Welcome to the continuation of our Oceanside Breweries tour! In Part One, we gave you a list of eight breweries running down the 5. Today, the fun continues as we highlight three more Oceanside craft beer havens - Oceanside Brewing, Belching Beaver, and Black Plague. Summer is the perfect time to explore all that Oceanside has to offer, and craft beer is one of its best features (besides the beach, of course!).
Guild Fest is back! Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2022 Guild Fest, taking place at a new location—The Surf Sports Park (formerly San Diego Polo Fields) in Del Mar. This annual event celebrates SD Beer Week and the independent brewing community that makes it all possible.
As the official kick-off party to SD Beer Week, Guild Fest will showcase exciting features, including delicious craft beer from San Diego and beyond, food trucks, live music, and more!
Novo Brazil is an International award-winning brewery based right here in San Diego! Inspired by Brazil, they masterfully integrate unique flavors in all of their beverages, including a food menu that fuses Brazilian, Mexican & American cuisine!
Their Birch Road location in Chula Vista is very spacious and offers a bustling community without ever making you feel crowded. The bright walls and friendly staff make this a particularly cheerful brewery! Come peep the vibes.
A full menu paired with beer and hard kombucha ensures that anyone attending will always leave satisfied. If you're looking for a place to watch a fight with other fans, Novo is the place to go. Thanks to their huge screens, every seat has a view of the action. Check out Novo Brazil if you like upbeat breweries where you'll never feel alone.
Beers to try:
The Mango, Fruit Beer/IPA - ABV: 7%
Ipanema, Double IPA - ABV: 8.3%
Sunny Vibes, Pale Ale - ABV: 5.5%
📍 Find them at 2015 Birch Rd #1017, Chula Vista, CA 91915
🍻Sunday - Thursday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
🍻Friday - Saturday: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Few things in life are as satisfying as a cold beer on a hot day, and what better place to cool off than in Oceanside? With several incredible breweries, Oceanside’s fantastic beer scene and stunning ocean views make it the place to be!
Here are just a few favorites to visit:
Blue Fire Brewing is located in the city of San Marcos, California. This neighborly brewery has an unabashed love for traditional brews like West Coast IPAs and Brown Ales, but they are unafraid to try different styles to reach new heights.
Making delicious beer to share with others was the foundation of their business, and they have certainly pulled it off!
As long-time locals, they know what environment their customers crave. Great beer, great conversations, and a laid-back vibe define this brewery. Be sure to drop by on Tuesdays and Sundays if you want to grab a bite from their rotating food vendors.
Whether you're a local or just a beer fan, their friendly environment will definitely make you feel right at home.
Beers to try:
White Sage IPA - 7.7% ABV
Something Hoppy - 6.3% ABV
Coffee Golden Ale - 4.0% ABV
📍 Find them at 2892 S Santa Fe Ave STE 107, San Marcos, CA 92069
🍻 Monday: 3 PM - 8 PM
🍻 Tuesday- Thursday: 3 PM - 8 PM
🍻 Friday: 3 PM - 9 PM
🍻 Saturday: 10 AM - 9 PM
🍻 Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
A Conversation with Greg Koch from Stone Brewing: The Evolution of the San Diego Beer Scene, Stone’s Early Days, and the Growth of SDBG
It has been an incredible journey for the San Diego Brewers Guild, and today we celebrate 25 years of promoting and supporting local, independent craft breweries! We sat down with Greg Koch, co-founder of Stone Brewing and the initial conceptualizer for SDBG.
As the first president of the Guild, Greg has a lot of wonderful insight into how far we've come and where we might be going. We also get to learn some fun stories about Greg's time in the industry and how he got his start in brewing. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Greg!
In 1997, fifteen craft breweries came together to prop up San Diego's budding craft beer scene - and thus, the San Diego Brewers Guild was born. Today, 25 years later, seven of those breweries are still in operation. The guild continues to promote our members and educate beer fans worldwide on the positive benefits of the San Diego craft beer industry. June 10th marks our 25th Anniversary, and we want to highlight and thank our original members who have been with us since the beginning. They have served as pillars in our community, and their stories continue to inspire new brewers and craft beer fans today. Original members of the Guild include:
If you're looking for a unique and fun brewery to visit, check out Culver Beer Co.! They have a variety of beers on tap and tasty food options that are sure to please. You won't regret paying them a visit!
