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Mission Brewery This award-winning brewery was first established in 1913 and was relaunched almost a hundred years later by homebrewer Dan Selis. The brewing, canning, kegging, tastings, and tours now take place in a 25,000 sq. ft. space in the historic Wonder Bread building in the East Village. It offers everything from a crisp California lager to a core lineup of seven IPAs, wheat beers, and stouts.
Stone Brewing Tap Room — J Street This outpost location of Escondido’s Stone Brewing Company is one of the best Downtown breweries, and it has many of the same signature brews, special releases, and small-batch beers on its lineup of 16 taps as its parent brewery. There are also farm-fresh snacks in the bistro, and if you fall in love with a specific brew, bottles are available for takeaway.
Resident Brewing Co. This laid-back brewery is right in the center of Downtown. Like Mission Brewery, it was founded as a small homebrewing operation but grew as the beer won awards. Eventually, the founder launched a partnership with The Local (the brewery is inside the eatery), and now the tasting room has 40 beers on tap, 15 of which are brewed by Resident Brewing Co.