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:
Northern Pine Brewing Brewery + Taproom
Northern Pine Brewing got its start through a collaboration beer they did with Mother Earth Brew Co to honor seven fallen Marines. Originally homebrewing as a passion, this collaboration allowed the team behind Northern Pine to be a part of a project that would bring people together through beer. As veterans themselves, the team behind Northern Pine Brewing was honored to commemorate the fallen through craft beer, and the community loved what they had helped to create.
For the first four years, Northern Pine Brewing used an old brewhouse known as the “Firetruck Brewhouse,” which was built on the Discovery Channel show Monster Garage. The brewhouse was built into the back of a firetruck with help from Lee Chase (the original head brewer of Stone), Jesse James (motorcycle guru), the head brewer of Coors at the time, and several master welders. After the episode, the "Firetruck Brewhouse" went on tour and eventually ended up with an old Coors employee at Coors Stadium. After sitting in the employee's barn for years, Northern Pine acquired the brewhouse (sans firetruck), cleaned it up, and put it to work at Northern Pine in Oceanside.
Their most popular beers to try are Golden Horizons IPA, Gose Berries Berry Gose, and Sunny Vibes Mexican Lager. Regarding upcoming brews, Northern Pine Brewing has finally brewed their first Hazy IPA, a collaboration brew with Lake Arrowhead Brewing, currently on tap. They also have a collaboration with Burgeon Beer Co. coming soon, so be sure to drop by to try their new selection of craft beer.
Location: 326 N Horne St, Oceanside, CA 92054
Stone Brewing - Oceanside Tap Room
In July of 2012, Stone Brewing Tap Room – Oceanside opened its doors to the public. What began as a small celebration of San Diego's local craft beer scene has become one of the most popular destinations for Stone fans worldwide. With a constantly rotating selection of taps, there's always something new to try at the Stone Brewing Tap Room in Oceanside.
Before Stone took over the spot, it was a vacant, flat space that had been left behind by the previous tenant, a pottery shop. Greg Koch, Stone Brewing's co-founder, designed and helped to build the elaborate garden patio space that fans now know and love.
This month marks ten years since they first opened their doors, and they have a fun 10-year celebration planned from July 23rd through the 24th. They're celebrating "a draftacular weekend full of special brewer creations, vintage releases, live music, and more!" Check out their event page to learn more about their weekend festivities.
If you find yourself at Stone Oceanside, you must try Stone Peak Conditions, a Hazy Double IPA. This incredible summer beer is brewed with passion fruit, orange, and guava, making it one of the most flavorful beers they've released. Stone fans had the opportunity to vote on their favorite beer to see come back and be re-brewed for a special release lineup, and Stone Peak Conditions is returning!
Location: 310 N Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054
Booze Brothers Brewing Co. Taproom
In 2008, brothers David and Donny Firth discovered that beer was more than something you drink - beer is something you can brew yourself at home. This home brewing hobby quickly turned into an obsession, and in 2013 the two brothers finally relocated their brewing operation from their garage to Vista.
By 2017, Booze Bros had grown to include The Wood Shed, a private event space in Vista, and a new taproom in Oceanside in 2020. They followed it up with the Vistonian, another event space in Vista, followed by a new taproom in Fallbrook that opened last year.
Their Oceanside location is outfitted with an outdoor patio where you can enjoy live music on Friday nights. Booze Bros has plenty of spots for you to sit and enjoy some good craft brews with friends. They pour both Booze Bros beer and Owl Farm beer, their 2nd brand that focuses on sours, fruit-forward ales, and more cock-tail inspired beers.
Booze Bros’ most popular beer is 1-800 TROPICS HAZY IPA. If you want to try Owl Farm’s fan-favorite drink, check out Watermelon Tajin Gose. Booz Bros has some collaboration beers in the works, but they can't reveal details just yet so be sure to follow them on social media for updates. They also have a new tajin gose in the works to accompany their mango and watermelon tajin gose.
Location: 606 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
Kilowatt Brewing Taproom + The Space Pad
Kilowatt Brewing is an award-winning craft brewery known for its unique lighting and art installations, producing small-batch, eclectic beer styles and providing customers with unique and stimulating experiences. The brewery was founded in 2014 by Steve Kozyk, Rachel Fischer, Adam Vance, and Chris Calva.
Their Oceanside satellite tasting room is outfitted with creative and interactive lighting, and they've recently added a new speakeasy in the back. When you first walk into the speakeasy through a hidden passageway from Kilowatt, you enter a “space elevator” that beams you up to the planet and top of the tower where you then officially step foot into The Space Pad.
The Space Pad exists on the surface of the planet Rillispore a technologically advanced 1950s Atomic Era-styled spaceport. The Space Pad is inspired by the legendary Spaceman of OB, Clint Cary, a blacklight artist who claimed to have been abducted by aliens at one point in his life.
