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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 Brewing738100
2Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4736100
33 Fonteinen Framboos (Framboise)Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen315100
4Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2642100
5AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2588100
6AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company769100
7Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery2824100
8Struise PannepotDe Struise Brouwers197799.9
9Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey39799.9
10Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)87899.9
11Oceanside Ale Works Up A KriekOceanside Ale Works2699.9
12St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij403199.9
13Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.100199.9
14North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company36699.9
15AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company24899.9
16Alpine Beer Company Keene IdeaAlpine Beer Company (CA)4899.9
17Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery151499.9
18Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company299599.9
19Evil Twin Double Barrel JesusEvil Twin Brewing8199.9
20Bells HopslamBells Brewery275899.9
21Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing138699.9
22Prairie Pirate Bomb! Prairie Artisan Ales35399.9
23AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company6799.9
24Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller156899.9
25AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company29699.9


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 Company186100
2Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing738100
3AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company769100
4AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2588100
5Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2642100
6AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company6799.9
7Oceanside Ale Works Up A KriekOceanside Ale Works2699.9
8Hangar 24 Barrel Roll: Pugachev RoyaleHangar 24 Craft Brewery2699.9
9Alpine Beer Company Keene IdeaAlpine Beer Company (CA)4899.9
10AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company29699.9
11AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company24899.9
12North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company36699.9
13Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey39799.9
14Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey88999.9
15Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.100199.9
16Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon BarrelStone Brewing Company39899.9
17Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing138699.9
18Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company299599.9
19AleSmith Speedway Stout - Brewer’s Blend with Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company3199.9
20Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #6 (Highway to Hell)Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey6799.9
21AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vanilla & CoconutAleSmith Brewing Company7099.9
22Lost Abbey DeliverancePort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey70699.9
23Russian River ConsecrationRussian River Brewing117899.9
24Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +)Russian River Brewing62199.9
25North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout North Coast Brewing Company105399.9


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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 12899
 bhensonbWoodland 12308
 BeerandBlues2San Diego 10700


REGIONAL EVENTS

Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Hop-Con 3.0: The w00tstout Festival   San Diego  7/8/2015 
Seven Sisters Craft Beer & Music Fest   San Luis Obispo  7/10/2015 
New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour – Santa Barbara   Santa Barbara  7/10/2015 
The Tehachapi Mountain Beer and Wine Fest   Tehachapi  7/18/2015 
Pleasant Hill Blues & Brews Festival 2015   Pleasant Hill  7/18/2015 
2015 Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza   Mammoth Lakes  7/30/2015 
Blue Palms Brewhouse 7th Anniversary   Los Angeles  8/9/2015 
Stone 19th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival - Friday Night Brewers Reception   San Marcos  8/14/2015 
Stone 19th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival   San Marcos  8/15/2015 
10 Huntington Beach Beer Festival   Huntington  8/22/2015 
11 Taste of Brews   Long Beach  8/22/2015 
12 6th Annual OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival   Silverado  9/12/2015 
13 Vegan Oktoberfest   Los Angeles  10/3/2015 
14 AHA Rally at Heretic Brewing Co.   Fairfield  10/10/2015 
15 Stone Pour It Black 2015   Escondido  10/18/2015 
16 RateBeer Best Awards Ceremony   Santa Rosa  1/30/2016 

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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 
SideDoor   Corona Del Mar  (949) 949 717-4322 
The Public House - La Jolla   La Jolla  () 858 551-9210 
New Moon Natural Foods   Truckee  () 530-587-7426 
Far Bar   Los Angeles  () 213 617-9990 

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