The Guide To A Pitcher Perfect American Craft Beer Week

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As the Craft Brew Capital of America, San Diego has become a hoppy destination for avid beer drinkers seeking good times on tap! Craft beer is king in this city, which makes it the perfect place to commemorate American Craft Beer Week. From May 14th-20th, beer drinkers across the country will be celebrating the diversity, creativity, and passion for the beverage they love. Beer lovers, “brewnite” and raise a glass to the exciting craft beer culture in San Diego with these sudsy stops for a cold one around the city!

If you’re hankering for some ice-cold libations, head over to Barrel Republic in Pacific Beach, Oceanside, or Carlsbad. This bar has revolutionized the way beer connoisseurs can enjoy craft beer with their freedom-to-pour system, allowing you to pour your own beer in a taster or pint, in any size pour you want! It’s rare to find a bar that gives out an all-access pass to your own pint pouring – take your pick from the ever-rotating selection of kegs and barrel-aged brews, and you’ll be the bartender with the simple swipe of a wristband. With well over 40 casks to choose from, Barrel Republic is a proud supporter of the local craft brew community with Tap Takeovers featuring the best of the best of local brews!

Looking for some suds on the sand? Enjoy fresh-from the keg flavorful beers at Pacific Beach AleHouse, renowned as a world-class Southern Californian brewery. Creating craft concoctions since 2007, Pacific Beach AleHouse allows guests to sip an elaborate and discerning selection in a lodge like setting filled with roomy booths, rich wooden accents, and second-story balcony views of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Designed to be a sanctuary for beer devotees, PB AleHouse offers its visitors the opportunity to see brewing in action with floor to ceiling glass walls to let you become witness to the kettle and fermentation tanks that give life to PB AleHouse’s eight signature beers.

Stay close to the beach at Woodstock’s Pizza, the hometown pizzeria that has earned the coveted title of the 3rd independent pizzeria in the nation! Found near SDSU, Woodstock’s has risen to success through a dedication to be a fun, student-oriented pizzeria dishing out amazing pies with fresh, hand-tossed dough and a unique folded-over crust with sauce inside. Featuring a rotating selection of over 15 taps of frosty craft brews, this local watering hole promises ice-cold drafts to please the stomach and soak up all that delicious pizza. In honor of American Craft Beer Week, Woodstock’s will be hosting an impressive lineup of beer-themed trivia on May 14th, an Iron Fire Tap Takeover on May 17th, and more!

Located in the heart of San Diego’s bustling Gaslamp District, barleymash is a fun, high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that is not to be missed this American Craft Beer Week. Celebrating the richness of American culture through appetizing and progressive bar fare, this bar draws heavily from two barroom staples in all that they do: beer and bourbon! The lively yet laid-back aesthetic reminds patrons of the simple idea that life is meant to be sipped and savored, and good times should always be shared.

Head north to Carmel Valley to take in Westroot Tavern, a hotspot for great food and even better booze. Located at the local lifestyle center The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, this neighborhood chef-driven eatery specializes in scratch-made local food paired with big-screen sports, bubbles, and tons of energy. Featuring a wide open-concept layout with an inviting central bar, this trendy tavern focuses on fostering connections and finding fun times. With over 30 brews on tap, Westroot promises a beer for everyone and a selection that highlights the best craft brews that the area has to offer!

Satisfy those cravings for a seaside drink at Nautilus Tavern, nestled in La Jolla’s scenic coastal enclave. This elevated neighborhood bar and grill promises a relaxed ambiance brimming with nautical décor, modern elements, comfort, and class. Enjoy topnotch cuisine to pair with their diverse craft beer selection with up to 30 different brews on draft. This casual hangout is local in every sense of the word, whether referring to the delectable fare, the craft brews, or the community that frequents it!

Join in on the rich and innovative beer culture that has taken root in San Diego and bar hop to these local destinations to enjoy the best craft brews that the city has to offer!