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51 breweries to try this holiday season

Just because you’re traveling away from hundreds of breweries right here in San Diego doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find some quality craft beer.

 

If you throw a stone in San Diego, there’s a chance you might break a brewery’s window. 

But, with the holidays upon us, many will leave the county to lands that don’t have 130-plus breweries. 

Never fear, as the craft beer revolution has spread coast to coast. In most major cities, you’ll find unique regional brews that speak to the tastes and traditions of wherever you go.

Use the charts and links on the following pages to find a brewery wherever you are traveling this holiday season.

Side note: Each highlighted location is categorized as a regional brewery by the Brewers Association. For states that did not have a regional brewery, a microbrewery was selected. While some of the selected spots may not be considered “craft” by more astute cicerones, they do reflect what is available in certain states and market share. 

 

Western breweries

Elysian Brewing

10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Big Dog Brewing

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Mountain breweries

Big Sky Brewing

Grand Teton

Snake River

New Belgium

Unita Brewing

Santa Fe Brewing

Four Peaks

Mountain breweries (Union-Tribune)

Mountain breweries (Union-Tribune)

 

Great Lakes breweries

Central Waters

Goose Island

Founders

Fat Head’s Brewery

Three Floyds

Great Lakes breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Great Lakes breweries. (Union-Tribune)

 

Mid-Atlantic breweries

Brewery Ommegang

Flying Fish

Dogfish Head

Victory

DC Brau Brewing

Flying Dog

Mid-Atlantic breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Mid-Atlantic breweries. (Union-Tribune)

 

Greater Texas breweries

Spoetzl Brewery

Prairie Artisan Ales

Ozark Beer

Abita Brewing

Greater Texas breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Greater Texas breweries. (Union-Tribune)

 

Upper Midwestern breweries

Fargo Brewing

Crow Peak

Surly Brewing

Toppling Goliath

Zipline

Boulevard

Tallgrass

Upper Midwestern breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Upper Midwestern breweries. (Union-Tribune)

 

New England breweries

Magic Hat

Allagash

Smuttynose Brewing

Harpoon Brewery

Proclamation Ale

Two Roads

New England breweries. (Union-Tribune)

New England breweries. (Union-Tribune)

 

Southern breweries

Southern Prohibition

Westbrook Brewing

Cigar City

SweetWater

Good People Brewing

Southern breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Southern breweries. (Union-Tribune)

 

Appalachian breweries

Mountain State

Hardywood Park Craft

Foothills Brewing

Alltech’s Lexington

Blues City Brewing

Appalachian breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Appalachian breweries. (Union-Tribune)

 

Alaskan and Hawaiian breweries

Alaskan Brewing

Kona

Alaskan and Hawaiian breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Alaskan and Hawaiian breweries. (Union-Tribune)

Reach the writer at daniel.wheaton@sduniontribune.com or @theheroofthyme

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