Sacramento Breweries – Where to Go for the Best Handcrafted Beer in Sacramento

Sacramento Breweries The number of Sacramento Breweries has rapidly been growing over the past few years. There are now more than 30 craft breweries in the Sacramento area. Sacramento’s reputation for producing quality brew is increasing as well.

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Best Sacramento Breweries

Big Sexy Brewing Company
Address: 5861 88th St #800, Sacramento, CA 95828
Telephone: (916) 374-7332
Open Wed.-Thurs. 2-8PM; Fri. 2-9PM; Sat. Noon-8PM; Sun. Noon-6PM
This brewery is both kid and dog friendly. They usually have live music and a food truck on Fridays and often on Saturdays as well.

Sacramento BreweriesBig Stump Brewing Company
Address: 1716 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Telephone: (916) 668-7433
Open Mon.-Wed. 3-10PM; Thurs. Noon-11PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-Midnight; Sun. Noon-10PM
This brewery is a sour beer brewery located in the heart of Sacramento’s Midtown area.

Bike Dog Brewing Company
Address: 2534 Industrial Blvd #110, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Telephone: (916) 572-0788
Open Thurs.-Fri. 4-9PM; Sat. Noon-9PM; Sun Noon-6PM
A second location has opened at 915 Broadway. Play corn hole, Skee Ball, or card games. Both locations are kid and dog friendly.

Capitol Beer and Taproom
Address: 2222 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95825
Telephone: (916) 922-1745
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11AM-10PM Fri.-Sat. 11AM – Midnight; Sun. 11AM-9PM
This establishment combines a twenty tap craft beer bar with a beer bottle shop. Check out their amazing selection!

Flight of BeersClaimstake Brewing Company
Address: 11366 Monier Park Pl, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Telephone: (916) 661-5249
Open Wed.-Thurs. 4PM-8PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-8PM; Sun. Noon-6PM
Enjoy small batches of craft beer.

Device Brewing Company
Address: 8166 14th Ave Ste. A, Sacramento, CA 95826
Telephone: (916) 737-2739
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-9PM; Fri.-Sun. Noon-9PM
Enjoy premium handcrafted beer. This brewery is both kid and dog friendly. Outside food is welcome and a food truck is parked nearby.

Dunloe Brewing
Address: 1606 Olive Dr., Davis, CA 95616
Telephone: 530) 231-3502
Open Thurs.-Sat. 4-8PM; Sun. 2-6PM
This is a small brewery located in Davis. They offer a rotating selection of quality beer.

Dreaming Dog Brewery
Address: 2501 W Taron Ct, Elk Grove, CA 95757
Telephone: (916) 714-2735
Open Thurs. 4-9PM; Fri. 4-10PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-9PM; Mon. 4-9PM
Dreaming Dog Brewery offers English and Belgian-style beers, games, entertainment, and a 2,000-square-foot taproom.

Beer GlassesFieldwork Brewing Company
Address: 1805 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811
Telephone: (916) 329-8367
Open Sun.-Thurs.11AM-10PM; Fri.-Sun.11AM-11PM
Fieldwork’s Sacramento Taproom is located in Sacramento’s popular Midtown area. Enjoy an ever-changing tap list of fresh releases. The Taproom also offers delicious sandwiches.

Flatland Brewing Company
Address: 9183 Survey Rd #104, Elk Grove, CA 95624
Open Thurs.-Fri.3-9PM; Sat. Noon-9PM; Sun. Noon-6PM
Experience unique handcrafted beers. Like most Sacramento breweries, food trucks are available.

Fountainhead Brewing Company
Address: 4621 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95822
Telephone: (916) 228-4610
Open Mon. 3-9PM; Thurs.-Fri. 3-9PM; Sat. Noon-9PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
Enjoy beers on tap. Food trucks available nearby.

Fort Rock Brewing
Address: 12401 Folsom Blvd Ste 110, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Telephone: (916) 936-4616
Open daily 11AM – 11PM
Enjoy great beer in the Historic Nimbus Winery Building. You may bring in food. Small plate menus are available from either the Spaghetti Factory or Cattlemen’s Steak House. This brewery is both dog and kid family.

Hoppy Brewing Company
Address: 6300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819
Telephone: (916) 451-4677
Open Mon.-Fri. at 11AM; Weekends 10AM. Closing time is Midnight on Sun.-Wed. and 1AM on Thurs.-Sat.
This is a brew pub where you can drink quality beer and dine as well. Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner. Wine is also available.

