California Breweries to Visit

15 California Breweries You Should Definitely Visit

From San Diego to San Francisco, California has no shortage of great breweries. But if your time in the Golden State is limited, these must-visit California breweries are definitely worth a trip.

AleSmith Brewing

When in San Diego, AleSmith Brewing is a must! In 2014, they were voted Best Brewery in the World (and logically, Best Brewery in California) on ratebeer.com. If that doesn’t say it all, then we don’t know what does! AleSmith Brewing is one of the best California breweries. 
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126
www.alesmith.com
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Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Brewing Company is where craft brewing all began in America. Drink from the brewery that served the miners during the California gold rush. Anchor Brewing isn’t just one of the best breweries in California, it’s the oldest in the US!
1705 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-863-8350
www.anchorbrewing.com
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BarreHouse Brewing Co--a favorite California brewery

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BarrelHouse Brewing Company

BarrelHouse Brewing Company’s motto is “Good People, Good Times, and Great Beer” and they consistently deliver all three. BarrelHouse Brewing is a friendly place and a great beer-escape in the middle of San Luis Obispo County’s wine country. If you want to visit authentic California breweries, then this is one not to miss. 
3055 Limestone Way
Paso Robles, CA 93446
805-296-1128
www.barrelhousebrewing.com
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Ballast Point Brewing Company

If you love your craft beer, then you know no tour of the California breweries is complete without a stop at Ballast Point Brewing Company. With a mighty presence in California, you can find Ballast tasting rooms and beer marts in Temecula, San Diego, and Long Beach. Though the brewery is in San Diego, there’s nothing quite like drinking a beer on the patio overlooking the water at their Long Beach tasting room.
110 Marina Dr
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 296-4470
10051 Old Grove Rd
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 695-2739
www.ballastpoint.com
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The Bruery

When your family’s surname rhymes with “brew” perhaps you’re just destined to start a brewery…and call it The Bruery. At The Bruery, you’ll find interesting brews inspired by the flavors of global cuisines. If you’re adventurous when it comes to eating and drinking–and pineapple, brown sugar, lavender, and raspberry jam all sound like beer possibilities–then stop over at The Bruery when on your California brewery trip.
717 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870
714-996-6258
www.thebruery.com
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Cellarmaker Brewery Co

This small, intimate place is the perfect neighborhood brewery. Buzzing with a very local vibe, visit Cellarmaker to get an authentic taste of the unadulterated San Francisco craft beer scene. If you want to visit unique California breweries, this little gem will make your heart happy.  
1150 Howard St (between 7th & 8th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-863-3940
www.cellarmakerbrewing.com
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El Segundo Brewing Co

You’ll find this California brewery not far from Manhattan Beach. If you like hoppy brews, then El Segundo has to be on your list. IPAs are their speciality, and their flagship IPA, Blue House is a favorite for many. If you’re not into IPAs, then try their stouts or El Segundo Smokey Hollow.  
140 Main St
El Segundo, CA90245
310-529-3882
www.elsegundobrewing.com
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Green Flash Brewing Company

Want to take a brewery tour? Green Flash Brewing Company is a great place to get a glimpse of the magic. After the tour, you can hang out in the spacious 4,000 square foot tasting room or in the beer garden. Green Flash has thirty taps so everyone in your group should find something they like.
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92121
858-622-0085
www.greenflashbrew.com
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Lagunitas Brewery -- One of the best California breweries

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Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company has that chilled out, laid back ambiance that a brewery should. Bring your dog, listen to some great music, and enjoy some great beers. Lagunitas is a wonderful choice for the perfect weekend at a California brewery.
1280 North McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, Calif. 94954
707-769-4495
www.lagunitas.com
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Noble Ale Works is one of the greatest breweries in California

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Noble Ale Works

Noble Ale Works is a California brewery for true beer lovers. They pride themselves on creativity and rightfully so. Always brewing up something new and interesting, people come here for the beer. The only drawback is that it can get pretty crowded–but with beer like their’s, it’s no wonder why.
1621 S Sinclair St
Anaheim, CA 92806
714-634-2739
www.noblealeworks.com
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Russian River Brewing Co

Russian River Brewing Company is one California brewery with a great selection of beers and great food. Their calzones and pizza both come highly recommended. And as for beers? Consecration is a favorite for people who love a good sour beer and Pliny the Younger a great triple IPA.
725 4th St
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-545-2337
www.russianriverbrewing.com
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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Sante Adairius focuses on rustic, ‘old world’ brews. While they may take tradition seriously, that doesn’t mean they haven’t come up with some unique new stuff. Sante Adairius is a California brewery that draws upon not only the art of brewing, but also the art of winemaking in order to come up with some totally remarkable beers.
103 Kennedy Dr
Capitola, CA 95010
831-462-1227
www.rusticales.com
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Sierra Nevada is a must-visit California brewery

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a brewery experience that won’t disappoint, a visit to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is the place to be. Try the Barrel-Aged Bigfoot, Kellerweis, and Nooner Pilsner. Though Sierra Nevada is originally a California brewery, they’ve now expanded to North Carolina as well. Once you visit, you’ll understand why it’s on our list of must visit California breweries.
1075 East 20th St
Chico, CA 95928
530-893-3520
www.sierranevada.com
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Stone Brewing Company

BeerAdvocate Magazine called Stone Brewing Company not just one of the best California breweries, but an “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth”. If your brewery travels are limited to this galaxy, well then, you have to visit Stone Brewing Company.
1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029
760-294-7899
www.stonebrewing.com
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Track Seven Brewing Company

Two families decided they needed an outlet for all their creative energy and thus Track Seven Brewing Company was born. Close to the old Western Pacific railroad tracks, Track Seven offers a bit of local history alongside its infamous brews.
3747 W Pacific Ave
Sacramento, CA 95820
916-520-4677
www.track7brewing.com
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California is a beer lover’s dream. While these are some of our must visit California breweries, we know there are a ton more that are super awesome.

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