San Diego is the place to be when it comes to craft beer. More than 150 breweries currently call San Diego home, and many others are thinking about joining in on the fun. Every brewery in San Diego is unique, offering up interesting takes on beer and beer culture.
What’s hot in San Diego craft beer right now? San Diego Breweries looked at what’s going on around San Diego and came up with a few answers.
Veganism is believed to be the biggest food trend of 2018. Food and beer go hand-in-hand, so it makes sense that an increasing number of breweries are striving to make their places vegan-friendly. Some San Diego breweries, like the Belching Beaver, are doing this by partnering with vegan food trucks. Rather than starting from scratch, these breweries can attract vegans by simply bringing in a truck that serves up tasty vegan fare. Others, like Modern Times, are fully committing the vegan movement and opening up full-blown vegan bars and restaurants.
Craft brewers in San Diego have some tough competition. Brewers are constantly battling for customers, restaurant taps, and retail shelf space. It seems odd, then, that so many brewers are joining forces to collaborate and make beer. This is exactly what is happening, though. Collaborations are popular because the end result yields the experience and knowledge of not one, but two beer masterminds. Collaborations tend to push the boundaries of beer making and introduce new possibilities. Unfortunately, many collaborations, no matter how delicious, may only be a one-time deal.
Surprise! IPAs continue to all the rage in San Diego this year. It seems as though brewers are striving to make an IPA that no reasonable person would turn down. Thanks to collaborations and the popularity of barrel aging, San Diego breweries continue to create unique and edgy IPA recipes that appeal to the masses. As summer rolls around, expect to see multiple IPAs on each and every brewery’s menu in San Diego.
When given the choice between a can and a bottle, which would you choose? Most of us tend to gravitate toward the bottle. While bottles are currently the primary choice of craft brewers, many are making the shift to cans. Why?
Which breweries have traded in (some of) their bottles for cans? So far, Mikkeller Brewing, Mason Ale Works, Pure Project, 32 North Brewing, Rip Current Brewing, Port Brewing Co, and Council Brewing Co. have opted in.
Brewers in San Diego are really embracing the whole barrel-aged movement. Aging beers in barrels that once contained another liquid is a great way to complement an ale’s flavor while also expanding its flavor profile. San Diego brewers have really pushed the boundaries when it comes to barrel aging beers, opting to use a variety of different barrels.
As the bourbon industry continues to strengthen, you can expect that barrel aged beers will continue to be a popular choice of both beer makers and beer drinkers in San Diego.