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!
Bay City Brewing Co.
Bay City Brewing is located in the Midway District of San Diego, California, boasting stunning sunset views from its patio. Its "coastal urban" vibe is felt throughout the brewery. They offer a wide variety of craft beers that are sure to please any palate, and a rotating selection of food trucks provides delicious options for pairing. Bay City is outfitted with a 20-barrel brewing system, and its taproom is a great place for guests to relax and enjoy a cold one.
Location: 3760 Hancock Street, San Diego
Ballast Point Home Brew Mart
Since its inception in 1992, Ballast Point Home Brew Mart has been a cornerstone of the brewing community here in San Diego and a fixture in the homebrewing movement. Ballast Point has always been dedicated to providing the best possible education and resources to its customers, whether seasoned veterans or first-time brewers. Many have gone on to become award-winning brewers, thanks in part to the Ballast Point Home Brew Mart and its knowledgeable staff.
Now 30 years later, Ballast Point has carved itself a unique place in the brewing industry, becoming one of the country's largest and most respected craft brewers. Ballast Point Home Brew Mart remains the preeminent destination for homebrewers and beer enthusiasts of all levels. Homebrew shops are few and far between, yet Ballast Point Home Brew Mart has managed to thrive by providing its customers with a unique and valuable experience.
If you haven't tried Ballast Point beer (who hasn't?), then you can't go wrong with their Sculpin IPA. It continues to be their most popular beer, and for a good reason. It is an excellent example of a well-crafted craft beer - the culmination of three great brewing minds and two awesome homebrew recipes. Oh My Stars IPA and DB Brown Ale are two other fan favorites worth trying.
If you are looking for an excuse to visit Ballast Point Home Brew Mart or any of their other great locations, look no further than their 30th-anniversary celebration, which is fast approaching! You can learn more about their celebration by following them on their social media. Whether you're looking to learn about homebrewing, swap brewing tips with other enthusiasts, pick up some new equipment and ingredients, or simply want to try some of their great beer, Ballast Point Home Brew Mart is the place to go!
Location: 5401 Linda Vista Rd #406 San Diego, CA
Hours: All Week: 10 AM - 9 PM
Deft Brewing takes inspiration from some of the world's most famous beer-producing regions, including Germany, Belgium, and the British Isles. This results in some truly delicious, high-quality brews that adopt the styles of these regions. And these aren't just any old beers - Deft Brewing has won numerous awards for their creations, earning medals from GABF, San Diego International, and LA International!
Sure, you can find some great IPAs at Deft Brewing, but their specialty is German-style beers, and you’re bound to find something new and refreshing. Bay Park Blonde Kolsch-style Blonde is a fan favorite, followed by Deftoberfest Marzen and Deftoberfest Pils, two popular beers people readily seek out during the Oktoberfest season. They also have two limited barrel-aged special releases coming soon that you should definitely check out!
Coronado Brewing Co.
Another veteran San Diego brewery on our list, Coronado Brewing Co., continues to deliver exceptional beer and an unbeatable atmosphere. Having opened in 1996 in Coronado, demand for their beer outgrew their ability to produce, and a new location was born in Point Loma back in 2004. This location has helped them achieve an annual capacity of 60k barrels, delivering beer across California and beyond.
This location lets patrons get up close and personal with the brewing process, with seating and the bar overlooking the brewing area. The taproom is also dog-friendly, so you can spend an afternoon drinking with your furry friend. For those craving a delicious pretzel or pizza, you can try out their food from Pizza Kitchen. Take advantage of their Friday Fills on Fridays - $10 growler fills every Friday!
The San Diego neighborhoods of Midway District and Morena are filled with breweries that offer something unique for every beer drinker. Whether you set a date for a beer crawl with friends, round up the family, or decide to go at it solo, this area won't disappoint.
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