The Space Pad's craft cocktail menu is curated by their experienced mixologist using innovative and envelope-pushing techniques and ingredients with a focus on molecular mixology. If you're looking for something unique and out-of-this-world, Kilowatt in Oceanside is the place for you! They also have plenty of award-winning brews to choose from, including their OB Bubble Dubbel, a two-time medal winner at San Diego International and Silver medal winner of the 2022 World Beer Cup Belgian-Style Abbey Ale category.
Location: 406 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
Breakwater Brewing Company
In 2008, the founders of Breakwater Brewing Company recognized a need for quality beer and pizza in a casual, family environment in Oceanside. Using equipment salvaged from a brewery in New Orleans following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Breakwater Brewing set out to create just that, a place where anyone could come to enjoy a delicious pint.
They started brewing beer early in 2009 and have delighted local regulars and visitors. Their D.M.J. IPA has become one of their most popular beers to brew - a classic West Coast IPA with piney and citrus hop flavors. They've recently released a new Helles Lager thanks to their extra tank space in Vista.
This extra tank space is part of new collaboration project known as Colab Public House, which provides them with a more extensive brewing system to brew new craft beers. The grand opening is right around the corner, giving fans old and new a great location to try their beers.
There are between 12 to 18 house beers on tap at any given time, as well as 25+ palate-pleasing guest beers, from local and far-flung breweries. The food menu boasts delicious signature pizzas, paninis, and appetizers (including six varieties of chicken wings), and eight widescreen TVs display sports games. The kid-friendly environment includes video games and pinball machines, so there’s a place for the kids to hang out while parents enjoy great food and craft brew!
Location: 101 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Craft Coast Beer & Tacos
Are you craving some delicious craft beer and tacos? Look no further than Craft Coast Beer & Tacos in Oceanside! This has quickly become a local favorite, which was founded by three friends, Blake, Brian, and Lars. Craft Coast serves up some of the freshest brews and tastiest tacos around.
The group of friends spent a few years formulating a business plan as Blake honed his skills and gained experience brewing at Pizza Port. They finally took the leap and opened Craft Coast's doors in 2020, just as Covid started taking over.
Located at the end of Mission Avenue in Oceanside, only a few minutes from the beach, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a cold one. The guys are always coming up with new, innovative brews using different ingredients for each batch, and their beer list is constantly changing with the seasons. Their most popular beer has been Agua Baja Mexican Lager, which pairs perfectly with any of their tacos!
They also have a few collaboration beers to look forward to, including 100% Simcoe IPA with Yakima Chief Hops, a Hazy IPA with Battlemage, and a plethora of new lagers and IPAs in the works!
Location: 275 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
Bagby Beer Co.
The Bagby family has always been passionate about beer. When they were given the opportunity to open their own brewery, they jumped at the chance.
Headed up by well-renowned brewmaster Jeff Bagby and his wife Dande, Bagby Beer Company has become the go-to for many locals in Oceanside. Jeff is known for his time as Director of Brewery Operations at Pizza Port, having also spent time at Stone Brewing and Oggi's. His craft beer expertise and knowledge have allowed Bagbys to position itself as a popular destination for craft beer fans looking for excellent craft beer.
Located in the former home of Continental Motors and BMW Oceanside, Bagby continues to delight craft beer lovers old and new with every glass they pour. The main bar is where the old showroom once stood, and the brewery is in the former maintenance garage. They have an upstairs dining room, providing plenty of space to enjoy a pint or two.
When you step inside Bagby, you’ll see many people working on their laptops, and enjoying their beer. If you’re looking for a place to get work done away from home, you must try Bagby’s.
For the Bagby family, beer is more than just a business - it's a way of life. They believe in the importance of knowing their roots and staying connected to them. Bagby's is proud to be part of the Oceanside community, and they look forward to continuing to serve up excellent craft beer. If you find yourself on this side of Oceanside, be sure to drop by for some delicious Bagby beer, such as their Biggie Stout, a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that is aged for 15+ months.
Location: 601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
South O Brewing Company
There's a new brewery in South Oceanside, and it's all about supporting the community. Co-founders Trevor Whitehead and Joel Steinmetz were homebrewing daily in their garage during the pandemic lockdown, and their hobby became a real hit with the whole neighborhood!
That experience motivated the pair to try and up their game. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Trevor and Joel founded South O to really take their homebrewing to the next level. For them, it was the perfect time to invest in their community and support people in any way possible. The new brewery has been a hit so far, hosting events like a fundraiser for the local firefighters union and hosting food trucks in their parking lot weekly. Plus, there's live music most Saturdays and Sundays and Trivia on Tuesday nights.
Graves House IPA has been their most popular beer to date, which is a 6.5% ABV IPA. They've also recently released a fruited wheat beer called Acai Bowl, with plans to release a Piña Colada Hazy IPA later this month. If you're in South Oceanside, check out this new brewery and support your local community!
Location: 1575 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
At the tail end of the Hops Highway (or the start!), Oceanside is home to some incredible breweries that are definitely worth planning a day trip around. With a unique location and climate, Oceanside breweries offer something a little different from the average San Diego craft beer. From hoppy IPAs to refreshing sours, there's an Oceanside brewery for everyone. So grab your friends and plan your next adventure to one of these incredible Oceanside breweries!