Where to Drink Beer in North County
1. Wavelength Brewing Company
236 Main St
Vista, CA 92084
Brewing beer these days is as much a science as it is an art. Yes, there’s a lot of craft in how you choose ingredients and mix them together, but there’s also science in techniques like yeast biology and hop genetics. Wavelength is a brewery that doesn’t just leverage science to make good beer — they embrace and admire it in the tasting room, too. Come in to try a tasty IPA or an amber, or you can grab one of their more offbest experiments, including a blonde sour or a tropical kolsch. While sipping, you can watch rockets launch on streaming video, enjoy a lecture, play some games or trivia, and even order food from When Pigs Fly BBQ next door, El Ranchero, or URBN pizza down the street. Scientists have always helped us to make better beer, but at Wavelength, better beer is helping to make more and better scientists.
155 Mata Way #104
San Marcos, CA 92069
The Lost Abbey is easily findable on our map, so the name doesn’t reflect its status so much as its feeling — nestled away from the coast in a hulking warehouse adorned with crosses and barrels, this place does feel a bit monastic. So it makes sense that there are Belgian monk-brewed favorites like Judgement Day (the quadrupel, so called not because it’s been fermented more than once, but because it was marked with four Xs back in medieval times — meaning that it was stronger than the dubbel or even the tripel, both of which are also on tap at the Abbey). The Abbey betrays its quiet spirit a bit, however, as it shares a space with the also-great Port Brewing, a space that used to belong to SoCal’s craft giant, Stone. Did monks ever sell classic West Coast IPAs in cans and growlers? At Lost Abbey, they do.