There’s a growing contagion in San Diego, and it’s not one we’d like to halt any time soon. New breweries are continuing to pop up in the city that’s now recognized nationally as home to top craft beers.
We’re counting our lucky stars to live in a place whose finest and most distinguished talent is making brews. Good, strong, award-winning brews. Does it get much better than that?
New in San Diego craft breweries are five local forces to be reckoned with. While Vista continues to see exponential growth in tactful beer creators, Pacific Beach, San Marcos, and other in-between communities are seeing some of their own barrels roll in.
Discover five new San Diego breweries to try.
Prohibition Brewing Co.: This newly opened brewpub in Vista started from humble beginnings by locals Ron and Kathy. The two began their brewing in what’s been dubbed “The Barn,” gathering an audience and necessary feedback from their friends, family, and neighborhood locals. As one of the newest craft breweries to shake things up in North County, Prohibition Brewing Co. boasts cozy hospitality, a down-to-earth atmosphere, and thoughtfully made brews. Their brand new beer menu currently includes the Hef U Up (a light and crisp wheat ale), an Oatmeal Stout, a Sweet Biscuit Amber Ale, and the Dirty Blonde (think light and crisp with a touch of spice). Stop by Prohibition Brewing Co. and taste for yourself at 2004 E. Vista Way. For more information, please visit prohibitionbrewingcompany.com.
Rough Draft Brewing Co.: Opening their doors on March 10th comes Rough Draft Brewing Co. Started by local beer-connoisseur Jeff, the brewery will have a 15-barrel brewing system, a barrel-aging area, and a nearly 50-foot tasting bar. Jeff’s career in the industry is revving up after his success winning multiple local and national beer competitions. The grand opening event will include a tasting of all Rough Draft beers, a 64-oz take-home growler, and one good fill of the growler with your choice of beer, all for $20. Guests can also expect grub from San Diego’s New York on Rye food truck. Rough Draft Brewing Co. is located at 8830 Rehco Rd., Suite D. For more information, please visit roughdraftbrew.com.
Latitude 33 Brewing Company: Scheduled to open on March 3rd, this brand new craft brewery will invite San Diego to taste the adventure that owner Kevin Buckley has built. Buckley’s name may sound familiar— he was the head brewer of Back Street Brewery and played an integral role in the growth of Alpine Beer Co. His passion continues at Latitude 33, which is now taking over the old Green Flash brewery space in Vista. Head to the grand opening on March 3rd at noon for tasting of the brews, food truck stops, and prize giveaways throughout the day. Beers include a Camel Corps IPA (the signature India Pale Ale done with San Diego style), Straw Horse Wheat Ale, The Pasha’s Rye Brown, and the Vanilla’s Porter (smooth and spicy all in one). Latitude 33 is located at 1430 Vantage Court, Suite 104. For more information, please visit lat33brew.com.
Amplified Ale Works: The owners of California Kebab (located across the street from San Diego State) have been growing their business off the Donor Kebab and craft beer since 2009. Now, they’re expanding to Pacific Beach with the new California Kebab and Brewpub set to open this April, and they’re introducing their own brewing system to the operation, named Amplified Ale Works. JC Hill, owner and head brewer of the team, is boasting their three-barrel brewing system with two 7-barrel fermentors, all under the nanobrewery’s Amplified Ale Works label. As updated on their website, they’re currently working on a San Diego style Mexican Lager, a Belgian Farmhouse Ale (which scored a 41 at the Del Mar Fair last summer), and a Double IPA. Amplified Ale Works in California Kebab and Brewpub will be located at 4150 Mission Blvd, Suite 208. For more information, please visit amplifiedales.com.
Stumblefoot Brewing Company: Just opened in San Marcos comes Stumblefoot Brewing Company from Bill Randolph and Pat Horton. The pair attributes their brewery’s unique name to the ten plus years of self-teaching they’ve undergone to craft the perfect beer. As they’re building from scratch, the Stumblefoot team still has more plans underway, but for now have their tasting room open on Fridays from 4-7pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm. Now on tap is the Grassyass IPA, the Shwartz it to You (a black lager), a Tommeknocker Belgian Dubbel, the Mojo American Stout, and their beer of the month, an original Otay Chipotle Stout. Visit Stumblefoot Brewing Company at 1784 La Costa Meadows Dr #103. For more information, please visit stumblefoot.com.
Also Coming Soon: Societe Brewing Co. in Kearny Mesa and Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula