Craft Beer

Take it from the tap: fresh, crisp suds

Nickel Beer

Nickel Beer’s Fresh Mountain Crystal Wet Hop IPA, shown here at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

Trek over to Julian for some crisp brews.

Go: Julian

Know: Avoid fall’s Apple Days crush and instead take a mid-summer drive into the mountains to enjoy this charming town’s zesty beer scene.

Crow: Opened in 2013, Nickel Beer allows Tom Nickel — an award-winning brewer whose resume includes stints with Oggi’s and Pizza Port — full freedom for his beer-making talents.

Julian Beer Co., which recently reopened after an extensive remodel, is the brainchild of Vince Marsaglia, co-founder of craft beer powerhouse Pizza Port.

Julian Beer Co.

Julian Beer Co. is brought to you be the same person who co-founded Pizza Port.

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Pro: Scenic but low-key, Julian is a great town for walking. The 0.8-mile stroll between these two breweries takes you straight through the heart of the historic downtown.

Whoa!: What goes around comes around, beer division: Julian Beer Co. is about a block from the Julian Pioneer Museum, 2811 Washington St., once home to Peter Mayrhoffer’s 19th century brewery. 

Nickel Beer
1485 Hollow Glen Rd., Julian, 760.765.2337,

Julian Beer Co.
2315 Main St., Julian, 760.765.3767,