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.
Societe's The Publican: San Diego, California
The Brewery: Societe Brewing Company, a brewery in San Diego, California
The Beer: The Publican, their pale ale
Tasting Notes: Bright yellow and hopped-up on the citrusy tip, the San Diegans’ punchy pale ale is the sort of lower-alcohol offering (5.5 percent ABV) that you’d gladly glug all day long.