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.