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There are few destinations around San Diego as beautiful and fun as Ocean Beach. As you might expect, given the name, much of the culture and lifestyle in this area revolves around the beach. Ocean Beach is a prime destination for San Diego’s surf community. This leads to a laid-back and open culture that both locals and tourists find fun and inviting.

Thanks to a constant stream of visitors, there are plenty of local businesses for shopping, dining and drinking. The atmosphere at these places goes from classy and trendy eateries to low-fuss dive bars.

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As one of the more popular neighborhoods in San Diego, it only makes sense that there are quite a few places to score local craft beers. In fact, there are quite a few brewers in this area.

San Diego stands out from most other cities because of the number and quality of the breweries located around the county. Ocean Beach is no exception to this rule. We’ve assumed the difficult task of trying them all out and finding the best ones for you to enjoy.

OB Brewery

Location: 5041 Newport Avenue (map)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $$

Located near Point Loma, OB Brewery is a beloved destination for beer aficionados and foodies alike. They have a full menu and plenty of taps. On the weekends, this trendy local destination also serves brunch, complete with bottomless mimosas.

OB Brewery has a New American/Gastropub inspired menu, with dishes like fish and chips featuring house-made beer batter. They also serve pork carnitas, burgers, grilled local swordfish, pita tacos, sriracha honey chicken wings, salads and even quinoa. They have fresh dessert options all the time, so make sure to ask how you can indulge your sweet tooth.

This place usually has at least a dozen beers on tap. Most of them are OB Brewery staples, but they do carry craft beers by other brewers as well. Everything from pilsners to fruit wheat beers, pale ales, brown ales and, of course, the seminally popular IPA is available. You can also buy cans and bottles of some of their more popular brews and hard ciders.



They even celebrate Happy Hour here on weekdays, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. You can enjoy $2 off of all beers on tap, as well as $5 snacks such as their poutine fries, crispy pickles or garlicky hummus.

Kilowatt Brewing

Location: 1875 Cable Street (map)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: Noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: Noon to midnight
Price: $

If you love small batch craft beers, you should absolutely stop by the Kilowatt Brewing tasting room in Ocean Beach. They also have a taproom in Kearny Mesa. Every beer made here comes from small batches that are no more than seven barrels in size. This attention to detail ensures incredible flavor and consistent quality.

The taprooms themselves are works of art. When you step into Kilowatt Brewing in Ocean Beach, you can completely forget the outside world and focus on a good conversation and a tasty beer. There are unique works of art by local artists adorning the space, as well as games and creative lighting to enhance the mood in the space.

There are 18 beers on draft at this location at any given time. They also make and serve ciders and meads. Right now, there’s a Honey Beer with a staggering 12.2 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). They are serve four different IPAs, including one with coconut flakes and another with guava.

Craving something more sippable? Their Kilowatt Pale has a drinkable 5.6 percent ABV and enough bitterness to keep the flavor complex. Several creative stouts, a brown ale and a selection of sour fruit beers rounds out the current tap list. There may not be a kitchen, but the beer alone is plenty enough reason to visit.

Culture Brewing Co.

Location: 4845 Newport Avenue (map)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: Noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: Noon to midnight
Price: $

Looking for great beers in an artistic, dog-friendly setting? Look no farther than Culture Brewing Co., which offers creative and quality craft beers served in an open and modern space. In addition to allowing fur babies, they are cool with human children and infants as well.

Like some other popular craft beer destinations, Culture Brewing does not have a kitchen making food to accompany their beer at this time. However, they do have a full schedule of local food trucks stopping by after 4 p.m., as well as free delivery for orders over $17 from a nearby pizza place.

This facility has taps for up to 18 beers at any given time, including some nitro brews. You can enjoy 3-ounce tasters, 10-ounce half pours and 16-ounce full pours. They also have growlers and crowlers.

Their IPAs are some of their most popular brews, including their 2X Black, 2X, 3X, Belgian While, El Dorado, Rye and Keyhole IPAs. Chances are great that at least one will be on tap at any given time. You can also find staples like milk stout, a wheat ale, a pale ale and brown ales on tap. They do have some beers in cans, usually available as four packs for retail sale.

Mike Hess Brewing

Location: 4893 Voltaire Street (map)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: Noon to midnight, Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.
Price: $

The last entry on our list of must-visit Ocean Beach breweries is the increasingly popular Mike Hess Brewing. This locally owned and operated brewery was the end result of more than 15 years of home brewing passion by the owner. In less than a decade, this business has grown to become the 11th largest brewery in San Diego, which is no small feat considering how many there are in the county.

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One of the fun ways this business is shaking up the local brewing scene is by creating a completely new spin on the canned beer. Anyone who has enjoyed a cold can of beer knows the pain of dribbling, spilling or other issues caused by the slow flow and tiny opening. The Open Mike cans that house some of the more popular Mike Hess Brewing beers actually have peel-off tops. This allows you to sip and enjoy one of eight beers with full access to the flavor and aroma.

The beers here are good enough reason to stop in. They have some brews available year-round, like their 8 West Orange Honey Wheat Beer, their rye imperial stout, named Umbirx and their Double IPA Habitus. You can find limited edition brews and seasonal beers available on tap and sometimes in cans as well.