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Old 12-07-2010, 11:56 AM  
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The complete list of craft brewers in CA

Hello all, whenever I travel I like to visit the local craft brewery and sometimes because they are so small their advertising or footprint is non-existent. I'd like to get a list together of as many of them as possible. Eventually I'll turn it into a Google maps app where you can pick an area and it will show you all the local craft breweries, brewpubs and great beer bars.

I'll update the first post periodically with the info from the thread and create links to their homepages.

Let me start with what I know or have been told to go visit. This list is inclusive! So any craft beer gets included. =)


Bear Republic Brewing


Brewbakers Brewing Company and Restaurant

Fort Bragg

North Coast Brewing Company


Lost Coast Brewery


Lagunitas Brewing
Dempseys (bar)


Hopmonk Tavern (bar)



Santa Rose

Russian River Brewery


Marin Brewing Company (brewpub)


Bears Lair Brewpub
Bison Brewing Co.
Jupiter (brewpub)
Pyramid Brewing (brewpub?)
Tripole Rock Brewery Ale House (brewpub)
Trumer Brauerei (brewpub)


Beer Revolution
Lindon Street Brewing
Pacific Coast Brewing Company (brewpub)

San Leandro

Drakes Brewery


Buffalo Bills Brewery

San Francisco

21st Amendment (brewpub)
Anchor Brewing Company
Beach Chalet Breweries & Restaurant (make their own beer?)
Cherry Voodoo (new!)
Gordon Biersch (brewpub)
Magnolia Pub & Brewery(brewpub)
Rouge Ale Public House (do they brew here or just serve?)
San Francisco Brewing Company (defunct?)
Social Kithcen (still operating?)
Speak Easy Ales and Lagers
Thirsty Beer (brewpub)


Steelhead Tap Room (brewpub)

Foster City

BJs Restaurant & Brewery


Devils Canyon Brewery

Palo Alto

Gordon Biersch (brewpub)
Mayfield Brewing Company
Firehouse Brewery (brewpub, East Palo Alto)

Mountain View

Tide House (brewpub)


Firehouse Brewery (brewpub)
Faultline Brewing Company (brewpub)


Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (brewpub)

San Jose

Gordon Biersch (brewpub)
San Jose Brewing Company

Los Gatos

Los Gatos Brewing Company

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Santa Cruz Ale Works
Seabright Brewery
Uncommon Brewers

Paso Robles

Firestone Walker Brewing

San Luis Obispo

Central Coast Brewing
Creekside Brewing Company
Downtown Brewing Co
SLO Brewing Company (still operating?)

Pismo Beach

Pismo Brewing Company

Santa Margarita

Dunbar Brewing (still operating?)


The Packinghouse Brewing Company

Santa Barbara

The Brewhouse (brewpub)

Los Angeles

Eagle Rock Brewery


Dale Bros. Brewery
Old Baldy Brewing Company


Stone Brewing


Barley & Hops

Huntington Beach



The Bruery



San Clemente

Pizza Port Brewing Company (brew pub?)

San Diego

Ale Smith Brewing Company
Alpine Brewing Company
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Backstreet Brewery
Breakwater Brewing Co
The Brew House at EastLake
Green Flash Brewing
Karl Strauss Breweries
La Jola Brew House (brewpub)
Lightning Brewery
The Lost Abbey
Mother Earth Brew Company
Oceanside Aleworks
Oggi's Brewing Company
Port Brewing Company
San Diego Brewing Company
San Marcos Brewery

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:41 AM  
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Allow me to point you to the beer mapping project!

The Beer Mapping Project

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:02 PM  
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That's awesome but it doesn't solve my problem as how to find the places that only locals know about. I'm looking at the tools part now to see how data is add/read from their db.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:57 PM  
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You forgot about Mammoth Brewing. they are off HWY 395 and are considered a Craft Brewer. They have one tasty Double IPA.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:44 AM  
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In San Diego there's Rock Bottom and Hess Brewing. In Santee is Manzanita Brewing. Iron Fist Brewing opened recently in Vista.

I'm not sure how detailed you want to get on the cities, but here's the actual cities some of the ones you list under San Diego are:
Alpine Brewing Company - Alpine
Green Flash Brewing - Vista
Lightning Brewery - Poway
The Lost Abbey - San Marcos
Mother Earth Brew Company - Vista
Oceanside Aleworks - Oceanside
Port Brewing Company - Solana Beach & Carlsbad
San Marcos Brewery - San Marcos
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:00 PM  
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Butte Creek Brewing - Chico, CA
Butte Creek Brewing Specializing in Organic Ales & Lagers

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Chico, CA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:35 AM  
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accuracy is always better, I'll make the corrections. =)
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:45 PM  
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We've got a couple Crap breweries here in the Napa Valley... Downtown Joe's in napa and Silverado Brewing Co. In St. Helena. Avoid these.
Calistoga Inn is worth a visit. Good food and decent beer.
There is so much potential for a world-class brew pub to open up here. Maybe Dog Fish Head should consider a west coast sattelite on Napa's Riverfront. They would kill it here. Not everyone here drinks wine.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:30 AM  
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Auburn Alehouse great food and beer
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:16 PM  
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thanks! I didn't realize there were so many in both the bay and San Diego, two places I am often residing in.

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