San Diego is known for white sand beaches, championship droughts, droughts, and world-renowned craft beer. The 2016 All Star Game, hosted at Petco Park, and home to the San Diego Padres, is upon us. Tonight is the Home Run Derby. No need to stress. Here’s your guide to the best craft beer by the big game.
Mission Brewery – Within eyeshot of Petco Park. More south than to the east, a simple walk down will get you to this dog friendly brewery in a National Historic Building built in 1912. Mission Brewery is known for its hefeweizens, IPAs, blonde ale, amber style ales. Try out its alcoholic root beer. You can even tour the building Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ballast Point (Little Italy) – From the green line from Santa Fe Depot, exit at County Center/Little Italy station. From there, it’s a bit of a walk but an Uber will do the trick. It’s worth it. San Diego’s billion dollar brewery, Ballast Point routinely has research and development beers on taps at its San Diego tasting rooms, so you might get to taste Ballast Point’s next big beer. Be sure to try one of Ballast Point’s 2016 fruit-forward beers for the July game – Pineapple Sculpin, Mango Even Keel, Watermelon Dorado or Barmy.
Half Door Brewing Co. – Located on 9th and Island, Half Door Brewing Company and its dog friendly patio is open until 2AM each night. Its Happy Hour includes $5 house beers and food like mac and cheese and Ahi tacos.
Stone Brewing Taproom – Stone, an original San Diego craft brewery, has a taproom at Petco Park. On the edge of Park at the Park, past the centerfield fence, sixteen beers on taps means you won’t even have to leave the game to enjoy the best of San Diego’s craft beer.
Resident Breweries – Resident is built into the back of The Local, a restaurant. The Brewery features Perky Blonde, Back Alley Porter, Urbanite IPA, and Hall Pass San Diego style Pale Ale.
Monkey Paw – Monkey Paw is a local favorite, with greasy bar style food and a formidable lineup of local and national craft beers, including award-winning beers brewed inhouse. Its downtown location on the cusp of Golden Hill – to the east of the ballpark – is the place to go to get away from the game crowds.
Iron Fist South – In the context of beer, Iron Fist Brewing co. offers a great excuse to make it to the arts and cultural heart of the city: Barrio Logan. Iron Fist, whose parent location is located in North San Diego County, specializes in Hawaii-inspired craft beers and modern ambiance.