San Diego’s Top Brewers: Inside America’s Craft Beer Capital

San Diego’s Top Brewers: Inside America’s Craft Beer Capital



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Welcome to San Diego’s exciting craft beer scene. SAN DIEGO’S TOP BREWERS is where you’ll find out everything you want to know about your favorite craft beers, the people who brew them, and the talented chefs who feature them as the focal point of their cuisine. Personal interviews with each brewery owner and brewer get you behind the scenes for a rare and revealing understanding of what makes San Diego’s unique beer community tick. We take you on a personal tour of America’s Craft Beer Capital. Inside you’ll find behind-the-scenes profiles of 18 award-winning breweries, some of San Diego’s hottest craft beer bars, and more than two dozen beer-inspired recipes that highlight some great brews. Plus, tasting notes from all the brewers; links to video tastings with all the brewers; and pages of essential resources for any craft beer fan or homebrewer.

Here’s who you’ll find featured inside San Diego’s Top Brewers:


AleSmith Brewing Company
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Breakwater Brewing Co.
Coronado Brewing Company
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Hess Brewing
Iron Fist Brewing Co.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Lightning Brewery
Manzanita Brewing Co.
Mission Brewery
Mother Earth Brew Co.
New English Brewing Co.
Pizza Port Brewing Company
The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Company
Rock Bottom Gaslamp
Rock Bottom La Jolla
Stone Brewing Co.


Blind Lady Ale House
Chicks for Beer @ The High Dive
Downtown Johnny Brown’s
Hamilton’s Tavern
Live Wire Bar
O’Brien’s Pub


Kyle Bergman, The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Misty Birchall, PubCakes
Alex Carballo, Stone World Bistro & Gardens
Gunther Emathinger, Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Alberto Lucatero, Rock Bottom La Jolla
Vince Marsaglia, Chef on the Loose
Lily Navarrette, Coronado Brewing Company
Ron Oliver, Marine Room
Karl Prohaska, The Handlery Hotel
Jeff Rossman, Executive Chef, Owner Terra American Bistro
Shannon Sager, Breakwater Brewing Co.
Schuyler Schultz, AleSmith Culinary Director
Grant Tondro, URGE Gastropub


Doggie Beer Bones
Home Brew Mart
QUAFF Homebrewers Association
West Coaster
White Labs