Our Favorite Craft Beer: Employee Recommendations on Local Craft Brews & Where to Find Them

In San Diego, Craft-Beer Capital of America, just about everyone has a favorite brew, and here at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside, our staff members feel quite passionately about this topic. We’ve noted their beers of choice and compiled the below guide in order to help you narrow down the 130-plus breweries.

Bob Hilborn, General Manager

General Manager Bob loves Coronado Brewing’s Orange Ave Wit, a witbier (“white beer” in Dutch) that pays tribute to the orange trees formerly lining Coronado’s main street. The beer reminds him of biking with wife Sharon; the two stopped at Coronado before dinner at Spiro’s on the ferry landing.


Rhinna Meyer, Director of Rooms

Rhinna, our Director of Rooms, recommends the “very refreshing” Civility SD Summer Ale at Eppig Brewing, which boasts locations on the bay and in North Park. Her explanation is less about the beer than Eppig itself, which she describes as a “great place to bring out-of-town friends for the awesome beer and pretty views!”


Keith Lawler, Front Office Manager

Keith, our Front Office Manager, likes beers by Pizza Port — the city-wide brewery known for pairing beer with pizza, chicken wings, and cheese sticks. His favorite brew is Chronic Amber Ale, which is also the most popular brew sold by the brewery. An added bonus for Pizza Port is the location — just head over the hill to the Ocean Beach outpost, and after sampling a couple of the varieties, stroll over to Ocean Beach Brewery, where you can admire Pacific views from the rooftop.


Ole Melchor, Bayside Bar Bartender

Since Ole Melchor is one of our bartenders, we take his beer recommendation extra-seriously. His favorite is Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA because of “the bitter/sour taste of it” and the brewery’s Little Italy location.


Hector Benitez, Bayside Bar Bartender

Hector is another bartender whose opinion we sought out, and in his case, he picks a beer that happens to be on tap at Bayside Bar: a sweet, citrusy, juicy, and intensely hopped brew by Karl Strauss called Boat Shoes Hazy IPA.


Dianne Rodrigues, Sales Associate

Dianna concurs with Rhinna that Eppig is the best brewery in San Diego, particularly its waterfront location, housed in a sport-fishing basin just moments from Holiday Inn Bayside. She encourages those who haven’t yet been to “grab a seat on the waterfront, enjoy the views, and order a Civility SD Summer Ale. Cheers!” Afterward, if you’re looking for another famous local spot, head across the street to Stone Brewing, located inside Liberty Station. Their gorgeous and lush outdoor dining patio is the best place to wind down with a cold Stone IPA.