Cheers to BeerJackrabbit Brewing
Address: 1323 Terminal St, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Telephone: (916) 873-8659
Open Wed.3-8PM; Thurs.-Fri.3-9PM; Sat. 11AM-9PM; Sun. 1-7PM
Jackrabbit produces full flavored, balanced beers using a 5-barrel brewing system. It’s kid, dog, and bike friendly. Check out their website for their schedule of events: trivia nights, move nights, and live music. Food truck nearby.

Karma Brew
Address: 1530 16th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 917-5555
Open Sun.-Tues. Noon-Midnight; Wed.-Sat. 2PM-2AM
Hang out at Karma for beer, wine, and tapas.

King Cong Brewing Company
Address: 1709 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Telephone: (916) 514-8041
This is Sacramento’s newest brewery and beer drinkers have been raving about the beer. Give them a call to see what their hours are.

New Glory Craft Brewery
Address: 8251 Alpine Ave, Sacramento, CA 95826
Telephone: (916) 451-9355
Open Mon.-Wed. 2-9PM; Thurs.-Fri. 2-10PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
Brewery & taproom selling seasonal & year-round beers by the pint or growler, with guided tours.

New Helvetia Brewing Company
Address: 1730 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818
Telephone: (916) 469-9889
Open Mon. 4-9PM; Wed.-Thurs. 4-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-11PM; Sun. Noon-9PM
The brewhouse consists of a mid-1990s vintage copper-clad 10 BBL Bohemian Pub System. Like most Sacramento breweries, food is not available but there is usually a food truck nearby. Dog friendly! There’s both an indoor and an outdoor patio.

mug of beerOak Park Brewing Company
Address: 3514 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95817
Telephone: (916) 660-2723
Open Mon. 4-10PM; Tues.-Wed.11:30-10PM: Thurs. 11:30-11PM; Fri.11:30-11PM; Sat. 11-11PM; Sun. 11-10PM
Chill brewpub with local art, artisanal ales & small plates, plus weekend brunch & an outdoor patio.

Old Hangtown Beerworks
Address: 11327 Trade Center Dr., Ste 350, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Telephone: (530) 919-5166
Call to verify the hours.

Out of Bounds Brewing Company
Address: 4480 Yankee Hill Rd #100, Rocklin, CA 95677
Telephone: (916) 259-1511
Open Tues/Wed 4-9pm, Thurs 4-10pm, Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-8pm
Out of Bounds Brewing Company has built a reputation for innovative handcrafted ales. Enjoy 10-12 beers on tap, growler fills, bottle/can sales and routine food truck service.

Porchlight Brewing
Address: 866 57th St., Sacramento, CA 95819
Telephone: Phone number (916) 476-5384
Open Mon.-Thurs.4-9PM; Fri. 3:30-10PM; Sat. 11AM-10PM; Sun. 11AM-9PM
Producing craft beer with a kid and dog friendly tasting room. They don’t serve food but a food truck is nearby. Check out their Facebook Page for schedule of local bands.

Toasting with BeerRiver City Brewing Company
Address: 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd Suite G, Carmichael, CA 95608
Telephone: (916) 550-5093
Open Min.-Thurs. 11:30AM-9PM; Fri.-Sat.11:30-10PM; Sun. 11:30-8PM
This brewpub is located in the Milagro Center in Carmichael. They produce a variety of craft beers and also serve food. Kid friendly!

SacTown Union Brewery
Address: 1210 66th St B, Sacramento, CA 95819
Telephone: (916) 272-4472
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4-10PM; Fri. 2-11PM; Sat. Noon-11PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
They produce a variety of handcrafted quality beers. No food is served but you can order food from nearby restaurants. Tours are available by reservation. Like most Sacramento breweries, they are did and dog friendly.

Super Owl Brewing
Address: 1260 Lake Blvd., Davis, CA 95616
Phone number (530) 746-5992
Open Wed.-Fri.4-9PM; Sat. Noon-9PM
This taproom offers a variety of beer on tap, including big, bold IPAs, subtle milds, robust stouts, and seasonal saisons and wheat beers. Food is not served, but you can bring in food from outside and there are restaurants nearby. Kid friendly!

The Monk’s Cellar
Address: 240 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678
Telephone: (916) 786-6665
Open Sun. 10AM-9PM; Mon. 3-10PM; Tues.-Thurs. 11AM-10PM; Fri.-Sat.11AM-11PM
The unique thing about The Monk’s Cellar is that they use the age-old open fermentation vats. These open fermenters allow the yeast to breath and do their magic without the stresses found in some closed fermentation systems. They do serve food and they’re kid friendly.

