San Diego’s beer scene is absolutely phenomenal. So great to see so many breweries all with incredible brews and outstanding spaces. With so many breweries popping up everywhere, there are definitely some hits and misses, but every spot we hit up in San Diego would be a 10 here. Wish I could’ve visited all 150+ breweries as a completionist, but here’s a list of my top picks of made up accolades.
Most memorable beer:
This is the beer that has not left my mind after visiting all the breweries and drinking all the beers that we did. Pure Project Brewing’s Crème de la Pêche is a cream ale brewed with organic Masumoto peaches, and is very aromatic with peach flavours along with a medium-thick creamy mouthfeel. It’s light and refreshing for a hot summer day yet full bodied for a great winter sip.
Best creamsicle beer:
A lot of the breweries we visited brewed their version of a creamsicle beer. Second Chance Brewery’s Vanilla-Orange Hazy IPA was the most delicious one, as it tastes exactly like a creamsicle which still doesn’t completely overpower the beer.
So many great West Coast IPAs, so difficult to choose just one, but Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA is its award winning flagship beer for a reason. The hops are bright which brings out all the depth to its flavour. They also have fun variants of this brew in Grapefruit Sculpin and Pineapple Sculpin which are also realistic in their flavours but subtle.
I love woody cottages, and stepping into North Park Beer Company feels just like that, and more. Upon entering you see the brew tanks, and I’m a sucker for seeing those in public spaces. Throughout our time there the sweet aromatic smell of hops filled the air, and I couldn’t get enough of it. The place is super spacious with lots of seating, including an upper level with shuffleboard and darts. Also a sucker for cartoon characters, and they have these awesome funky mascots for water, wheat, hops, and yeast.