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Friday, September 13, 2013


UPDATE: Go to Pillar to Post for November 4, 2015 for latest brewery list from West Coaster


PROVING A POINT—No where is craft beer more appreciated than in San Diego County.  Southern California’s leading craft beer magazine has just published its quarterly listing of San Diego County-based craft beer breweries.  “We’re up to 74 operational breweries as of mid-September,” says West Coaster magazine editor Ryan Lamb.  “Plus there are 38 other ones in the works.”  That’s lava hot!

UPDATE: As of summer 2014 there are now 80 plus breweries in operation in San Diego city and county.

UPDATE #2: As of January 2015 there are now 99 independent craft breweries in San Diego County.

UPDATE #3: As of October 2015 there are now 115 independent craft beer breweries in San Diego County.

For an additional directory of open-for-business locations, such as beer bars, bottle shops and breweries: please see West Coaster’s website’s directory at

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Listing existing San Diego County’s Brew Houses in alphabetical order:

1. Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (Midtown)**
2. AleSmith Brewing Company (Miramar)
3. Alpine Beer Company (Alpine)
4. Amplified Ale Works (Pacific Beach)*
5. Arcana Brewing Co. (Carlsbad)
6. Automatic Brewing Company (Normal Heights)
7. Aztec Brewing Company / 7 Nations Brewing Company (Vista)
8. Back Street Brewery (Vista)
9. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Scripps Ranch)
10. Ballast Point Home Brew Mart (Linda Vista)
11. Barrel Harbor (Vista)**
12. Belching Beaver Brew (Vista)*
13. Benchmark Brewing (Grantville)**
14. BNS Brewing & Distilling (Santee)**
15. Breakwater Brewing Company (Oceanside)
16. Butcher’s Brewing (Santee)**
17. ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona)**
18. Cold Bore Brewing Company (Jamul)
19. Coronado Brewing Company (Coronado)
20. Coronado Brewing Company (Bay Park)**
21. Culture Brewing Co. (Solana Beach)**
West Coaster photographer Tim Stahl can attest
it's raining beer and bottle caps in San Diego.
Image: Kristina Yamamoto,  June 2013 cover.
22. Fallbrook Brewing Company (Fallbrook)**
23. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (Mission Valley)
24. Green Flash Brewing Co. (Mira Mesa)
25. Helm’s Brewing (Kearny Mesa)*
26. Hess Brewing (Miramar)
27. Hess Brewing (North Park)**
28. Hillcrest Brewing Company (Hillcrest)*
29. Indian Joe Beer (Vista)*
30. Intergalactic Brewing Co. (Mira Mesa)**
31. Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista)
32. Julian Brewing Company (Julian)*
33. Karl Strauss 4s Ranch (4S Ranch)*
34. Karl Strauss Carlsbad (Carlsbad)
35. Karl Strauss Downtown (Downtown)
36. Karl Strauss La Jolla (La Jolla)
37. Karl Strauss Main Production Brewery (Pacific Beach)
38. Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa (Sorrento Mesa)
39. KnB Cellars (Del Cerro)**
40. Latitude 33 Brewing Company (Vista)*
41. Lightning Brewery (Poway)
42. Manzanita Brewing Company (Santee)
43. Mission Brewery (Downtown)
44. Modern Times (Midway)**
45. Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery (East Village)
46. Mother Earth Brew Company (Vista)
47. New English Brewing Company (Sorrento Valley)
48. Oceanside Ale Works (Oceanside)
49. Offbeat Brewing Company (Escondido)*
50. Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company Fenton Parkway (Mission Valley)
51. On-The-Tracks Brewery (Carlsbad)
52. Pacific Beach Ale House (Pacific Beach)
53. Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (Bressi Ranch)**
54. Pizza Port Carlsbad (Carlsbad)
55. Pizza Port Ocean Beach (Ocean Beach)
56. Pizza Port Solana Beach (Solana Beach)
57. Poor House Brewing Co (North Park)*
58. Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey (San Marcos)
59. Prohibition Brewing Company (Vista)
60. Rip Current Brewing Co. (San Marcos)*
61. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant Downtown (Gaslamp)
62. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant La Jolla (La Jolla)
63. Rough Draft Brewing Company (Mira Mesa)*
64. San Diego Brewing Company (Grantville)
65. San Marcos Brewery & Grill (San Marcos)
66. Societe Brewing Co. (Kearny Mesa)*
67. St. Archer Brewing Co. (Miramar)**
68. Stone Brewing Company (Escondido)
69. Stone Liberty Station (Liberty Station)**
70. Stumblefoot Brewing Company (San Marcos)*
71. The Beer Company (Downtown)
72. Thorn St. Brewery (North Park)*
73. Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing Company (Mira Mesa)*
West Coaster Publisher Mike Shess (right)
poses with Jerry Sanders, the best damn
Mayor of San Diego--ever!
74. White Labs experimental beer tasting room (Miramar)*