Three Mile Brewing Company
Address: 231 G St #3, Davis, CA 95616
Telephone: (530) 564-4351
Open Wed-Fri 3pm – 10pm, Sat 12pm – 10pm, Sun 12pm – 8pm
Three Mile Brewing produces small batch craft beers that are distinctive and vary with seasons and availability of fresh, local ingredients.

craft beerTilted Mash Brewing
Address: 9175 Union Park Way, Elk Grove, CA 95624
Telephone: 916) 714-6274
Open Mon.3-8PM; Wed. 3-8PM; Thurs.3-9PM; Fri. 3-10PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. 1-6PM
Tilted Mash Brewing is an Nano-Brewery located in Elk Grove. They specialize in producing quality local craft ales and lagers.

Track 7 Brewing Company
Address: 3747 W Pacific Ave F, Sacramento, CA 95820
Telephone: (916) 520-4677
Track 7 has a second location in the Natomas area at 626 Professor Lane. Watch beer being made as you drink a pint of your favorite beer at either location. They offer six high quality beers on tap. Tap rooms usually have food trucks outside. They are both kid friendly and dog friendly. Check their website for upcoming events such as trivia, paint nights, and bingo.

Waterman Brewing Company
Address: 9824 Dino Dr #150, Elk Grove, CA 95624
Telephone: (916) 714-2337
Open Mon.-Thurs.3-8PM; Fri.3-9PM; Sat. 2-9PM; Sun.1-8PM
This is a 10-barrel brewhouse producing quality brews. Like most Sacramento breweries, they do not serve food, but a food truck is nearby. They also offer live music, trivia nights, comedy nights, NFL football, jam nights, and games.

Yolo Brewing Company
Address: 1520 Terminal St, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Telephone: (916) 379-7585
Open Tues.-Wed.4-9PM; Thurs. 3-9PM; Fri. 3-10PM; Sat. 11AM-10PM; Sun. 11AM-6PM
Yolo Brewing has 8 different brews available throughout the year as well as seasonal and limited release brews. They are kid and dog friendly. They do not serve food, but a food truck is nearby. There’s live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Check their website for special events such as trivia and karaoke.


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Have you visited the wineries of the Sierra Foothills yet?

Amador County VineyardPlan a visit to the Sierra Foothills soon. There are world class wineries producing incredible wines in nearby counties of Amador, El Dorado, and Nevada. Enjoy mountain scenery and fresh mountain air along with friendly wine tasting rooms and delicious wines.

Your Guide to the wineries of the Sierra Foothills

Los Angeles Breweries – Taste the Best Craft Beer in LA

Los Angeles breweriesThe craft beer scene is booming in Los Angeles. New Los Angeles breweries producing handcrafted brews have opened their doors.

Many well known breweries from other areas have opened locations in Los Angeles. Check out the top breweries in LA for discovering quality handcrafted beer.

Top Los Angeles Breweries

Angel City Brewery
Address: 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: (213) 622-1261
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4PM-1AM; Fri. 4PM-2AM; Sat. Noon-2AM; Sun. Noon-1AM
Enjoy great craft beer at this brewery. Tours are available daily. Food is available at the brewery from a food truck. The food truck schedule is on their website.
You can also bring in food or have food delivered to the brewery.

Toasting with BeerArts District Brewing
Address: 828 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Open Mon.-Wed. 3PM-Midnight; Thurs. 3PM-1AM; Fri. 3PM-2AM; Sat. Noon-2
AM; Sun. Noon-Midnight
This popular craft brewpub offers great beer, large bar area and outdoor patio, and an entertainment area. Play bar games, pinball, and skeeball. A full food menu is available.

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Address: 210 E 3rd St., Long Beach, CA
Telephone: (562) 436-4020
Open Tues.-Sun. 11:30AM-10PM
Beachwood’s offers 22 rotating beers from around the world. It’s the place to go to taste something new and different. They have a full menu of delicious BBQ food as well. Check out their schedule for live entertainment.

Beer Belly Long Beach
Address: 255 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Telephone: (562) 436-2337
Open Mon. 5-11PM; Wed.-Thurs. 5PM-Midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11:30AM-1AM; Sun. 11:30AM – 11PM
Enjoy craft beer as well as food. Happy hour specials weekdays 5-7 PM and Sundays 3-7 PM.

