San Diego is known as a hub for the thriving craft beer scene. With the holiday season upon us we took to those within the industry to see what innovative seasonal creations our community of brewers has in store!
1521 30th St,
San Diego, CA 92102
If you are looking for a place to drink because of your family (or with them) Hamilton’s will accommodate. With their constantly changing draft list you are sure to find some seasonal gems here. Currently on tap is STONE’S ENJOY BY 12.25.16 (IPA 9.4% ABV) this light-bodied IPA looks deceiving with its golden hazy appearance and the subtle peach and tropical fruit hop flavors are a lovely finish. SIERRA NEVADA’S 2016 CELEBRATION ( FRESH HOP IPA 6.8%ABV) is and IPA lover’s dream! Medium in body, this complex and robust ale is layered with pine and citrus hop aromas that finish with sweet and rich malty undertones.
Make sure to also check out their extensive bottled selection where you are sure to find some seasonal treats like the SCALDIS NOËL PREMIUM (BARLEYWINE 13%ABV) a Belgian holiday beer!
9360 Cabot Dr. (Miramar)
San Diego, CA 92126
Need a place to entertain guests or to take a break from the holiday craze?
Mikkeller Brewing is the newest collaboration between two world-renowned breweries (Alesmith & Mikkeller’s). MIKKELLER’S GINGERBREAD HOUSE PARTY (OATMEAL STOUT 7.3% ABV) is a seasonal variation on the popular Beer Geek Breakfast, intended to taste like a gingerbread house with the body of a stout but light viscosity, this blend of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and graham crackers with a hint of peppermint will keep you festive.
ONE STOP BOTTLE SHOP
BOTTLE CRAFT (Little Italy)
2252 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
Beer always makes a great gift and you will not be disappointed with the selection Bottle Craft has to offer. Boasting many regional classics like ANCHOR BREWING’S 2016 CHRISTMAS ALE (WINTER WARMER 6.5% ABV) This annual Christmas release best known for its ever changing secret recipe and label. This distinct and unique ale is different every year, but consistent with its velvety texture and alluring, yet subtle, spiced aromas . THE BRUERY’S 9 LADIES DANCING (AMERICAN STRONG ALE 11.3%ABV) is like dessert in a glass. Inspired by flavors and ingredients found in tiramisu, including ladyfingers, 9 Ladies Dancing mimics the classic dessert by whipping together flavor combinations and layers of its own that include notes of vanilla, chocolate and coffee.
Whether you prefer a craft staple in the comfort of your home, hotel room, or your tradition is to hit up as many breweries as possible the San Diego beer scene has many gifts to offer this holiday season!