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Old 02-24-2010, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default LA/San Diego Trip - What Brewpubs & Breweries Do I Have To Hit?

Folks from California, what/where do you recommend? I'll be out there for a week in LA and am already planning on hitting up Stone in San Diego. Where else do I need to go?

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Hang out in Del Mar Nice Micro Brew Pubs there.... I can't recall off top my head as it's been nearly 10 years since I lived there.

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I'd say Alesmith in San Diego is a must. PizzaPort Brewery is pretty nice too. they have a few location around SD.

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I'm pretty sure there aren't really many decent breweries in the San Diego area. Too bad really, it would have been nice to check some out. Oh there are a few places I enjoy like Ballast Point, Pizza Port or this little place called Stone, but I don't think any of those are really noteworthy. Now, if you were in Portland! Well, then we could talk!!!!

Let the flamewar begin!!!

(Coming from the guy in Northern California, where we also have NO good breweries!)

Can't we all just get along?

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I'm pretty sure there aren't really many decent breweries in the San Diego area. Too bad really, it would have been nice to check some out.
I'll bite.

-As you mentioned, Stone & Pizza Port
-Lost Abbey
-Green Flash
-Alesmith
-Ballast Point
-Gordon Biersch (if that's your thing...)
-Karl Strauss
-Oggi's
-Firehouse

Not to mention some fantastic bars, pubs & restaurants with gi-mungous beer selections (some to mention, The Yard House downtown, Stone World Bistro at Stone Brewing, and Churchill's Pub in San Marcos). *whip crack*
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Pizza Port!

San Clemente, Carlsbad and Del Mar. Solid grinds and brews... the bottle store next to the Carlsbad location is rad.

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Pizza Port!

San Clemente, Carlsbad and Del Mar. Solid grinds and brews... the bottle store next to the Carlsbad location is rad.
I miss Carlsbad.....Nice bar hopping spot.
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OK more towards the LA side of things:

There's a couple breweries that I would recommend:

The Bruery in Placenctia has a tasting room open weekends. Not much to look at (well...except for the fermenters and barrels) but they have excellent beer and are pretty friendly folks. Nowadays they often have one or more gourmet food trucks parked outside as well.

A recently opened local brewery called Eagle Rock Brewing also has a tap room. I haven't been there yet, so I cannot comment. I do like their black mild, though.

I'm a big fan of Strand Brewing, although they have no tasting room yet you can find their beer on tap several places around the area.

Naja's Place on Redondo Beach pier has 80+ taps of delicious craft brew. It's a bit divey, but that's one of its charms.

There's also lots of gastropubs that have sprung up around LA with good beer selections. I don't know which part you'll be staying in, but in the south bay Simmzy's is good. If you're north of LAX in west LA area then Father's Office is good. Hollywood has Blue Palms with a good selection including cask ale. If you're up around Pasadena you give Lucky Baldwin's a shot, and a bit further east around Alhambra, San Gabriel, etc. you might try Stuffed Sandwich. Also, Hollingshead's Deli in Orange county is definitely worth a visit, if you're in the Disneyland environs. They keep weird hours though so you'd want to maybe call first.

One more I thought of: Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Very tasty grub and and excellent beer selection.

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I'll bite.

-As you mentioned, Stone & Pizza Port
-Lost Abbey
-Green Flash
-Alesmith
-Ballast Point
-Gordon Biersch (if that's your thing...)
-Karl Strauss
-Oggi's
-Firehouse

Not to mention some fantastic bars, pubs & restaurants with gi-mungous beer selections (some to mention, The Yard House downtown, Stone World Bistro at Stone Brewing, and Churchill's Pub in San Marcos). *whip crack*
Oh, sure, there are THOSE places, but how about something GOOD?!?!
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I'm not too sure about LA, but here in SD, I'd definitely check out one of the Pizza Port locations. The San Clemente one is really nice, great view from upstairs, but you can't go wrong with any of them. I typically go for the Solana Beach one since its closer to me. As far as pubs, I'd check out O'Briens in Clairemont. But you definitely want to check out the North Park area (north, south and normal heights). Toronado always has a good selection, Blind Lady Ale House (owned in art by Lee Chase, former Stone brewer) has some good pizzas and a smaller, but very good beer list, and Hamiltons Tavern is a must. Check out sandiegobrewersguild.org for more places and to see if there are any events going on while you're in town.

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