As we conclude San Diego Beer Week (which I recently wrote about), I want to let San Diego tourists know about a neighborhood affectionally known as “Beeramar” (real name Miramar) because of the large number of breweries that have cropped up there. Ballast Point, Mike Hess Brewing, St. Archer, AleSmith and Green Flash are among the many popular breweries in the Miramar corridor. A couple years ago, my book club (pictured above) set off on a brewery tour of San Diego, visiting one tasting room after the next, and taking tours of the production facility when available. This was a fun way to discover new breweries and try different styles of beer without committing to a full pint or six-pack. Ballast Point is still one of my favorite breweries in town, and I always recommend it to friends who want to geek out on craft beer. They don’t call us the “Capital of Craft” without good reason – we’re now up to more than 125 breweries in San Diego County. I’ll drink to that.
While in Miramar, be sure to stock up on beer and wine to bring home with you. You won’t find a better selection than at San Diego Wine & Beer Co., a family-owned retail shop with a handpicked inventory of nearly 1,000 wineries and 600 types of beer. The shop is categorized by wine region and varietal, but the staff is quick to provide recommendations for those who want to try something new. For those who like to try it before they buy it, San Diego Wine & Beer Co. has wine tastings every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for only $10.
You can also subscribe to their wine or beer newsletters to see what’s new on their shelves and get recommendations from the staff. I really appreciate that they have bottles at all different price points—so if you’re shopping for wine for an uneventful Tuesday night and want to spend $8-$14 they have you covered, but if you want to class things up for the holidays and impress your friends with a nicer bottle of wine then you’ll be just as happy there. For those who prefer brews, you’ll find a well-curated craft beer collection of bottles, bombers and six-packs that’ll have you hard-pressed to pick just one. Cheers!