Woman drinking beerBoomtown Brewery
Address: 700 Jackson St., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 617-8497
Open: Mon-Tue: 4p-10pm Wed: 4pm-11pm Thur: 4pm-12am Fri: 3pm-2am Sat: 12pm-2am Sun: 12pm-10pm.
Taste a variety of seasonal and permanent craft beers.

Brewyard Brewing Company
Address: 906 Western Ave., Glendale, CA
(818) 409-9448
Open Wed.-Fri. 4:30-11PM; Sat. 1-11PM; Sun. 1-6PM
Brewyard specializes in a new category of Lagers known as “Common” Lagers. It’s a beer that is fermented with lager yeast at higher ale-like temperatures for shorter periods of time and completely skips the lagering process. This brewing technique allows for a flavor similar to an ale but it still retains a lighter finish of a traditional Lager.

Brouwerij West
Address: 110 E 22nd St., San Pedro, CA
Telephone: (310) 833-9330
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4-9PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-9PM
Food trucks are available. Pets are allowed on leashes. Taste the great beers produced on the premises. Seating is available indoors or outside.

craft beerButton Mash
Address: 1391 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 250-9903
Open Tues.-Thurs. 5PM-Midnight; Fri. 5PM-2AM; Sat. 4PM-2AM; Sun. 4PM-Midnight
Come for the great beer. Also enjoy the food and games. There are arcade and pinball machines to play.

Eagle Rock Brewery
Address: : 3056 Roswell St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Telephone: (323) 257-7866
Open Tues.-Fri. 4PM-10PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
This family owned and operated brewery is dedicated to producing high quality microbrews. They do not sale food in their taproom, but there are food trucks just outside.

Firestone Walker
Address: 3205 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Telephone: (310) 439-8264
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11AM – 11PM; Fri.-Sat. 11AM – Midnight; Sun. 10AM – 11PM
Taproom and brewhouse by the beach. This is one of the Los Angeles breweries that also has a restaurant with food geared for beer. Some of the beers are brewed next-door at the Venice brewery while others are from their Central Coast location.

mug of beerFrogtown Brewery
Address: 2931 Gilroy St., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Telephone: (323) 452-2739
Open Wed.-Fri. 5PM-10PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
Frog town currently has eight different styles of beer on draft with seasonal and experimental beers constantly in rotation. Food is not served, but there are food trucks and delivery options from local restaurants.

Golden Road Brewing
Address: 5410 W San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Telephone: (213) 373-4677
Open daily 8AM-10PM
Golden Road produces a variety of canned beers. They use high-quality, dual-lined cans. They give free tours nails and also offer a tasting tour. Food is available. This is a large establishment. There’s a patio, a game room and a room with television. Plenty of room for everyone!

Highland Park Brewery
Address: 5127 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Open Mon.-Thurs. Noon-2AM; Fri.-Sun. Noon – 2AM
16 beers are available on tap. A rotating list of wines are available by the glass. There’s a full menu of food.

Los Angeles BreweriesIron Triangle Brewing Company
Address: 1581 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Telephone: (323) 364-4415
Open Mon.-Thurs. 5-10PM; Fri. 4PM-1AM; Sat. Noon-1AM; Sun. Noon-10PM
Enjoy craft beer. Food is available to be delivered from local restaurants. This is a fun brewery in the Arts District.

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Address: 1001 N Todd Ave, Azusa, CA 91702
Telephone: (213)-444-8542
Open Wed.-Thurs. 5PM-9PM; Fri. 4-10PM; Sat. 3-10PM; Sun. 3-8PM
Laguintas Brewing Company got its start in Sonoma County. It was founded in Lagunitas and moved to Petaluma. It’s one of the best selling beer companies in the United States. They also have a location in Chicago. Heineken International has purchased this brewery. The Azusa location is new. Check out their website for a calendar of upcoming events.

Los Angeles Aleworks
Address: 12918 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne, CA
Telephone: (424) 456-4191
Sip beer and enjoy a meal or snack from one of the rotating food trucks.

Mega Bodega
Address: 001 S Broadway., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 741-0338
Coffeeshop and beer garden.

Mikkeller Bar
Address: 330 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 596-9005
Open Mon.-Wed. 5PM-Midnight; Thurs.-Fri. 5PM-2AM; Sat. 10AM-2AM; Sun. 10AM-Midnight
Mikkeller is a beer bar with a great selection of craft beers. This is one of the Los Angeles breweries that also serves a full menu of food. There a second Mikkeller Bar located in San Francisco.

