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.
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.