* Indicates a 2012 debut
** Indicates a 2013 debut

Brewing facility (Neighborhood), Expected opening date (article)

2Kids Brewing Company (Mira Mesa), ?
Absolution Brewing Co. (?), Late 2013 (Reader)
Bagby Beer (Oceanside), Late 2013 (UT)
Ballast Point (Little Italy), Summer 2013 (Eater)
Bespoke Brewing / CC&L  Craft Brew (Little Italy) (Facebook)
Birrificio Calabria (North Park), Mid 2013 (Eater SD)
Black Mast Brewing (?), ? (Kickstarter) (Facebook)
BlueWater Brewing (Carlsbad), 2014-15 (Coast News)
Booze Brothers (Vista), July-August 2013
Bolt Brewing (North Park), Fall 2013
Border X Brewing (South Bay), ?
Crow Brewing Co. (Miramar), ? (ABC)
Council Brewing (Kearny Mesa), ? (Eater)
Duck Foot Brewing Co. (?), Late 2013
Fathom Brewing Co. (Carlsbad), ?
Full Body Brewing (Vista?), 2013?
Groundswell Brewing Co. (Grantville), ? (Facebook)
Half Door Brewing Co. (Downtown), ? (Reader)
Kuracali (San Marcos), ?
La Jolla Brew Co. (La Jolla), Summer 2013 (Patch LJ) (Facebook) (WC)
Legacy Brewing (Oceanside), Mid-March 2013 (SDDT) (UT)
Mad Lab Craft Brewing (Otay), ? (WC)
Magnetic Brewing (?), ?
Mother Earth Brew Company (Vista. downtown), 2013
Nickel Beer Co. (Julian), ? (Reader) (ABC)
North Park Beer Co. (North Park), ?
OB Brewery (Ocean Beach), Summer 2013 (Eater)
Pacific Brewing Co. (Miramar), ? (Reader)
Plan 9 Alehouse (Escondido), Fall/Winter 2012-13
Prodigy Brewing Company (?), ?
RPM Brewing (North Park or Carlsbad), 2013
Slump Buster (Facebook) (ProBrewer) (Trademark)
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido), ? (ABC)
Taproot Brewing (Escondido), ?
The Homebrewer (North Park), ?
Toolbox Brewing Company (San Marcos?), ? (Trademark)
Urban Jungle Brewing (Poway), ?
Valley Center Brewing (Valley Center), ?

Barrel Harbor is now open in Vista and Taproot Brewing shall be located in Escondido. (Thanks Cat K.!)

Added Pacific Brewing to the Planned list. (Thanks Charles L.!)

Fallbrook Brewing Co. is up and running in soft-opening mode – added to Active list and removed from Planned list.

Added in some more info for Council Brewing into the Planned list.

Added Fathom Brewing Co. to the Planned list.

Pizza Port Bressi Ranch has been up and running for a little while now. Removed from Planned and added into the Active list. Thanks Matt C.!)

Both West Coaster Magazines (San Diego and LA area) were conceived in Spain when founders Ryan Lamb (left) and Michael Shess were students in Madrid
Hess North Park is alive. Tasting room is opening soon. Removed from Planned list and added into Active list.

Devil’s Forge has changed their name and is now Absolution Brewing Co., opening late 2013.

Added new info for Bluewater Brewing to the Planned list. (Thanks David L. + Barry B.)

Added Crow Brewing and Duck Foot Brewing to the Planned list. (Thanks to Kinsee M. & John A.)

Mad Lab is moving. Closed until further notice, removed from Active list and added into Planned list. In the Planned list, Red Topper is now known as Council Brewing (thank you Travis H.!)