BeerMumford Brewing
Address: 416 Boyd St., Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 346-9970
Open Tues.-Thurs. 4-9PM; Fri. 2-9PM; Sat. Noon-9PM; Sun. Noon-7PM
Enjoy handcrafted beer. You are welcome to bring you own snacks or order food for nearby restaurants.

Simmzy’s Burbank
Address: 3000 W Olive Ave., Burbank, CA
Telephone: (818) 962-2500
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11AM-11PM; Fri. 11AM – Midnight; Sat. 10AM-Midnight; Sun. 1AM-11PM
This is the place to come for great beer! Simmzy’s is a local pub that also sells artisan food and small production wines.

Smog City Brewing
Address: 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA
Telephone: (310) 320-7664
Open Tues.-Thurs. 3-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-8PM
This family run craft brewer produces exceptional beer. Tours of the brewery are available.

Glass of Craft BeerSunset Beer Company
Address: 1498 W Sunset Blvd Ste 3, Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 481-2337
Open Mon.-Thurs. 4-11PM; Fri.-Sat. 2PM – Midnight; Sun. 1-10PM
Enjoy beer tasting and bottles to go.

The Stalking Horse Brewery and Freehouse

Address: 10543 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: (424) 832-7511
Open Mon.-Wed. 11:30AM-1AM; Thurs.-Fri.11:30AM-2AM; Sat. 10AM-2AM; Sun. 10AM-1AM
The Stalking Horse Brewery and Freehouse combines traditional Cornish fare with an onsite craft brewery. This is one of the Los Angeles breweries with a restaurant. A rotating assortment of beers, plus a full bar and pub menu offer visitors a place to relax and dine.

Three Weavers Brewing Company
Address: 1031 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301
Telephone: (310) 400-5830
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3PM-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-Midnight; Sun. Noon-10PM
This brewery is located in an industrial area in Inglewood. Last amazing craft beers. Order food to be delivered from local restaurants. Leashed dogs are allowed. Local artwork is displayed on the walls. Board games are available to play.

If you have been to any of these Los Angeles breweries, please leave a comment below to tell us about your experience.

Have you visited the Temecula Wineries Yet?

Ponte Winery Temecula

Ponte Winery – Temecula

You really should! There are more than 40 wineries all located within a short distance of each other. It’s just an 80 minute drive south from Los Angeles via I-10 or Highway 60. This is the largest wine region in the southern California. You’ll find unique wineries both large and small.

Your Guide to Temecula Wineries

California Breweries – Your Guide to Craft Breweries in California

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.

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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.

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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.

San Diego Breweries – Your Guide to the Best Beer

San Diego Breweries
San Diego is known as a beer town for a good reason: San Diego Breweries offer some of the best beer anywhere! More than sixty craft breweries are making award winning beer here. The beer scene in San Diego is quite active.

San Diego is one of the premier beer destinations in the United States.Beer lovers from all over visit the area to sample the special brews being produced. It’s easy to make a day or two of touring the best breweries. Some breweries focus strictly on the beer. Others have both beer and food.

The Best San Diego Breweries

San Diego BreweriesAlesmith Brewing Company
Address: 9990 AleSmith Court, San Diego
Telephone: (858) 549-9888
Open Mon.-Sat. 11-10 PM; Sun. 11-9 PM
Award-winning producer of handcrafted brews. Consistently outstanding beer. Free tours are available weekly. Call ahead for reservations. Kid friendly and dog friendly. Note: If you are a Padre fan, come see the Tony Gwynn Museum in this brewery.

Alpine Beer Company
2351 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA
Telephone: (619) 445-2337
Open Tues.-Sun. Noon – 7 PM
A small brewery producing quality beer. They have a pub located just 1/2 mile from the brewery at 1347 Tavern Road. The patio at the pub is dog friendly.

Amplified Ale Works
Address: 4150 Mission Blvd. #208, San Diego (Pacific Beach)
Telephone: (858) 270-5222
Open Mon – Wed: 11AM – 11PM; Thur. – Sat. 11AM – Midnight; Sun. 11AM – 11PM
The place to go to enjoy quality beer, Mediterranean-style food, and ocean views. Amplified Ale Works has a second location in the Miramar area of San Diego at 9030 Kenamar Drive #309San Diego. All of their beers are Gluten-Reduced with Clarity Ferm.

