Looking for the best craft beer in San Diego? Check out our Brewery Spotlight series, where we feature some of the top breweries in SD. Cheers to all the amazing San Diego breweries we showcased in 2022!
🍻 Embolden Beer Co.
🍻 Hopnonymous Brewing Co.
🍻 Kilowatt Brewing
🍻 NOVO Brazil Brewing Co.
🍻 South O Brewing Co.
🍻 3 Punk Ales Brewing Co.
🍻 Culver Beer Co.
🍻 Chula Vista Brewery
🍻 Five Suits Brewing Co
For those of you who haven't yet, be sure to give them a try and support the incredible efforts of these craft beer makers.
Belching Beaver’s Haley Smith named President; San Diego Beer Week scheduled for November 3-12
San Diego, Calif. – San Diego Brewers Guild, a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that promotes local small businesses and entrepreneurs of craft beer, this week appointed its Board of Directors for the 2023 calendar year and determined event dates. Belching Beaver Brewery Director of Marketing Haley Smith was named President, and the 15th-Annual San Diego Beer Week will take place November 3-12. Executive Director Paige McWey Acers made the announcements.
The complete 2023 Board of Directors (also here)
President – Haley Smith, Belching Beaver Brewery
President Emeritus – Rick Chapman, Coronado Brewing Co.
Vice President – Jake Nunes, Burgeon Beer Company
Treasurer – Bryan Carpenter, LevitZacks CPA
Secretary – Chris Leguizamon, Pure Project
Director – Erik Fowler, White Labs Brewing Co.
Director – Tim Parker, Chula Vista Brewery
Director – Marc Martin, Thorn Brewing Co.
Director – John McMullen, Resident Brewing Co.
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 2022. 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 of the San Diego Brewers Guild in 2022:
45th-annual home brewing conference and competition to take place June 22-24 at Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley
San Diego, CA – San Diego has been named the site for 2023 Homebrew Con, an educational homebrewing conference and competition featuring more than 2,000 amateur and pro brewers. The 45th annual event, put on by the Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association, will take place June 22-24 at the Town and County Resort in Mission Valley. San Diego Brewers Guild Executive Director Paige McWey Acers made the announcement.
“I am excited with a capital ‘E’ that the Capital of Craft will be the host of the next Homebrew Con,” said Brewers Guild Executive Director Paige McWey Acers. “This event is quite special for both professionals and amateurs within the industry. It nourishes and helps everyone flourish.”
The three-day conference will consist of more than 50 speakers from the craft beer industry throughout the Unites States and it will encompass eight tracks: Beer Styles, Brewing Process, Homebrewing Culture, New to Homebrewing, Beyond Beer, Clubs & Competitions, Ingredients & Adjuncts, and Quality & Sensory.
Hopnonymous is a monument to ambitious and delicious craft beer. When you step inside, you’ll be greeted by a vast selection of craft beer created by head brewer Hunter, including recognizable and classic styles alongside bold and innovative new ones.
And if you have any questions, Remi, the founder of Hopnonymous, is more than happy to chat all things beer! His excitement and passion for craft beer will remind you what craft beer is all about - the joy of exploration and discovering the perfect craft brew. We hope you get a chance to visit soon!
Beers to try:
Slammin SD - Hazy IPA - ABV: 7.2%
Two Amigos - Mexican Lager - ABV: 4.9%
Iris & The Giant Peach- IPA - ABV: 7%
📍 Find them at 7705 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111
🍻 Monday - Thursday: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
🍻 Friday - Saturday: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
🍻 Sunday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Since its debut back in 2017, Capital of Craft IPA has become a quintessential part of San Diego Beer Week and a much-anticipated beer by both locals and out-of-towners alike. For 2022 SDBW, the specialty beer will be served on tap and in 16-ounce six-packs throughout San Diego County for a limited time starting Friday, November 4.
This year's Capital of Craft team include:
BattleMage Brewing Co.
Culver Beer Co.
Fall Brewing Co.
Mcilhenney Brewing Co.
Mujeres Brew House
My Yard Live
TapRoom Beer Co.
Pizza Port Brewing Co. (host brewery)
Thank you to our sponsors who made this collab brew possible:
BSG CraftBrewing, CanWorks, White Labs Inc.
Meet the team behind this year’s 2022 Capital of Craft IPA
Our annual Capital of Craft IPA is the perfect example of what can be accomplished when passionate people come together for a common cause - to brew great beer! We interviewed our collaborators to gain insight into this year's Capital of Craft IPA.
