With some 2,800 craft brewers in the nation, many of them serving up their beers only in their hometown, it's pretty much impossible to try everything. That's why we went to each city in Beer Camp Across America, Sierra Nevada's seven-stop festival that offered space to every brewery in the nation. At these stops, we sampled hundreds of beers unique to (and sometimes only known in) each region. Here from the San Diego fest, are our favorite small-time brews from Southern California – ones you'll have to try after surfing in Malibu or fishing in San Diego.
Benchmark's Table Beer: San Diego, California
The Brewery: Benchmark Brewing, a brewery in San Diego, California
Credit: Rachael Akin
The Beer: Table Beer
Tasting Notes: Taking its cues from the Belgian tradition of table beer that’s low in alcohol but loaded with flavor, this San Diego riff from a husband-wife brewery is a dry, gently peppery quaffer suited for dinnertime or day drinking.