Automatic Brewing Company
Address: 3416 Adams Ave., San Diego
Telephone: (619) 544-0555
Open T-Th 5 PM – Midnight; Fri.-Sun. 11:30 – Midnight
Enjoy outstanding beer from Automatic Brewing Company along with great food at Blind Lady Ale House. This popular beer pub consistently wins awards for best pub in San Diego.

Aztec Brewing Company
2330 La Mirada Dr. Su. 300, Vista, CA
Open Mon.-Wed. 3-8 PM; Thurs. and Fri. 3-10 PM; Sat. 1-9; Sun. 1-7
Beers range from mild to strong and are produced with a variety of alcohol levels.

Backstreet Brewery
15 Main St., #B100, Vista, CA 92083
Telephone: (760 407-7600
This brewery has locations in Anaheim and Irvine.

Ballast Point Brewery San DiegoBallast Point Brewing Company
Address: 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 790-6900
Open Mon-Thur 11:00am-11:00pm; Fri & Sat 11:00am-12:00am; Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm
This brewery has seven locations total. In San Diego they have a brewery in Scripps Ranch and Little Italy. If you are interested in home brewing, this is the place to go. They sell supplies and can offer advice. Ballast Point offers a wide variety of quality beer.

Breakwater Brewing Company
101 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA
Telephone: (760) 433-6064
Breakwater serves pizza, their own special brews, as well as other local beers. Open for lunch and dinner.

Coronado BrewingCoronado Brewing Company
Address: 170 Orange Avenue, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 437-4452
Opens daily at 11 AM
Coronado Brewing has opened a location at 1205 Knoxville Street in San Diego. They’ve also opened a restaurant at in 875 Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach.

Green FlashGreen Flash Brewing Company
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego
Telephone: (858) 622-0085
Open Mon. -Wed. 3-9PM; Thurs. 3-10; Fri. noon-10; Sat. noon-9; Sun. noon-8
Green Flash is located in the Sorrento Valley area not far from I-805. Stop by and sample the outstanding beer from this San Diego brewery.

Hess Brewing Mike Hess Brewing
Address: 7955 Silverton Ave., Su. 1201, San Diego
Telephone: (619) 887-6453
Open Mon.-Thurs. 3-9 PM; Fri. and Sat. Noon – 10 PM; Sun. Noon-6PM
Hess Brewing is San Diego’s first licensed nano-brewery. It produces small, handcrafted batches of beer. It’s original location is off Miramar Rd. between 805 and 15. They now have locations in North Park and Oceanside.

Iron Fist Brewing Company
Address: 1305 Hot Spring Way #101, Vista, CA
Telephone: (760) 216-6500
Open Wed. 4PM – 9PM; Thurs. 3PM – 9PM; Fri. 3PM – 10PM:Sat. Noon – 10PM; Sun. 1-8PM
Iron Fist Brewing Company has a second tasting room at 1985 National Ave. #1132
San Diego. This is a family owned brewery specializing in hand crafted beer.

Karl Strauss
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Address: 5985 Santa Fe St., San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 273-2739
Karl Strauss has multiple locations in the San Diego area. The Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens in Sorrento Mesa is a gorgeous location for a wedding.

Latitude 33 Brewing Company
Address: 1430 Vantage Ct #104, Vista, CA
Open Mon.-Thur. 4-9pm Fri. 4-10:30PM; Sat. Noon-10PM; Sun. Noon-7PM
Enjoy exceptional craft beer at Latitude 33.

Mission Brewery
Address: 1441 L StreetSan Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 544-0555
One Sun.-Thurs. Noon-10PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon-Midnight
One of the first commercial San Diego breweries. This brewery opened in 1913, but closed during Prohibition. It reopened in 2007. Tours are available on the weekends. Enjoy a wide variety of high quality handcrafted beers.

Modern Times Beer
Address: 3725 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 546-9694
The main location is in the Point Loma area. There’s a second location at 3000 Upas St (corner of 30th & Upas) in the North Park area of San Diego. This is the place to enjoy high quality beer in a friendly atmosphere. They offer 32 beers on tap. While they do not sell food, you are welcome to bring in food.

Monkey Paw Brewing Company
Address: 805 16th St., San Diego
Telephone: (619) 358-9901
Open Mon.-Wed. Noon-Midnight; Thurs.-Sun. Noon-2AM
Serving lunch and dinner as well. This is the place to enjoy a well balanced handcrafted ale along with a juicy cheesesteak sandwich. They produce award-winning beer.

