by LAINEY KRAL

San Diego’s brewing scene is booming these days, and we in North County are lucky enough to experience the best of the boom right here in our own communities. Craft breweries, also known as microbreweries, are independently owned and produce small amounts of beer, allowing for higher quality and greater individualization than traditional breweries. Perhaps nowhere is this industry growing faster than in San Diego, which has become a beer-drinker’s dream destination – and not just for the beaches any more. Local breweries have been stepping into the international spotlight with their award-winning beers. The industry’s exhilarating growth shows no sign of slowing down. With the recent celebration of the 6th Annual San Diego Beer Week, we’re excited to offer an insider’s look at the best breweries North County has to offer. The craft brewers we speak to have a huge variety of differences in technique and taste, but they all share a deep-rooted passion for their products. We invite you to read along and see what the buzz is all about.

IN THIS FEATURE:
• Local Beer Tasting Cheat Sheet
• Brewery Profiles
• San Diego Beer Industry Facts
• North County Brewery & Tap Room Directory


The Cork & Craft

TheCorkandCraftHave you ever been intimidated while beer or wine tasting because you’re surrounded by snooty “experts” who make you feel inferior? 92127’s Abnormal Company has built their business around dismantling that attitude. Co-Owners Matthew DeLoach, James Malone, and Elvin Lai, friends and fellow Poway High School graduates, have made their urban brew and wine industry business – which now includes a new beer brewery, restaurant, and expanded winery – approachable, friendly, and fun!

The owners are especially excited about their newly opened restaurant, The Cork & Craft. James shared, “We all love good food, and there’s nothing quite like a delicious meal paired with a glass of wine or craft beer. We are so excited that this adventure has now led us into the action-packed craft beer and restaurant worlds!”

Abnormal Company is also proud to soon bring its customers in-house produced beers focused on drinkability in addition to the extensive tap and bottle list they currently have. Their glass-enclosed brewery is expected to be up and running by the end of the year. Abnormal Company intends to brew during restaurant hours to provide customers with a sense of artistry and display of their craft. According to Co-Owner Matthew, the company’s beer will be “gluten-reduced, flavorful enough to sit gently on the palate, and will pair perfectly with fare offered by The Cork & Craft.” As The Cork & Craft’s mission is to elevate the concept of comfort food to a gourmet experience, this new brewery will encourage customers to think a little more about what they are drinking, try out new beer and food pairings, and dare to step out into the abnormal.

For more information visit www.thecorkandcraft.com.

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photo by Modern Skull

 


 Left Coast Brewing Co.

Left Coast Brewing Co. takes pride in brewing their quality award-winning beer. The company is a family-run business, currently spanning three generations, that values quality, stellar customer service, and taste. “We do whatever we can to take care of our customers/partners. We treat our customers like friends and part of our extended family,” shared Director of Operations Shawn Hadjis. Left Coast has been enthusiastic about community involvement and charity work since they first planted roots in Southern California. The independent brewing company began its craft in San Diego in 1995 and relocated to San Clemente about 10 years ago. The company has expanded significantly, producing beer that’s in 30 states and three countries, and brewing about 25 beers a year. “Our Left Coast beers are in Albertsons, bars, BevMo!, liquor stores, restaurants, Sprouts, Total Wine, Whole Foods, and more,” said Hadjis.

The brewing company’s commitment to excellence has definitely been noticed. Hadjis shared, “Left Coast has won many awards, from local beer festivals to the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.” Recent awards include Asylum Triple Belgian, Gold Medal L.A. County Fair 2013 and Silver Medal L.A. County Fair 2012, FestivalHop Juice Double IPA, Bronze Medal Winner L.A. County Fair 2013 Del Mar Street, Dortmunder Export Lager, Gold Medal L.A. County Fair 2014, and more.

Looking to the future, Left Coast Brewing hopes to produce over 15,000 barrels of beer in 2015, and will be sure to deliver the quality and style their customers expect. “We always fulfill the needs our customers crave and desire,” stated Hadjis. “We deliver trust and a promise.” Left Coast Brewing is located at 1245 and 1251 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, CA 92673. Visit www.leftcoastbrewing.com for more information.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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In 2011, brewers and brewpubs generated a $299.5 million direct economic impact in San Diego County.

The economic contribution of craft brewers is more than 1 ½ times greater than the economic impact of Comic-Con International,
San Diego’s largest annual convention.

