Best Wineries & Breweries in San Diego
If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool aficionado of craft beer, a certified oenophile, or you describe yourself happily as both, you’re in luck: San Diego is one of the best places not only in the country, but in the world, for enjoying these fine libations.
And a home base at Hotel Republic, smack dab in Downtown San Diego, puts the marvelous galaxy of beer and wine in America’s Finest City (and San Diego County as a whole) at your fingertips. Indeed, you can engage in some top-class brew and grape appreciation without even leaving our boutique Marriott Autograph Collection hotel…
Nearby San Diego Breweries & Wineries to Explore on a Hotel Republic Getaway
San Diego lays claim to better than 140 craft breweries, among them some of the most legendary in the U.S. No surprise the city’s regularly ranked among the best beer towns on the globe.
Near at hand to your Hotel Republic guest room or suite, you’ve got an excellent representative lineup of breweries and taphouses. Really just a few steps away, for example, you’ve got Karl Strauss Brewing’s Downtown location (1157 Columbia St.), where you can sample such suds as the Boat Shoes Hazy IPA, Red Trolley Ale, and Windansea Wheat.
You’re also mere minutes away from the Little Italy tasting room of world-famous Ballast Point Brewing (2215 India St.): Try the brewery’s flagship Sculpin IPA if you’ve never had it before, plus such equally excellent creations as the Calm Before the Storm Cream Ale and Victory at Sea Imperial Stout.
Also conveniently close are the Stone Brewing Tap Room (795 J St.), where you ought to give the downright iconic Arrogant Bastard Ale a go, and Knotty Brewing Co. (842 Market St.), known for such brews as the Kicked-out Stout, Kangaroo Cowboy Amber, and Robot Barber Pale Ale.
On the wine end of the spectrum, you’ll find 100-plus wineries spread out across San Diego County, and plenty of opportunities to sample regional terroirs right here in the Downtown area. Head over to the Seaport Village Tasting Room (805 W. Harbor St.) of San Pasqual Winery, for example, or try Pali Wine Co. (2310 India St.).
San Diego Beer & Wine Festivals
It goes without saying that San Diego craft beer and wine are year-round delicacies to enjoy, but it just so happens that right now’s an especially great time to get to know the local beer- and wine-making scene.
Going on as we speak, after all, are San Diego Beer Week, which runs November 3rd through the 12th throughout the county, and the 19th annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, which kicked off November 6th and culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Port of San Diego on November 11th and the Grand Fiesta on November 12th.
Sample Great Wine & Craft Beer at Hotel Republic in Downtown San Diego
Besides serving as readymade springboard for out-and-about excursions to taprooms and tasting rooms, our boutique Downtown San Diego hotel serves as its own on-site nexus for beer and wine appreciation, courtesy of our rooftop Topside Terrace Kitchen & Bar—ready and waiting with its friendly firepits and cityscape views—as well as the bar service at our Trade Lounge. Come join us, and cheers!