Two weeks ago, two good friends were visiting from New York and we headed down to San Diego for a brewery tour. San Diego is home to over 100 breweries and mircobreweries so it will take much more than one tour to get a real taste of everything San Diego has to offer. As a foodie, one thing I love about microbreweries is that there is an artisanal touch and, much like food, brewers create a beer by combining interesting flavors.
Our first stop was Modern Times. I immediately loved the place when I saw the character this brewery had. An eclectic collection of lampshades were hanging from the ceiling, one wall was plastered with colorful floppy disks, another was adorned with old wall paper and photographs and the bar was covered with old VHS covers, a nice throwback to the good old days!
We got a few flights of beer which were beautifully presented.
Left to right:
Drop Art Sour Saison with Mango and Orange
Fortunate Islands Hoppy Wheat
City of the Dead Coffee Stout
Fruitlands Blood Orange and Hibiscus Gose
The latter is especially popular and comes in highly recommended. I loved the Drop Art Sour and the Coffee Stout but wasn’t a huge fan of the Hoppy Wheat.
Not pictured but highly recommended:
Creature Times Smoked Pinneaple Sour Collab with Create Comforts (YUM)
Fruitlands Passion fruit and Guava Gose
The second place was a little simpler but the dim lighting highlighted the art on the wall. A food truck selling tacos was parked right outside. I loved the presentation and each flight came with a poker chip. The beer glasses there are really beautiful and we ended up buying two of them.
The third place was AleSmith, and I had been there before. This brewery is quite spacious. It has high ceilings and you can see the brewery machines in the back behind the bar.
My favorite room is the one hidden behind the wooden wall though. The oakroom is dimly lit and only fits maybe 10 people max and you need to get a special ticket to get in. This is where I get my favorite beer: the 2017 Bourbon Barrel-aged Wee Heavy. Notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel and toffee. This time I discovered the Speedway Stout- Vietnamese Coffee (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged).
AleSmith may have my favorite beer but the last brewery in Escondido was definitely the most impressive. It’s called Stone Brewing and you could spend an entire day there, playing games in the garden, sitting under the trees by the creek and finishing a perfect day with dinner at the bistro. It is very family-friendly as well.
There are plenty more of breweries to explore, but these were a good start!