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Old 02-28-2014, 12:57 AM   #1
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It's been a rough winter at work, and the work isn't done yet. Me and the GF have been looking at a three day getaway in April to San Diego. We already have the reservations made and now we need to fill in the rest of the itinerary.

First on the list is Stone Brewing. But which is better? Escondido or Liberty Station? I'd prefer to go to Escondido, but Liberty Station will be MUCH closer. Staying pretty near SeaWorld, by the way. Beer is a big priority on the list, but not all inclusive. We want to see other stuff too, I read something about sunsets at La Jolla were pretty awesome. And the Gaslamp Quarter was supposed to be pretty spectacular. Also, worthwhile restaurants?

So ultimately, what would you recommend? Which breweries are worthwhile? Where else can we go without spending tons of cash (i.e. SeaWorld, etc.). Which highways should we avoid or when should we avoid them? Any other wisdom worth sharing is also greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-28-2014, 01:02 AM   #2
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I like Stone Liberty Station a lot, it's just as nice as Escondido but no brewery tours.

All these places are right within 5 minutes of Sea World and I suggest checking them out, no particular order

Ballast Point Homebrew Mart, (tasting Room)
Coronado Brewing Co (on Knoxville)
Ocean Beach pizza port
Modern Times

Others will join in, but those are the closest and really great places




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Old 02-28-2014, 01:07 AM   #3
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For burgers hit up Slaters 50/50 (liberty station) Rockys Crown Pub (Pacific Beach) or Hodads (Ocean Beach)


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Old 02-28-2014, 01:12 AM   #4
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As said, Stone Liberty Station is fine, unless you need to tour the brewery.

IMO, Downtown / Gaslamp Quarter is mostly "meh." Unless you can score tix to see somone good at someplace like Anthology (technically, in Little Italy). Humphrey's (in Pt Loma) also a good venue for live music, though $$$

As to restaurants, be warned this ain't no L.A. What do you like to eat? Steak? Italian? Seafood?

As long as you are not headed into downtown during the morning or out of downtown during the evening rush hours on the 163, the 8 or the 5, traffic typically not too bad. Beach traffic should not be bad in April.

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Old 02-28-2014, 01:14 AM   #5
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For burgers hit up Slaters 50/50 (liberty station) Rockys Crown Pub (Pacific Beach) or Hodads (Ocean Beach)


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+1 on Hodads, but you NEED to add bacon to that burger!

Might want to check out Alesmith.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:18 AM   #6
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I highly recommend Alpine Brewery, but don't go there on the weekend. The line out the door sucks

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Old 02-28-2014, 01:39 AM   #7
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+1 to Coronado. Best beach in SD there too.

In addition to those already mentioned, definitely check out Lost Abbey and Mission. Mission's closer to downtown. Both Stone locations are great; I liked Escondido a little better in terms of the looks of the place (didnt do the tour), but its a little out of the way (good for a first stop though if you want to drive down the coast and see La Jolla, which is worth it). Either way, when you go to Stone, budget time to eat, bc its awesome.

Outside of beer, go to Ocean beach, Old Town and Torrey Pines. SD is amazing! Enjoy!

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Coronado Brewing Company on Coronado Island if you get an that area.

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http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/...2013.Web_..pdf

Check this website out and the above pamplhet in PDF format to show all of the breweries in the county. Page 10 has a map of all the locations and their addresses are listed. Both Breweries and affiliated pubs.

In fact, myself and a few buddies are doing a brewery crawl of sorts in north county this Saturday. 8 miles, 9 breweries and that's excluding a few we've already been to.

Stone Liberty Station is gorgeous. But Escondido has the tours and the garden paths. But Escondido is well...Esconscumhole.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:51 AM   #10
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Newport Pizza in OB, especially during the sunset is awesome. good pizza and beer selection. It's close by, and cheap too.

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