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. In celebration of the 6th Annual San Diego Beer Week last month, 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


Slater’s 50/50slaters

Five years after the first Slater’s 50/50 opened, the best of burgers, bacon, and beer has found a new home in San Marcos. Scott Slater founded his restaurant on the concept of his 50/50 patty, which he invented years ago for a Chargers tailgate party – the patty is 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon, bringing together two of modern America’s most celebrated meats in delicious unity. The creativity continues with the menu of unique gourmet burgers and comfort dishes. Scott and the rest of the Slater’s 50/50 team like to use a new word to describe the overwhelming excitement felt when indulging in the Slater’s 50/50 experience: excesstasy.

To accompany the great food, Slater’s 50/50 is proud to offer the largest selection of local and regional craft beers, with 100 or more beers on tap at each location for novice beer drinkers and experienced connoisseurs alike. “Our goal is to always have a really well balanced beer selection for our guests to choose from,” said Scott. “We really believe there is a beer for everybody and that they can find it at Slater’s 50/50.” To learn more visit www.slaters5050.com.


Oggi’s Vistaoggis

Oggi’s has been brewing beer in San Diego since 1995 and is proud to continue the craft tradition with the new Oggi’s Vista location, helmed by Co-Owners Brian and Craig Rustad. With a completely remodeled restaurant and a centerpiece bar with thirty taps, Oggi’s Vista is perfect spot to enjoy sports, pizza, and brews in a family-friendly environment.
Oggi’s also launched a sister business in 2002 called Left Coast Brewing Company. Today, this brewing company provides all the beer for the family of Oggi’s restaurants – no small task considering the quality and variety the restaurants provide. “Our beers include ales, ambers, barrel-aged, Belgians, lagers, hefeweizens, IPAs, double IPAs, triple IPAs, Scottish, stouts, and more,” explained Shawn Hadjis, Oggi’s Director of Operations. “We offer award-winning beers with stellar service.”
Oggi’s emphasizes the importance of giving back to the North County family and takes pride in their involvement in various charities throughout the community. For more about Oggi’s Vista visit www.vista.oggis.com.


Stumblefoot Brewing Companystumblefoot

Stumblefoot Brewery founders Bill Randolph and Pat Horton began as home brewers in 2001. To honor their experience in those beginning years, Bill and Pat chose the name Stumblefoot to pay tribute to both their failures and successes, and most importantly, to their continued willingness to experiment. As an integral part of the North County brewing community today, Stumblefoot takes pride in their continued dedication to learning and sharing information with their fellow brewers and friends. Together the founders participate in many of San Diego’s home brewing clubs, from the Society of Barley Engineers to QUAFF Brewing Club, North County Home Brewers Association, and Mash Heads homebrew club.

In 2012, Stumblefoot started their commercial adventure in San Marcos. At their tasting room on La Costa Meadows Dr., you can learn about their award-winning Imperial Dragon Kiss Stout, which recently earned a silver medal at the California State Fair. Or kick back and try their Schwarz Be With You Black Lager which won a gold medal at the 2013 San Diego County Fair International Beer Festival. Many of their brews have been honored for superior quality and taste, so whatever your preference in beer, you’re certain to find something you like. To discover more and see a list of the beers on tap visit www.stumblefoot.com.


pizzaportlogoPizza Port Carlsbad

In 1987, brother-sister duo Gina and Vince Marsaglia bought a pizza place in Solana Beach. It was in this original storefront on Pacific Coast Highway that Pizza Port – with its classic menu of pizza and chicken wings – quickly became a local favorite. In the early years, Vince noticed the restaurant’s additional storage space and decided to experiment with a new hobby – home brewing. Before long, he was brewing more than he could drink by himself, and after much encouragement from family, friends, and loyal Pizza Port fans, Vince and Gina decided to expand into the brewpub business. Pizza Port offered its first handcrafted beers in 1992. In 1997, they opened their Carlsbad location on the corner of Roosevelt St. and Carlsbad Village Dr. And in 2013, Pizza Port opened their Bressi Ranch location, which houses a brewing facility, brewpub, commissary, and their corporate office. Here Head Brewer Sean Farrel has been concocting a few new brews that will soon be the first three beers to launch in cans. Stop by this location to try ChronicAle, a mellow amber ale, Ponto, an IPA, and Swamis, a traditional IPA. Pizza Port’s continued success comes from their dedication to producing high-quality beer, delicious pizza, and a fun environment for people and families of all ages to enjoy. To learn more visit www.pizzaport.com


DID YOU KNOW?badge

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 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