It’s not hard to find great beer in San Diego. In fact, it’s probably harder to find a bar with a bad beer selection than one with 60+ taps in this city. But, as in all aspects of life, having nice things is only truly fun if you can have nice things that nobody else knows about. Just look at hipsters: half the appeal of dressing like a jackass and pretending that Arcade Fire is actually talented is being able to say you were part of a movement before it became mainstream.
So, we decided to call upon Mike Shess, the publisher of West Coaster beer magazine (aka somebody who knows way more about San Diego’s beer scene than all of us combined) to tell us his five favorite under-the-radar breweries in town.
Mike Shess, publisher of West Coaster
“What’s amazing about San Diego is that our brewers are so willing to take risks. As a city, we’ve been producing consistently awesome beer for at least seven years, and the coolest thing is that we love to bring in beers from all over the world and implement them in what we brew. We’re at the cutting edge of what people can do for beer here, and the crazy thing is there’s still so much room to grow in our market.