Everyone loves a good beer and what better place to get it than San Diego- America’s Craft Beer Capital? The big craft beer boom hit San Diego in 2011 when, according to The National University System Institute for Policy Research, the number of craft breweries in the county more than doubled. Brewery tourism is something that attracts thousands of people to San Diego every month. If you’re interested in a beer tasting adventure, book your cheap San Diego hotel and head out to local brew pubs in search of the famous beers listed below. Tip: Visit taphunter.com or download their free smartphone app to find out exactly where you can find these beers.
Cigar City Ramblin’ Rye – AleSmith Brewing Company
This is a rye brown ale that receives fantastic ratings from guests all over. With a rich rye spice flavor and a toasty taste and a rich and creamy texture, this delightful beverage goes down smooth. Most visitors compare this beer to a Roggenbier as well as a rye.
10 Commandments – The Lost Abbey
With a dark and sweeter taste, this Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a favorite among beer aficionados world-wide. It has a full-bodied feel with a hint of carbonation, adding to the fruity taste.
19/10 O’Brien’s Anniversary IPA – Alpine Beer Company
An IPA that has an outstanding rating everywhere, the rich golden craft beer keeps guests coming back to this brewery over and over. It has a citrusy smell, reminiscent of oranges, with just a tad of bitterness to add with the sweetness of the citrus. It is subtly carbonated and easy to drink.
AleSmith Speedway Stout Vietnamese Coffee – AleSmith Brewing Company
One of the highest rated American Doubles and Imperial Stouts in the San Diego area, this brew is a mix of imperial stout and Vietnamese coffee. It is a favorite amongst the locals, having a mocha flavor and heavier feel. The high alcohol content is said to sneak up on you, so drink with caution.
Chez Monus – Alpine Beer Company
Tons of San Diego locals flock to this brewery just to get their hands on this American Wild Ale. It has an apricot taste and smell with slight carbonation. A dry finish ends a fantastic sour brew.
Now that you have a list of some of the best craft beers in San Diego, you know exactly what to do- get out there and try them all! When beer tasting, it’s best to start with small samples so that you can experience a wide variety of beers at each location.
For the most bang for your buck, head to San Diego during San Diego Beer Week taking place November 7-16th. Enjoy beer-themed events, special workshops, meet-and-greets, and limited edition brews and tasting events. Head to sdbw.org for more information and don’t forget to book your San Diego Beer Week hotel in Downtown San Diego.
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