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Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

#1 Post by Paul Fountain » February 8th, 2019, 2:54 am

I'll be spending about a week in Asheville and about 4 days in San Diego in April. I have a few breweries on my list to visit already, but I'm keen to see if anyone has any particular recommendations.
I'll have access to a car in Asheville, but probably not in San Diego.
Any suggestions?

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#2 Post by GMcCarthy » February 9th, 2019, 7:06 am

In Asheville - Burial and Zillicoah are my favorites. Fonta Flora is up there as well but not in Asheville.
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#3 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 9th, 2019, 7:50 am

There’s a lot of great breweries in SD but not having a car might limit you.

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#4 Post by Mike Maguire » February 9th, 2019, 8:24 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 7:50 am
There’s a lot of great breweries in SD but not having a car might limit you.
Modern Times should be a must.

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#5 Post by Paul Fountain » February 9th, 2019, 8:15 pm

GMcCarthy wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 7:06 am
In Asheville - Burial and Zillicoah are my favorites. Fonta Flora is up there as well but not in Asheville.
Thanks! I'll be in walking distance of Burial. Zillcoah is now on the list and I might have missed that completely. I'll keep Fonta Flora in mind too, if we feel like a bit of a drive
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February 9th, 2019, 8:24 am
Modern Times should be a must.
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A friend of mine visited the LA outpost of Modern Times a few weeks ago and gave it a thumbs up so it is nice to have that one seconded.

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#6 Post by Dennis Atick » February 10th, 2019, 4:29 am

Wicked Weed and Green Man are decent visits with easy access on the main strip in Asheville.
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#7 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 10th, 2019, 5:10 am

I like Stone but I’m not sure if they have an outpost that’s not in Escondido.

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#8 Post by Dustin Buchko » February 10th, 2019, 6:36 pm

For San Diego--Modern Times and Societe are the big two that I would highly recommend. Societe is pretty far from downtown however. Modern Times main brewery on Greenwood and Stone's Liberty Station location would be the two spots I would hit if you are just gonna be near the airport / downtown. If you can venture a bit I would recommend a trip to the Miramar area and hit Societe, AleSmith, and Mikkeller.

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#9 Post by BobH » February 11th, 2019, 7:03 am

Hi Wire is the best of the Asheville Breweries IMHO. Wicked Weed is now shunned by the locals as they are a 'sell-out'.
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#10 Post by Otto Dobre » February 12th, 2019, 9:39 am

Just a heads up, they pronounce Societe like Society, so don't try to French the name.

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#11 Post by Scott Butler » February 13th, 2019, 6:39 am

Asheville:
Wicked Weed - my favorite by a wide margin, but if you cannot get over the fact that InBev bought them, then you can choose to avoid them.
Hi Wire - top notch
Green Man - top notch
Zillicoah Beer Company - very good beers, beautiful location along the French Broad River, super short car ride or Uber...perfect on a nice day.
Sierra Nevada is of course a big name brewery, but their facility is beautiful with great tours, outdoor areas, and wonderful food.

Dozens more, Asheville is loaded with good breweries.
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#12 Post by Andrew Dodd » February 13th, 2019, 8:11 am

Asheville:
Wicked Weed/Funkatorium (even though they sold out)
High Wire (two locations)
Green Man (original location is more fun and cozy)
Burial
Brewery Bhramari
Highlands
French Broad
Wedge

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Sierra Nevada
New Belgium
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#13 Post by Paul Fountain » February 15th, 2019, 9:43 pm

Thank's all,
That gives me plenty to check out.

Conveniently, I'm staying withing walking distance of the main cluster of breweries in Asheville, many of which have been mentioned above, and in San Diego I'll be not to far From Modern Times and Stone Liberty station so that all works out well.

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#14 Post by PeterJ » February 16th, 2019, 12:04 am

Mike Hess Brewing gets thumbs up from my daughter who owns two craft beer bars.

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#15 Post by PaulMills » February 22nd, 2019, 4:45 am

Twin Leaf is one of my favorites. Wedge has good stuff too, and at the Wedge Foundey location there is a 12 Bones BBQ right next door. If you go south on I26, stop by Blue Ghost.

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#16 Post by Michae1 P0wers » April 3rd, 2019, 2:38 pm

I'll be in Encinitas for a few days later this month. Looks like Modern Times has a pub there so I assume I'll frequent that a bit. Anything else up north that should be on my radar, or will I have to venture south and/or east for other offerings? I have a friend in La Jolla so will probably venture down that way for at least one day.

Thanks!

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#17 Post by Mark Y » April 3rd, 2019, 6:36 pm

San Diego - 1 hr drive out. Lost abbey. For barrel aged stuff
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#18 Post by Chris Johnson » April 3rd, 2019, 7:06 pm

Lost Abbey has a tasting room in Cardiff which is next town south of Encinitas. I like Burgeon in Carlsbad. Pizza Port has a location in Solana Beach and Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad) which is less than 5 min from Burgeon. There’s also Draft Republic and Barrel Republic in Carlsbad that have decent appetizers and usually some interesting pours. Other option is Crack Shack in Encinitas has usually has a decent tap list and a good happy hour. Culture setup a tasting room in Encinitas, but most of their beers have been misses for me.

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#19 Post by Michae1 P0wers » April 4th, 2019, 1:05 pm

Chris Johnson wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 7:06 pm
Lost Abbey has a tasting room in Cardiff which is next town south of Encinitas. I like Burgeon in Carlsbad. Pizza Port has a location in Solana Beach and Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad) which is less than 5 min from Burgeon. There’s also Draft Republic and Barrel Republic in Carlsbad that have decent appetizers and usually some interesting pours. Other option is Crack Shack in Encinitas has usually has a decent tap list and a good happy hour. Culture setup a tasting room in Encinitas, but most of their beers have been misses for me.
Thanks Chris, this is exactly what I was looking for! Sounds like plenty to work with here.

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