The LIST of San Diego's

Breweries and Tasting Rooms

Roughly each month I post an update on the openings and closings in the San Diego craft beer industry. I put the updated list here each time, so you can always find it in the same place. Check the monthly posts in the brewery review area of the blog for details of openings and closings.

San Diego Craft Brewhouses in Operation

(Asterisk * indicates the 19 non-members of San Diego Brewers Guild, 12.7% of 150 SD craft breweries.)

1.             2Kids Brewing Co. (Mira Mesa, 2013)

2.             3 Punk Ales (Chula Vista, 2017)

3.             32 North Brewing Co. (Miramar, 2014)

4.             Abnormal Beer Company (Rancho Bernardo, 2015)

5.             Absolution by the Sea (La Jolla, 2018)

6.             AleSmith Brewing Company (Miramar, 1995; 2015)

7.             Align Brewing Company (Miramar, 2017) *

8.             Alpine Beer Company (Alpine, 2002; purchased by Green Flash, 2014; a brand of WC IPA LLC as of March 2018))

9.             Alta Brewing (Barrio Logan, 2017, 2018) *

10.          Amplified Ale Works (Pacific Beach, 2012)

11.          Amplified Ale Works (Miramar, 2016)

12.          Arcana Brewing Co. (Carlsbad, 2012)

13.          Automatic Brewing Company (Normal Heights, 2010)

14.          Aztec Brewing Company (Vista, 2011)

15.          Back Street Brewery (Vista, 2004)

16.          Bagby Beer Company (Oceanside, 2014)

17.          Barn Brewery (North Park, 2016) *

18.          Barrel Harbor (Vista, 2013)

19.          Battlemage Brewing Company (Vista, 2017)

20.          Bay Bridge Brewing Co. (Chula Vista, 2006) *

21.          Bay City Brewing (Loma Portal, 2015)

22.          Beach Grease Beer Co.  (Vista, 2018; bought the former SpecHops) *

23.          Bear Roots Brewing Co. (Vista, 2015)

24.          Belching Beaver Brewing (New HQ – Oceanside, 2016)

25.          Belching Beaver Brewing (Original Location – Vista, 2012)

26.          Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill (Vista, 2016)

27.          The Bell Marker Brewery and Kitchen (Downtown, 2018)

28.          Benchmark Brewing (Grantville, 2013)

29.          Bitter Brothers Brewing (Bay Ho, 2016)

30.          Black Plague Brewing (Oceanside, June 10, 2017)

31.          BNS Brewing & Distilling (Santee, 2013)

32.          Bolt Brewing Co. (La Mesa, 2014)

33.          Booze Brothers (Vista, 2013)

34.          Border X Brewing (Barrio Logan, 2013)

35.          Breakwater Brewing Company (Oceanside, 2008)

36.          Burgeon Beer Company (Carlsbad, 2016)

37.          Burning Beard Brewing (El Cajon 2016)

38.          California Wild Ales (Sorrento Valley, 2017) *

39.          Chula Vista Brewery (Chula Vista, 2017) *

40.          Circle 9 Brewing (Kearny Mesa, 2017)

41.          Coronado Brewing Company (Coronado, 1996)

42.          Coronado Brewing Company (Bay Park, 2013)

43.          Council Brewing (Kearny Mesa, 2014)

44.          Council Brewing (Santee, May 2018: purchased the former Finest Made Ales)

45.          Culture Brewing Co. (Solana Beach, 2013)

46.          Culver Beer Co. (Carlsbad, 2016)

47.          Deft Brewing (Bay Park, 2017)

48.          Division 23 Brewing (Miramar, 2015)

49.          Dos Desperados (San Marcos, 2014)

50.          Duck Foot (Miramar, 2015)

51.          Ebullition Brew Works (Vista, 2017)

52.          Eppig Brewing (North Park, 2016)

53.          Escondido Brewing Co. (Escondido, 2017)

54.          Fall Brewing Co. (North Park, 2014)

55.          Fourpenny House (La Mesa, soft open 3/31/2018)

56.          Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (Mission Valley, 1998)

57.          Green Flash Brewing Co. (Mira Mesa, 2002; under new ownership as of 4/2018)

58.          Groundswell Brewing Co. (Santee, 2017)

59.          Half Door Brewing Co. (Downtown, 2015)

60.          Helix Brewing Co. (La Mesa, 2015)

61.          Hillcrest Brewing Company (Hillcrest, 2012)

62.          Home Brewing Co. (North Park, 2015)

63.          Indian Joe Brewing (Vista, re-opened 2017)

64.          Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, 2010)