Since 2011, the total number of craft breweries in the region has more than doubled.

The largest craft brewing event in the region is San Diego Beer Week, which features more than 500 events and lasts from early to mid-November. Beer Week brings more than 20,000 participants to San Diego County.

Sources: National University System Institute for Policy Research and the Brewers Association

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North County Breweries & Tap Rooms

92008

Karl Strauss
5801 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-431-2739 | www.karlstrauss.com

On The Tracks Brewery
5674 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-550-9688 | www.ottbrew.com

Pizza Port – Carlsbad
571 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-720-7007 | www.pizzaport.com

The Compass
300 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-434-1900 | www.thecompasscarlsbad.com

92009

Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch
2730 Gateway Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009
760-707-1655 | www.pizzaport.com

92010

Arcana Brewing Company
5621 Palmer Way, Carlsbad, CA 92010
909-529-2337 | www.arcanabrewing.com

92024

Bier Garden Encinitas
Gastropub Restaurant
641 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
760-632-2437 | www.biergardenencinitas.com

Lumberyard Tavern & Grill
967 S Coast Highway 101 #101, Encinitas, CA 92024
760-479-1657 | www.lumberyard101.com

Oggi’s – Encinitas
305 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024
760-944-8170 | www.oggis.com

Regal Seagull
996 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
760-479-2337 | www.regalseagull.com

Union Kitchen & Tap
1108 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
760-230-2337 | www.localunion101.com

92025

Plan 9 Alehouse
155 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
760-489-8817 | www.plan9alehouse.com

92029

Offbeat Brewing Company
1223 Pacific Oaks Pl., Escondido, CA 92029
760-294-4045 | www.offbeatbrewing.com

Stone Brewing Co.
1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido, CA 92029
760-471-4999 | www.stonebrewing.com

92054

Bagby Beer Co.
601 S Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054
760-270-9075 | www.bagbybeer.com

Breakwater Brewing Company
101 N Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054
760-433-6064 | www.breakwaterbrewing.com

92056

Oceanside Ale Works
1800 Ord Way, Oceanside, CA 92056
760-721-4253 | www.oceansidealeworks.net

92058

Legacy Brewing Company
363 Airport Rd., Oceanside, CA 92058
760-705-3221 | www.legacybrewingco.com

92064

Lightning Brewery
13200 Kirkham Way, Poway, CA 92064
858-513-8070 | www.lightningbrewery.com

92065

ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
2330 Main St., Ramona, CA 92065
513-465-9768 | www.chuckalek.com

92069

Port Brewing Company
155 Mata Way, San Marcos, CA 92069
800-918-6816 | www.portbrewing.com

Slaters 50/50 – San Marcos
110 Knoll Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
760-759-2900 | www.slaters5050.com

The Lost Abbey
155 Mata Way, San Marcos, CA 92069
800-918-6816 | www.lostabbey.com

92075

Carruth Cellars
320 South Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-461-9579 www.carruthcellars.com

Culture Brewing
111 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-345-1144 | www.culturebrewingco.com

Pizza Port – Solana Beach
135 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-481-7332 | www.pizzaport.com

92078

Dos Desperados Brewery
1241 Linda Vista Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-566-6209 | www.dosdesperadosbrew.com

Rip Current Brewing
1325 Grand Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-481-3141 | www.ripcurrentbrewing.com

San Marcos Brewery & Grill
1090 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-471-0050 | www.sanmarcosbrewery.com

Stumblefoot Brewery
1784 La Costa Meadows, San Marcos, CA 92078
760-208-1012 | www.stumblefoot.com

Sublime Ale House
1020 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-510-9220 | www.sublimealehouse.com

92081

Aztec Brewing Company
2330 La Mirada Dr., Vista, CA 92081
760-598-7720 | www.aztecbrewery.com

Back Street Brewery
15 Main St., Vista, CA 92081
760-407-7600 | www.lamppostpizza.com/backstreet

Barrell Harbor Brewing
2575 Pioneer Ave., Vista, CA 92081
760-734-3949 | www.barrelharborbrewing.com

Belching Beaver Brewery
980 Park Center Dr., Vista, CA 92081
760-599-5832 | www.belchinbeaver.com

Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
2545 Progress St., Vista, CA 92081
760-295-0217 | www.boozebrothersbrewery.com

California Fruit Wine
1040 La Mirada Ct., Vista, CA 92081
858-522-9463 | www.californiafruitwine.com

