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RateBeer's Guide to the Best Beer in California, USA

The following are the regional highlights -- best beers available here, best beers brewed here, events and local RateBeerian info -- for California, USA. This site is interactive, so we encourage you to take part in the rating, addition and correction of the site.

 


BEST BEERS AVAILABLE IN CALIFORNIA, USA


These are the best beers you can find in this region's stores and restaurants based on the availability information provided by RateBeerians in this area. A beer has to have 5 or more ratings to be listed here.
NAMEBREWERRATINGSSCORE
1Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing702100
2AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged)AleSmith Brewing Company654100
3Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4223100
4AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2311100
5Westvleteren 12 (XII)Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus2988100
6Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2361100
7Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company214799.9
8Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing128699.9
9AleSmith Speedway Stout (Kopi Luwak)AleSmith Brewing Company20499.9
10Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon BarrelsStone Brewing Co.27399.9
11Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller134899.9
12Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Co.278199.9
13Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery135899.9
14Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers84699.9
15AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged with Kopi Luwak)AleSmith Brewing Company13099.9
16Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)237399.9
17Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.84999.9
18Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)Port Brewing/Lost Abbey82399.9
19North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company28699.9
20Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)72899.9
21Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing/Lost Abbey34599.9
22St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij363099.9
23Struise PannepotDe Struise Brouwers174199.9
24AleSmith Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee)AleSmith Brewing Company17999.9
25Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel Dieu du Ciel181799.9


BEST BEERS BREWED IN CALIFORNIA, USA


These are the best beers, as rated by RateBeerians everywhere, that are brewed by the brewers of this area. A beer has to have 5 or more ratings to be listed here.
NAMEBREWERRATINGSSCORE
1Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing702100
2AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged)AleSmith Brewing Company654100
3AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2311100
4Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2361100
5AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged with Kopi Luwak)AleSmith Brewing Company13099.9
6AleSmith Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee)AleSmith Brewing Company17999.9
7AleSmith Speedway Stout (Kopi Luwak)AleSmith Brewing Company20499.9
8North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company28699.9
9Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing/Lost Abbey34599.9
10Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)Port Brewing/Lost Abbey82399.9
11Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.84999.9
12Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon BarrelsStone Brewing Co.27399.9
13Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing128699.9
14Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Co.278199.9
15Lost Abbey DeliverancePort Brewing/Lost Abbey59299.9
16Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze Port Brewing/Lost Abbey40599.9
17Russian River ConsecrationRussian River Brewing107799.9
18Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +)Russian River Brewing56899.9
19North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout North Coast Brewing Company96699.9
20Port Brewing Older ViscosityPort Brewing/Lost Abbey96299.9
21AleSmith Wee Heavy Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company41899.9
22AleSmith Barrel Aged Old NumbskullAleSmith Brewing Company57699.9
23AleSmith IPAAleSmith Brewing Company182299.9
24North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutNorth Coast Brewing Company362999.9
25Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)Firestone Walker Brewing Co.12899.8


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TOP REGIONAL RATEBEERIANS


A list of the RateBeerians from this area with the most beer ratings. These are great people to contact to better get to know beer in this area.
 bhensonbWoodland 10343
 brokensailOrange County 9918
GT2 GT2Carlsbad 7870


REGIONAL EVENTS

Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Third Annual Capitol City International BeerFest   Sacramento  4/19/2014 
Taste of Brews   Corona   4/19/2014 
Lost and Found Beer Garden   Oakland  4/24/2014 
Bootlegger’s 6th Anniversary   Fullerton  4/26/2014 
Open Bottle Share at GT2’s Place   Carlsbad  4/26/2014 
Citraholic IPA Bottle Release!   Long Beach  4/29/2014 
Angel City Heritage Festival    Los Angeles  5/3/2014 
San Diego Brewers Guild Presents The 3rd Annual Harrah’s Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival    Vista  5/3/2014 
Tap Takeover/Keep the glass night   Santee  5/3/2014 
10 Beer Paper LA 1st Anniversary Party / Volume 2 Launch / Local Tap Takeover   Long Beach  5/7/2014 
11 BeerNedz Green Flash blind tasting challenge   San Diego  5/9/2014 
12 Eagle Rock Brewery’s 4th Annual Session Fest   Los Angeles  5/10/2014 
13 2nd Annual NorCal Session Beer Festival   Oakland  5/17/2014 
14 CHIP Brew Rendezvous   San Diego  5/18/2014 
15 IPA Festival   Pasadena  6/7/2014 
16 Hopfest at the Museum: A Beer Tasting   San Diego  6/19/2014 
17 Stone Sour Fest   Escondido  6/22/2014 
18 2nd Annual Sweet & Sour Beer Festival   Pasadena  7/12/2014 
19 Stone Hop-Con: The w00tstout Festival   San Diego  7/23/2014 
20 15th Annual Belgian Beer Festival Part II   Pasadena  8/9/2014 

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WHERE TO GET BEER IN CALIFORNIA, USA
Looking for great beer near you? Check out these stores recommended by other beer enthusiasts like you.
  Place  City  Phone 
El Cerrito Market & Liquor   Corona  (951) 951 272-1646 
Pangaea Café & Pub   Quincy  (530) 530 283-0426 
Whole Foods Market - Napa   Napa  () 707 224-6300 
SideDoor   Corona Del Mar  (949) 949 717-4322 
Park Place Liquor   Coronado  () 619 435-0116 

More Places There are many more places in your area...



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