65.          Jacked Up Brewing (Escondido, 2017)

66.          Julian Beer Co. (Julian, 2012; no tasting room as of 2016; reopened in renovated space July 2018)

67.          Karl Strauss 4S Ranch (4S Ranch, 2012)

68.          Karl Strauss Carlsbad (Carlsbad, 1999)

69.          Karl Strauss Downtown (Downtown, 1989)

70.          Karl Strauss La Jolla (La Jolla, 2004)

71.          Karl Strauss Main Production Brewery (Bay Ho, 1996)

72.          Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa (Sorrento Mesa, 1994)

73.          Ketch Brewing (Kearny Mesa, spring 2018)*

74.          Kilowatt Brewing Company (Kearny Mesa, 2015)

75.          Knotty Brewing Co. (Downtown, 2016)

76.          KO Brewery Restaurant & Bar  (Downtown, 2018) *

77.          Latchkey Brewing (Little Italy, spring 2018)

78.          Latitude 33 Brewing Company (Vista, 2012)

79.          Legacy Brewing (Oceanside, 2013)

80.          Lightning Brewery (Poway, 2006) *

81.          Little Miss Brewing (Miramar, 2016)

82.          Longship Brewery (Mira Mesa, 2016)

83.          Mason Ale Works (Oceanside, 2015)

84.          Mason Ale Works (San Marcos, 2017; production brewery and tasting room)

85.          Midnight Jack Brewing Co. (Oceanside, 2016)

86.          Mike Hess Brewing (North Park, 2013)

87.          Mikkeller Brewing San Diego (Miramar, 2015)

88.          Mission Brewery (Downtown, 2008)

89.          Modern Times (Midway, 2013)

90.          Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery (East Village, 2011; purchased by Coronado Brewing, 2017)

91.          Mother Earth Brew Company (Vista, 2010)

92.          New English Brewing Company (Sorrento Valley, 2008)

93.          Nickel Beer Company (Julian, 2013)

94.          North Park Beer Co. (North Park, 2016)

95.          Northern Pine Brewing (Oceanside, 2017)

96.          Novo Brazil Brewing Company (Chula Vista, 2015)

97.          OB Brewery (Ocean Beach, 2016)

98.          Oceanside Brewing Company (Oceanside, 2016) *

99.          Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Carmel Mountain)

100.        Pacific Beach Ale House (Pacific Beach, 2007)

101.        Pacific Islander Beer Co. (Santee, 2015)

102.        Papa Marce’s Cerveceria (Carlsbad, July 2018)

103.        Pariah Brewing Company (North Park, 2017)

104.        Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (Bressi Ranch, 2014)

105.        Pizza Port Carlsbad (Carlsbad, 1997)

106.        Pizza Port Ocean Beach (Ocean Beach, 2010)

107.        Pizza Port Solana Beach (Solana Beach, 1992)

108.        Poor House Brewing Co (North Park, 2012) *

109.        Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, 2006)

110.        Prohibition Brewing Company (Vista, 2011)

111.        Protector Brewery (Miramar, soft open June 2017)

112.        Pure Project Brewing (Miramar, 2016)

113.        Quantum Brewing Company (Kearny Mesa, 2014)

114.        Reckless Brewing Co. (Miramar, 2015)

115.        Resident Brewing Co. (Downtown, 2016)

116.        Rip Current Brewing Co. (San Marcos, 2012)

117.        Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant La Jolla (La Jolla, 1998)

