Where to Cheers Your Craft Beers

It is no secret that San Diego is home to over 120 craft breweries. Beer enthusiast worldwide come to San Diego to taste and tour award winning breweries which include Ballast Point, Karl Strauss and Stone Brewery. Here is our list of top 10 breweries near the Town and Country San Diego Hotel. Too many beers to choose from? Rez and Ian, our Resident Beerologists, share their top picks for each location.

The Ballast Point Brewery in Mira Mesa is a place where science meets art. Join a brewery tour to see how Ballast Point reinterpreted brewing and cultivated a gold medal-winning IPA. Afterwards, sit down and relax over a craft brew and delicious food.

Rez’s Pick: Sculpin IPA

Follow the gargoyles to Stone Brewery for a brewery tour to remember. Since 1996 this San Diego brewery has used experimentation to create hoppy IPA favorites. Enjoy the unique architecture while you taste test them all.

Ian’s Pick: Stone IPA

Rip Current purposefully goes against the flow of the industry. They offer a unique spin of many of the world’s top beer flavors (Boysenberry Tart, Java Storm Coffee Imperial Porter, and Orange Honey Cream Ale just to name a few). Discover your favorite flavor at either of their tasting rooms in North Park and San Marcos.

Rez’s Pick: Bodysurfing Blonde

This dog-friendly tasting room offers a variety of quality and unique flavored beers. From a Mango IPA to their signature Peanut Butter Stout, be prepared to have a dam good time at this brewery.

Ian’s Pick: Peanut Butter Milk Stout


Whether you choose to visit their brewing pub, restaurant, tasting room, or all three, you will not be disappointed! This award winning beer has been popular among San Diego locals and travelers since it’s opening in 1996. As the Coronado Brewing Co. likes to say, their locations offer a laidback atmosphere where friends can meet to enjoy great beer and a good meal.

Ian’s Pick: Orange Ave. Wit

Not only does Karl Strauss deliver when it comes to a carefully crafted beer, but the local brewery also has a delicious pairing menu worth bragging about. These brewers aren’t afraid to use beer as an ingredient in their most popular dishes. Enjoy a variety of beers and savory menu at one of their 5 locations in San Diego.

Rez’s Pick: Red Trolley Ale

Their mission is to “brew great beer. No exceptions. No excuses,” so arrive to Mike Hess knowing you’re going to find a beer you enjoy. Their two locations are both family and dog friendly. So bring your entire squad to Mike Hess and explore their brew house and fermentation farm.

Ian’s Pick: 8 West Orange Honey Wheat

This outdoor tasting room is family, dog and beer lover friendly. Created using the traditional brewing process, ChuckAlek Biergarten offers a variety of German-style beers under the warm San Diego sun. Its location in North Park makes it the ideal spot for trying out the neighboring restaurants.

Rez’s Pick: Dowser

Green Flash Brewery offers a lineup of award winning, limited-edition and seasonal beers. Their IPA’s have proven to be one of their top sellers. Favorites include the West Coast IPA, Soul Style IPA and the Green Bullet IPA. Make sure to save your appetite for their Green Flash Gastro Truck. They make delicious eats to compliment your brew. Oh yes, and don’t forget the dog! Dogs are welcome both inside and on the patio.

Ian’s Pick: West Coast Double IPA

If you want to taste an aroma-driven and flavorful beer, Modern Times should be at the top of your beer itinerary. Modern Times offers a variety of beers that include citrus, malt, amber, coffee, chocolate and nutty flavors. Pair these robust flavors with the artsy décor and laidback atmosphere and you’ll be feeling like a hipster after just one sip.

Rez’s Pick: Coffee Stout

The next time you stay with us, head to Charlie’s to grab a cold one from the breweries listed. Favorite and seasonal ales rotate through our bar both on tap and bottled. No matter how you like your hops, you’re guaranteed to find your new favorite brewery in sunny San Diego – We can cheers to that!