California Breweries – Your Guide to Craft Breweries in California

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California BreweriesCalifornia breweries are located throughout the state. There are over 900 breweries in California. This is more than any other state.

More than 49,000 Californians are employed by breweries. The overwhelming majority of breweries in the state are craft breweries. These are independently owned establishments with small productions that focus on quality.

california breweriesCalifornia is credited with being the birthplace of American craft beer. Memorable moments in the history of beer making in the state include:

  • 1965 – Fritz Maytag purchases a failing brewery and turns it into a successful craft brewery, Anchor Brewing.
  • 1977 – Jack McAuliffe launched the first modernized microbrewery in the United States, New Albion Brewery in Sonoma.
  • 1980 – Ken Grossman started the highly acclaimed Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico.
  • 1983 – Mendocino Brewing opened the first brewpub in the state at Hopland.

Today there are more than 900 breweries in California and the number continues to climb. Most offer beer for sale. Quite a few also provide food. Some even provide live entertainment or tours. Take time to explore these establishments as you travel throughout the state.


This guide includes California breweries in San Francisco, Northern California, Central California, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe.


Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco
Sip award-winning craft beers at locations within the city of San Francisco and the extended San Francisco Bay Area as well.

San Francisco Beer Week is celebrated annually each February. It’s a week-long celebration of craft beer that includes seminars, tastings, beer dinners, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over the Bay Area.


Redwood Forest
Northern California
The craft beer movement began in Northern California. You’ll find fabulous brews along the Northern Coast, the Central Valley, and in small towns throughout the northern part of the state.

So many outstanding beers are waiting – drink your way through Northern California!


Monterey Pacific Ocean
Central Coast
What can be better than enjoying a glass of amazing brews while experiencing the gorgeous scenery of the Central Coast? Learn about breweries in and around San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Santa Cruz.


San Diego sunset
San Diego
Not only does San Diego have great weather; it has fabulous beer as well. And lots of it! There are more than 125 craft breweries producing brew in San Diego County. This is more than any other region in the United States. It’s also why San Diego is known as a “beer city”. It’s a great place to be if you love beer!


Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the most amazing setting. This beautifully clear mountain lake offers so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the year. Discover some artisan beers to help you soak up the beauty of the great outdoors.


Sacramento bridge
Sacramento Breweries
There are more than 60 craft breweries in the Sacramento area. The number has rapidly been growing over the past few years. Sacramento’s reputation for producing quality brew is increasing as well. Sacramento Beer Week celebrates the local beer scene each May with a wide range of fun activities for beer drinke


Los Angeles
Los Angeles SkylineThe craft beer scene is booming in Los Angeles. An increasing number of new breweries have opened up. Many well known breweries from other areas have also opened up establishments in the area. Discover the best places to taste quality beer in Los Angeles.


If you have been to any of the California Breweries, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear about your experiences.


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