Craft Beer and Breweries | Weston Santee

4 California Craft Breweries Near Weston in Santee

Posted on 06 Aug, 2019

What started in the 1960s in the Bay Area with one man and his favorite beer, has since become a national phenomenon. In 2018, there were over 7,000 operating craft breweries in the United States, and the number is only growing. But California, and San Diego specifically, is still the craft beer brewing capital of the U.S. with more than 980 breweries operating across the state, and more than 130 craft breweries in San Diego. With 95 percent of California residents living within 10 miles of a brewery, a pint of local craft beer is closer than you may think. These four craft breweries are all within 7 miles of the Weston community in Santee.

Pacific Islander Beer Company
Aloha! Escape to the islands without leaving Santee at Pacific Islander Beer Company. Only 3 miles from Weston, this is the place to relax on the patio, listen to island music and enjoy fare from food trucks. Spend time with your family and furry (on-leash) friends any day of the week, or go for one of their special events like the free monthly comedy show. Pick from a selection of eight core beers, including Li’ke Li’ke Pineapple Blonde Ale, Tahitian Brown Ale and Beachside India Pale Ale. Plus, they have 13 seasonal beers like PIB HOT HOT Habanero Blonde Ale and PIB Sunburn Hoppy Red. With a focus on ohana, this is truly a family microbrewery. Visit and experience the aloha spirit for yourself!

Monday – Wednesday: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday: 2-8 p.m.
Friday: 2-10 p.m.
Saturday: 1-10 p.m.
Sunday: 1-8 p.m.

Groundswell Brewing Company
Groundswell Brewing Company’s beer philosophy is simple: “Beer is social.” Here, you can bring your friends, in-laws, kids and on-leash dogs together and toast to the good life. Sit on the patio, inside at the bar or at one of the community tables, and enjoy their selection of games while discussing the nuanced flavors of their brews. They have five core beers – First Date (Blonde), Tropical Hefe (Hefeweizen), Undulation (White IPA), Hubba Hubba (Double IPA) and Sour Suite (Berliner Weisse) – plus seven rotating beers. And they all pair well with food, people and the San Diego lifestyle. Groundswell has multiple locations, with the Santee Brewery & Tasting Room only 3.8 miles from Weston. Check the calendar for a list of featured food trucks and events, or pack a picnic and take the short drive over for a relaxing evening of tastings and time with family.

Monday – Thursday: 2-9 p.m.
Friday: 2-10 p.m.
Saturday: 12-10 p.m.
Sunday: 12-9 p.m.

BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.
BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. focuses on American flavors with their selection of classic and clean beers. They have won several awards for their brews, including a gold medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup® and a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival for their Ole Prospector Red Ale. Visit the brewery, just 4.8 miles from Weston, or use the store locator on their website to find places that sell their beers. They have daily events and group classes at their tasting room, so check out their calendar for the full list of food trucks, live music and happy hours.

Monday – Thursday: 12-9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 12-10 p.m.
Sunday: 12-6 p.m.

Burning Beard Brewing Company
A little further south is Burning Beard Brewing Company, 6.1 miles from Weston. This brewery is creating award-winning beers, from the classic San Diego IPAs to floral Wild Ales, and everything in between. At their tasting room, you can choose your tunes from their custom-curated jukebox, and then pick your poison from one of their 18 beers on tap. The Banksy ESB has a toasty, biscuit-like introduction and a subtly sweet end, while the Get Thee to a Nunnery is a more traditional Belgian Single Ale. Get a few tasters and try a new sour or stout, or book the Burning Beard Barrel Room for your next event and introduce your friends to the delicious world of craft beer in San Diego.

Monday – Wednesday: 12-9 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 12-10 p.m.
Sunday: 12-7 p.m.

Beer Culture at Weston
The master-planned community of Weston in Santee is close to all the action. Not only is it less than 7 miles to local microbreweries, but it also features 95 acres of open space and a resort-style amenity center, Boulder Ridge. Spend the afternoon hiking at the community park or at the nearby Mission Trails Regional Park, then end the day at one of the tasting rooms above. Or, travel a bit further from Weston to explore even more breweries and tasting rooms along Miramar Road and in Kearny Mesa – both less than 15 miles away. Check out this map for a full list of craft breweries in the area, and get exploring more of what San Diego has to offer. Enjoy a pint with friends, or pick up a growler of your favorite brew and share it with your new neighbors at Weston. Cheers!

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