Added Groundswell Brewing Co. to the Planned list. (Thanks Kristopher S.!) Changed Fezziwig’s Brewing Co. to Arcana Brewing Co. and updated their website.

All on the Planned list: corrected Booze Brothers (was listed as Brew Bros). Added more info for 2Kids. Added Slump Buster.

Moved Benchmark Brewing from planned to active list.

KnB brewed first test batch of beer today; moved to planned to active list.

Stone Liberty Station is alive! BNS + Modern Times are brewing but both are not open to the public yet. Added those 3 to the Active list and removed them from the Planned list. Added Brew Brothers and The Homebrewer to the Planned list.

Added Black Mast Brewing Co. to the Planned list. Added link for La Jolla Brewing Co. in the Planned list.

Bolt Brewing is planning a return. Added to Planned list.
La Jolla Brew House is closed for good. Looks like some one new is going to open in their spot. Added to the Planned list.

Removed La Jolla Brew House from Active brewery list; says they are closed and under construction. Added Fallbrook Brewing Company to the planned list. In the Planned list, added website for Barrel Harbor and added Blue Water, an upcoming Carlsbad brewpub (thanks David L.!)

Changed Butchers Brewing from Planned to Active; tasting room open May 1. Changed estimated opening date of Stone Liberty Station. Changed opening date of Urban Jungle to unknown, also. Nice catch Arian C.!

Just heard about BP opening in Little Italy. Added to the Planned list.

El Cajon Brewing Co. has closed. Removed from Active list. Looks like the space / equipment may be available for anyone interested. Article here: ALSO, forgot to remove Culture Brewing Co. from the Planned list, so the count of breweries-in-planning is 33 not 34. Nice catch Charles L.!

Intergalatic Brewing Co. is now brewing. Soft opening next week. Added to Active list and removed from Planned list.

St. Archer has been brewing for a few weeks now; added to Active list. Met Magnetic Brewing at Mission Valley Craft Beer Fest; added to the Planned list. Hess is coming along; updated Expected opening date from 2012 to 2013. Also, forgot to thank Claudia F. for the info on the last update Re: Barrel Harbor; added into Special thanks list.

Added Barrel Harbor in Vista to the Planned list. Also, Modern Times is located in the Midway neighborhood, not Point Loma; info updated in the Planned list.

Added Border X Brewing to the Planned list.

Wordpress ghosts decided to rearrange things in the Planned list. Cleaned it up and fixed the number of breweries in planning: 33.

Acoustic is alive – no tasting room but beer is on tap around town – removed from Planned list and moved into Active list. Also, added new website for Bagby Beer.

Moved Culture Brewing Co. from Planned to Active Brewery list. Added OB Brewery to Planned list.

Reader Charles L. informs us that Tusk & Grain is simply an offshoot of Coronado (in the same fashion Port & Lost Abbey – same brewery different styles); removed from Planned list.

Added Tusk & Grain Brewing to the Planned list. Don’t know much.

Added Full Body Brewing to the Planned list (thanks Charles L.!), changed Solana Beach Brewing Co. to Culture Brewing Co. (Solana Beach was the LLC name, while Culture is the DBA).

Added Solana Beach Brewing Co. and Valley Center Brewing Co. to the Planned list (thanks Doug C.!)

Added more info for Legacy Brewing & Bagby Beer (thanks Societe!) Added more info for Benchmark Brewing. Intergalactic Brewing Co will be located at 9835 Carroll Center Rd #108 in Mira Mesa, updated that info.

Added new info for Butchers in the Planned list (location, opening date). Moved ChuckAlek + Coronado Bay Park to the Brewery List (opened 1/5 and 1/4 respectively) – removed both from Planned list. Updated Acoustic Ales with new info in Planned list and removed the Encinitas Ale Works brewery because we discovered that it is Acoustic Ales. (Thanks Charles L.)

Added Encinitas Ale Works / Public House Brewery to Planned list. Don’t have a name, but it will be located in the old Mission Brewery building on Washington St. in Midtown.

Kuracali will be located @ 175 Bosstick Blvd #104 in San Marcos. Updated info in the Planned list.

