Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go.  You’ve downloaded the app and created your own agenda with presentations from your favorite analysts.  Perhaps you’ll visit Multichannel Marketing: Advancing the Connected Conversation with Adam Sarner, or What AI Teaches Us About Being Human with Andrew Frank, or my 20/20 session, Creating a Modern Analytics “Marketecture” for Your Marketing Organization.  The agenda is packed with actionable recommendations from our team across Gartner for Marketers, and we are thrilled to see you.

On a personal note, as a San Diego resident, I hope you have a chance to explore the San Diego Craft Beer scene.  A few recommendations are below. All distances calculated from the Hyatt.

We’ll be downtown, so many of the breweries will be out of comfortable range. If you have extra days, see my “Bonus Picks” at the end of the post.  That being said, the tasting rooms themselves are the best place to sample the new and experimental stuff and a few are downtown.

Modern Times
Modern Times is firing on all cylinders, opening taprooms up and down the West Coast, and brewing their own coffee to boot.  The Lomaland Fermentorium is my current favorite spot in San Diego.  There are new experiments from fruity saisons to hazy IPAs  – I  suggest a flight or two before you make a real selection.  Think “Williamsburg warehouse” for the vibe here- and their cafe serving their own coffee is on hand.  4.6mi

Port Brewing
Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Port is the parent company of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey. This location has taps from both, experimental brews galore, and fun food from pizza to  salads. Mind the separate beer and food lines.  7.7 mi

Stone Brewing Company
Which Stone Brewing Company location should you visit? Stone has 2 locations downtown, and one in the Airport!

Ballast Point
Another San Diego icon is Ballast Point.  The closest taproom is in Little Italy – there is a fun atmosphere and I recommend the pretzel bites with beer cheese (yep). 1.6mi

Beer / Cocktail Bars

Gaslamp/Downtown Restaurants:

Bonus Points:

Mikkeler: Worth a trip to La Jolla, do not attempt during rush hour

Green Flash – Tap room in Mira Mesa pours Green Flash as well as Alpine Brewing Co, usually a food truck outside.  My favorite tour in San Diego.  If you are up here, Rough Draft, St. Archer, and Ballast Point have taprooms in this hood.

PS: don’t miss –if you see these on the tap list, do try!

Mike Hess
Societe Brewing Co.
Mason Aleworks


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