This jungle skatepark hits all the right notes for good vibes and great beer.
They also have a mouth-watering selection of hot and cold sandwiches! We highly recommend their Stramski Reubs and French Dip. We promise you'll be back for seconds.
Find them at 2719 Loker Ave W Suite D, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Monday: 3 PM - 8 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:30 PM - 8 PM
Thursday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
Saturday: 12 PM - 9 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM
Number of local craft brewery locations grows to more than 150 in 2022 from 15 in 1997; Limited-edition anniversary pint glasses available at participating breweries
San Diego, CA – San Diego Brewers Guild a non-profit organization promoting local small businesses and
entrepreneurs of craft beer, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the inaugural SD Beer Weekend June 10-12. The number of independent craft brewery locations has grown to more than 150 in 2022 from only 15 in 1997, a tenfold increase.
SD Beer Weekend complements the Guild’s annual San Diego Beer Week, which will take place this year from November 4-13 with its 14th installment. San Diego County, known as The Capital of Craft™, has the most craft brewery locations among all counties in the United States.
“We simply couldn’t wait for Beer Week to celebrate such an important milestone for the Guild, its more than 150 members, and, frankly, all of San Diego,” said Executive Director Paige McWey Acers. “We are named ‘The Capital of Craft™’ for a reason and singling out this commemoration is yet another way to promote so many wonderful breweries and help get beer lovers back through their doors as we re-emerge from the pandemic.”
No Lames Allowed!
Thr3e Punk Ales in Chula Vista is where you go to get away from the mundane and into a world of rock and punk! This brewery is known for its refreshing craft beer, but also its killer punk rock playlists and wall decorated with iconic punk rock logos. Can't blame you if you stay for the scene and never want to leave!
Beers to try:
Kill The Pour, San Diego IPA - 6.5% ABV
Emo Brown, Imperial Coffee Brown Ale - 8.1% ABV
Dead Ramones, German Pilsner - 5.4% ABV
Find them at 259 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
All Week: 12 PM - 10PM
Ocean Beach is a neighborhood in San Diego known for its laid-back atmosphere, world-famous waves, and of course, its craft beer scene! OB has become a popular tourist destination, and there are plenty of places where you can find a cold one. There are many breweries in Ocean Beach, and each one offers something special. Whether you're a local or just visiting, it's time to hit the waves and cool off with a beer at one of these Ocean Beach breweries.
Here are seven Ocean Beach breweries that you need to check out:
San Diego, CA – Thirteen San Diego craft breweries won medals at last night’s 2022 World Beer Cup, the largest international commercial beer competition hosted by the Brewers Association. The event took place in
Minneapolis and featured more than 10,000 beers from nearly 2,500 breweries spanning 57 countries.
Pizza Port Brewing Company garnered the most medals overall with five, including two gold. The only other
multiple medal winner was Craft Coast Beer & Tacos with two – both bronze. Four San Diego breweries won gold medals.
The list of all medal winners:
American-style India Pale Ale: Hop-Fu!, North Park Beer Co. (North Park)
American-style Pilsener: Dieguito, Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad)
Coffee Stout or Porter: Dusk til Dawn, Pizza Port Brewing (San Clemente) *
Scotch-style Ale: Wee Heavy, AleSmith Brewing (Miramar)
Smoked Beer: Schlenkerlish, Ballast Point Brewing (Little Italy)
American-style Pale Ale: Cruisin’, Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad)
Belgian-style Abbey Ale: OB Bubble Dubbel, Kilowatt Brewing (Kearny Mesa)
Hazy or Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale: Houblon Deluxe, Pure Project Brewing (Vista)
International Light Lager: Invita, Burgeon Beer Co. (Carlsbad)
International Pale Ale: Locals Only, Pizza Port Brewing (Carlsbad)
Specialty Beer: Agavamente, SouthNorte Beer Co. (Chula Vista)
American-style India Pale Ale: Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Karl Strauss Brewing (Pacific Beach)
Belgian-style Tablebier or Belgian-style Session Ale: Guillaume, Pizza Port Brewing (Ocean Beach)
International Pilsener or International Lager: Oscura, Craft Coast Beer & Tacos (Oceanside)
Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale: Haze in the Park, Kings & Convicts Brewing (Miramar)
Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale: Shootz Mahalo, Craft Coast Beer & Tacos (Oceanside)
Kellerbier or Zwickelbier: Pils Bitte, Attitude Brewing (Barrio Logan)
Old Ale or Strong Ale: King of Tyre, The Lost Abbey (San Marcos)
* Winning beer was produced at a San Diego-owned brewhouse outside of the county
This was the first World Beer Cup since 2018 due to alternating years and the pandemic. San Diego Breweries won just seven medals that year, thus an increase of 10 medals in 2022.
