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Old 01-10-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I'm heading to San Diego for a conference tomorrow (Friday) through Tuesday. I hope to check out some breweries while I'm down there, any tips?

I'm definitely hoping to get to AleSmith and Ballast Point. Any locals have other tips, or maybe some great taphouses that have awesome selections? Or specific brews I should try?

Maybe somebody will want to meet me for a beer?

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Old 01-10-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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The Lost Abbey. Not in San Diego but close. Make some fine beers.

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Old 01-10-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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Check www.westcoaster.com. They have a comprehensive list of all the county breweries as well as an events calendar. There aren't any I'd say to stay away from, but the must see breweries are Alpine, Stone, Ballast Point, Alesmith, and Lost Abbey. I'm sure I left some out. No offense to those fine breweries.

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you HAVE TO hit Stone.. They have by far the nicest beer garden around

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Old 01-10-2013, 04:54 PM   #5
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If you goto any brewery in SD, make the trip to Alpine -- one if the best brewery on the West Coast, if not US.

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i was gonna say how now one said stone yet!?!

never been there but one of my favorites behind firestone walker. Paso robles not sure how far that is but if your in the area i would say thats 100% #1. There barrel aging program is topnotch.

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You say "San Diego" but SD is actually a huge region and you are literally getting recommendations from North County (Lost Abbey and Stone) to more the heart of SD (Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alesmith) to east county (Alpine). If you have lots of time to drive, then my words are falling on deaf ears (or blind eyes in this case?). There are great beer bars in San Diego too, but someone else will have to chime in with that.

Also giving a big vote for any Pizza Port location. There are 3 in various areas of San Diego (not including their San Clemente location, which is just north of SD county). They all brew their own beers, and all make beer worth seeking out and drinking. Carlsbad (again, in North County) is arguably my favorite, but they're all worth having a beer or 3 at.

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What somethin different?
Societe is one of the best upcoming breweries out there in san Diego...
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Or any above..
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Absolutely. The best local brewery you're going to find by far is the Breakwater Brewing Company in Oceanside. Absolutely AMAZING beers, great food and super friendly bar. Not too far of a drive from San Diego proper either.

Breakwater Brewing Company
101 North Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 433-6064

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