Where to drink beer outside this summer10New brewery venues where the sun does shineBy Ian Anderson, Aug. 2, 2019
There’s nothing wrong with drinking beer in a warehouse tasting room, per se, but each year a handful of breweries embrace the idea that San Diego’s best beer lifestyle requires great outdoor drinking venues. Here are the new batch of outside spots to check out this summer.
My Yard Live288 Rancheros Drive, San Marcos
My Yard Live
This recent brewery addition to San Marcos spreads out over more than 17,000 square feet. Inside you’ll find bar areas, a performance venue, communal dining, arcade games, and brewhouse. But what makes the brewpub stand out is how it applies a backyard hangout concept to its outdoor spaces. A designated family-friendly yard gives parents a dedicated drinking venue equipped with kid-friendly activities including a playground with a treehouse. However, a separate patio gives beer fans the option to sample My Yard Live beers with a more grown-up set of games including bocci, shuffleboard, cornhole, and ping pong.
Kairoa Brewing Company4601 Park Boulevard, University Heights
A children's play area at one of the My Yard Live beer gardens
IMAGE BY CHRIS MILLER
There’s a lot to like about this New Zealander brewpub, including beer options and food ranging from refined, shareable appetizers to Kiki-styled burgers. But the top draw is the top of the building. The rooftop drinking and dining venue overlooks University Heights and proves one of the more stylishly rendered outdoor spaces in the city. Set up with lounge areas, bar seating, and dining tables, Kairoa delivers an uptown-worthy day drinking venue that only gets better once the sun begins to set.
Mike Hess Brewing Imperial Beach805 Ocean Ln, Imperial Beach
Mike Hess Brewing Imperial Beach
San Diego’s southwesternmost brewery venue remains a work in progress, but the neighborhood beer garden has been serving beer since the spring, and is outfitted with games, communal picnic tables, shade structures, and ocean fresh air from the beach a block away. As, if not more important are the tacos. Hess has combined forces with its North Park neighbor City Tacos to create a space to enjoy beer and tacos in the sunny light of day: before, after, or in between beach runs.
Gravity Heights9920 Pacific Heights Boulevard, Sorrento Valley
Though smack in the center of Sorrento Valley, this elevated brewpub yields an outdoor space that feels decidedly removed from the corporate campuses surrounding it. One end of its large patio feels like a chic, loungy extension of its dining room; the other has more of a family- and pet-friendly sports bar feel, complete with kids play area. A collaboration between the restaurateur behind Whisknladle, and the original founder of AleSmith, Skip Virgilio, Gravity Heights shows and investment in quality across the board, and created a place in San Diego’s tech hub that is well worth visiting on weekends.
Pure Project at the Park2865 5th Avenue, Bankers Hill
Pure Project at the Park
A brewery has finally established a taproom in Bankers Hill, and it’s a tasteful addition that suits the urban neighborhood. Pure Project managed to infuse a sense of nature into its Miramar warehouse brewery and has accomplished the same here within the industrial lines of newly constructed mid-rise, The Park. Greenery, tree limbs, and other natural wood elements soften the indoor space, and though Balboa Park sits just a block east, its westerly facing patio catches cooling waterfront breezes and sunset colors.
Walking Brewery Tour changes that will showcase the local neighborhood and flavor! Starting February 7, 2015
Our Walking Brewery Tour has changed this year. We are introducing an improved tour based on the much feedback from our lovely clients. We begun doing some research and came up with the ultimate brewery and local flavor tour which emphasis on the neighborhood that the tour travels to in Downtown San Diego and brings out the local in all of us! Besides visiting our partner brewery, Ballast Point which we truly love and adore! All Hail Ballast Point! We have included a stop at local owned beer store and tasting room were the love and essence of local beer tastings will be indulge! To end this fun and exciting tour, we will walk to a local and famous pizzeria and taste the heart of the Italian heart, Pizza!
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San Diego, California – Benchmark Brewing Company, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., and Societe Brewing Company announce a collaborative celebration of summer and San Diego craft beer. Each of these three San Diego breweries celebrate their anniversaries in June, and together, the three locations will be celebrating all summer long. “These three young breweries are each doing something completely different and unique within the relatively mature San Diego beer community,” says Mike V. Sardina, the Assistant Executive Officer at Societe Brewing Company. “The Summer Solstice Ale Trail is a fun way to encourage folks to visit all three of our Tasting Rooms. We are helping to share all that the San Diego beer community has to offer and we are hopefully turning some folks on to some really incredible, world-class beer.”
When beer enthusiasts present the official 2014 Summer Solstice Ale Trail Passport at each brewery’s Tasting Room, that brewery will stamp the passport in recognition of the visit. By obtaining a stamp at each brewery and completing the passport, beer lovers will be able to redeem their passports at any location in order to receive a commemorative bar towel that celebrates the occasion.
“There is so much to celebrate this Summer,” says Rachael Akin, Co-Founder of Benchmark Brewing Company. “Not only are we very excited to be releasing some special anniversary beers, but we are happy to have the chance to share them with the craft beer fans of Societe and BNS. San Diego is an amazing place to drink great beer, and our three breweries are an excellent place to start.”
The 2014 Summer Solstice Ale Trail Passports will be available at each brewery beginning June 1st, and the passports and bar towel prizes will be available while supplies last.
If you want to have a wonderful experience here in San Diego, don't miss the opportunity to book one of our world-famous San Diego Brewery Private Tours!
If you ever would fall in love again, I would with you- beer!
