A few weeks ago, we wrote about the history of the California Craft Beer movement as part of our series on California’s wine and beer venues. The nation-wide craft beer trend can actually be traced back to California and as such, there are many breweries that should be on everyone’s bucket list! As we mentioned in our blog, 54 years of the California Craft Beer Movement, the California Craft Brewers Association states that there are more than 980 craft breweries in the state as of January 2019. From top to bottom, we’ve picked out 3 must-visit California breweries.
Top 3 California Breweries From North to South
If you’re in Northern California, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is a must-see beer destination. Sierra Nevada is a household name and has been perfecting their beer since 1969. Their Chico location has a taproom with 20+ beers on tap and a family-friendly restaurant with food made from local ingredients including their estate garden. Chico also has numerous other attractions to keep tourists occupied.
In Central California, it is said that San Francisco is the true birthplace of craft beer. This makes it hard to narrow down to just one brewery to visit, but if we had to choose, we would visit 21st Amendment Brewery because of their seasonal beer options and the creative way a flight is delivered to your table – in a muffin tin! The San Francisco location also features a pub open 7 days a week with brunch served on the weekends.
Southern California has many treasures and San Diego is the location of many. The city has received national attention for having incredible breweries and has thus been dubbed “The Craft Beer Capital of America.” Our #1 brewery destination in San Diego is Pure Project Brewing because of the artistic approach they take to to their style of brewing and their globally sourced ingredients.
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