Fat Cat's Top Ten San Diego Craft Breweries
Founded by craft brewing pioneers, Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, this brewery not only has some of the finest IPA's ever created, but boasts a beautiful indoor & outdoor restaurant for pairing your favorite beers with your favorite meal.Ballast Point
Making craft beers since 1996, Ballast Point was awarded "Champion Small Brewery" at the 2010 World Beer Cup. Their restaurant is an impressive sight to behold with beautiful German copper kettles, a sprawling indoor/outdoor restaurant, patio with fire pit and bag toss games, brewery tours and merchandise shop.
From easy-drinking Blondes, Triple IPAs, Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Imperial Stouts as well as sours and barrel-aged beers, Belching Beaver Brewery has a beer for every palate.
Their multi-yeast strain approach to brewing creates a variety of flavors with a single recipe, the yeast being the only variable. Each beer has it's own unique flavor profile, all while utilizing the same core ingredients of a single beer recipe. For example, an IPA recipe brewed with one yeast strain will taste vastly different than one brewed with another yeast strain. This tasting method gives White Labs Brewing Co. patrons the unique opportunity to experience how much a yeast strain can impact the complexity and overall profile of beer.
Their family of beers is made up of Out West hoppy ales, Belgian-inspired Old World brews, dark Stygian beers, and wine-barrel aged Feral sours handcrafted on a 20 barrel brewhouse. Societe's tasting room showcases the brewing process with an unobstructed view of the barrel room and brewery.
Their beer lineup consists of some light-bodied, some big and strong. Some hoppy and bitter, some with a touch of biscuity, bready malt sweetness, and perhaps even some a bit on the sour side. Have issues with gluten? Duckfoot brews ALL of their beers using a special enzyme that removes nearly all traces of gluten from the beer.
Consistently ranked in the World’s Top Ten list on the consumer generated website ratebeer.com
, AleSmith is currently ranked #6 out of 33,000+ breweries worldwide. Family-owned and community-minded, AleSmith celebrates diversity, charity, and the desire to deliver world-class beer with 5-Star service to their customers.
With over 20 years of experience as an innovative brewer and a graduate of the science-based Master Brewers Program at UC Davis, co-founder and brewmaster Marty Mendiola has six World Beer Cup and ten Great American beer Festival medals under his belt. West Coaster Magazine called Second Chance the next “it” brewery, and West Coaster readers voted it “Best New Beer Spot.”
/ Alpine Beer Co
. This brewery consistently produces experimental, limited-edition and seasonal offerings in addition to a solid lineup of long-time favorites. Also located in the same facility is the world famous Alpine Beer Company
, ranked #30 of 33,000 brewers worldwide on ratebeer.com
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This brewery specializes in producing Belgian-inspired beers, barrel-aged beers, and sours. The Lost Abbey is co-located with Port Brewing Company
in San Marcos, CA and is ranked #13 on ratebeer.com's
top 100 brewers worldwide.