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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
1AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company720100
2AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company176100
3Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4506100
4Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2523100
5Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing710100
6Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2530100
7Westvleteren 12 (XII)Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus3218100
8AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2468100
9Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial StoutThree Floyds Brewing Company1683100
10North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company34799.9
11Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing135799.9
12Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)82399.9
13Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Bomb! Prairie Artisan Ales16999.9
14Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company111999.9
15St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij385899.9
16AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company23699.9
17Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller148599.9
18Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel Dieu du Ciel193599.9
19Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing/Lost Abbey85099.9
20Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company291999.9
21Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.94299.9
22Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oak Aged Great Divide Brewing Company219899.9
23Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company204399.9
24Struise PannepotDe Struise Brouwers188199.9
25Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing/Lost Abbey37099.9


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
1AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company176100
2Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing710100
3AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company720100
4AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2468100
5Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2530100
6AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company22599.9
7AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company23699.9
8Russian River ConsecrationRussian River Brewing114199.9
9North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company34799.9
10Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing/Lost Abbey37099.9
11Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing/Lost Abbey85099.9
12North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout North Coast Brewing Company101099.9
13Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.94299.9
14Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon BarrelStone Brewing Company35599.9
15Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing135799.9
16Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company291999.9
17Stone Enjoy By IPAStone Brewing Company136899.9
18Lost Abbey DeliverancePort Brewing/Lost Abbey66099.9
19Lost Abbey The Angels Share Grand CruPort Brewing/Lost Abbey21499.9
20Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze Port Brewing/Lost Abbey44699.9
21Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +)Russian River Brewing60899.9
22Port Brewing Older ViscosityPort Brewing/Lost Abbey101599.9
23AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company46999.9
24AleSmith Old Numbskull - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company60499.9
25AleSmith IPAAleSmith Brewing Company193299.9


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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.
 brokensailOrange County 11528
 bhensonbWoodland 11489
GT2 GT2San Diego County  8741


REGIONAL EVENTS

Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Beachwood Eight DIPA Bottle Release!   Long Beach  12/18/2014 
Beachwood BBQ 8th Anniversary Celebration   Seal Beach  12/18/2014 
Shmaltz Brewing Company presents: The Chosen Bar Tap Takeover   West Hollywood   12/18/2014 
Firestone Walker @ Steingarten LA   Los angeles  12/18/2014 
Shmaltz Brewing Company Holiday Event   San Diego  12/18/2014 
Shmaltz Brewing Company Holiday Event   San Gabriel  12/18/2014 
Shmaltz Brewing Company presents: Chanukah in Ocean Beach   San Diego  12/20/2014 
Shmaltz Brewing Company presents: The Chosen Bar Tap Takeover   Escondido  12/22/2014 
Shmaltz Brewing Company presents: The Chosen Bar Tap Takeover   San Diego  12/22/2014 
10 Shmaltz Brewing Company Reunion Fundraiser    Fremont  12/22/2014 
11 TOVARISH Stout Bottle Release   Long Beach  12/26/2014 
12 New Year’s Eve Dinner   Seal Beach  12/31/2014 
13 Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station New Year’s Eve Celebrationl   San Diego  12/31/2014 
14 Bockfest   los angeles  1/25/2015 
15 Stone Brewing Liberty Station Belgian Festival 2014   San Diego  1/25/2015 
16 AHA Rally at Magnolia Brewing Company   San Francisco  2/7/2015 
17 Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station Belgian Festival   San Diego  2/22/2015 
18 Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience   Indio  2/28/2015 
19 Sudwerk Brewery Dock Store & UC Davis AHA Rally   Davis  3/14/2015 
20 19th Annual Fort Bragg Beer Festival   Fort Bragg  3/21/2015 

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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 
Perdition Smokehouse & Beergarden   Berkeley  () 510-900-5858 
SideDoor   Corona Del Mar  (949) 949 717-4322 

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