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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 Brewing705100
2Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4382100
3Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2432100
4AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged)AleSmith Brewing Company690100
5Westvleteren 12 (XII)Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus3109100
6Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial StoutThree Floyds Brewing Company1658100
7Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2461100
8AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2389100
9Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.91399.9
10Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery139799.9
11Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller141499.9
12AleSmith Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee)AleSmith Brewing Company19699.9
13St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij374499.9
14Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel Dieu du Ciel187099.9
15Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company216999.9
16Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company200699.9
17Russian River ConsecrationRussian River Brewing111899.9
18Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company104999.9
19Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon BarrelsStone Brewing Company33199.9
20Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)76999.9
21Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)Port Brewing/Lost Abbey83499.9
22North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company32099.9
23Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel en Fût de Bourbon AméricainDieu du Ciel22999.9
24Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company286499.9
25Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers87599.9


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 Brewing705100
2AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged)AleSmith Brewing Company690100
3AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2389100
4Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2461100
5AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged with Kopi Luwak)AleSmith Brewing Company16499.9
6AleSmith Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee)AleSmith Brewing Company19699.9
7AleSmith Speedway Stout (Kopi Luwak)AleSmith Brewing Company22899.9
8Russian River ConsecrationRussian River Brewing111899.9
9North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company32099.9
10Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing/Lost Abbey35399.9
11Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)Port Brewing/Lost Abbey83499.9
12Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.91399.9
13Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon BarrelsStone Brewing Company33199.9
14Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing133499.9
15Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company286499.9
16Lost Abbey DeliverancePort Brewing/Lost Abbey62499.9
17Lost Abbey The Angel’s Share Grand CruPort Brewing/Lost Abbey20999.9
18Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze Port Brewing/Lost Abbey42899.9
19Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +)Russian River Brewing59399.9
20North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout North Coast Brewing Company99799.9
21Port Brewing Older ViscosityPort Brewing/Lost Abbey98899.9
22AleSmith Wee Heavy Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company43899.9
23AleSmith Old Numbskull (Barrel Aged)AleSmith Brewing Company58899.9
24AleSmith IPAAleSmith Brewing Company189199.9
25North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutNorth Coast Brewing Company370799.9


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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 10902
 brokensailOrange County 10728
GT2 GT2San Diego County  8332


REGIONAL EVENTS

Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Timmermans Steal The Glass Thursdays   sacramento  8/21/2014 
4th Annual Taste of Brews Long Beach   Long Beach  8/23/2014 
11st annual Hops in Humboldt   Fortuna  8/23/2014 
BeerNerdz 3rd Anniversary Blind Tasting   San Diego  8/23/2014 
Ready, Set, Growl!   Santa Rosa  8/24/2014 
Pride of cHops IPA Bottle Release   Long Beach  8/26/2014 
Weihenstephaner The Glass Thursdays   sacramento  8/28/2014 
widmer 30th anniversary   Los angeles  8/28/2014 
Brews & Bites 2014   San Luis Obispo  8/30/2014 
10 Hop Heads and Dreads   Valley Center  8/31/2014 
11 18th Anniversary Celebration   Pasadena  9/1/2014 
12 The 3rd Annual San Francisco Lawn Party   San Francisco  9/6/2014 
13 Inaugural San Diego Brewers Guild Golf Tournament   San Diego  9/12/2014 
14 Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival   Petaluma  9/13/2014 
15 The 9th Annual Woodshop Tasting    San Diego  9/20/2014 
16 San Diego Cheese and Beer Festival   San Diego  9/27/2014 
17 Clayton Oktoberfest   Clayton  10/4/2014 
18 World’s First Vegan Oktoberfest    Santa Monica  10/4/2014 
19 LA Beer Festival Fall Edition   Los Angeles  10/18/2014 
20 Stone Pour It Black   Escondido  10/19/2014 

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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 
Perdition Smokehouse & Beergarden   Berkeley  () 510-900-5858 
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 

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