Societe Brewing Company / Photo: @tess.simp
In the past few years, brewpubs have become all the rage, with more than 1,000 of them springing up across the state. So many are in San Diego that the city proudly calls itself the “Craft Beer Capital of America.” The main attraction is beer, of course, but another plus is that almost all of them are dog-friendly.
A place to start is Societe Brewing Company, which attracts serious craft beer fans and their four-legged sidekicks to its communal style tables. It’s a large, comfortable, social environment, and there’s usually a food truck outside for when the munchies hit. Dogs welcome inside as well as on the smallish patio.
Green Flash Brewing Company, flagship of a growing chain, is another dog-friendly magnet. There’s plenty of seating inside the 4,000 square-foot tasting room as well in the canine-accommodating beer garden serviced by The Green Flash Gastro food truck. And that’s not to mention 30 beers on tap.
New on the craft-brew scene is Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside, which boasts a Sunday burrito bar on its lower deck and lots of nooks, crannies and decks in which to hang out with your sidekick. Also on tap: great cocktails, lunch specials and a full-kitchen menu that swings from pub grub to pizza, salads, sandwiches and, of course, Mexican classics.
Want to keep exploring? Mission Brewery near Petco Park, where the Padres play, is a festive place with a dog-friendly tasting room located in a former Wonder Bread factory (“Builds strong bodies 12 ways!” is what the commercials used to say). Kids and dogs welcome.
Also on San Diego’s dog-friendly brewery roster: Coronado Brewing Company, Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment, AleSmith Brewing Company, 32 North Brewing Company, Fall Brewing Company, Ballast Point, Mother Earth and Belching Beaver—the latter of which, despite the curious name, is so successful it has five locations in the San Diego area.