New EnglishNew English Brewing Company
Address: 11545 Sorrento Valley Rd. Su. 305, San Diego
Telephone: (619) 857-8023
Open Mon. – Thurs. 4-8 PM; Fri. 11:30AM-8:30PM; Sat.Noon – 7 PM
New English Brewing Company specializes in English style ales. They have won numerous wards for their beers.

Nickel Beer Company
Address: 1485 Hollow Glen Road, Julian, CA
Telephone: (760) 765-2337
Open Mon.-Thurs. 2-7:30PM; Fri. 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM; Sat. 11:AM – 8:30PM; Sun. 11AM-7:30PM
Enjoy an hour drive to the historic town of Julian for a country getaway. Explore the town and sample great crafted beer.

Pizza Port Brewing
Address: 135 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 90725
Telephone: (858) 481-7332
Open Sun – Thur: 11am – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 11am – midnight
Pizza Port Brewing is a chain of five family owned beer pubs. In addition to their Solana Beach location they also have beer pubs in Carlsbad, Ocean Beach, Brassi Ranch (Carlsbad), and Bottleship (Carlsbad). They offer great pizza along with award winning beer.

Quantum Brewing
Address: 5375 Kearny Villa Rd #116, San Diego, CA
Telephone: 5375 Kearny Villa Rd #116, San Diego, CA
Open Mon. – Thurs. Noon – 8PM; Fri.-Sat. Noon – 10PM; Sun. Noon – 6PM
The place to enjoy small bath, quality beer.

Reckless Brewing Company
Address: 9040 Carroll Way #6, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 876-7557
Open Wed.-Fri 4-10 PM; Sat. 3-10PM’ Sun. 2-8PM
Visit soon and enjoy a taster, pint or take home a growler. Their beers are only available at the brewery. It’s a place to relax and hang out. There’s darts and board games to play and make friends as sip beer.

Rip Current Brewing Company
Address: 1325 Grand Ave, Suite 100, San Marcos, CA
Telephone: (760) 481-3141
Open Mon. – Thurs. 3PM – 8PM; Fri. 3-9PM; Sat. Noon – 9PM; Sun. Noon – 7PM
Rip Current has a second tasting room in the North Park area of San Diego at 4101 30th Street. Owners Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe produce a variety of high quality beers.

San Diego Brewing Company
Address: 10450 Friars Rd. #L, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (619) 284=2739
Open Mon.-Thurs. 11 AM – Midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11 AM – 1 AM; Sun. 10 AM – 10 PM
San Diego Brewing offers a varied menu serving salads, burgers, and sandwiches for both lunch and dinner. They feature their own brews as well as other local beers. It’s the place to go for watching sports. They have 17 flat screen television and two very large projection screens.

Societe Brewing

Address: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA
Telephone: (858) 598-5409
Open Sun. – Thurs. Noon-9PM; Fri. – Sat. Noon – 10PM
Societe is known for its world class beer. Societe is both children and dog friendly. One of the San Diego breweries you must visit!

Stone Brewing Company
Address: 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido
Telephone: (760) 294-7866
Open daily 11 AM – 9 PM. They close at 10PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Stone Brewing is the largest of the San Diego breweries. Come sample the beer or enjoy lunch or dinner.

Stumblefoot Brewing Company
Address: 1784 La Costa Meadows Dr., San Marcos
Telephone: (760)510-9033
Open Thurs. 4-7 PM; Fri. 3-8 PM; Sat. Noon-6 PM
Visit their tasting room to sample their outstanding artisan crafted beers.

San Diego Wineries

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Guide to the Best Northern California Breweries

northern california breweriesFind the top northern California breweries. As you explore the world famous wineries of California, take time to experience the unique breweries producing some of the best beer in the world as well.

Breweries in Northern California range from small microbreweries to huge conglomerates such as Anheuser-Busch.

American River Brewing
Address: 11151 Trade Center Dr., Ste. 104, Rancho Cordova, CA
Telephone: 916-635-2537
One of the areas newest breweries, it’s located in an industrial warehouse near the American River. It’s open Wednesday through Friday 4-8 PM and Saturdays noon-5. This northern California brewery has quickly earned a reputation for producing outstanding beer!

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Address: 17700 Highway 253, Boonville,CA
Telephone: 707-895-2337
Taste world-class beers you won’t find outside of the Tap Room. Open daily. Tours are available; just make arrangements at the Tap Room. This is the only brewery with an 18 hole disc golf course right on the brewery grounds. So, be sure to pack your discs!

