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Old 04-19-2012, 04:59 AM   #1
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Nothing is set in stone yet, but I will most likely be making a trip to San Diego in June with the wife and another couple. I'm counting on this community for good beer ideas. This is a trip with no children so we are all up for anything. I've bookmarked La Jolla, Karl Strauss, Pizza Port, Stone, Ballast Point, AleSmith, The Lost Abbey, San Diego Brewing, and Coronado Brewing. We may only be able to visit three to four places so give me your favorites for beer. We are also up for all fun things non-beer related. Any ideas would be appreciated as I've never traveled to California.

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Old 04-19-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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You've got to visit the zoo there. One of the best in the world.

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You've got to visit the zoo there. One of the best in the world.
The zoo is definitely on our list. Thanks for the response!
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:54 AM   #6
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Check out hess brewery its a nano brewery that's right around the corner from alesmith

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Mission is good to hit up along with Coronado, its close. Great tasting room.

Stone, Lost Abbey(Pizza Port), IronFist, Mother Earth are close to each other.

Ballast Point, AleSmith, Green Flash, Hess, and a couple others are close to each other.

A good day is lunch at Coronado, then over to Mission. Head north up to the Green Flash - Ballast Point Area. Thats a full day and you can do 6+ easy. There is also a Karl Strauss to the west for dinner.

The Stone / Lost Abbey area will be a trip to itself. Best to group those up there together on the same day.

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Mission is good to hit up along with Coronado, its close. Great tasting room.

Stone, Lost Abbey(Pizza Port), IronFist, Mother Earth are close to each other.

Ballast Point, AleSmith, Green Flash, Hess, and a couple others are close to each other.

A good day is lunch at Coronado, then over to Mission. Head north up to the Green Flash - Ballast Point Area. Thats a full day and you can do 6+ easy. There is also a Karl Strauss to the west for dinner.

The Stone / Lost Abbey area will be a trip to itself. Best to group those up there together on the same day.

Can you tell I have done this before...
Lost Abbey is fantastic, and is close to ironfist as well. I would make sure you stop by ballast point also
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x2 for Stone, Pizza Port (the Carlsbad spot was one of my weekly hangouts), Mission and Green Flash. If you're more of a pubcrawler, The Yardhouse in downtown SD & Penny Lane in San Marcos are my recommendations. For non-beer, there's so much stuff to do around SD that it would take a ridiculously long post to list them all, but: surf lessons around Oceanside (there's dozens of surf shops along El Camino Real that offer them and equipment rentals), hike/bike trails are everywhere, Chargers/Padres games depending on the season, and literally hundreds of excellent restaurants up & down the coast with views to die for. If you're big on sushi, you have to visit the Sushi House in Encinitas, specifically request John as your chef, and have him make a Dragon Roll for you. You'll thank me later once you get over the gastronomical elation.

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The top three for me:
Pizza Port -- I went to the one in Solana Beach...funky little place, good pizza (and I'm saying this as a former Jersey boy), and tons of beers on tap, both their own and others, including PLINEY when I was there
Stone -- just gotta go there... The facility and grounds are amazing. The foods a bit pricey, but it's worth it...just be sure to show up *plenty* early if you want to get in on the tour
Coranado -- awesome restaurant and beer!

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