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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