Today, San Diego is home to over 60 breweries and is one of the top-tier regions for quality craft beer production and a leader in craft brew tourism. San Diego has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America.” Since becoming one of the “sudsiest” cities in the nation, it is only natural that an entire week would become dedicated to the celebration of this popular libation.
That celebration, justly named San Diego Beer Week (November 7 – 16th ) promotes San Diego’s thriving craft beer culture by sponsoring a nine-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for San Diego’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Pair this event with a stay at Hillcrest House , (voted San Diego’s #1 B&B) for the ultimate Southern California vacation.
As more microbreweries have opened throughout San Diego County, 30th Street in the bustling neighborhood of North Park has become the spotlight for the region’s craft beer.The neighborhood is home to multiple breweries including Thorn Street Brewery and Mike Hess Brewing. Overall, the city’s breweries have brought home more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than the traditional beer countries of England, Germany, and Belgium combined and won 20 medals at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.
Lastly, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention a few places to enjoy this notable beverage. For starters, if you would like to experience an urban vibe and an alternative to the downtown scene, we recommend that you head over to Salt and Cleaver on 5th avenue in the lively and diverse neighborhood of Hillcrest.
And, chances are if you are vacationing in “Americas Finest City” that you will most likely visit some of our “main attractions.” Balboa Park being one that would be hard to miss, is now home to Panama 66 which features locally sourced food, local draught beer, and craft cocktails. Bottoms up!