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Knotty Brewing Co. In Downtown San Diego

Knotty Brewing Co. In Downtown San Diego

One of the rare San Diego craft breweries that didn’t start with a bevy of IPA recipes, East Village beer maker Knotty Brewing tends to favor old world styles out of Germany, England, Ireland, and Belgium.

North Park Beer Company | Historic Beer Served in Style

North Park Beer Company | Historic Beer Served in Style

About as stylish a brewery as you’ll find anywhere, of course, North Park Beer Co. of San Diego is a namesake of the craft beer rich neighborhood it calls home. Their friendly neighborhood atmosphere and exceptional décor make it a great place to linger and try historic beer styles.

This Beer Is Better Than Wonder Bread

This Beer Is Better Than Wonder Bread

Mission Brewery Located Near Petco Park in Downtown San Diego

Named in honor of one of the first San Diego breweries, Mission Brewery once occupied the 1913 historic landmark that originally housed its namesake. However, while the original Mission shut down a century ago, the current incarnation has become one of San Diego's fastest growing craft breweries.

These days you'll find Mission in the East Village, working out of an even older historic building, a former Wonder Bread factory dating to 1894. While the bread factory used its silos to store wheat, Mission uses them to store barley, crafting a wide variety of boldly flavorful beer styles.

Take one of its more recent recipes: Plunder. The dank IPA offers plenty of bite, courtesy of nine different hop varieties that give it heady aromas of citrus and pine. This can stand up to any burger you throw at it, so double up on bacon and jalapeños if you like, and swig away. But if you really enjoy an outsized beer, brave Mission's burly Dark Seas Russian imperial stout. The inky black 9.8-percent beer boasts a luxurious velvety body, loaded with enough roasty complexity to rival coffee, with notes of plum and port wine delivering endless depths of flavor. It's a beer, and an experience.

The Beer-Burger Pairing of Champions

The Beer-Burger Pairing of Champions

Coronado Brewing Located in Coronado, San Diego

One of San Diego's oldest craft breweries, Coronado Brewing started out small in its brewpub near the Coronado Ferry Landing back in 1996. Today it distributes beer to more than 20 states and 15 foreign countries, and has locations in Imperial Beach and Bay Park. The latter's where it produced the delicious brews that earned it possibly the most prestigious beer award on the planet in 2014: Champion Mid-Size Brewing Company at the biennial World Beer Cup.

Starting out as a brewpub means Coronado's always produced beers with a mind towards pairing with food, and a couple of its longstanding favorites reflect this. It's Mermaid Red ale boasts toffee malts and a dry finish to make it a great match with anything from BBQ to pizza. For more delicately flavored dishes, it's pretty impossible to go wrong washing them down with Coronado's celebrated Orange Ave. Wit, a citrusy Belgian style wheat beer flavored with orange zest, coriander and honey.

Of course, every OG San Diego craft beer brand has an OG IPA, and Coronado's award-winning Islander IPA beautifully delivers piney hop bitterness and grapefruit aromas that go exceptionally well with burgers, or San Diego's other foodie love: tacos.