With over 85 craft breweries in San Diego, it is difficult to pick a place to start our Bed and Breakfast recommended tour. Our innkeepers all have their local favorites so we’ll start in the heart of beer town – North Park. Carole’s Bed and Breakfast is walking distance from three great choices. She recommends starting at Modern Times Tasting Room with sixteen taps in the Flavordome including “variations on our core beers, pilot batches, mysterious experiments.”
Another good choice is Mike Hess Brewing. Mike turned his fifteen years of home brewing experience into premier craft beer. The tasting room in North Park is kid- and dog-friendly, and is designed to encourage socializing – no TVs and lots of opportunity to meet the folks sitting around you.
Don’t leave North Park without checking out the Thorn Street Brewery. Savor your beer with a meal from one of the rotating food trucks. You can find the menu schedule online, and pick from thai to pizza to sushi and beyond.
Ann Callahan of the Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast highly recommends the Salt and Cleaver. Not only do they have an extensive craft beer list (you can view the current selection online), they specialize in the ancient art of sausage making.
If you are staying at the Keating House, try the downtown San Diego Karl Strauss Brewing Company, which launched the current wave of breweries. It opened in 1989 and was the first local brewery start up in more than fifty years. Thursday night is Cask Night when the Cask Master introduces a new creation each week at 5:00 sharp.
If you’re staying at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego, they suggest a trip to the nearby Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment. It is located in the oldest standing brewing facility in San Diego County. Pair your taste for history with a choice of eighteen beers.
Just down the hill from Glory’s Holiday House in Point Loma is the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station. It is home to San Diego’s largest brewery and is the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States. In addition to their own first class beers, their menu includes over forty beers on tap and one hundred bottled beers. If you have a wine drinker in your party, don’t despair. They offer dozens of wine choices. Finally, they have a full restaurant, serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
Pizza Port is known for both yummy pizza and craft beers. At its location in Ocean Beach near Katie Elsbree’s Beach Bed and Breakfast, it promises “the highest quality and the best service humanly possible while having too much fun.” That’s a proposition that’s hard to resist.
You might not guess that upscale La Jolla, home to fine dining and exclusive shops, would also boast its own brewery. The La Jolla Brewing Company, walking distance from the The Bed and Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, serves its own beers as well as notable choices from other San Diego breweries.
The 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach innkeepers are proud to brag about their hometown Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) that opened in 1996 and has recently begun distributing to multiple states. Their favorites brews: Coronado Golden, Mermaid Red, or Islander IPA. Mention this blog and you’ll received two ice-cold CBC beers at check-in during the month of October 2014.
If it’s too difficult to decide where to start, stay at any of our neighborhood B&Bs for San Diego Beer Week, November 7-16. The price of the ticket includes unlimited beer samples coupled with unlimited food samples. San Diego…. Hoppiness is Calling!