Southern California breweries

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by MilwaukeeBrewer, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. MilwaukeeBrewer

    MilwaukeeBrewer Jan 22, 2007 Wisconsin

    I will be in the Los Angeles area for a few days. Are there any breweries that I should not miss besides Stone and The Bruery?
  2. jasonmason

    jasonmason Oct 6, 2004 California

    Depends on where you'll be, how much time you have, etc. Stone and the Bruery are about 100 miles apart.

    The recent "Anaheim?" thread in the Pacific forum had a lot of good ideas if you'll be in OC/LA.
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  3. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
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    where are you staying I will give you some ideas of bars/breweries to hit
  4. Mister_Joshy

    Mister_Joshy May 29, 2012 California
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    If you are going to Stone you must go to Alpine.
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  5. Andrew61923

    Andrew61923 Nov 6, 2009 California

    While I couldn't agree more with the desire to drink some of the best beer in San Diego (America?), keep in mind that the drive from Escondido to Alpine is nearly an hour. If he's driving from LA, Stone is already a pretty good hike.
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  6. Mister_Joshy

    Mister_Joshy May 29, 2012 California
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    Agreed, however if you are coming from Milwaukee this is probably the best chance they will get for a while. An hour trip is worth it for Alpine beer.
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  7. DrLasers

    DrLasers Apr 18, 2011 California

    Karl Strauss Brewery/Restaurants. Cask nights every Thursday.
  8. jasonmason

    jasonmason Oct 6, 2004 California

    Truthfully, if it's a weekend, I'd skip Stone anyway. That place is a clusterfuck these days on the weekend. I understand the draw of a "beer Mecca", but if one is really going for a spectrum of SD beer instead of being able to tell their friends they went to Stone, there are better places. On a weekday though, Stone is a pretty cool stop.

    If you're making the I-5 LA-SD run, don't forget that there are Pizza Ports in San Clemente and Carlsbad. Sitting on the patio at the SC one on a sunny afternoon looking out at the Pacific with a pizza and a pint isn't a bad way to refuel along the way.
  9. sokrman14

    sokrman14 Mar 8, 2012 California
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    If you are going to SD, then ballast point and green flash; or pizza port or port/lost abbey. definitely alesmith. If you are staying in LA/OC maybe eagle rock and the Bruery.
  10. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Dec 10, 2010 California

    If you are just hanging around the Orange County area you have:

    The Bruery
    Bootlegger's Brewery
    Noble Ale Works (haven't been, told its very good)

    Haven Gastropub (pricy)
    Beachwood Barbeque

    Bottle Shops:
    Hacienda Beverage (I live around 4-5 blocks from them, without them I wouldn't have such good beer in my life)
    Hollingshead Deli
    High-Times Wine Cellar

    Note: It is about an hour or so to Stone from the OC, just keep that in mind when planning things out. You may want to do OC area one day, then San Diego area another day.
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  11. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Jul 7, 2012 California
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    Depending on when you'll be in in town, and what days, it's fully possible to hit bootleggers, Bruery, noble (definitely getting their act together with the newerish head brewer) old orange brewing co, Anaheim brewing, and the soon to open Valient brewing. I need to consult a map, but I believe they're all at the most maybe 15 miles apart. The only genuinely convenient bottleshop in that area is Mr K's on the corner of the industrial strip the Bruery is located in.

    Haven't vetted Hacienda Beverage as a bottleshop, but if you go there, consider having dinner at TAPS (more restaurant than brewery, but solid performance on both fronts) and stopping by total wine in the vicinity as well.
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  12. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa May 19, 2011 California
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    Re: Stone, you have the option to visit Stone's company store in Pasadena. Decent place with about 15-20 taps of the latest Stone brews and a reach-in cooler to buy their bottles.!/StoneStorePasadena?fref=ts
  13. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa May 19, 2011 California
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    If you make that little run, keep going another 5-10 minutes and visit Bootlegger's Brewery
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  14. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Jul 7, 2012 California
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    Somehow that connection managed to get left from my post. Though I don't like bootleggers hours if you're on a single day trip. Perhaps bruery, total wine, taps, hacienda, bootleggers wouldn't be a bad run.
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