Known in San Diego as the Capital of Craft, this hipster neighborhood has tasting rooms, beer bars and breweries lining the streets. A neighborhood that began over 100 years ago has transformed from a rundown suburb, to one of the area’s most recognizable beer destinations. In addition to a wide variety of beer options, North Park has a bustling nightlife scene, coffee shops galore, eclectic art galleries and an awesome lineup of venues with live music. The area is a foodie’s paradise featuring some of the most unique eateries in the City – all within walking distance or a short bike ride of one another. From north to south, we’ll tell you about our favorite breweries in North Park!
Want to experience it for yourself – book a tour with So Diego Tours where you’ll be led on a 2.5-hour experience filled with beer, history, art and did we say beer! If you’d prefer to go solo and do it at your own pace, you can walk or catch the City’s #2 bus which travels from downtown along the entire length of 30th Street (or Beer Street as it’s known to the locals). If you do choose to start your beer extravaganza downtown, here’s a list of other things to do in downtown San Diego before you hit the famed North Park! Don’t forget that for a $5 1-Day Pass, you can hop on and off that #2bus as many times as you’d please.
Their tasting room located inside the brewery is known for good times, friendship and a great selection of beers. They pay homage to the punk rock scene from the décor to the beer names and music. They are kid friendly,
This brewery may look a little nondescript on the exterior but inside you’ll find a cozy spot where the “
This tasting room is an outpost of their production facility located in Vista, CA. They offer a variety of beers for every palate from easy-drinking blondes, triple IPAs to barrel-aged beers, you’re almost guaranteed to find one (or many) that you love. The tasting room has an open-air feel with counter seating along roll-up doors that offer a floor to ceiling view out to the sidewalk. Our favorite brew – Peanut Butter Milk Stout, try it in served as a beer float – yep with ice cream!
This satellite tasting room (brewery is located in San Marcos) is positioned in the middle of bustling 30th Street and offers a large selection of beers and specialty guest beers on 29 taps. They share their space with Craft House a restaurant offering delicious seasonal local food. Because they have a full restaurant, they do not allow pets other than service animals. They’ve won multiple awards for their beers over the years including the 2015 Small Brewing Company of the Year Award! Our favorite brew – Choppy Surf Czech Style Pilsner.
Seize. Sip. Enjoy. This craft brewery was founded in 2015 with a collective spirit built on expanding expectations while crafting exceptional beers of the highest quality. They brew their beers in Carmel Mountain and opened this location in 2017. Their lounge-style atmosphere with local wall art has
This brewery opened its doors just over two years ago after renovating a historic department store building into what is now an almost 8,000 sq. ft.
This 12,500 sq. ft. brewery and tasting room is located in the heart of North Park. As you walk into the tasting room, look down for a
Offering the most eclectic décor of all the breweries in North Park, this small tasting room has 16 beers on tap that include their core beers as well as pilot batches and experimental pours – who knows you might be tasting the next award-winning brew! Their brewery started in Point Loma and they now have 4 additional tasting rooms (3 in San Diego, 1 in LA and 1 in Portland)! They don’t serve food but allow you to bring in your own and have partnered with some of the local restaurants to deliver directly to your table! They allow small children (under the age of 13) and dogs are permitted on their patio. In addition to beer, they also roast their own coffee which you can purchase at the tasting room. Our favorite brew – Lomaland Czech Saaz.
Located a few blocks to the east of 30th Street, this tasting room is tucked into the neighborhood and offers a cozy pub feel inside with a patio out back. The brewery started in North Park but has since moved their production facility to Barrio Logan (where there is also a tasting room). They have rotating food trucks out front or you can bring in your own food (or order something to go from the BBQ joint next door which we recommend). Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed, and kids can come anytime before 8:00 pm. Our favorite brew – Cocomotive Coconut Porter. If you’re interested in a change of pace while still hanging in North Park, check out some of the other trendy bars, restaurants and lounges that North Park has to offer!
We know you are thirsty after hearing about all these amazing places – grab some friends and book a tour with So Diego Tours! In addition to sampling some great beer, you’ll get up close and personal with the brewing process and you’ll learn how a run-down area like North Park blossomed into the trendy place it is today.