Sure it’s a brewery, and it may get a little foamy on Fridays. But Tuesdays belong to the kids. Balloon artists wrangle shapes from their inflated canvases while kids eat for free, and parents sip signature and seasonal brews such as the Mermaid’s Red American Amber Ale.
The early 20th century birthed the first incarnation of Mission Brewery, in which California newsboys and other pre?Jazz Era scallywags tossed back their sudsy concoctions before Prohibition closed its doors. Despite its short tenure since its reestablishment in 2007, Mission Brewery has already snatched medals from the Great American Beer Festival and other competitions for its pantheon of brews. In its tasting room, patrons claim bottles or sample draft beers that include the Bavarian-style hefeweizen with hints of banana, clove, and pear; a russian imperial stout; or the Shipwrecked Double IPA, a strong concoction that, like walking on hot coals, benefits from a liberal use of hops. Located just a few blocks from the San Diego Padre's Petco Park, guests can enjoy tours through the rows of gleaming vats in the brewing chambers, which are housed in the historic Wonder Bread Building, rumored to be haunted by multicolored polka dots.
Tucked away on Cabot Drive off Miramar Road, this regional craft beer brewery has produced unique bottles of popular brew for almost two decades. Visitors make use of AleSmith Brewing Co.’s tasting room, which is standing room only with a few tables to gather around and compare the variety of beers. They specialize in American-style IPAs, having received national attention for these carefully crafted beers, while one of their most popular options is the award-winning Horny Devil, a citrus Belgian pale ale that combines fruity and spicy flavors, with a dry finish that goes down smoothly. Perhaps their best known is the Speedway Stout, a surprisingly drinkable stout that comes with a 12% ABV. Weekly tours of the working brew facility are also offered, allowing guests to peer behind the scenes of the brewing process, from barley and hops to beer in a glass.
There’s one thing that goes through your mind when you think of Pizza Port and it’s 'the most customizable pizza menu on the West Coast’. There’s no other place you can get more spoiled than this trendy, family-friendly venue on the funky storefront of sunny San Diego. For those who like to take matters into their own hands and control the last itty bitty crumb on their plates – Pizza Port is the place to be. With unimaginable variety of combos and a never-ceasing flow of pitchers of beer – they’ll just keep ‘em coming until you just can’t fit another tasty, cheesy bite into your mouth. All of the pizzas are fresh out of the over, with a thick and crunchy crust – just the way they know you like it. All the stories you’ve heard about this place are true. Yeah, it’s that good!
Mike Hess Brewing’s original location is on Silverton Avenue in an industrial quarter of Miramar. The no-frills interior has an industrial attitude with large stainless steel tanks scattered throughout. The layout offers a unique vantage point, allowing guests to walk comfortably within the brewhouse and fermentation tanks. The craft brewery is recognized as one of the best in the city, and Mike Hess’s brewmasters are always passionate about their latest batch. Guests delight in trying standouts, such as the Grazias Vienna Cream Ale, a smooth beer featuring vanilla-like malts and slightly toasted flavors with a surprisingly dark finish. The space here is standing room only, and primarily offers tastings.