San Diego: Why It’s Often Called the Capital of Craft Beer

San Diego: Capital Of Craft Beer Craft



Home to more than 100 breweries, San Diego is often called the capital of craft beer. It’s become such a destination for beer lovers that it even hosts the annual San Diego Beer Week, which includes a beer train trolley tour, brewers guild festival, a beer garden featuring 28 breweries and 14 chefs, and many other events throughout the week. But you don’t have to attend beer week to sample the city’s best beers. Most breweries are open to the public year-round, and many offer tours and tasty cuisine as well.


For guests of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Danny Fancher, director of food and beverage, suggests they start with a visit to Green Flash Brewing Co. “They make great San Diego-style beers,” he says. “They also acquired Alpine Beer Co. that they pour there, and they opened Cellar 3 (in Poway). They have a small bus that takes guests from Green Flash to Cellar 3.” At Cellar 3 they brew barrel-aged beer and specialize in wild fermentation.

“I also recommend sending guests to the Miramar ‘beer trail,’ a stretch of road only five miles from Estancia that is home to breweries such as AleSmith, Ballast Point, Rough Draft, 32 North and Saint Archer.”


Of course, guests don’t ever have to leave the property to sample San Diego brews. The hotel serves a number of local and regional craft beers on site. In the bottle, you can sample Mother Earth Bookoo IPA, Stone Delicious IPA, Green Flash Soul Style IPA, Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Modern Times Blackhouse Stout, Modern Times Blazing World Amber, Hess Grazias Vienna Cream Ale and Alesmith Speedway Imperial Stout. On tap, you’ll find Alesmith .394 Pale Ale, Alpine Duet IPA, Modern Times Blazing World IPA, Stone Delicious IPA and Thorn Street Foreplay Belgian Ale.

Visit the San Diego Brewers Guild to learn more about locally made beer and access a map of local breweries.