Claremont Craft Ales


Type: Brewery, Bar

1420 N Claremont Blvd
Ste 204C
Claremont, California, 91711-3528
United States

(909) 625-5350 | map

Friday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Added by womencantsail on 08-23-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 29
Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Great outdoor sitting area, really good selection of beers, and the service was pretty good. The location is a bit odd, being in the back of an industrial looking area, but cool vibe nonetheless.

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Photo of BenGap
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Entrance makes you feel like your entering a small dentist office in a business strip but it opens up to an open air taproot with outdoor seating, a burger grill out back and lots of folks with their dogs. Pretty happening place traffic wise and a good selection of solid brews. The service was quick and attentive, though I've gotten spoiled with my regular taproom barristas that truly know the beer. I asked for suggestions on a flight and basically got a rundown of beer descriptions straight out of the brewery webpage. I was hoping for a little more in depth insight, but got some good beers none the less.

Cool joint to spend an evening.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I dig this place. You can enjoy a good beer with out the bujwah prices. Order a good Bourbon Barrel aged and chill with man's best friend,, beer! no, I kid. Dog friendly place with doggie treats you can keep your buddy occupied. A good place to keep as a regular "spot". check out the event calendar for a themed catering truck.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Located in a industrial business park in a nice area of Claremont. Easy access, decent amount of parking. Since they expanded in early '14, they have ample space in their tasting room. Furniture and seating a little clunky tho. Food trucks on weekends are nice. They host special events and always seem to be in tune to accomodating their clientele.

In the relatively short time these guys have been in business, they have progressed well as a business and are a top place to visit in the area for craft beer. Owners Brian and Simon show immense passion for their craft and are constantly switching up their styles to keep the beer list fresh. But the well balanced, consistent foundation beers are always available as well. Regardless what style you like, their beers are always true to style and I haven't had a bad beer there yet. In fact, they've participated at GABF for 2 years now which is quite remarkable given the young age of their business.

If you're in the area, give them a try. They show signs of continuous improvement and I know we'll hear more about them as time progresses.

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Photo of almostascientist
5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place to kick back and have a great beer. We bring our dog and play board games in the taproom. They always have a friendly staff as well as friendly people hanging around. The y don't serve food but always have a good food truck parked right outside on weekends, strongly recommended to anyone who loves beer and a great time.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Hey, I recognize this area! It was in my college years, but I participated in a track meet at nearby Claremont McKenna College. At that time, I was a kid in the beer world, having fewer than 100 beers tried and even less knowledge of style diversity. What a change seven years later! Nearby is Claremont Craft Ales, which is housed just a block away from the campus.

It's smaller compared to nearby Sanctum Brewing, but surprisingly busy during the late afternoon. Most of the seats were taken, and there was a 5 minute queue at the bar during many parts of my visit. However, it didn't feel overcrowded. What also helped were multiple bartenders taking orders 2-3 at a time. Despite its proximity to Claremont McKenna, the crowd was a mix of younger beer drinkers and middle aged ones who brought their children along.

The beer menu is straightforward with the information it provides (style, ABV, serving size). With 14 beers pouring, choices were in no shortage, ranging from a hoppy "session" ale, a barrel aged imperial red, and a coffee IPA. Full pours stop around the 13-14 ounce range, although the $5 tag still makes it a reasonable buy. The quality was there too; the coffee IPA is one that I would drink again, and the "session" ale had potential to be great despite a minor defect.

Like Sanctum, Claremont Craft Ales is a worthy stop, and perhaps more so. Another reason to drive out to the area!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I recently stopped in at Claremont Craft Ales since I was in the area on business. It's a fairly small spot with the brewing equipment and tasting area in a garage type setting. They had 10 of their beers on tap with a few "premium" offerings that are priced separately. The quality of the beer was good with the beer served at a good temperature and in proper glassware. They offer tasters, full pours, and growlers for their beer. Prices were reasonable with most tasters at $1.50 or $2 depending on whether or not it is a special beer. Service was average, but they do give free pretzels and popcorn. Overall, this is definitely a brewery that shows promise but most of the beers were not all that special in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Claremont Craft Ales is a small place located in an industrial district in Claremont. If you have never been there and are thinking of heading over, know that the front door IS NOT THE TASTING ROOM. This threw me off pretty bad the first time. In reality you need to drive around the building and to the back entrance where they have a garage door. The door is left open during business hours and there is a yellow plastic chain that dictates where alcohol can be brought.

There is one small bar and when I was there (a Saturday around 3:00 PM) there wasn't too many people there. There was no wait to get beer, the staff were two younger girls who seemed to know what they were talking about when I asked them a couple of beer questions. After ordering a beer and a sampler for the wife we went to a small sitting area against the wall to enjoy the brews. I do have to say that while there were only 3 people working, we didn't have empty glasses in front of us (even from the sampler) for more than 5 minutes. One of the girls kept coming around and picking up all the empty glass, good service for sure.

After a few minutes I noticed a guy behind the bar area and went over to chat with him. His name with Mike and he turned out to be the head brewer. We talked for 15 or 20 minutes about beer and different things. He was really down to earth and a great guy to just get to chat with. We started talking homebrew and when he found out that I brewed asked if I had entered one into his first ever homebrew competition. I told him that I hadn't but that didn't stop us talking about homebrew in general. Mike is a great guy, his place is a lot like if you went to a homebrewers garage (that's the best way I can explain it). There are very tall ceilings with about 9 beers on tap. The beers in general are OK, some are better than others. Interestingly, one of the best beers from CCA that I've had came from a local burger joint called Eureka Burger. I guess that they did a barrel aged Imperial Red specifically for the restaurant. I had the Imperial Red while I was at CCA and didn't find it all that interesting, aging for a couple of months in a whiskey barrel.... WOAH!!

Overall it's a really nice place for the size that the brewery is now. It's not overly done up with fancy finishes or anything like that. The beers are cold, it tasted like all the lines were regularly cleaned and the owner is a nice guy. The beers that I sampled and enjoyed were hit or miss. None were bad, that's for sure, but some weren't as good as I would have hoped.

The one downside is that there is no food. That's not that big of a deal because I've been to plenty of places that don't have food. Most however would have a food truck outside so you can order what you want to. Unfortunately, nothing at CCA. They do have the numbers for a pizza delivery place and delivery sushi (I though that was odd) on the wall. You could order whatever you wanted to if the mood struck you I guess and have it delivered to the brewery.

Overall a really nice place to go if you are a true beer guy/girl. I wouldn't take a first time date to this place (unless the laid back atmosphere is what you are going for) but otherwise it's a nice time. I'll be back again for sure because the costs are reasonable and the people who work there are very good people. I love supporting local businesses and this is one that I'll be supporting for a while I can see already! Overall a good afternoon enjoying beers at Claremont Craft Ale!

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Claremont Craft Ales in Claremont, CA
3.62 out of 5 based on 279 ratings.
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