Main Tap Tavern
Densely populated with beer-swilling denizens, El Cajon might be equally stocked with craft-beer spots. Alas, it’s a virtual wasteland of macrobrew dives — with this single sterling exception. Equipped with 24 taps — most devoted to local liquid refreshment, but all siphoning out fine craft beer—Main Tap has swung for the fences since opening three years ago. Casks, an expensive rarity for most bars, are a Wednesday-evening amenity here. They’re always local, and recent cask-conditioned offerings have included Coronado Brewing Company Stoopid Stout, with cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, and mint leaves; and Airdale Altitude American pale ale with Citra hops. Live music on weekends offers another reason to take a ride out I-8. A place like this shouldn’t stay secret.
— Brandon Hernández