With close to 160 breweries within city limits, San Diego has become the hub for craft beer in Southern California. With so many awesome options to choose from, it could take you close to a year to try all of them. To help you navigate through San Diego’s thriving beer scene, StorQuest has put together our top five favorite breweries you can’t miss while traveling down the Golden Coast.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden
A staple of San Diego craft brewing ever since the release of its hop-centered Stone IPA in 1997, Stone Brewing has got to be a the top of your list. Housed in a former U.S. Navy Mess Hall, Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens has received a modern makeover. Featuring indoor and outdoor dining, multiple bars, a bocce ball court, and an outdoor cinema space and garden, Stone Brewing is the go-to spot for San Diego fun. With 36 seasonal and year-round brews, an extensive wine list, organically inspired cuisine, and plenty of thrilling events, Stone Brewing has become the place for beer lovers in the city.
Alesmith Brewing Company
Recognized as the San Diego International Beer Festival back-to-back Champion Brewery, Alesmith Brewing Company has earned its reputation as one of the best breweries in San Diego. From their San Diego Pale Ale .394, named after San Diego Padre legend Tony Gwynn’s career-high batting average, to the hop-heavy Double IPA, Alesmith has endless options that are sure to satisfy everyone’s palate. As the largest tasting room in the city, this iconic San Diego brewery features a Tony Gwynn museum, a speakeasy-style tasting space with high-percentage barrel-aged beers, and an elevated tasting area where you can watch all the magic happen.
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Located in the heart of Little Italy, Ballast Point’s beers are enjoyed coast to coast. If you’re looking to gorge on some delicious food and polish off a few brews, Ballast Point views craft beer as more of an art than a science. Try their flagship Sculpin IPA, or take a chance on an inventive limited edition offering. Their bayside patio makes Ballast Point one of the best places to enjoy a beer in San Diego.
Coronado Brewing Company
Coronado Brewing Company has felt the love from San Diego locals and tourists alike. This 21-year-old company has been growing like crazy without any signs of slowing down. Celebrating the relaxed surf culture of San Diego’s beaches, Coronado Brewing has beers focused on unique flavors and beach vibes. Whether you’re a hophead, stout fan, lager fanatic, or Belgian nut, you’ll find your own heaven on earth at this up-and-coming surfside brewery. So kick back with an ice-cold Never Better DIPA, relax, and daydream about your next adventure.
Make Room for Awesome
While you’re traveling and living life to its fullest in San Diego, the last thing you want to worry about is who’s going to take care of your belongings in the meantime. Rather than stressing, drop them off at our convenient StorQuest location, explore San Diego’s endless adventures, and we’ll have them ready to go when you get back.