Food & Drink

Drink your way through San Diego's best tap rooms

Published On 01/22/2014 Published On 01/22/2014
Best Tap Rooms SD
Sara Norris
Modern Times Beer
BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.
Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment
Booze Brothers Brewing
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1. Modern Times Brewery 3725 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA 92110

A brewery that cranks out their standards (Blazing World, Fortunate Islands, Black House, and Lomaland), seasonal selections, and special releases, all of which are served up in their sweet tap room complete with a wall-sized mural of Michael Jackson and his monkey, Bubbles, made out of Post-it Notes.

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2. Booze Brothers Brewing Co. 2545 Progress St, Vista, CA 92081

Deer antler taps, tables made from cross sections of trees, and tons of hanging and potted plants turn Booze Brothers' tasting room into a boozy jungle where you can enjoy their frequently rotating brews in a natural setting.

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3. Green Flash Brewing Company 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

Green Flash Brewing's “beer-first” philosophy has earned the San Diego-based team a reputation for being draught trailblazers. The 30 beers on tap at this massive tasting room in Sorrento Valley include a variety of flagship beers as well as seasonal, rare, and special release selections. Clink your glasses outside in the beer garden and order bites like truffle mac & cheese, tater tots, and wasabi deviled eggs from the on-site Green Flash food truck.

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4. BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. 10960 Wheatlands Ave Suite 101, Santee, CA 92071

BNS's tasting room is where you can go to enjoy both bold brews and a selection of small batch liquors (whiskey, vodka, and gin). Cheap tasters and pints are served in mason jars while you enjoy country music and the taxidermy on the walls.

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5. Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment 1795 Hancock St, San Diego, CA 92110

Housed in the historic Mission Brewery Plaza, Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment is now pouring their musically named brews in a new cave-like, 13-tap tasting room. Now you can enjoy The Groupie (their Belgian-style strong blonde ale) while lounging on one of their leather couches or Shake Your Money Maker at the bar. Shake Your Money Maker is a honey nut brown ale. Please don't actually shake anything.

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6. Rip Current Brewing 1325 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078

Rip Current Brewing values variety over volume, meaning exquisitely crafted, creative small-batch brews for your tasting pleasure (courtesy of Master beer judge Paul Sangster and his partner Guy Shobe). On tap at the San Marcos tasting room are bold, expressive beers like the fruity Pearling Pale Ale, refreshing Orange Honey Cream Ale, and malty Black Lagoon Scottish Strong. Food trucks stop by nightly, which proves helpful in weighing all those bubbles down.

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7. Saint Archer Brewing Company 9550 Distribution Ave, San Diego, CA 92121

Professional action sports athletes, musicians, and artists came together to start a craft beer brewery in San Diego.