Mark your calendars for the official San Diego on November 1st!
November 1 & 2, 2013 @ The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival is the OFFICIAL kickoff event for San Diego Beer Week! Come out to the beautiful Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego to enjoy samples from 50+ craft breweries from around the county! And to make the FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of Beer Week really special, we split this year’s festival into TWO days:VIP Brewer Takeover: Friday night (Nov. 1) from 6-9PM come rub elbows with some of San Diego’s award-winning brewers and see why San Diego beer is taking over palates everywhere. This exclusive event will showcase San Diego’s finest, rare, and specialty beers from local breweries, including offerings brewed just for this event. All-inclusive ticket includes unlimited beer samples offered throughout the evening coupled with unlimited food samples from local craft-beer friendly restaurants.SD Brewers Guild Festival: Saturday (Nov. 2) from 2-5PM come enjoy the Guild Festival with a commemorative tasting glass and 15 X 3 oz. beer samples. The event showcases San Diego County’s finest craft breweries! Food will be available for sale from local, craft-beer friendly restaurants and food trucks. And to top it all off, musical entertainment will be provided by some of San Diego’s most talented musicians!But there’s more… To get the most out of the SD Brewers Guild Festival we are offering a Premier Access pass. This pass will allow you to enter the festival 1 HOUR early, a commemorative tasting glass and 20 X 3 oz. beer samples (that’s 5 more tasters than our General Admission ticket!).
And if that isn’t enough… you can enjoy the festivities on BOTH Friday and Saturday at a discount! For $100, you will get one Friday night (6-9PM) ‘VIP Brewer Takeover’ ticket and one Premier Access pass for Saturday’s Guild Festival (1-5PM). [$130 value!]
"One of the top four beer festivals in San Diego this summer!"
according to San Diego Magazine – July 2011"
BrewFest Encinitas will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 from
4:00- 7:00 PM at Mira Costa College, San Elijo campus. Food, fun
and great beer samples from some of San Diego's finest breweries!
20 local craft breweries will be there, featuring:
Firestone Walker Green Flash Coronado Brewing
Aztec Stone Ballast Point
Iron Fist Stumblefoot The Lost Abbey
Pizza Port Hess Brewing and many more…
In addition, gourmet food trucks will serve a variety of food at the event.
This event will support local charities such as the Mira Costa College Foundation, Boys'
& Girls' Club – Encinitas, Community Resource Center, Burn Institute, San Elijo Lagoon
Conservancy, Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, Military Outreach Ministry (MOM),
Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club and more.
Attendees can choose to have $10 of their admission price donated directly to the
participating charity of their choice.
Back by popular demand in 2013 a VIP Tent where you can mingle with world
renowned brew masters and taste premium beers only served to VIP ticket holders.
General admission tickets are $40 ($75 for VIPs) and include admission, a
commemorative sampling glass, 10 beer tastings, free parking, and lots of fun!
Designated drivers are admitted free in the general admission area!
This is a 21 and over only event.
For questions, please call 760-707-8593 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information from Encinitas Brew Fest website at www.brewfestencinitas.com
Breakwater Beer Fest in Oceanside
Breakwater Brewing Fifth Anniversary Festival
Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Breakwater Brewing Company with the rest of San Diego's craft beer family on July 13! and why not combine this with our oceanside tour ?
"Everyone needs a break! Come ride the wave at Breakwater Brewing Co. Enjoy their So.Cal Beach Style of brewing beer". Their honey beach brew is a must !
Five Star Tours Loves Breakwater Brewing & co !!
Saint Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast--on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. Use the code PATTY when booking online to take advantage of our St Pat's day promotion and enjoy this opportunity to visit our finest breweries.
The reputation of San Diego as a center for fine craft beers has exploded in the last five years, and San Diego has a thriving, growing and well-regarded microbrewery community. From the pioneer Karl Strauss Brewery to sassy Stone Brewing Company to upstarts like Alesmith, craft brews are to San Diego what wine is to Napa. And if you love beer, it's worth taking the time to seek and discover these lovingly crafted brews. Thanks to Local Wally's comprehensive San Diego Brewery Guide for providing detailed and well-informed insight to our local brew community. Here is a roundup of San Diego's finest microbreweries. We will drive you there with your group ! Let us the driving and enjoy the beer sampling !
If you want to become the perfect Beer Nerd.. This is the place to go where the actual micro breweries get their yeast! Yeast is such an important element to making beer that if it did not exist San Diego and the USA would not be so blessed with its craft breweries.
A little about White Labs in San Diego:
White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation team members have been active in the American and worldwide craft brewing movements since the 1980s. The company, which has grown to include offices in California and Colorado, provides a wealth of services to not only brewers but also winemakers, distillers and others in the fermentation business. The company was founded by Chris White in 1995, and he and Lisa White, his ex-wife, run the company from the San Diego headquarters location. Below is a brief description of numerous company employees.
Make sure to be included in the tasting room adventure:
The White Labs Tasting Room, featuring beers created on site, is receiving rave reviews. The lineup of experimental beers changes regularly and features brews created with different yeasts and different brewing and fermentation techniques. The custom-built tasting room features up to 32 beers on tap and 3 on cask.
On tap: This list is updated regularly: Beers on tap.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: noon to 8 p.m. (Special hours for White Labs Day, see news item above)
Tours: Tours are available regularly and/or by special request.
San Diego Brew Tours will take you to White Labs and guarantee you the best time in our tours.
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