Buzziest Breweries for International Beer Day

Take a Tour of San Diego’s Best Breweries

A toast to start the festivities

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Join the crowds for arguably the best day of the year besides maybe your birthday: International Beer Day! This hoppy holiday (pun intended) takes place on the first Friday of August each year, and this year it falls on Friday, August 4th. International Beer Day started only 11 years ago, right here in California—Santa Cruz to be exact. Over the years, it has grown from a small, localized event, to a holiday celebrated by hundreds of cities, over 70 countries, and six continents. The purpose of this holiday focuses on three main things: gathering with friends to enjoy the taste of beer, celebrating those who brew and serve the beer, and lastly, uniting the world under a single common love, and showing appreciation for the varieties of beer that exist around the world. This year, celebrate International Beer Day with your beer-loving buddies, buy them all a beer, and even the bartender too. After all, they are serving you! If you’re a little stumped about some places to spend your day, here are some of the best breweries here in San Diego that are definitely worth visiting.


With many locations to choose from, Ballast Point makes themselves the easiest and most convenient choice no matter where you are located. Each location features unique artwork that complements the interior theme, as well as the types of beer they have to offer. The Scripps Ranch location offers an outdoor patio for those warm summer nights, and the original Miramar location has an extensive amount of space, complete with tours, lounge areas, and seating both indoors and outdoors. They also offer a food menu full of yummy snacks and food items that pair perfectly with their IPAs and Scuplins.



Perhaps most well-known for their locations at Liberty Station and the San Diego International Airport, Stone Brewing has sprouted and grown immensely here in San Diego. The gargoyle-imprinted beer cans are their hard-to-miss trademark, and it’d truly be a shame to miss the taste of the huge selection of beer they have to offer. Stone Brewing
offers a variety of beers, from year-round IPAs, to special releases, like their Notorious P.O.G. Berliner Weisse. Stone Brewing cares about more than just beer and brewing, they extend their elixir beyond the bar and into the community too! They host a yearly anniversary celebration event, where they partner with philanthropic organizations to raise money for various causes, like the Surfrider Foundation, and Fight ALD. Stone is a brewery that promotes community and unity, and if that’s your taste, head to any of the Stone outposts and support their brewery!


Started by San Diego locals, this beer company has a lot to offer. Their main location in Carmel Mountain is truly enormous, complete with multiple areas to sit and sip their various brews. They offer beer flights for the indecisive folks, offering a few tasting-size glasses of beers, so you can try a little bit of everything. Can’t find a babysitter for International Beer Day? Don’t sweat it! There’s a kids corner of the warehouse complete with books and fun games to keep your kids occupied while you enjoy your beer nearby. Second Chance attracts crowds of beer-lovers each week with their tasty flavors, fun trivia nights, and gourmet food from food trucks outside.



Karl Strauss has multiple locations; they can be restaurants, tasting rooms, or beer gardens. Depending on how you want to spend your International Beer Day, any one of the Karl Strauss varieties would work! Karl Strauss offers six different categories of beer: year-round flavors, seasonal flavors, holiday series, barrel-aged beer, collaborations, and small-batch beers. IPA, stout, ale, you name it, Karl Strauss has it! Celebrate your beer-filled day at any of the wonderful Karl Strauss locations.