With more than 100 microbreweries and counting, San Diego, Calif. has become one of the top microbrew destinations. With recognized breweries, such as Ballast Point, Stone Brewing Company, Green Flash and more, America’s Finest City known predominately for sun and surf is getting serious recognition in the beer world.
As more and more breweries continue to pop up, local businesses are catering to visitors from across the world, providing a glimpse into the brewing beer culture. Two such guest-driven businesses are Kimpton’s downtown hotels—Palomar San Diego and Hotel Solamar.
Earlier this month, the hotels crafted a beer-focused package to give guests behind-the-scene view of the city’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter and its craft beer culture. The new ‘Stay Crafty’ package includes a historic and delicious ‘Brothels, Bites and Booze’ tour, a new beer concierge, and craft beer upon arrival and more.
In addition to deluxe accommodations at Kimpton’s premier San Diego hotels, the “Stay Crafty” package includes two tickets to So Diego’s signature “Brothels, Bites and Booze” tour, two local craft brews upon arrival and unlimited access to the hotels’ new beer concierges. The two-and-a-half hour walking tour offers an in-depth look at San Diego’s famous red light district, complete with stories on popular brothels and Prohibition-era gangsters, and food and beer tastings from some of downtown’s best restaurants and America’s top microbreweries, including Hotel Solamar’s Jsix Restaurant.
Jim Hollister, director of operations for both hotels, notes that this initiative is another way to offer an authentic local experience for travelers in a booming craft beer culture. Additionally, guests booking the package will receive a customized arrival letter from each concierge, detailing local craft breweries, personal recommendations, tasting notes and more.
So if you’re looking for a great way to visit San Diego AND experience the local scene, you may just want to ‘Stay Crafty.’