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Going to San Diego? Check Out These Brewery Tasting Rooms!

Submitted by on April 10, 2009 – 9:13 pmNo Comment

Many San Diego breweries offer tasting rooms and tours that allow visitors to meet the brewers and sample their wares.

  • The award-winning AleSmith Brewing Company in Miramar is an artisan microbrewery specializing in handcrafted brews.  Visitors can find fresh flavors inspired by Great Britain’s and Belgium’s high alcohol content and strongly hopped beers; AleSmith tours are available Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Ballast Point Brewing Company in Linda Vista began as a home brew mart that expanded into a brewery and tasting room.  Guests can tour behind the barrels for tastings of specialty citrus hops, scotch ales or German Klosch-style beer; they can also purchase a selection of “do-it-yourself” beer making supplies ranging from starter kits to advanced brewing systems.

  • Guests can find great ales brewed with recipes from the pre-Prohibition era at the Firehouse Brewing Company in Mirimar.  A behind-the-scenes tour takes visitors inside the custom-made brew house where the brewery’s American Pale Ale and Hefeweizen are created.

  • Green Flash Brewing Company in Vista showcases the use of fine, all natural ingredients in their award-winning beers that are brewed in small batches to insure each glass is of the freshest and purest quality.  The brewery is open to the public on Friday and Saturday afternoons or by appointment for guest tours and tastings.

  • Lightning Brewery in Poway offers fine, hand-crafted European style beers with a distinctively crisp, clean aroma, pronounced maltiness and a prolonged, slightly bitter finish known as the “Lightning Finish.”  Unique to San Diego, Lighting Brewery uses the labor intensive “Step Mashing” brewing process that furthers flavors and enhances the body of beer by releasing starches.  Guest tours are available Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Oceanside’s first brewery, Oceanside Ale Works, produces an award-winning combination of ales inspired by European brewing traditions and innovative flavors inspired by West Coast brewers. One of the few manual brew houses in the United States, Oceanside Ale Works produces ales true to its Southern California setting like Surfer Stout and Buccaneer Blonde. Guests can sample brews on location daily.

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