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CURATED BEER EXPERIENCES
If you’re visiting for a conference, staying in downtown San Diego and like Belgian Ales & IPAs, then I might recommend Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (Mission Hills), Thorn Street Brewery (North Park), Monkey Paw Brewery (East Village) and Rip Current Brewing Company (North Park – Tasting Room).
Belgian Ale portfolios are actually harder to come by in San Diego than you would think. While many San Diego breweries brew Belgian Ales, it’s hard to find more than one or two. For proximity to downtown, I would recommend Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (Mission Hills) and Thorn Street Brewery (North Park).
Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (Mission Hills) has a respectable Belgian lineup that includes:
- Witte Snake: a 4.5% Belgian Witte Bier
- The Groupie: an 8% Belgian Blonde
- Mad Dub: a 7% Belgian Brown Ale
Thorn Street Brewery (North Park) offers small batch Belgian Ales like:
- Hipster’s Wit: a 5.2% Belgian Style Witbier
- Abbey Roof: a 10.1% Belgian Style Quad
- Saison Du Parque: a 6.7% Belgian Style Saison
- Abbey Wall: a 6.9% Belgian Style Dubbel
INDIA PALE ALES
On the flip-side, IPAs are brewed by almost every San Diego brewery. So what breweries have the most IPAs on? Which brewery has the best IPAs and brews with the most consistency? For a visit downtown, I would recommend Monkey Paw Brewery in East Village and Rip Current Brewing Company‘s North Park Tasting Room.
Monkey Paw not only offers great, award-winning IPAs. They also offer different varieties of IPAs such as Rye IPAs, Double IPAs, Session IPAs and Specialty IPAs. On draft you may find:
- 16th & F Creamsicle: a 5.5% Pale Ale w/ Orange Zest & Vanilla
- Rye You Not Call?: a 7% Rye IPA
- Howler: a 6.7% American IPA
- Cornelius: a 9.6% Double IPA
Rip Current Brewing Company’s main brewery is located 45 minutes North of downtown San Diego in San Marcos while their satellite tasting room in North Park is only 8 minutes North of downtown. At Rip Current’s Tasting Room in North Park, you should find IPA staples like:
- White Caps: a 7.5% Wheat IPA
- Impact Zone: a 6.5% tropical IPA
- Lupulin Lust: an 8.3% Double IPA
- Tube Rye-Der: a 4.5% Session Rye IPA
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