YOU DESERVE A BEERCATION! Guild Fest kicks off this year’s San Diego Beer Week on November 5th. Join us in celebrating San Diego's thriving brewing community at the Surf Sports Park in Del Mar. Guild Fest will showcase exciting features, including delicious craft beer (duh!), live entertainment, food trucks, and more. With more than 60 independent breweries in attendance, its the ultimate opportunity to explore the San Diego craft beer scene.
Buy your tickets today and join us to celebrate San Diego's vibrant brewing scene! We created this handy guide to help you plan your day of craft beer drinking and merriment.
BNS Brewing & Distilling, North Park Beer Company, Rouleur Brewing Company take home Gold at nation’s largest annual professional brewing competition
San Diego, CA – San Diego breweries last week won 15 medals at the Great American Beer Festival, the nation’s largest professional brewing competition that takes place annually in Denver, Colorado.
Three breweries took home Gold Medals, including BNS Brewing & Distilling (My Bloody Nightmare in the “Strong Red Ale” category), North Park Beer Company (NZ-FU! in the “English IPA or New Zealand IPA” category), and Rouleur Brewing Company (Domestique Blonde Ale in the “Belgian-style Ale or French-style Ale” category).
North Park Beer Company won not just a San Diego-best, but a competition-best four medals overall, including one silver and two bronze. It also took home 2022 Brewery of the Year honors for the 2,001-5,000 barrel breweries.
Five Suits Brewing brings Las Vegas flair to San Diego for a unique experience, great craft beer, and even better memories 🎰
Tucked away in the Vista Business Park, Five Suits features vintage decor from the ‘50s and '60s, a grand piano-shaped bar, and quality craft beer that is fit for royalty 👑💃
After tasting Avery’s “Maharaja” Double IPA for the first time back in 2012, Nick Corona (Owner + Head Brewer) instantly became a hop head. Inspired by this experience, he ordered a homebrew kit the next day and started learning the art of making craft beer which resulted in ribbons, medals, and titles at the county, state, and national levels.
Beers to try:
5’s Are Wild - Hazy IPA - ABV: 6.8%
Planet Nectaron - IPA - ABV: 7.0%
Suited Aces - IPA - ABV: 6.6%
📍 Find them at 2575 Pioneer Ave STE 104, Vista, CA 92081
🍻 Monday & Tuesday: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
🍻 Wednesday: Closed
🍻 Thursday: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
🍻 Friday: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
🍻 Saturday: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
🍻 Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Official kick-off event Guild Fest is Saturday, November 5 at Surf Sports Park in Del Mar; Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines concludes festivities Sunday, November 13
San Diego, CA – San Diego Brewers Guild has released details of the 14th-Annual San Diego Beer Week, which will take place from November 4-13. Guild Fest, the official kick-off event for the celebration of the local independent craft beer industry, will be held Saturday, November 5 at Surf Sports Park in Del Mar. The festivities conclude with the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ Arroyo Terrace on Sunday, November 13. Brewers Guild Executive Director Paige McWey Acers made the announcement.
Individual breweries will host events and have beer specials throughout Beer Week, all of which will be posted on the Brewers Guild’s calendar within the next month.
The 2022 Capital of Craft™ IPA collaboration beer will be brewed by eight Guild member breweries and released for the 10-day celebration. Pizza Port Brewing Company, which won five medals (two gold) at the World Beer Cup in May, is hosting the creation of the specialty beer. The other seven participating breweries are BattleMage Brewing, Culver Beer, Fall Brewing, Mcilhenney Brewing, Mujeres Brew House, My Yard Live, and TapRoom Beer.
If you're looking for a unique and stimulating craft beer experience, Kilowatt Brewing is the place for you!
This Kearny Mesa brewery is well-known for its showcase of local artists, creative decor and lighting, and of course, their beer! They have 20+ beers on tap and a wide selection of bottles available ranging from multiple IPAs and traditional styles to barrel-aged, fruit and sour beers, all small batch brewed by hand.
Kilowatt also has a special surprise hidden inside: The Forbidden Cove tiki bar featuring exotic cocktails and rare craft beers. So if you're looking for an exciting new spot to check out in San Diego, Kilowatt Brewing is definitely worth a visit!
They just celebrated 7 years in business and continue to bring new and exciting experiences to craft beer lovers in San Diego. So if you haven't been yet, what are you waiting for?
Beers to try:
Sour Blue Raspberry Slushie - ABV: 9.5%
Hazy And The Hendersons - Hazy IPA - ABV: 7.0%
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Stout - Pastry Stout - ABV: 6.2%
📍 Find them at 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
🍻 Monday - Wednesday: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
🍻 Thursday: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
🍻 Friday - Saturday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
🍻 Sunday: 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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