Budweiser Anheuser-Busch
Address: 3101 Busch Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534
Telephone: (707) 429-7595
This huge beer producer offers complimentary tours at its Budweiser plant in Fairfield, not far from the Napa Valley. See for yourself the step-by-step processes in the brewing and packaging of beer. Enjoy samples at the conclusion of the Anheuser Busch Brewery tour. If you are a beer connoisseur, you might want to sign up for their Beer School for an interactive experience in beer appreciation. All ages are invited on the tour, but you must be 21 or older to attend Beer School. Tours are available from 10 AM – 4 PM and reservations are not required. One of the Northern California Breweries everyone should visit at least once!

Bear Republic Brewery
Address: 345 Healdsburg Ave.,Healdsburg, CA
Telephone: 707-433-2337
This family owned brewery and restaurant is located in downtown Healdsburg, the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country.
Bear Republic is dedicated to bringing you fresh, never-filtered craft beer. Come enjoy their flagship IPA, Racer 5 or one of their specialty brewpub-only releases. Tours of this Northern California brewery are available on Saturdays by appointment.

Lagunitas Brewing CompanyLagunitas Brewing CompanyAddress: 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA
Telephone: 707-778-8776
Visit their taproom for fun, live music, munchies, and truly outstanding beer. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Free brewery tours at 3PM and 5 PM daily with an additional 1 PM tour available on weekends. One of the northern California breweries to put on your “must visit” list.

Mendocino Brewing Company
Address: 1252 Airport Park Blvd., Ukiah
Telephone: (707) 467-2337
Open daily with with special happy hour prices 4-6PM on weekdays. You’ll find a wide variety of beers on tap. Also enjoy the pool table, darts, large screen television, and free wifi. There are bar snacks available, but you are also welcome to bring in your own take-out.

Napa Smith Brewery
Address: 1 Executive Way, Napa, CA
Telephone: (707) 254-7167
This Napa brewery prides itself on producing beers that are “brewed for food”. These well balanced beers pair well with food, just as wines do. Open daily from 11 AM – 8 PM. Visit soon and enjoy a flight of 10 Napa Smith beers or order a pint or half pint. You’ll always find at least one beer that is only available at the brewery.

New Helvetia Brewing Company
Address: 1730 Broadway, Sacramento, CA
Telephone: 916-469-9889
Open Wednesday through Friday beginning at 4 PM and weekends at 1 PM. Enjoy craft beer in the tasting room or outdoors in the Courtyard Biergarten. This northern California brewery produces a wide variety of beer for you to enjoy.

North Coast BrewingNorth Coast Brewing Company
Address: N. Main St., Fort Bragg, CA
Telephone: 707-964-2739
Brewery Taproom bar and dining room is open at 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Brands produced by this award winning Mendocino County brewery include Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and Acme.

Rubicon Brewing Company
Address: 2004 Capitol Ave., Sacramento
Telephone: 916-448-7032
This is one of the northern California breweries that is open daily. They serve both food and beer. Award-winning beers include pale ales, amber brew, red ale, and an Irish dry stout. Rubicon also has several specialty beers you don’t want to miss!

Russian River BrewingRussian River Brewing Company
Address: 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, CA
Telephone: 707-545-2337
Russian River Brewing Company focuses on aggressively hopped California style ales, Belgian inspired ales, and barrel aged beers. This highly regarded Sonoma County brewery offers a full line up of ales and lagers for their pub and for limited distribution. Open daily with Happy Hour 4-6 PM weekdays and all day Sunday. Live music on Sundays and select Saturdays. Enjoy a meal that pairs well with each of he different style of beers. This is definitely a must-visit northern California brewery!

Sierra Nevada
Address: 1075 East 20th Street, Chico, CA
Telephone: 530-345-2739
Sierra Nevada is considered one of the earliest and most influential breweries and is credited with spawning the craft beer movement. Free tours are offered daily. Make reservations online or by telephone. Lunch and dinner are served in the Taproom along with 19 beers on tap. Stop by and experience what this legendary brewery has to offer!

Track Seven Brewing Company
Address: 3747 W. Pacific Ave., Ste. F Sacramento, CA
Telephone: (916) 520-4677
Track 7’s beer is produced in the firmly-hopped West Coast tradition but they focus on a wide variety of beer.
The Tap Room is open Wednesday through Sunday and both children and dogs are welcomed. Enjoy one of their 5 year-round beers or their special seasonal selection.

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