118.        Rough Draft Brewing Company (Mira Mesa, 2012)

119.        Rouleur Brewing Company (Carlsbad, 2017)

120.        San Diego Brewing Company (Grantville, 1993)

121.        San Marcos Brewery & Grill (San Marcos, 1991)

122.        Savagewood Brewing (Scripps Ranch, 2017; bought out O’Sullivan Brothers, 2014)

123.        Second Chance Beer Co. (Carmel Mountain Ranch, 2015)

124.        Smoking Cannon Brewery (Ramona, 2017)

125.        Societe Brewing Co. (Kearny Mesa, 2012)

126.        South Park Brewing Co. (South Park, 2015)

127.        SR76 Beerworks (Valley Center, 2017)

128.        Stone Brewing Co. / Stone World Bistro and Gardens (Escondido, 1996)

129.        Stone World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station (Liberty Station, 2013)

130.        Stumblefoot Brewing Company (San Marcos, 2012)

131.        Thorn Brewing Co. (Barrio Logan, 2017)

132.        Thorn St. Brewery (North Park, 2012)

133.        Thunderhawk Alements (Miramar, 2016)

134.        Toolbox Brewing (Vista, 2014)

135.        Viewpoint Brewing (Del Mar, 2017)

136.        Wavelength Brewing Co. (Vista, 2014)

137.        White Labs (Miramar, 2012)

138.        Wild Barrel Brewing Company (San Marcos, 2017)

Contract Brewed

139.        Bluewater Grill (Carlsbad, 2017; High Point brand contract brewed by Mission Brewery) *

140.        SouthNorte (San Diego, 2017) Contract brewed at Coronado Brewing Company

141.        SD Craft Beverage Co.  (Barrio Logan, June 2018) Contract brewed.  No tasting room, and it seems their only beer is a Mexican lager called Cerveza Xteca *

142.        Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (Midtown, 2013)*  Contract brewed by Latchkey Brewing until the new Carlsbad location opens

Brews Rarely/Inconsistently

143.        KnB Brewery (Del Cerro, 2016; brews inconsistently) *

144.        Plan 9 Ale House (Escondido, 2013; brews inconsistently)

Brewery Only, No Tasting Room

145.        Guadalupe Brewery (Carlsbad, 2015); ***no tasting room; growler fills only

146.        Helm’s Brewing (Kearny Mesa, 2012) ***tasting room at brewery closed as of Feb 2018; name changing to Two Roots and switching to non-alcoholic marijuana-infused beers

147.        Horus Aged Ales (Oceanside, 2017; no tasting room) *

148.        Jamul Brewing Co. (Jamul, 2013; no tasting room)

149.        Kensington Brewing Company (Grantville, 2013; no tasting room but opens for special events) *

150.        Prodigy Brewing Company (San Marcos, 2016; no tasting room) *

Satellite Tasting Rooms in Operation

151.        Amplified Ale Works (East Village, July 2018)

152.        Alpine Beer Co. Pub (Alpine)

153.        At Ease @Barrel Harbor (Miramar)

154.        Bear Roots Brewing Co. (Vista, May 2018)

155.        Belching Beaver Brewery (North Park)

156.        Belching Beaver Brewery (Ocean Beach)

157.        Benchmark Brewing Co. (Bay Park, 2018)

158.        Bolt Brewing (Little Italy)

159.        ChuckAlek Biergarten (North Park)

160.        Coronado Brewing Company (Imperial Beach)

161.        Culture Brewing (Encinitas, 2017)

162.        Culture Brewing (Ocean Beach)

163.        Duck Foot Brewing Company (East Village, summer 2018)

164.        Eppig Brewing  (Point Loma; soft open 2/2018)

165.        Groundswell Brewing Co. (Grantville, 2013; the original brewery, now just a tasting room)

166.        Groundswell Brewing Company (Chula Vista, 2017)

167.        Helm’s Brewing (Ocean Beach)

168.        Iron Fist Brewing (Barrio Logan)

169.        Kensington Brewing Company (Kensington, 2017)

170.        Kilowatt Brewing (Ocean Beach)

171.        Legacy Brewing Tap & Kitchen  (Miramar)

172.        Little Miss Brewing (Normal Heights)

173.        Lost Abbey Confessional (Cardiff)

174.        Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen (Carmel Valley, with The Barrel Room second location, May 29, 2018)

175.        Mike Hess Brewing (Ocean Beach)

176.        Mike Hess Brewing (Miramar; due to start brewing here again on new equipment in Jan 2018)

177.        Mikkeller Brewing San Diego (Little Italy, July 2018)

178.        Modern Times (North Park)

179.        Mother Earth Brew Co. Tap Room (Vista)

180.        Rip Current Brewing (North Park)

181.        Rough Draft Brewing Company (UCSD Mesa Nueva Graduate Student Housing, 2017)

182.        Second Chance Beer Co. (North Park, 2017)

183.        Stone Company Store Oceanside (Oceanside)

184.        Stone Tap Room (Downtown San Diego)

185.        Stone Company Store on Kettner (Downtown San Diego)

186.        Stone Brewing in Terminal 2, San Diego International Airport

Non-Craft San Diego Brewhouses in Operation

187.        10 Barrel Brewing (Downtown San Diego, 2017; owned by ABInBev, considered “fake craft” by many; note that about half of the beers they pour are brewed at their San Diego location; the rest are brewed at the HQ in Bend, OR.)