The World Beer Cup Competition Manager selects judges from a list of internationally recognized brewers,
consultants, industry suppliers and writers. Judging is blind, with no brand knowledge of any kind provided to
judges. Beer entries are judged solely on their merits.
The Brewers Association is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association. The World Beer Cup was developed by the Brewers Association in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing. It is often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” and the 2023 event will take place in Nashville.
There are more than 150 craft breweries in San Diego County.
Embolden Beer Company is all about taking risks and pushing boundaries to create the best craft beer possible. They constantly innovate and experiment with new recipes, seasonal releases, and specialty beers to keep things interesting for their fans.
Alongside New Motion, Embolden Beer Company has created a vibrant space where people can come to enjoy great craft beer, as well as hard tea, kombucha, and seltzers. This is a place for both beer and non-beer drinkers to socialize and have a good time. Whether you're a craft beer aficionado or just looking to try something new, Embolden Beer Company is the place to be!
Find them at 8655 Production Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92121
Tuesday - Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
Friday - Saturday: 12 PM - 10 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 9 PM
If you are a fan of craft beer (of course you are!), then you need to check out the Hops Highway in San Diego County. This scenic route takes you through some of the best breweries in the Capital of Craft, which is how Highway 78 adopted the moniker of Hops Highway. One of our favorite stops along the route is San Marcos, where you will find five amazing breweries, all within close proximity to one another. Grab some friends, find a designated driver, and hit up Hops Highway San Marcos and enjoy exceptional brews!
Craft Coast Brewery + Taco Stand combines San Diego’s two key staples: handcrafted beer and authentic Baja-style tacos.
Located in downtown Oceanside, CA, walking distance from the pier, Craft Coast provides a friendly environment with an outdoor patio, perfect for families and dog parents. By far the best food to try there are the birria tacos with a side of consommé.
Find them at 275 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA
As the "Capital of Craft", San Diego is the home to many world-renowned breweries here in California. With such a vibrant craft beer scene and options galore, it can be difficult for tourists and even locals to find their next favorite brewery. Fret not, beer lovers! Today we're exploring the neighborhoods of Midway District and Morena in San Diego, each with a vibrant selection of breweries and good beer to choose from. Many of these breweries are a short drive away from each other, making it the ideal place to spend an afternoon or evening.
Whether you're a fan of IPAs or pilsners, there's something for everyone here! So without further ado, let's get started!
Founded by South Oceanside locals, South O Brewing Company is a modern-day brewery proudly positioned along the famous California Pacific Coast Highway. Since their opening, they've been hard at work refining recipes with a passion you can taste in every sip of their beer. They have a wide variety of food trucks coming almost every day of the week! Check out @southobrewingco to see what tasty options are available this weekend.
Beers to try:
Marine Layer, Black IPA - 6.1% ABV
Horne, New England IPA (Hazy) - 6.8% ABV
Hill Street Nitro, Honey Ale (Nitro) - 5.2% ABV
Find them at 1575 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA, 92054
San Diego has been a hotbed of activity in the brewing industry for years and shows no signs of slowing down. Many San Diegans don't know how lucky they have it! With so many new locations opening each year, it can be hard to keep track of them all. We have compiled a list of eight San Diego breweries that opened up new locations in 2021. San Diego has something for everyone - so what are you waiting for? Start exploring with these new San Diego brewery locations today!
