It feels like every day is a “Day” of some sort. Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Bagel Day, Fish & Chips Day… Who can keep track? It can seem daunting, but if you’re going to mark one day on your calendar it should be August 4th, International Beer Day. It’s no secret that San Diego loves craft beer. Whether you like stouts, pilsners, or a refreshing wheat beer there’s something for everybody in San Diego County. With over 130 breweries to choose from, we narrowed down the list to our six favorite spots to grab a summer brew. Call your friends, and pick your spot, because it’s about to be a beer-tiful Friday in San Diego.
Pure Project Brewing
One of the cutest breweries in town. Perfect for Instagrammable posts, and a pint or two with friends. On top of the ambiance, Pure Project uses sustainable brewing practices and gives back to local environmental organizations. While you’re enjoying a beer you can have food delivered by Thyme for Tapas, a small cafe that delivers bites to the local breweries. The menu includes Parmesan Fries, Mexican Street Corn, Napa Nachos, and the always tasty Sonora Style Tacos. What to drink? The Valle Pura Vida is the refreshing blonde ale you crave after a hot Pilates class.
Monkey Paw Brewing
Monkey Paw is one of the few breweries daring enough to serve their own food. The menu is full of cheesy and carb filled treats that pair perfectly with an ice cold beer. Warning, you’ll want to leave your diet at home because these bites are heavy. We love the build your own Stoner Fries, Mac n Cheese Bites, their array of Cheesesteaks, and the Hungry Monkey, which is a German style doner kebab. What to drink? The Beat LA IPA is the perfect addition to a summer afternoon.
Mike Hess Brewing
North Park, Miramar, Ocean Beach
In San Diego, Mike Hess is a household name. Their crisp beers are known for consistency, and their taprooms are known to be lively. With their banquet style seating, Mike Hess is the perfect place to grab a beer after work with a bunch of friends. Although Mike Hess doesn’t serve food, their North Park and Miramar locations routinely have food trucks at night. Stop in after our North Park Walking Tour for a drink or two. What to drink? The Grazias Vienna Cream Ale is smooth, sweet, and the perfect date night drink.
Ocean Beach & Kearny Mesa
A self-proclaimed nano brewery, but you’d never know it. Kilowatt packs a lot of flavor into every one of their twenty beers on tap. This funky brewery is decked out in psychedelic paintings, mood lighting, and colorful murals. Kilowatt also has an array of games to keep you company, like the giant light bright, and the giant connect four. Unfortunately, Kilowatt is food free, but the bartenders are known to hand out a pretzel bag or two. What to drink? Drink a Coconut Chair Porter while you watch the sun go down.
North Park Beer Company
Stepping into North Park Beer Co. feels like stepping into the Hogwarts dining hall. The building is lined with banquet style seating, dim street lamps, and chattering crowds of friends. Wander towards the back and you’ll find Mastiff Sausage Company, one of our favorites, and a great place to grab dinner while you drink. We love their famous Mastiff Fries, Ratatouille Flatbread, and their ‘Flamin’ Hot Chicharrones. What to drink? Warm up during a chilly summer night with the Ray at Night, named after the monthly art walk on Ray St.
Little Italy & La Mesa
Bolt Brewery has gluten reduced beer, seating for the pups, and a bunch of great brews to help you beat traffic. The Little Italy location even has a full menu to fill you up after that long work day. Some of our menu favorites include the Baja Chicken Sandwich, Cajun Chicken Salad, and their Garlic Hummus. Check their website for information on trivia night, which you won’t want to miss! What to drink? Nothing goes down smoother than a pint of Paint The Town Red.
When there are so many good options at home, you can travel brewery to brewery. Happy International Beer Day from the United State’s craft beer city and Bite San Diego! Cheers!