Viewpoint Brewing - Del Mar
North County residents have been waiting patiently for their very first brewery, and it's here! Viewpoint Brewing, founded by Charles Koll who has cooked in San Francisco, Colorado and South Africa and worked locally at Prepkitchen Del Mar and Mille Fleurs, should prove to be a popular local restaurant.
House brews have also been incorporated into some of the menu items such as the coffee stout demi-glace adorning the pink peppercorn-crusted hanger steak, and the garlic-hefeweizen broth featured in the mussuls with nduja.
Those lucky enough to have stopped in already are raving about the sleek industrial ambiance, stellar views and the proximity to the race track. The fire pits, cornhole and vintage skee ball overlooking the San Dieguito lagoon don't hurt either!
2201 San Dieguito Dr
Del Mar, CA 92014
The Brewers Tap Room - Encinitas
Honoring all things small-brewery, The Brewer's Tap Room is your place to try "nano" brews you'll rarely find elsewhere. Twenty five rotating taps featuring San Diego brews means you'll probably want to stop in for a couple of flights. And if you find something you like, they're also licensed for off-premise sales, meaning you can take a few home with you.
They're keeping it small, so this might end up being a local's hangout, but tourists with a special interest in craft beer will also be drawn to this one-stop, brew-afficionado's paradise. No food is served on-site, but they encourage you to bring in your own. Pick Up Stix and The Habit are right next door, so there's no going hungry!
1456 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024