Drink: San Diego Craft Beer Bars & Restaurants

With countless craft breweries located in San Diego County alone, it’s safe to say that we have one of the most vibrant and thriving craft beer scenes in the nation.

Year after year, our breweries have continually garnered a wealth of coveted titles ranging from “Small Brewery Company of the Year” to “World’s Best,” beating out the best. Because our beer is oh-so-delicious, our favorite San Diego restaurants and brewpubs have joined the party by boasting local brews on tap. From Blind Lady Ale House and Sessions Public to The Tap Room, Pizza Port and Slater’s 50/50, get thirsty and discover our favorite craft beer restaurants in San Diego.

Sessions Public: This cozy and laid-back bar/restaurant in Point Loma not only serves sustainable, farm-to-table global comfort food, but also offers 20 beers on tap that are continually changing. If you’re looking for a refreshing taste, indulge in Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Eagle Rock Revolution Extra Pale Ale, Green Flash East Village Pilsner, Russian River Blind Pig or Stone's 16th Anniversary IPA.

Pizza Port Ocean Beach: It goes without saying that Pizza Port in Ocean Beach is famous for their gourmet pies and delicious handcrafted brews. You’ll not only find award-winning beers, but also dozens of great craft beers from breweries throughout San Diego, across the country and around the globe. Sip on some of the best, including the Lagunitas IPA, The Jetty IPA, Fresh Hop Get Wet IPA, Red Ale Hoppy Red Ale or the classic O.B. Chronic, a great go-to beer no matter the season.

 Slater’s 50/50: Slater’s is known for the signature 50/50 patty – 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon. But beyond the basics, Slater’s 50/50 vows to have the most craft brews on tap in San Diego County. They boast 100 taps inside and a “Local Brew Only” outdoor bar with 12 taps that will only feature local beers. Current beers include an AleSmith Speedway Stout, Ballast Point Time to Panic, Green Flash Hop Head Red, Mission Brewery’s Dark Seas Stout, Rough Draft Eraser IPA and Stone Brewing Co.’s 16th Anniversary IPA.

Hamilton’s Tavern: An infamous watering hole located in the relaxed neighborhood of South Park, Hamilton’s Tavern has been serving up the finest local craft brews to beer thirsty patrons for over 75 years. With 28 tap handles and 2 cask beer engines that feature carefully selected micros and imports, plus the finest ales crafted by local beer artisans, Hamilton’s is your one-stop shop for all things barley and hops. New on tap is the Sierra Nevada Ovila Golden Abbey Ale, Rubicon Rosebud Ale, Ballast Pt. Barrel Aged Piper Down, Mad River Jamaica Red Ale and the Alpine Ale.

Blind Lady Ale House: A Normal Heights hot spot, Blind Lady Ale House serves up a tasteful, no-nonsense menu of Neapolitan-style pizza topped with meats and fresh cheeses that richly complements the wide selection of local and craft beer brews. Diners will find a variety of beers on tap from local breweries including Ballast Point, Green Flash, Pizza Port, and Stone. Right now, you can sip a Julian Hard Cider, Societe EveryMan’s IPA, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat or a Ballast Pt. Sculpin IPA.

Craft & Commerce: Craft & Commerce dares to test Henry David Thoreau’s philosophy of social engineering in San Diego’s ultra-modern community of Little Italy. The craft brew list hits all the major must-tries, including the Stone Levitation, Mission Hefeweizen, Bear Republic Racer 6, Allagash White, or the Chimay Cinq Cent. The detailed drink program also includes creative punches and beer cocktails.

The Tap Room: Located in the heart of Pacific Beach on Garnet, The Tap Room offers a bounty of 32 local craft beers on tap by Karl Strauss, Pizza Port, Stone, Ballast Point, Ale Smith, Coronado Brewing Co., and Green Flash. Take a sip of Alesmith’s Horny Devil, an authentic Belgian Style ale which imparts a refreshing citrus flavor. More options include Ballast Point’s Black Marlin, Coronado’s Idiot IPA, Karl Strauss’ Endless Summer light and Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous.

URBN Coal Fired Pizza: URBN knows exactly what makes you happy: lots of cool and delicious craft beer. We guarantee you’ll go nuts over Green Flash’s Le Freak, an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel. Or opt for Ballast Point’s flagship IPA, Big Eye. Made with bitter and hoppy flavors thanks to American Columbus and Centennial hops, this signature brew is sure to be a welcome addition to your repertoire of IPAs. There’s also a Mission Blonde, Allagash White, Duvel Green and Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Pacific Beach AleHouse: A self-sufficient brewery located steps off the boardwalk, Pacific Beach AleHouse is a premier destination for beer aficionados, tourists and locals alike. It doesn’t get much better than Ale House’s Crystal Pier Pale Ale made with two-row malted barley, crystal malt to create citrus and floral hop flavors and aromas; or the crisp Whitewash Wheat, a light and refreshing Belgian style wheat beer that displays fruity and spicy flavors from additions of coriander, Curacao orange peels and a special Belgian yeast strain. Other options include the Blueberry Blonde, Good Times Gold and the Promiscuous IPA.

Churchill’s Pub & Grille: With an extensive beer selection, Churchill’s boasts over fifty beers on tap. This San Marcos pub & Grille offers a bit of everything, including cask beer of the Alesmith Nut Brown, Ballast Point Sour Wench Amarillo Dry Hopped and Karl Strauss Big Barrel. Draughts include Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Green Flash Barrel Aged Little Freak, Karl Strauss Too Legit Wit, Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Wild and the Bear Republic Cuvee de Bubba 2011.

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