Added Red Topper, Birrifico Calabria & Legacy Brewing to the Planned list. Removed Smokin Beaver from the Planned list.

Added Rip Current to the Brewery list.

Removed Oggi’s Carmel Valley from the breweries list since they don’t brew there anymore; added Thorn St. Brewery to Brewery list (soft opening – Friday 11/30, Sunday 12/2)

Added Half Door Brewing Co. to the Planned list.

Added Toolbox Brewing Co. to the Planned list – don’t know much, though.

Both Modern Times and Bagby Beer have found locations this week. Updated info in their respective spots in the Planned list.

Added BNS Brewing to the Planned list.
Added Nickel Beer Co. to the Planned list.

Added ChuckAlek Independent Brewers to Planned list.

Added Helm’s to Active list, removed from Planned list. Acoustic Ales is located in Coronado’s old Middletown location; removed Excluded list and added Acoustic to Planned list. Added new Stone location to Planned list.

Added Belching Beaver to Active list, removed from Planned list.

Amplified Ale Works is online! Electrocution IPA is on tap and tasting delicious.

Removed The Brew House at Eastlake (closed). Removed Manzanita’s old location from Excluded list.

Switch Poor House Brewing Company from Planned to Active breweries.

Switched Indian Joe Brewing from Planned to Active breweries.

Offbeat has been moved from Planned to Active breweries; information on imminent beer releases from Amplified Ale Works and Indian Joe added.

Changed a bunch in the Planned Breweries list. See Amplified, Coronado, Hess, Indian Joe, MEBC, Offbeat, Rip Current, St. Archer, Stone Liberty Station, and Thorn St. We know that Poor House, Amplified, Thorn St. “have beer in the tanks,” while Offbeat is opening this weekend. We know Coronado and Rip Current are moving along, and Hess, Saint Archer, Stone Liberty Station will be open either late 2012 or early 2013.

Added Karl 4s Ranch to the Breweries List, removed from Planned List. Updated Poor House in Planned List. Added Kuracali to the Planned List.

Removed Amplified Ale Works from the licensed & operational category to the planning category. They don’t have beer, yet, but the restaurant is open. Changed Karl Strauss 4S Ranch soft opening date to July 31 (from July 24), added Prodigy Brewing Company to planned breweries list. Changed Fezziwig’s expecting opening date to ? (from ‘soon’), Thorn St. to September 2012(from ‘soon – mid July 2012)

Added Mad Lab to the Breweries list, added Bagby Beer to Planned Breweries list.

Added Plan 9 Alehouse to the Planned Breweries list.

Updated Analog Ales with a new title, figured out that Mad Labs was opening SOON, upgraded Bespoke Brewing to the Planned list

Added Mother Earth’s expansion in downtown Vista (thanks Todd P.) to the Planned Breweries list. Added Bespoke Brewing / CC&L to the excluded section until we get more info. Updated Thorn St. with a pretty good estimate of opening date.

4PM – Added Hillcrest Brewing Co. to the Breweries list. Removed Hillcrest Brewing Co. from the Planned Breweries list. (Thanks Chuck L.)

3PM – Added Saint Archer Brewing Co. to the Planned Breweries list.

2:40PM – Added Intergalatic Brewing Co. to the Planned Breweries list.

10:30AM – Upgraded Amplified Ale Works to the Breweries list. Fezziwigs, Hillcrest, and Thorn St. are all opening very soon.

12:15PM – Added Societe to Operational Breweries list, removed Societe from Planned Breweries list

6PM – North Park Beer Co. awakens; Cali Kebab/Amplified Ale Works, Thorn St., Societe Brewing are almost ready to open.

3:10PM – added Belching Beaver and Analog Ales to the Planned Breweries list, also added Manzanita to the Excluded list.

3:23PM – added in links to articles w/ info on Pizza Port, Poor House, Butcher’s, Hess, Thorn St., and Rip Current.  Updated dates for Fezziwigs, Amplified Ale Works

3:22PM – added Offbeat Brewing Company to the planned breweries list.

11:55AM – added Poor House Brewing Co to the planned breweries list.

520PM – Added Two Kids Brewing Company to the planned breweries list.

11:30AM – Added Urban Jungle Brewing to the planned breweries list.

4PM – Added Smokin Beaver Brewing Co. to the planned breweries list.

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