Sun, sand, and suds are an iconic combination. Here are five of America's top hops-loving spots by the sea.
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"Summer all year long" is the motto here. The brew pub exudes a Baja vibe of sun-baked bricks, glazed tiles, tropical plants, and serape-inspired booth benches. Coronado Brewing Company specializes in West Coast--style ales, but also produces pilsner, stout, and Belgian-style wheat beer. With its distinctive pine and citrus tones, Islander IPA is the brewery flagship, but the offbeat brews are no slouch. Black Sails Ale boasts a more spicy, roasted flavor. Watch your consumption of the chocolatey Stupid Stout, which has 9 percent alcohol by volume. (Mainstream beers run 4 to 6 percent ABV.) The menu also travels south of the border with dishes like carnitas (pork) quesadillas and green chili-jalapeño hummus;