During the past five years, the growth of the San Diego craft beer scene has been nothing short of phenomenal. In that short period of time, San Diego county has gone from 30 breweries to more than 90—and there’s no end in sight. By the end of 2015, San Diego is projected to have more than 130 breweries open and brewing.
With all these new names, locations, and beers, it’s a monumental challenge to sort out where a San Diego brewery tour should begin. That’s why we’ve created THE SAN DIEGO BREWERY GUIDE. Inside, you’ll find all the essential information you need to plan an afternoon, a day trip, a weekend, or even a week touring breweries. In addition to the basics, you’ll also get tasting notes on each brewery’s core beers, as well as a short profile of who they are, what they do, and how they fit into the larger beer community. Two-dozen maps provide specifics for getting around, planning your trips, and customizing your travels according to your specific beer preferences.
From the Foreword by Joe Terzi, President & CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority: “Of course, with the astounding growth we’ve seen over the years, many visitors have asked me, “Why has craft beer flourished in San Diego?” To many who live here, craft beer epitomizes the San Diego lifestyle: first-class, yet laidback. San Diego defines itself as a destination with all the vibrancy of a big city without any of the attitude, and our craft breweries reflect just that. While many of them are producing award-winning brews, they welcome you with a warm smile and friendly greeting when you step up to the bar for a pint. It’s this welcoming spirit that makes the San Diego craft beer experience rewarding for even the most novice beer enthusiast.”