What makes Plan 9 stand out from other breweries is that they don’t just stick to traditional styles of beer. Located on Grand Avenue in Escondido, Plan 9 has an exciting portfolio of experimental beers that are constantly rotating, so no matter how often you come, there will always be something new to try!
Their delicious food menu features pub-style favorites like burgers and sandwiches. The wide selection of homemade hot sauces, everything from mild and savory to extremely hot and spicy, is not to be missed. California Creaper is a clear standout!
With its punk rock vibes and friendly staff, Plan 9 Alehouse will quickly become your new favorite place to grab a beer!
Beers to Try:
Astro Zombies - Hazy IPA - ABV: 6.7%
Daywalker - Irish Red Ale - ABV: 4.9%
Zombies of the Strata-sphere - Hazy IPA - ABV: 7.7%
📍 Find them at 155 E Grand Ave Escondido, CA 92025
🍻 Sunday - Monday: Closed
🍻 Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
🍻 Friday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
2022 San Diego Brewery Spotlights
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.
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
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
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!).
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
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
Brewery Spotlight: Thr3e Punk Ales
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:
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!
A Weekend in the Mountains: An Epic Road Trip through Ramona, Julian, and Alpine's Breweries
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:
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.
With so many local craft breweries peppering San Diego city and its surrounding county, it’s obvious why “beercations” (vacations centered around beer tasting and craft breweries) are becoming insanely popular. People are traveling across the country and world to try new beers, meet new people, and find a sense of adventure in their lives.
San Diego's South Bay beer scene has seen a lot of growth in recent years, thanks to its vibrant and diverse community. With its proximity to the Southern Border and the influence of local residents with Latin American heritage, South Bay breweries offer an eclectic mix of craft beer you won't find anywhere else.
The summertime in San Diego is full of sun-filled beach days and evenings spent sipping on craft beer. You know what that calls for? A road trip! For locals or visitors looking to explore the breweries, especially this Memorial Day Weekend, we have just the perfect list for your next San Diego adventure along the coast.