Bicycles and Beer in San Diego

There are over 50 breweries in San Diego County.

BREWERIES

Check Web sites for tasting and tour hours.

Alesmith Brewing Company (9368 Cabot Drive, San Diego; 858-549-9888;alesmith.com) has a knack for dark and broody ales.

Hess Brewing Company (7955 Silverton Avenue, San Diego; 619-786-4377;hessbrewing.com), which plans to open a new tasting room in August, is a tiny craft brewery with a cultish following.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company (karlstrauss.com) is a longstanding craft brewery with multiple brewpubs and a growing collection of specialty ales. The distribution brewery is scheduled to open to the public later in 2012.

Stone Brewing Company and Stone World Bistro & Gardens (1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido; 760-294-7866; stonebrew.com) is a very large craft brewery with a huge lineup. The elaborately landscaped site frequently hosts themed beer festivals.

BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Blind Lady Ale House (3416 Adams Avenue, San Diego; 619-255-2491;blindladyalehouse.com) features a well-edited tap list of two dozen beers.

Hamiltons Tavern (1521 30th Street, San Diego; 619-238-5460, hamiltonstavern.com) has 28 brews on tap, and a mix of local, international and domestic bottles.

Underbelly (750 West Fir Street, Suite 101, San Diego; 619-269-4626;godblessunderbelly.com) is a groovy, fresh-air ramen noodle counter in the heart of Little Italy. Two dozen beers are on tap, about half from the region.

Toronado (4026 30th Street, San Diego; 619-282-0456; www.toronadosd.com), the sibling to San Francisco’s iconic beer bar, offers a crisply curated tap list, and has a dizzying collection of bottles.