Breweries in San Diego
Ballast Point Brewery
San Diego is gaining wide recognition for their microbreweries. One of San Diego’s most well known (and largest) local craft breweries, Ballast Point Breweryone of four locations) is open seven days a week and features free brewery tours. With over fifteen beers on tap, and a food truck parked out front, there is something for everyone. They also have a small pilot brewery in Little Italy! Leave your car at the hotel and take the Green Line trolley. It’s a quick and easy trolley ride to Little Italy from the Old Town Inn.
Beers offered at each location vary seasonally, but there are seven favorites offered year-round. From the German-style Longfin Lager, to the award-winning (let’s be honest, most of their beers are award winning) Sculpin IPA, to the hoppy Black Marlin porter, it’s hard to pick a favorites. Luckily, you don’t have to! Not only can you get a pint for around $5 (most are less), you can get half pint, or even a 4 oz taster of anything on tap. If you still can’t decide, sample their selection with three tasters for $5. And don’t forget, there’s a food truck parked right out front!
Take a break from your tasting (or just bring it with you) and go on one of their free brewery tours. Or if you’re looking for something a bit stronger, there are tours of their newly established distillery for $10–head’s up, you’ll need to sign up for these AND have a DD for your group.
Stone Brewing Co.
Another of San Diego’s best known breweries is Stone Brewing Company. The brewery in Escondido is open seven days a week with tours offered from 12- 6 daily, and are just $3 per person over age 21. Stone has an extensive list of year-round and seasonal beers including several IPAs, a tasty Saison and a vanilla bean smoked porter; again something here for everyone!
If you don’t want to travel that far, their Liberty Station World Bistro and Gardens is just 5 min from the Old Town Inn, and it’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. With a HUGE (23,000 square feet huge) inside and gorgeous outside dining area, two bocce ball courts, a movie courtyard, over 40 specialty beers on tap and an extensive wine list, it’s easy to spend the better part of an afternoon or evening here. And the food! The menu is eclectic and world-inspired with dishes such as chicken schnitzel or spicy lamb sausage rigatoni. Not only do they feature farm-to-table dining, most of the food served is grown at their own Stone Farms in Escondido.
Check out San Diego’s local craft breweries for good drink, good food, and good times.