At the western end of San Diego’s “Hops Highway,” Oceanside’s booming craft beer industry has added nearly a dozen new microbreweries, tasting rooms and gastro pubs providing visitors and locals with lots of options for sampling the region’s best brews.
The emergence of craft beer venues has resulted in a new web-based brew map on www.visitoceanside.org/oside-beer-tours where you’ll find an interactive map of venues and pub crawl itineraries which include: Coast Highway Crawl featuring hot spots with amazing beers and tasty eats; Brews on Shoes offering the diverse beer scene in Oceanside’s downtown walking district; South O Swing focusing upon the eclectic vibe of South Oceanside; and Back Alley Brews highlighting popular brew spots off the beaten path.
Destined to become an Oceanside flagship destination is Bagby Beer Company on Coast Highway. One of the most highly-decorated brew masters in the country, Bagby was awarded a bronze medal at Colorado’s 2014 Great American Beer Festival for his Dry Stout Asphalt Jungle, the fourth batch of beer brewed at his new 1,500 sq. ft. facility. The two-story building with outdoor gardens houses a restaurant, private dining room, and on-site brewing with special tasting areas where you can watch Bagby in action.
Other local labels with tasting rooms include Oceanside Ale Works, Oceanside’s first microbrewery; Legacy Brewing Company which honors the founding fathers of the United States; and Breakwater Brewing Company, a popular downtown gathering place since 2008. Although not technically a beer, Golden Coast Mead recently opened a tasting room to showcase its version of the drink that dates back to ancient times.
Many of Oceanside’s diverse mix of new restaurants and tasting venues are located along Coast Highway near the downtown beach community. Some, including Surfside Tap Room, Stone Company Store Oceanside and Beer Brewing Company, are primarily tasting venues. Others, such as Local Tap House, Master’s Kitchen & Cocktails and Mission Avenue Bar & Grill blend regional beer selections with fresh, seasonal pub cuisine.
When not sampling brews, Oceanside’s 3.5 miles of beach, New England-style harbor and long list of pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, biking, and skydiving are to be enjoyed along with historical and cultural attractions, some of which you may have seen in the dozens of Hollywood productions filmed there.
For more information, go to www.visitoceanside.org or call 1-800-350-7873.
Outside tasting room at The Stone Company Store.
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Tasty bites are served during tastings at Bagby Beer Company.
Surfing is a popular pursuit in Oceanside.
The Local Tap House offers a variety of brews and bites.
Photo credit: Photos courtesy of Visit Oceanside