188.        Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Scripps Ranch, 2006; Acquired by Constellation Brands, 2015)

189.        Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Little Italy, 2013; ")

190.        Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Miramar, 2014; ")

191.        Ballast Point Home Brew Mart (Linda Vista, 1996; ")

192.        Saint Archer Brewing Company (Miramar, 2013; Acquired by MillerCoors, 2015)

Non-Craft San Diego Venues in Operation

193.        Saint Archer Brewing Company (Leucadia, 2018)

Brewhouses in Planning

194.        13 Point Brewing Co. (Lemon Grove, 2018)

195.        Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (Carlsbad, spring 2018?)

196.        Attitude Brewing (Barrio Logan, August 2018)

197.        Brewers Landing (College Area, 2018?)

198.        Creative Creature Brewing (El Cajon, 2017? Originally slated for downtown but location fell through)

199.        Degenerate Brewing Co. (Encinitas, early 2018 in bars)

200.        Draft Republic Brewing (La Mesa, 2019; picking up the failed Depot Springs project)

201.        Embarcadero Brewing & Supplies (National City; as of 1/16/18, awaiting a Kickstarter campaign)

202.        Full Body Brewing (Vista)

203.        Gravity Heights (Sorrento Mesa, fall 2018)

204.        Hodad's Brewing Company (Serra Mesa, end of 2018)

205.        Kairoa Brewing Co. (University Heights, mid-2018)

206.        Karl Strauss Brewing Company (Santee, 2018?)

207.        Karl Strauss Brewing Company (San Marcos, 2018?)

208.        Knø Beverage House (Escondido, February 2018)

209.        Mike Hess Brewing (Miramar, 2018)

210.        Novo Brazil Brewing Co. (Chula Vista brew pub second location, 2019?)

211.        San Diego Brewing Company (North Park brewery closed Feb 2018, will open new brewpub)

212.        SouthNorte Brewing (possible tasting room in planning? Or is it a brewery?)

213.        TapRoom Beer Company (North Park, projected 2018)

214.        Thieving Magpie Beer Company (Miramar, 2018)

215.        Three Frogs Brewing (Santee, spring 2019?)

216.        White Fence Brewing (Encinitas, originally 2017 now summer 2018?)

Satellite Tasting Rooms in Planning

217.        Guadalupe Brewery (Vista, 2018)

218.        Modern Times (Encinitas, in planning for late 2018)

219.        Ketch Grill & Taps (Point Loma, summer 2018)

220.        Ketch Grill & Taps (North Embarcadero, late summer 2019)

221.        AleSmith Brewing Co. (Carlsbad; North 40 project, in planning for 2019)

222.        Second Chance Beer Company (Carlsbad; North 40 project, in planning for 2019)

223.        Mission Brewery (Pacific Beach; in planning)

224.        Mike Hess Brewing (Imperial Beach; in planning, due 2018)

225.        Novo Brazil Brewing Co. (National City, 2019?)

Non-San Diego-Brewed Craft Brewpubs

226.        BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (Chula Vista)

227.        BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (La Mesa)

228.        BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (Hazard Center)

229.        BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (La Jolla)

230.        BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (Escondido)

231.        BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (Carlsbad)

Note: BJ’s has six breweries in five states (Brea, Boulder, Chandler, Reno, Temple, West Covina) and has won a variety of awards (including 28 GABF medals since 2000; BJ’s won Large Brewpub of the Year at GABF 2002). BJ’s breweries are members of the Brewer’s Association, which means that BJ’s is craft beer. That is contrary to what I had thought; certainly, West Coaster and others don’t have them on their lists of craft beer in San Diego.

232.        Oggi's Pizza Express (SDSU)

233.        Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Liberty Station)

234.        Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Chula Vista)

235.        Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Santee)

236.        Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Del Mar)

237.        Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Encinitas)

238.        Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Vista)

239.        Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company (Mission Valley)

Note: According to what I was personally told by an employee in spring 2017, Oggi’s no longer brews on any of their own premises [July 2017: except at Carmel Mountain Ranch] but instead contracts with [June 2018: is owned by the same family as] Left Coast Brewing (San Clemente, CA) to have their recipes made. Oggi’s was one of the original San Diego craft brew pubs and over the years won many awards.

Non-San Diego-Brewed Craft Venues in Planning

240.        Melvin Brewing (East Village, 2018)