With more than 75 breweries now producing what’s probably tens of thousands of different beers, it can help to focus your plans a bit by geographic region and also by the types of beers you want to see. If there’s one beer style that may be considered quintessentially San Diego, it is got to be our India Pale Ales (or IPAs). When it involves IPAs, San Diego brewers tend not to skimp on the hops! That’s why, if you are a real hop-head, and you’ve got a chance to tour some San Diego breweries, you’re certain to be one happy hopper.
If you want to take a brewery tour of San Diego here’s one proposed roadmap for researching Downtown San Diego and “hopping” from one great beer to the next:
First Stop: Karl Strauss
Where: 1157 Columbia Street
There are usually about 10 collections on tap here, which often include Pintail Pale Ale and Tower 10 IPA, both of which give lots of hoppy good in a medium-bodied package that match nicely with food. If one of the special beers of Brewmaster Paul Segura is accessible – such as Big Barrel Double IPA or Tower 20 Double IPA – don’t pass up them.
Second Stop: Mission Brewery
Where: 1441 L Street – walking time from Karl Strauss: about 20 minutes
Moving up in strength will be Mission IPA and then Shipwrecked Double IPA, which has become the brewery’s most popular and best selling beer of late.
Where: 805 16th Street – walking time from Mission: about 15 minutes)
Here, you will not only discover a fantastic variety of superb Monkey Paw brews, you’ll also have one of San Diego’s finest spigot lists when you need it. Chances really are numerous fabulous pale ales and IPAs from all over San Diego will be accessible, but don’t pass up a chance to taste some of Monkey Paw’s own. And, what’s more, you will be drinking at a gold-medal winning brewery: Bonobos won gold at this year’s GABF (Great American Beer Festival) in a crowded field of 120 entries.
Elective Stop 4: Coronado Brewing Company
Where: 170 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
Should you really wished to add an extra dimension to your downtown hop tour, you could walk to the ferry at Seaport Village (only a 15 minute walk from Karl Strauss) and float on over to Coronado, where you’ll find Coronado Brewing Company. There, you are able to sip on 3 or 4 delectable elixirs, including Islander IPA Frog’s Breath IPA, or Idiot IPA. And, if you are feeling Flemish, you can also try their delicious Hoppy Daze, which can be a Belgian IPA.