Draft names 7 San Diego Beer Bars Best in America

Craft Beer at Tiger!Tiger! - A San Diego Beer Bar
Craft Beer at Tiger!Tiger! - A San Diego Beer Bar

Tiger!Tiger! is a great San Diego Beer Bar for enjoying local brews. Just ask Draft Magazine. Plus, on Sundays mornings, you can order your beer with a side of doughnuts.

The secret is out: not only does San Diego produce some of the country’s best beer, we also have some of the best bars in America for enjoying a pint with friends. Every year, Draft Magazine publishes their editors’ picks for the 100 best beer bars across the nation, and it’s no surprise that San Diego beer bars make up a large part of that list.

Draft Magazine’s 7 San Diego Beer Bars

Perennial favorites the Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights, Hamiliton’s Tavern in South Park, and O’Brien’s Pub in Clairemont made repeat appearances on the 2013 list. Plus, for the first time, Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, Encinitas Ale House, Tiger!Tiger! in North Park, and Small Bar in University Heights made the cut as well.

With 7 local bars on the list, San Diego ties with Chicago for the destination with the most appearance. You can check out the complete list of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars: 2013 online, or pick up a copy of January’s Draft Magazine.

Have a favorite spot that didn’t make the list? Share it below!


What’s New in Craft Brew: San Diego Takes the Gold

Craft Brew Judging - Great American Beer Festival

San Diego may have an Olympic training center, but the region’s newest gold medalists won’t be found there. Thanks to an outstanding slate of local breweries, San Diego has been racking up the craft brew awards at beer festivals across the world.

Craft Brew Gold Medal Winners at the Great American Beer Festival

Craft Brew Judging - Great American Beer Festival

San Diego breweries won big at the Great American Beer festival this fall.

Held in Denver in October, the annual Great American Beer Festival saw more than 4,000 entries by 666 breweries from around the nation, and San Diego brewers earned a total of 15 medals. The Lost Abbey and Pizza Port breweries took home the most collective medals of the San Diego based breweries, with Pizza Port claiming gold in Session Beer, Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout and Oatmeal Stout and a bronze medal in Imperial Red Ale. The Lost Abbey received gold in Belgian and French-Style Ale, silver in American-Style Sour Ale, bronze in Experimental Beer and Indigenous Beer. Green Flash Brewing Co. received top honors in American-Belgo-Style Ale and Belgian-Style Abbey Ale and a silver medal in Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout.

San Diego’s craft beer winning continued across the pond as well. In November 2012, San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing took home two awards from Europe’s beer community. The brewery’s signature Calico Amber Ale was awarded a bronze medal at the inaugural Brussels Beer Challenge. The Calico also won a gold medal in the “English-style bitter” category at the ninth annual European Beer Star competition in Munich.

New San Diego Craft Breweries

Helms Brewing Company in San Diego

Helm’s is one of San Diego’s newest craft breweries.

Looking to get out and try something new? The number of San Diego craft breweries continues to grow, too!

  • Offbeat Brewing Co. opened in Escondido in San Diego’s inland North County. Showcasing local artists in their brewing space, Offbeat brews up creative varieties of hoppy ales and sessionable brews.
  • Fezziwig’s Brewing Company opened in Carlsbad in San Diego’s coastal North County. In addition to brewing porters, winter wheats, barrel-aged and other styles of beer, Fezziwig’s facility is inspired by a steampunk aesthetic.
  • Helm’s Brewing Company opened in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. Designed to appeal as much to the average consumer as the beer connoisseur, the Helm’s tasting room includes two 46” televisions to watch sports and features full view the brewery facility. The addition of Helm’s Brewing Company brings the total number of breweries in San Diego County to 60!

Where will you sample a San Diego beer this weekend?


4 reasons to See the San Diego Crew Classic: March 31 – April 1, 2012

San Diego Crew Classic - After the Start

The San Diego Crew Classic brings exciting races, Olympians, San Diego craft brews and family fun to the calm waters of San Diego’s Mission Bay. Below are 4 great reasons to check out this extraordinary event.

Two Days on the Bay

Any given day on Mission Bay’s 4,200 acres of aquatic playground and grassy islands is bound to be enjoyable. But head there the weekend of March 31, 2012 and be swept up by the excitement of over 4,000 participants (ages 14 to 80!) competing in more than 100 races of the premier spring rowing regatta in the United States, replete with onshore entertainment, trade show and kid zone for only $10 advanced general admission, $12 at the door general admission. Military with ID and kids under 12 get in for free!

Local Olympians

Since March 2011, the U.S. Men’s National Team has been training exclusively in San Diego’s backyard at the U.S. Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista. At the Crew Classic, see the team up close and personal in their final tune up before heading off to London to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics!

Brew & Crew

It’s no secret that San Diego loves their local brewing scene, and the San Diego Crew Classic is showcasing our best local breweries, including Stone, Green Flash, Lagunitas and more as a part of the designated beer garden. Gourmet food trucks and live entertainment complete the package Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3:00 pm at Ski Beach. $40 general admission includes 10 (5oz) beer tastings, a commemorative taster cup and live music. Food and full pours are available for purchase. Designated drivers enjoy for $20.

 Family Friendly

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Family Festival area features rides, local crafts, artists and food vendors in a fun, safe environment to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Tell us in the comments below, what is your favorite thing to do while playing on San Diego’s Mission Bay?