San Diego has always been so much more than sandy beaches and sunshine.

Locals know that our many distinct neighborhoods and the personalities who inhabit them foster a thriving culture of creativity. We are proud to be able to work with many of these folks, from displaying a rotating gallery of art and photography in our Tasting Room to our Arts and Amps series, showcasing our favorite local bands alongside a diverse array of artwork.

Supporting San Diego Artists

Cohort Collective has been an integral part of our Arts and Amps series over the years,  bringing  vibrant and engaging murals to life during the events. Their work is displayed throughout the year, adding an ever changing splash of color to the beer garden in our Tasting Room.

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Creative Souls on the West Coast emerged in 2017 with the goal of bringing attention to local San Diego makers, creators, and artists through pop-up events around town. We love the work they do and have used Arts and Amps as a platform to give a number of their artists the spotlight through gallery shows during the events. They’re constantly bringing in unique work from all across the city and have become one of our favorite collaborators.

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A Red Trolley Show

Our love for the aural arts comes alive with “A Red Trolley Show”, a series of impromptu performances for unexpected travelers aboard the MTS Trolley. The award-winning series is a partnership between Karl Strauss and Rowlbertos Media, featuring local acts as well as international touring bands.

Below you’ll find a few of our favorite episodes and artists but there’s a ton more over on the Red Trolley Show YouTube page. Subscribe for the latest episodes and updates.

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Surfer Blood – Frozen

Straight outta West Palm Beach FL, Surfer Blood puts on a harmonizing clinic performing their latest single “Frozen” while recently stopping by San Diego on the west coast leg of their 2017 tour.

David Duchovny – Another Year

David Duchovny was awesome enough to grab his band and join us for A Red Trolley Show while on tour in San Diego. What a fun performance! Even the MTS police had to come and check it out.

Less Than Jake – Good Enough

We caught up with Less Than Jake during the San Diego stop of Vans Warped Tour and, of course, they were a ton of fun on the trolley performing their song “Good Enough”! Hello Rockview is the best ska record of all time.

Anthony Green – Will It Be

Anthony Green (Circa Survive/Saosin) joins us  while on the Pixie Queen tour and performs his song “Will It Be” for a few lucky commuters.

The Wombats – Give Me A Try 

Liverpool, UK band The Wombats hopped on board and performed their new song “Give Me A Try” for a crowd of unsuspecting commuters.

Matthew Logan Vasquez – Everything I Do Is Out

Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit rolled through San Diego on his solo spring tour and hopped on the trolley and belted out this acoustic version of “Everything I Do Is Out” for a couple of early evening commuters!

Anti-Flag – Brandenburg Gate

Punk rock icons, Anti-Flag, joined us in San Diego and performed a kick ass acoustic version of their song “Brandenburg Gate” for their episode of A Red Trolley Show.

Pepper – Vacation

Pepper hails from Kona, Hawaii but have declared San Diego their second home. The boys put on a great trolley set for some lucky fans and confirmed their undying love for SD Mexican food which cemented their place in our hearts forever.

Kaleo – Automobile

All the way from Mosfellsbær, Iceland, Kaleo joins us in San Diego for our very first 100% GoPro Red Trolley Show! Here they are performing their song “Automobile”

Coin – Run 

New band out of Nashville, Coin, joined us on the San Diego trolley for a live performance of their song “Run” while on tour with Passion Pit.

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