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school me on socal breweries
« on: 08/01/15 09:38AM »
I want to start visiting breweries/doing tours/brewfests this fall

wikipedia shows 21 breweries in OC/LA county

anyone been to any? comments?

know of any bus tours so we don't have to drive?

@beemer boy...what days you gonna be gone in sept/oct? thinking of hitting up http://www.ocbrewhaha.com in September...we can take my truck there, split an uber back for ~$50-$60, and I'll pickup the truck w' my bike the next day
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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #1 on: 08/01/15 11:53AM »
I can walk to Stadium Tavern in the Aliso Viejo Town Center by my house.  They have some good in house brews. Before living here, I lived in Down Town Fullerton (DTF as the locals call it) for... 15 years??? DTF does pub crawls which include that one brewery... for the life of me and can't remember the name... nor can I remember really anything else from my life in DTF. I do have a collection of $200+ bar tab receipts though... a very large collection of those receipts :32: Think I did some tour of local brewery's like you're talking about... but it's all kinda fuzzy. I think it was setup by a bar in DTF where the tour started and ended. I know there's local pubs that do "activities" like that.

(Side note: I'm sooo thankful I don't waste my life and money in bars every night anymore)

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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #2 on: 08/01/15 12:08PM »
There's Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Since its located in the art district, the brewery is full of hipsters. The beers are decently priced and they have benches to sit on to play board games or  bean bag toss. After that you can visit the barcade around the block to play retro arcade games.

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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #3 on: 08/01/15 02:16PM »
I have been to a few breweries around OC and every brewery has their own style. It's pretty intriguing. The list of breweries I have been to are:

1. Barley Forge in Costa Mesa - really good.
2. Valiant in Orange - good.
3. Bottlelogic - ok. Many places let you chose your flight but this place has it fixed so you're forced to pick what they offer. 
4. Cismontaine - Rancho Santa Margarita & Santa Ana - Santa Ana is the main brewery and they have great IPA's.
5. The Good Beer Company in Santa Ana - good IPA, coffee stout and sour beers.
6. Noble Ale Works - good.
7. Tustin Brewing Co - decent.
8. Beach City Brewery - great place.

Oceanside:
1. Legacy Brewery - really good.
2. Breakwater brewing company - good beer
3. Bagby beer - really good IPA and stout's
4. Backstreet brewery - decent place

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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #4 on: 08/01/15 03:02PM »
Not one mention of The Bruery in Placentia?  They make some excellent Saisons. 
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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #5 on: 08/01/15 04:16PM »
Although not an official brewery, Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach host quite an extensive collection of local micro breweries beers and ales. Not only have I had some great beersthere, the food is pretty off the hook too

Note that if you go around 5:30-6 PM, expect a long wait unless you can grab a seat at the bar. Go a little before 5 and you'll get a table pretty quick. The place is rather small and fills up really quick around dinner time.
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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #6 on: 08/01/15 04:41PM »
4 sons in hb is pretty good

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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #8 on: 08/02/15 03:12PM »
Although not an official brewery, Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach host quite an extensive collection of local micro breweries beers and ales. Not only have I had some great beersthere, the food is pretty off the hook too

Note that if you go around 5:30-6 PM, expect a long wait unless you can grab a seat at the bar. Go a little before 5 and you'll get a table pretty quick. The place is rather small and fills up really quick around dinner time.
Beachwood makes their own beer, so they are a brewery.

Been to pretty much every brewery in OC, lots in San Diego, as well as central and norther California.

The Bruery in Placentia is the best brewery in OC IMO. I know several members that would agree with that sentiment. 

I have been to Barley Forge, Valiant, Bottlelogic, Cismontaine, Noble Ale Works, Tustin Brewing Co., TAPS, Bj's, Og's, Back Street, Newport Beach Brewing Co., Anaheim Brewery, Bootlegger's Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery, Beachwood, Pizza Port, and Brewbakers(Made my own brew).

The places I find myself going back to the most besides The Bruery are: Valiant (when I want good beer and not too many people), Pizza Port (quality beer and amazing pizza), TBC (good food and consistently the best guest taps in OC), Beachwood (when i'm in the area), and Noble (before Angels games)

Some other great places to get beer would be Haven Gastropub and Hollingshead's Delicatessen. Although not breweries they always have a great selection of craft beer.

I've been to even more brewery in San Diego, Central California, Northern California, and Utah(there are actually quite a few breweries in Salt Lake City)

Keep your eye out for another great brewery popping up in the heart of Orange County soon.
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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #9 on: 08/02/15 03:20PM »
sweet, tons of good info!!

looks like I have a lot of exploring to do
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Re: school me on socal breweries
« Reply #10 on: 08/02/15 08:40PM »
We are quite literally in the golden age of beer brewing.  the best part about craft beer is there is a brewery and/or beer for every taste.  Some of my beer-buddies love one brewery or another that I don't really care for, I love others that they don't like.  AND THAT'S OK. 

Some people love IPAs, some love stouts or brown ales, saisons, whatever.  It's all out there and it's all good. 

Prepare for adventure and try everything you can find.

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« Reply #11 on: 08/03/15 12:29PM »
If you get down near Escondido, Stone Brewing :

http://www.stonebrewing.com/beers/

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