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6 New San Diego Breweries You Need to Check Out

Published On 01/21/2015 Published On 01/21/2015
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It's virtually impossible to keep your eye on all the new breweries popping up in and around San Diego, largely because they are often tucked away in some random industrial park. Luckily for you, Thrillist loves random industrial parks! Or at least loves San Diego beer enough to keep tabs on them, and bring you these breweries you might have missed:

32 North Brewing

32 North

Miramar
A visit to 32 North is like a beer adventure for your taste buds. These guys have several core beers on the menu, but their goal is to keep you coming back for more with creative new specialty beers being released every month -- like the Landfall Berliner Weisse with blackberries (their first sour) that was released in December, and the Bohemian Rhapsody Pilsner that was introduced this month.

Bagby Beer Company

Bagby Beer Co.

Oceanside
As an accomplished award-winning brewer (he used to run the show at Pizza Port), owner Jeff Bagby has quite a stellar reputation in the craft beer world, and now he’s opened a brewery of his own where they do beer, they do food, they do cocktails, and they do it all in a bi-level space that you’d never guess was once a car dealership -- though the Continental Cream Ale is a nod to the former tenants. Pouring from a couple dozen taps, their list of course includes several of their own house-brews and specialty creations, along with an ever-changing selection of other craft beers. As far as breweries go, it doesn’t get much better than stuffing your face with an ice cream sandwich sampler and washing it down with a tasty craft beer.


Bolt Brewery La Mesa
Of all the breweries popping up around San Diego, La Mesa has remained relatively untapped -- at least until now, thanks to the opening of Bolt Brewery. Owner and brewer Clint Stromberg was involved with the original Bolt Brewery back in the late '80s, before craft beer was even really a thing in SD. He is bringing his decades of experience to this new spot where (for now) he will be doing all the brewing, from their Citra Pale Ale to their Nitro Chocolate Stout.

O'Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co.

O’Sullivan Brothers Brewing

Scripps Ranch
Five Irish brothers came together to start this family brewery in Scripps Ranch. Knowing pretty much zip about starting a brewery, these guys sent their brother Ed to UCSD’s beer school to learn the ins and outs of the commercial beer biz. Even though their beer styles aren’t all Irish, you’ll find their Irish roots in names like Finn McCool’s Big Thirsty, Catholic Guilt, and Sailhead Murphy.

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Fall Brewing Co

North Park
With years of experience working for others in the beer industry, Ray Astamendi has finally forged his own path in North Park, along with business partner Dave Lively. Now that Ray has free reign to brew whatever he wants, be sure to expect some beers that are as awesome as their names, like 2am Bike Ride Stout (made with local Dark Horse coffee), Spirit of ’77 IPA, and Jazz Hands.

Valley Center Brewing

Valley Center Brewery

Valley Center
Bring your kid, bring your dog, and bring some food to hang out on the patio with a cold beer at Valley Center’s first brewery. Football season is almost over, but until it is, you can get $1 off full-pours during live NFL games. If you can’t make it out to the brewery, you can find their Cougar Pass RIPA bottled and in Escondido liquor stores soon.

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1. 32 North Brewing Co 8655 Production Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92121

32 North Brewing Co. is a 2,500sqft, 12-tap tasting room that tries to produce several new beers every month. Rotating specialty beers have included a toasted coconut porter, peanut butter porter, and black rye saison.

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2. Bagby Beer Co 601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 (Oceanside)

An ambitious brewery taphouse can’t simply have one bar, it must have many: Oceanside’s Bagby Beer Co by award-winning brewer Jeff Bagby presents multiple bars and eating spaces in a former Saab dealership sporting a 20-barrel brewing system. A pub with 41 taps and space for eating burgers and pizza lives on the ground floor while upstairs there’s another 40-tap bar and a beer garden overlooking the ocean. Did we mention the 26 taps in the separate tasting room? At some 140 draft options, the beer list can seem a mile long, but do make space for the 15 or so house beers, from imperial red to cream ales.

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3. Bolt Brewery 8179 Center St, La Mesa, CA 91942 (La Mesa)

Owner and brewer Clint Stromberg was involved with the original Bolt Brewery back in the late '80s, before craft beer was even really a thing in SD. He is bringing his decades of experience to this spot where he's doing all the brewing, from their Citra Pale Ale to their Nitro Chocolate Stout.

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4. O'Sullivan Bros Brewing Co 9879 Hibert St, San Diego, CA 92131 (Scripps Ranch)

Five Irish brothers came together to start this family brewery in Scripps Ranch. Knowing pretty much zip about starting a brewery, these guys sent their brother Ed to UCSD’s beer school to learn the ins and outs of the commercial beer biz. Even though their beer styles aren’t all Irish, you’ll find their Irish roots in names like Finn McCool’s Big Thirsty, Catholic Guilt, and Sailhead Murphy.

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5. Fall Brewing Company 4542 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116

With years of experience working for others in the beer industry, Ray Astamendi finally forged his own path in North Park, along with business partner Dave Lively. Expect some beers that are as awesome as their names, like 2am Bike Ride Stout (made with local Dark Horse coffee), Spirit of ’77 IPA, and Jazz Hands.

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6. Valley Center Brewery 28960 Lilac Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082

Bring your kid, bring your dog, and bring some food to hang out on the patio with a cold beer at this Valley Center brewery. During football season, you can get $1 off full-pours while watching live NFL games. If you can’t make it out to the brewery, you'll be able to find their Cougar Pass RIPA bottled and in Escondido liquor stores.

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