Benchmark Brewing Company makes what we like to call beer flavored beer®, it’s beer for beer’s sake, beer that’s made for food, it honors tradition and flavor, and belongs on your dining table or your back porch, it goes wherever and whenever you are - every day. “In a city awash with assertive West Coast IPAs, Benchmark is carefully crafting a world-class lineup of simple beers that challenge the palate — and the drinker — in very complex ways.” - Kyle Kastranec, Good Beer Hunting
Benchmark has won many awards since opening in 2013, most notably two medals from the Great American Beer Festival® in the Session Beer category for Oatmeal Stout, a gold in 2014 and silver in 2016. Oatmeal Stout was also recently recognized as the best locally produced year round beer in San Diego, taking the “Sore Eye Cup” in August of 2017.
We are currently distributed locally in San Diego County. Look for us on draft at your favorite restaurant, and in cans at your local bottle shop. Or join us at the source in one of our tasting rooms. Our HQ tasting room is located in Grantville, and our new off site Tasting Room is in Bay Park. Have a beer with us, or take some to go, we fill growlers and offer four packs of 16oz cans of our five core beers as well as a rotating selection of special release beers throughout the year. We welcome people of all ages, well supervised kids and dogs are always welcome. We do not have a kitchen so feel free to bring a picnic or to order some food for delivery.
Benchmark Brewing is all about delicious beer, beer flavored beer®, beer that we want to take home and drink. We are not about finding the next huge beer trend, or rare ingredient that can only be sourced in the mountains of Djibouti or the chasms of the Pacific Ocean. We want consistently awesome beer that you can rely on to be the gold standard of the style. Our year round beers are low in alcohol and high in flavor; we often find that it is nice to be able to enjoy a beer or two and keep your wits about you. We also know that there are times when a ten percent beer is just what you need to keep you warm at night; to that end we celebrate the seasons, months, weeks, or whatever we feel needs celebration with specialty releases that vary wildly in alcohol content and style. No matter the style or strength all Benchmark Beer will set the standard for its kind, join us for a glass!
Benchmark is owned and operated locally by the Akin Family. Matt Akin heads up Brewery operations, and Rachael Akin runs the creative and communication aspects of the business, both are San Diego natives. You can find Matt, Rachael, and even some of their parents behind one of our bars.
Our staff is made up of some amazing "brewery guys and gals" who are not only extremely knowledgeable on all things beer, they have come to feel like family.