Can you buy SD microbrews in the supermarket?
We are visiting San Diego for 7 weeks and keep hearing about all the micro brews. We thought we might try to pick up something interesting to have at home during the super bowl. We will probably visit one of the breweries too at some point, but meanwhile, are some of the beers offered at the local stores-we are in Pacific Beach but I am willing to trek a bit if need be.
thanks and go hawks!
Yes, you can at most regular supermarkets although the selection tends to the average or mainstream selections or local breweries that are still learning how to brew.
Not sure of a decent craft beer bottle shop in PB, but just go down to Ocean Beach (across one of those bridges to the south) and go to Olive Tree Market for a great selection of local and other craft beers and the sandwiches are tasty too.
*edit* if you go to a brewery try to check out Societe (up in Kearny Mesa area). Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Stone Liberty Station, Coronado on Morena Blvd, and Ballast Point Little Italy are all close by as well. Societe and Coronado do not have a restaurant but usually have food trucks. Have fun!
KnB Cellars in Del Cerro (not particularly close to PB, 10-15 minute drive in moderate traffic) has a very good selection of local craft brews.
Windmill Farms (next door to KnB) has an even better selection.
The Best Damn Beer Shop - http://bestdamnbeershop.com/ -a downtown on 7th has an outstanding selection of local beers
The selection at the WholeFoods in La Jolla is quite good, some Albertsons are also good, as well as BevMo which has different locations throughout SD
The local BevMos carry a wide selection of local San Diego beers. The exception is Alpine Brewery whose beers are difficult to find outside the brewery.
Another spot for a great selection of local beers (and other craft & imported beers) is the Keg & Bottle liquor store on Mt. Acadia in Clairemont. It's a couple of doors down from Meritza's Mexican restaurant (also a good spot!). Be sure to go into their walk-in refrigerated "beer cave" (as they call it).
Be forewarned, though. This place is in a pretty revolting shopping center, esthetics-wise. But if you can get past that, you'll find lots of local beers to enjoy during the game.
Thanks all! our first "eat-in" experience will probably be at the California Kebabs and Beer Garden with its Amplified Ale Works.
Also, for this place but also just in general, any specific brews you think are not to be missed. I really like white Belgium or wheaten style, my hubby is more into amber or maybe even a good stout now and then. To be fair we aren't huge beer people but are willing to be adventuresome now and then. I am assuming the some of the breweries may have samplers-which is always great for me since I can taste some variety without getting too full.
Anyway, any particular favorites would be fun to hear and thanks again for the supermarket suggestions!
From a beer lover (and homebrewer) who lives in PB:
Believe it or not, VONS actually has a good selection of local beers at a decent price. Second choice (price + selection) would be Sprouts. Trader Joe's has a limited selection, but very good prices. Albertson's is ok... and Ralph's finishes in last place. Again, this is only for PB locations - for example, the Sports Arena VONS (only 2mi south) has a really crappy local brew selection).
Costco also has the best prices on local beers (in volume, obviously - though they now have a couple of 22oz in rotation). Little tip - CA law prohibits member only sales of alcohol, so you can buy alcohol without a membership at Costco!
For a bottle shop, imho, the best PB has to offer is PB Express (Ingraham at La Cima). Some of the less appreciated beers go past their lifetime, but, if you stick with the local brews, there's a good turnover and some gems you won't find elsewhere in PB (Russian River's Pliny, Firestone Limited Releases, etc).
If you do venture north to the La Jolla BevMo, ask for Alex, he won't steer you wrong - tell him some Canadian guy sent you!