More …


Tips For Craft Beer Trips In San Diego County

International and out-of-state readers of San Diego Brew Review have been asking for advice and tips on visiting San Diego County craft breweries. Today I am answering the increasing number of requests by adding a new section to our website: Travel Tips. Helpful travel tips designed specifically for craft beer travelersRead More …


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