Claremont Craft Ales

Claremont Craft AlesClaremont Craft Ales
292 Ratings
Claremont Craft AlesClaremont Craft Ales

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of mrcraft
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Claremont Craft Ales is located in an industrial park near the Claremont Colleges.

It's a nice space, similar to other brewery tasting rooms. You have a bar area with tables and benches around. The day I visited they had a food truck serving food. It's an open space up front, so lots of light. This place is kid friendly, as they were hosting a birthday party with kids running around.

The servers were friendly and nice. The beers are good. Nice place to hang out and enjoy some beer with friends.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Sellen
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BoredRocks275
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BenGap
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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 fthegiants
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Chief99
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Jacobotsford3
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great tasting ipa's, and that's my favorite kind of beers. I love this place

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Photo of Radilius
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Great place to hang out after work and unwind.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
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 SLubeski
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Good local beer. Great food trucks on most nights. Above average beer for sure.

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Photo of beerslinger1
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of joshuaarnao
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Siggy125
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +16.8%
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 ClaremontBrew
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of daboyzz23
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JamesBristow
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of rjsrj
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of xxglassjawxx
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of maledesma2
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Claremont Craft Ales in Claremont, CA
Brewery rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 292 ratings
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