Along with its near perfect weather, San Diego has a thriving local beer community. Although most of the area’s breweries are outside the city, there are over 30 breweries in the county that have energized the West Coast beer scene. Stone Brewing (in nearby Escondido) is one of the area’s pioneers and has been very supportive of the new breweries popping up in the area.
With 270 breweries, California has more breweries than any other state. In fact, it has more than 2nd and 3rd place combined. San Diego is at the forefront of California’s craft beer movement. They even have their own super-hoppy IPA category (called the San Diego IPA); and breweries, beer bars and brew pubs are popping up everywhere.
The San Diego brewing community is a tight knit group that works hard, while keeping that “stay cool” Southern California attitude. You can find a beer festival in the area just about every weekend, which is why it’s been dubbed “Beer Beach” (by me).
Check out Zane’s visit to San Diego, California