The Growing Brewery Scene in San Diego

Microbreweries are popping up all over the country, but some areas are more known for their beer scene than others. San Diego, for instance, has such a fast-growing brewery scene that it has been dubbed “America’s beer capitol.” It was in San Diego that the West Coast IPA originated before it became a hoppy sensation around the country. San Diego’s microbreweries have such a bold, signature style and with over 198 breweries in the county, there’s something for everyone.


If you know the beer scene in San Diego at all, you know AleSmith. It’s the two time winner of the Champion Brewery Award at the San Diego International Beer Festivals. Their most famous beer, of course, is the famous Speedway Stout, but they have something for beer lovers of all tastes: IPAs, ESB, and several seasonal brews. Their facilities are so spacious and state-of-the-art, with sharp contemporary architectural design, you’d hardly know this was a brewery. But one sip of their beer and there will be no confusion: this isn’t just any brewery, it’s one of the best.

Ballast Point Brewery

If you want variety, look no further than Ballast Point Brewery. They have more than just ales, lagers, stouts, and IPAs. Ever heard of beer that infuses chili? Try it at Ballast Point. Cherry wheat, grapefruit, or pineapple ale? They have that, too. According to their website, they have an “obsession with ingredients” and an “exploration of techniques.” The result is that you could visit Ballast point dozens of times and have a different experience each time. This is the perfect brewery for trying something new.

Alpine Beer Company

Alpine is a small, unincorporated town in the foothills of the mountains near San Diego. It’s home to a small town brewery named, appropriately, Alpine Beer Company. But there’s nothing small about the quality of the beer at Alpine Beer Company. It’s nicknamed the “Home of Pure Hoppiness” and it’s the reason people all over the country are flocking to this small mountain town to try their brews. The owner, a former firefighter named Pat McIlhenney, had his start with AleSmith before deciding start his own brewery. It went over so well that in 2008, the little pub was able to expand, using the garage for fermentation and bottling space and producing 1,500 barrels each year. But as much as things have grown for this brewery over the years, with their beer selling all over the country, you can still visit the tasting room and share a beer with Pat today.

Wherever you go in San Diego, you’re sure to find an excellent place to stop for a hoppy, refreshing beer. The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla is within easy distance to downtown San Diego and many of San Diego County’s excellent breweries. You can even find some great breweries here in downtown La Jolla. To start planning your visit, contact us to book your room.

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