Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SD Beer Travel Guide

The Los Angeles Times had a Sunday travel article on ten breweries in San Diego.  It was a good article that discussed a range of breweries, including some that do not show up on too many beer geeks' lists.  The story focused on San Diego and the South Bay, not North County San Diego, which the author covered last fall, and apparently starts north of Highway 52.  Ballast Point's Little Italy location, Coronado Brewing's original Coronado location, and Karl Stauss' classic downtown restaurant / brewery were the three major breweries in the piece.  I now want to visit Novo Brazil Brewing in Chula Vista, Half Door Brewing Co. located near Petco Park, and Border X in Barrio Logan, if only for its tear inducing carne asada tacos.  North Park Brew Co. is the lone entry from North Park, a beer nirvana that requires its own article.

The article reviews Pacific Beach Ale House, La Jolla Brewing Company, and Hillcrest Brewing Company, establishments that are as much restaurants as breweries, and that don't distribute their beers outside their restaurants.  It is easy to find fault with any travel guide limited to just ten San Diego breweries and squawk about selections or omissions.  Overall, I thought this was a balanced list, especially for tourists or casual weekend visitors who are more likely to visit Little Italy, Downtown, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla, than the industrial sections along Mira Mesa Blvd or near the Sports Arena that are home to many San Diego breweries.  The beer tourist already knows about the breweries in these areas and is not reading a general travel article for inspiration.

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