San Diego is known as America’s Finest City, and one of the many reasons is the beer. That’s right, since the 1980′s San Diego’s beer pioneers opened up Karl Strauss, and today there are over 50 breweries in the San Diego area. I decided to join Bike-4-Beer, a tasting tour with the guys at the LWP Group (Live.Work.Play).
The first place was Fathom Bistro Bait and Tackle. I had no idea where we were going, but this little place was a fisherman’s dream come true! Nestled on a fishing pier in Shelter Island, the Bait & Tackle shop’s second half was a mini craft beer bar serving 15 beers on tap, home made sausages, burgers and the World Famous Fathom Explodo Dog.
After our first beer, we were off! There were about 20 people on trek to Pacific Beach, and we arrived safe and thirsty at California Kebab & Beer Garden for lunch and of course, more beer!
This place not only had amazing beer and food, but the patio allows for some great views to the Pacific! This is a perfect spot for a quick bite, since it’s has a walk-up counter to place your order.
After satisfying our appetite, we then went on quite the ride around the bay, over the I-5, and finally to the new Coronado Brewing Co. tasting room and brewing facility! Wheew!
This place is massive, and you sit in the actual brewery. No walls, just beer, jugs and machines! There were over 20 of their own beers on tap! You create your own flight, and each taste costs just over $1.
After Coronado, we hopped on the bikes and got on the Pacific Coast Highway and into Little Italy to end at Bottle Craft, a little beer boutique with bottles from around the world!
Now, if you asked me if I would bike this route again, I’d say maybe. In my opinion, it was a lengthy ride (about 26 miles). Don’t get me wrong…I love riding, but when it comes to riding and tasting beer, it can get dangerous and exhausting. I’m not encouraging anyone to drink and ride. Have one beer, wait about 40min-1 hour, and head out. That’s what we did, and it was a great way to socialize and experience some new spots. I’m really glad we went! Now, I hope I’ve inspired you to go out and try these craft brew bars! Get out there!
If you want to explore San Diego like this, give me a call, and I’ll help you coordinate!
Until next time!