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.
These 8 must-try breweries span from Oceanside to Imperial Beach, each bringing in their own unique flavor. With so many options along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), also known as the “101”, it'll be hard not finding a brewery that suits both your taste buds and your thirst. Get ready for the day-long trip along the coast!
Hang with us as we head from north to south hitting these awesome spots:
Breakwater Brewing Co. (Oceanside)
Located in downtown Oceanside right off the 101, Breakwater Brewing features 12-18 house beers on tap and 25+ guest beers. You'll find both indoor and outdoor seating, a kid-friendly environment, and a full menu that includes pizza, salads, wings, sandwiches, and more. Wanna bring your dog? No problem! Pups are welcome on Breakwater's dog-friendly patio.
Beers to Try: Breakwater Brewing is probably best known for its Kali Kush American pale ale, but you'll also want to check out Rye Dawn, winner of the 2018 Great American Beer Festival and the 2016 World Beer Cup Gold Medal. If you're feeling more adventurous, try the Rasbiscus Mead (a 6-time San Diego International Beer Festival gold winner), the Walkabout Stout, Blackberry Break sour, or the Hop Mutiny.
Location: 101 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Pure Project (Carlsbad)
Pure Project, located in the heart of Carlsbad Village, offers indoor seating with 5 roll-up doors to let the breeze in, as well as an open-air, dog-friendly patio with lounge chairs and tropical plants - including a gorgeous Hong Kong Orchid tree. Feeling hungry? Pure Project partners with local food vendors and food trucks - check their Instagram to stay up to date.
Beers to Try: Mantra (west coast triple IPA), Special Dream Cannon (sour IPA with citra cryo and grapefruit), or Lost Monarch (imperial stout with coffee and hazelnuts).
Location: 2825 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Pizza Port (Solana Beach)
Pizza Port has been around since 1987 and began brewing beer in 1992. They've won over 100 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (more than any other craft brewery in history!) and 5 World Beer Cup gold medals. Pizza Port is located just off the 101 in downtown Solana Beach and offers both indoor and outdoor seating, a kid-friendly environment, and a dog-friendly patio. Feeling hungry? You'll find pizza, salad, wings, and more and Pizza Port is known for its Beer Buddies, bite-sized pizza crust brushed with garlic or cajun spice.
Beers to Try: Pizza Port is probably best known for its Chronic Ale, Swami's IPA, Kook double IPA, and Ponto session IPA. All of the beers are brewed on-site, so you'll want to check out the brewery to see what they're currently brewing.
Location: 135 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 90725
Viewpoint Brewing Co. (Del Mar)
Located on the edge of the San Dieguito Lagoon, Viewpoint Brewing offers scenic views overlooking the lagoon and surrounding landscape. Viewpoint Brewing offers outdoor patio seating and indoor seating with large roll-up doors to allow for fresh air and breezes off the lagoon. Viewpoint Brewing offers a full menu, including burgers, fish tacos, sandwiches, and other shareable plates like baked brie and charred broccoli. Viewpoint Brewing is dog friendly, offering locally-made, hand-sourced dog treats from Boozy Bones.
Beers to Try: It's Merica Time, Viewpoint Brewing's American-style lager, won a bronze medal in the San Diego International Beer Competition. You'll also want to check out the Del Martian Amber Ale and the IPA for the Bay west coast IPA.
Location: 2201 San Dieguito Dr Suite D, Del Mar, CA 92014
Amplified Ale Works (Pacific Beach)
Amplified Ale Works is a music-themed gastropub offering ocean views, indoor and outdoor spaces for enjoying the beer, and a dog-friendly grass patio and family-friendly environment. Amplified Ale Works has won several awards for their beer and offers guests a full menu of Mediterranean food, including doner kebabs, skewers, doner fries, salads, and of course, they have burgers on the menu.
Beers to Try: The Electrocution IPA is Amplified Ale Work's signature beer, but you'll also want to try their Whammy Bar Wheat, which won the 2016 World Beer Cup gold medal. Other popular beers include the Midnight Toker barrel-aged porter, the Rare Form Belgian-style quad, and the Sails fruited sour.
Location: 4150 Mission Blvd #208, San Diego, CA 92109
Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten (Point Loma)
Eppig Brewing is known for their waterfront Biergarten in Point Loma, with patio seating and a dog/kid-friendly environment. They have additional locations in Vista and North Park. In 2021, Eppig won best brewery in the northern region in the San Diego Beer News Awards and has won several other awards for individual beers from the Great American Beer Festival and the San Diego International Beer Competition.
Beers to try: Try the 10:45 to Denver IPA, which won the gold medal in the 2020 European Beer Star. You'll also want to check out the Meister Northern German Wheat Ale, Eppig’s most award-winning beer, and the Glitz and Glam Berliner Weisse with Raspberry and Cherry, winner of the 2020 Great American Beer Festival silver medal.
Location: 2817 Dickens St, San Diego, CA 92106
OB Brewery (Ocean Beach)
Nominated in 2021 as one of the best brewpubs in the nation by USA Today, OB Brewery offers gorgeous views of Ocean Beach from its rooftop deck on the 3-story, rustic-style tasting room and building. While the first floor is all business (taproom, kitchen, and brew room), the second story allows for casual tasting, games of shuffleboard and foosball, and has a balcony for enjoying ocean views. The restaurant serves favorites like carnitas, fish tacos, street tacos, wings, and burgers. The brewery is friendly to both dogs and kids.
Beers to try: Try OB Brewery's award-winning beers, including the Right On pale ale, the Gold medal winner of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in 2019. Other winners include Hidden Gem dunkelweizen, the Silver medal winner of GABF in 2017, and the Tres Tres Mexican lager - Bronze medal winner in 2020. Other fun beers to try include the Couples Therapy jalapeno saison and the Long Time Comin' cream ale.
Location: 5041 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Coronado Brewing Co. (Imperial Beach)
Founded in 1996, Coronado Brewing is known for its great beer and laid-back atmosphere. You'll find a full menu including flatbreads, salads, fish tacos, burgers & "sandos," including a serrano bacon burger and a pulled pork sandwich, as well as "pub favorites" including brewpub pretzels, fish & chips, and coconut calamari.
Beers to try: Coronado Brewing is probably best known for its Weekend Vibes IPA, winner of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Bronze medal in 2019 (ranking against over 300 competing IPAs) and its Orange Avenue Wit, a San Diego take on a Belgian wit-style beer. Other award-winning beers to try include the Islander IPA and the Mermaid's Red. Click here to see the list of award-winning beers from Coronado Brewing.
Location: 875 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Hours: Daily: 11-9
San Diego County is home to so many wonderful craft breweries, and we would love for you to come visit one. Plan your next destination out with friends and family, and enjoy some new brews!