Indian Joe Brewing
2379 La Mirada Dr., Vista, CA 92081
760-295-3945 | www.indianjoebrewing.com

Iron Fist Brewing Co.
1305 Hot Spring Way, Vista, CA 92081
760-216-6500 | www.ironfistbrewing.com

Latitude 33° Brewing Company
1430 Vantage Ct., Vista, CA 92081
760-598-2337 | www.lat33brew.com

Mother Earth Brew Co.
2055 Thibodo Rd., Vista, CA 92081
760-599-4225 | www.motherearthbrewco.com

Toolbox Brewing Company
1495 Poinsettia Ave., Vista, CA 92081
760-598-1477 | www.toolboxbrewing.com

92084

Mother Earth Brew Co.
206 Main St., Vista, CA 92084
760-726-2273 | www.motherearthbrewco.com

Oggi’s – Vista
425 S. Melrose Dr., Vista, CA 92084
760-295-3500 | www.oggis.com

Prohibition Brewing Company
2004 E. Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084
760-295-3525 | www.prohibitionbrewingcompany.com

92121

32 North Brewing Co.
8655 Production Ave., San Diego, CA 92121
714-791-8973 | www.32northbrew.com

Ballast Point
9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA 92121
858-790-6900 | www.ballastpoint.com

Green Flash
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92121
858-622-0085 | www.greenflashbrew.com

Legacy Brewing Co.
7060 Miramar Rd., San Diego, CA 92121
858-695-9953 | www.legacybrewingco.com

Malahat Spirits
8706 Production Ave., San Diego, CA 92121
858-999-2326 | www.malahatspirits.com

New English Brewing
11545 Sorrento Valley Rd., San Diego, CA 92121
619-857-8023 | www.newenglishbrewing.com

Rough Draft Brewing Company
8830 Rehco Rd., San Diego, CA 92121
858-453-7238 | www.www.roughdraftbrew.com

Saint Archer Brewery
9550 Distribution Ave., San Diego, CA 92121
858-225-2337 | www.saintarcherbrewery.com

92126

2kids Brewing Company
8680 Miralani Dr., San Diego, CA 92126
858-480-5437 | www.twokidsbrewing.com

Ale Smith Brewing Company
9366 Cabot Dr., San Diego, CA 92126
858-549-9888 | www.alesmith.com

Callahan’s Pub & Brewery
8111 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92126
858-578-7892 | www.callahanspub.com

Intergalactic Brewing Company
9835 Carrol Centre Rd., San Diego, CA 92126
858-750-0601 | www.intergalacticbrew.com

Mike Hess Brewing
7955 Silverton Ave., San Diego, CA 92126
619-255-7136 | www.mikehessbrewing.com

Pacific Brewing Company
8680 Miralani Dr., San Diego, CA 92126
303-819-7086 | www.pacificbrewingco.com

White Labs Brewing Company
9495 Candida St., San Diego, CA 92126
858-693-3441 | www.whitelabs.com

92127

Abnormal Beer & Wine Company
16990 Via Tazon, San Diego, CA 92127
858-618-2463 | www.abnormalwine.com

Karl Strauss – 4S Ranch
10448 Reserve Dr., San Diego, CA 92127
858-376-2739 | www.karlstrauss.com

The Cork and Craft
16990 Via Tazon, San Diego, CA 92127
858-618-2463 | www.thecorkandcraft.com

92128

Oggi’s – Carmel Mountain
10155 Rancho Carmel Dr., San Diego, CA 92128
858-592-7883 | www.oggis.com

Phileas Foggs – Bar & Restuarant
11385 Poway Rd., San Diego, CA 92128
858.486.4442 | www.phileasfoggs.com

URGE American Gastropub
16761 Bernardo Center Dr., San Diego, CA 92128
858-673-8743 | www.urgegastropub.com

92130

Oggi’s – Del Mar
12840 Carmel Country Rd., San Diego, CA 92130
858-481-7883 | www.oggis.com

92131

Ballast Point
10051 Old Grove Rd., San Diego, CA 92131
858-695-2739 | www.ballastpoint.com

Bruski’s Burgers & Brew
9844 Hilbert St., Suite G10, San Diego, CA 92131
858-530-2739 | www.bruskihouse.com

O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co.
9879 Hibert St., Ste F, San Diego, CA 92131
858-577-0350 | www.osullivan-brothers.com