Insider’s Guide: Recommendations by Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.

With all of the fantastic options San Diegans have for drinking local beer, it’s great to hear from the people who are actually behind it all. We’re catching up with some of the rising stars in the local brew scene to see what they’re drinking.


Bitter Brothers Brewing Co. sits right off the 5 in Bay Ho, a perfect spot to hit for anyone on their way past Pacific Beach. The brewery has a perfectly balanced lineup on tap, and has recently been named to West Coaster’s Best New Breweries of San Diego in 2016. No doubt this is thanks to the hard work of Head Brewer, John Hunter.

Born and raised in San Diego, Hunter has put in the time to earn his place within the community, bringing with him experience from Mission Brewery, Stone Brewing, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., White Labs, and most recently 32 North. In fact, he’s responsible for the recipe to Karl Strauss’ irresistibly delicious Peanut Butter Cup Porter.

We asked John about his current local favorites, and here’s what he had to say:


In our tasting room, the beers I drink the most of are Little Brother and the seasonal Family Tart on tap.

Little Brother is a small IPA with a full body and huge notes of citrus. The current Family Tart is El Corazon which is a blood orange dominant blend with passion fruit and pomegranate as well.

With so many amazing breweries around town it’s hard to pick, but some of my current favorites are Societe The Pupil, Toolbox Das Froot, Monkey Paws Chimpin Ain’t Easy.

via Societe Brewing Co.

The Pupil has been my favorite beer of Societe’s since they opened their doors 4 years ago. It’s got lots of tropical fruit and floral aromas and flavors with a clean easy drinking malt profile.

Toolbox Das Froot is an incredible golden sour beer with peaches and apricots; the smell and taste are like biting into a peach.

via Untappd

Monkey Paws Chimpin Ain’t Easy is an Imperial Stout with dulce de leche. (For those unfamiliar with the sweet goodness that is dulce de leche, it’s a thick, caramel-like sauce derived from condensed milk – giving it a flavor that’s all its own. – CH)

There you have it – some of the best local brews handpicked by Hunter himself. Be sure to drop by Bitter Brothers when you’re in the area, and check out their fantastic roster of well-crafted brews. For more suggestions based on beers that you like, our Weekly Brew will help you explore even deeper – with personalized recommendations from over 4,000 brews that you can have delivered to your door in minutes.

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