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ARCANA Brewing Company- Carlsbad

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If you are looking for a small brewery in north San Diego County with some unusual but tasty beers, this is the place.

Photo of brewing system at Arcana Brewing Company

3.5 Barrel System

I usually order a full pint when I’m out tasting beers, but the menu at Arcana Brewing had some interesting and mysterious brews listed.

Photo of mug club ceramic mugs at Arcana Brewing Company

So I ordered a flight of four tasters consisting of:

  • Bourbon Barrel Voyager (ESB)
  • Newton’s Graff Apple Ale (unfiltered wheat-based apple beer with cinnamon)
  • SD Saigeson (aka San Diego Sage Saison, made with California Sage and Sagebrush, plus coriander, orange peel, and sweet potatoes)
  • Olde Ingles Smoked Ale (smoked, barrel aged English Old Ale)


Photo of a pint of beer on the bar at Arcana Brewing Company

All four of these beers were tasty, but I enjoyed SD Saigeson (6.5 ABV/15 IBUs) the most. It won a Bronze Medal at the 2015 San Diego International Beer Festival. Here is my description of it:

Color reminds me of clear, apple cider. It has a pretty white head floating on top. Aromatic with scents of earth, sage, coriander, and citrus; all are soft, pleasant, and balanced. Medium sweetness, with subtle sage, spice, and orange flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes clean. Overall, a delicious Saison with interesting aromas and flavors that I would order again.

Photo of a colorful painting at Arcana Brewing where they incorporate local work from artists into the brewery.

Lots of art at Arcana

Arcana Brewing has an interesting steampunk theme and whimsical, but very friendly vibe. It is a comfortable place to enjoy creative craft beers that are not the norm for San Diego County. I mean that in a good way. Sure, they brew a tasty IPA, but they also produce other styles, some traditional and some experimental.

Photo of American and United States Marine Corp flags hanging from the ceiling at Arcana Brewing.

Arcana Brewing’s beers are worth traveling for.


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