San Diego is to craft beer what Napa is to wine. Well-renowned as the Capital of Craft, the sunny coastal town saw its craft beer scene take shape in the 1980s with the pioneering brewpub Pizza Port, followed by a secondary wave of breweries including Stone and Alesmith. As these initial spots flourished, they fostered subsequent generations of brewers who would eventually branch out on their own. Today, the resulting domino effect has fostered more than 150 independent breweries in San Diego county (and the nightlife in San Diego is beer-heavy as a result). Time your visit during the epic San Diego Beer Week in November (look for cheap hotels in San Diego here), and you’ll sample the region’s latest trends and offerings. For every other time of the year, the following list should provide a worthy overview of the best breweries in San Diego’s booming craft beer scene.
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