The nonprofit organization looks ahead to 2022 initiatives and its 25th Anniversary Celebration
SAN DIEGO, CA (January 21, 2022) - The San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting independently owned craft beer manufacturers in the region, is pleased to announce its new board of directors and president for 2022. As the organization maps out its 2022 programming and events, SDBG will celebrate 25 years of promoting San Diego County’s craft brewing community as the Capital of Craft™.
“The San Diego Brewers Guild is entering its 25th year in operation, and I’m proud to be serving as president of its board of directors,” said Rick Chapman, Owner & Co-Founder of Coronado Brewing Company. “Based on survey results and direct member feedback, there’s a lot of optimism in our local craft brewing community for the future. San Diego Brewers Guild will continue to push forward marketing campaigns, educational programs, and special events that further showcase our region’s brewing innovation and talent.”
What mountain road trip would be complete without stopping at one of San Diego's mountain-side breweries? If you're looking for some great beer and an inviting atmosphere, these four craft breweries are perfect for you. Nestled between the mountain foothills of the Laguna and Cuyamaca mountains, these breweries are waiting for you to stop by and have a drink. The four breweries include:
As the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting independent craft beer manufacturers in San Diego County, the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG) has much to celebrate when looking back at its accomplishments in 2021. The programming spearheaded by SDBG is made possible through support from its brewery members, community partners, craft beer patrons and more.
Here’s a look back at some of the key accomplishments by the San Diego Brewers Guild in 2021:
The fifth annual specialty IPA honors San Diego’s world-renowned craft beer community
SAN DIEGO, CA (October 28, 2021) - Back just in time for San Diego Beer Week, 2021 Capital of Craft IPA is a collaboration beer brewed by eight brewery members and in support of the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG). Starting Friday, November 5, the special IPA will be available on tap and in 16-ounce four-packs throughout San Diego County for a limited time.
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 21, 2021) - For its 12th year, San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) will take place November 5 through 14, 2021 at more than 150 independent craft breweries around San Diego County.
Due to health and safety concerns that remain surrounding the COVID-19 Delta Variant, Guild Fest, a 3,000-person beer festival, will skip another year with plans to return in 2022. Craft beer enthusiasts and tourists are invited to join the 4th Annual Virtual SDBW Kick-Off Toast on Friday, November 5 at 7 p.m. PT and by exploring sdbeer.com/events for additional celebrations.
“San Diego Beer Week is a staple event in our community, which gives tourists and locals alike an opportunity to explore all the delicious, innovative offerings in the ‘Capital of Craft’” said Paige McWey Acers, Executive Director at San Diego Brewers Guild. “While we’re disappointed to go another year without Guild Fest, craft beer fans in San Diego and beyond will be able to partake in the Virtual Kick-Off Toast as well as a 2nd iteration of the SDBG Beer Box - a virtual tasting experience. Plus, I’m confident that our brewery members as well as bars and restaurants around the county will be planning some impressive, more intimate events in their establishments.”
Additional details on SDBW 2021 will be available at sdbeer.com at a later date. For more information about the San Diego Brewers Guild, its brewery and affiliate members, as well as upcoming events, visit sdbeer.com.
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 10, 2021) - The San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG), a nonprofit organization supporting craft beer manufacturers in San Diego County, is pleased to announce its brewery members had another impressive year at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Award Ceremony. In total, San Diego independent brewers received 19 medals this year - earning a grand total of nearly 300 medals for the ‘Capital of Craft’ since 1993.
The 2021 GABF Award Ceremony took place on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Denver, CO beginning at 4 p.m. PT. The event made an in-person comeback with limited representatives from each brewery in attendance to receive medals. This year, the Brewers Association, a national organization that hosts GABF, coupled the award ceremony with its noteworthy trade show - the Craft Brewers Conference - which unites craft beer manufacturers with goods and services suppliers for educational seminars and networking events.
A total of 2,192 breweries entered 9,680 beers into the world’s largest professional beer competition. The participants competed for a chance to have their creative brews earn recognition from the 170 judges analyzing 98 categories.
Highway 78 is affectionately called Hops Highway, stretching from Oceanside to Julian. Many of North County’s breweries can be found along the Hops Highway and is one of the most concentrated areas for craft breweries in San Diego. Within a short stretch, you can visit several high-quality breweries and experience the unique tastes that San Diego has to offer.