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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 Company774100
2Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4757100
3Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery2831100
4Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2660100
53 Fonteinen Framboos (Framboise)Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen321100
6AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2594100
7Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing739100
8Struise PannepotDe Struise Brouwers199299.9
9Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery151999.9
10Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey40099.9
11AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company7599.9
12Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller157999.9
13AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company30199.9
14Oceanside Ale Works Up A KriekOceanside Ale Works2999.9
15Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.100299.9
16AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company24899.9
17Alpine Beer Company Keene IdeaAlpine Beer Company (CA)4899.9
18Prairie Pirate Bomb! Prairie Artisan Ales36499.9
19Evil Twin Double Barrel JesusEvil Twin Brewing8199.9
20Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel Dieu du Ciel200899.9
21Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)88599.9
22Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company300599.9
23Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oak Aged Great Divide Brewing Company226299.9
24Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey88999.9
25Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)263499.9


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 Company189100
2Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing739100
3AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Brewing Company774100
4AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2594100
5Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing2660100
6AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company7599.9
7Oceanside Ale Works Up A KriekOceanside Ale Works2999.9
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 Company30199.9
11AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi LuwakAleSmith Brewing Company24899.9
12North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company36799.9
13Lost Abbey Cable CarPort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey40099.9
14Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey88999.9
15Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.100299.9
16Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Bourbon BarrelStone Brewing Company39899.9
17Russian River SupplicationRussian River Brewing139899.9
18Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing Company300599.9
19Firestone Walker 18 (XVIII Eighteenth Anniversary Ale) Firestone Walker Brewing Co.16199.9
20AleSmith Speedway Stout - Brewer’s Blend with Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company3199.9
21Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #6 (Highway to Hell)Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey6899.9
22AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vanilla & CoconutAleSmith Brewing Company7399.9
23Lost Abbey DeliverancePort Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey70999.9
24Russian River ConsecrationRussian River Brewing118899.9
25Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +)Russian River Brewing62999.9


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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 13243
 bhensonbWoodland 12455
 BeerandBlues2San Diego 10784


REGIONAL EVENTS

Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
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 
Huntington Beach Beer Festival   Huntington  8/22/2015 
Taste of Brews   Long Beach  8/22/2015 
Festival of Dankness   San Diego  8/22/2015 
6th Annual OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival   Silverado  9/12/2015 
CA Brewers Showcase Festival    Sacramento  9/12/2015 
California Brewers Festival   Sacramento  9/19/2015 
10 Vegan Oktoberfest   Los Angeles  10/3/2015 
11 AHA Rally at Heretic Brewing Co.   Fairfield  10/10/2015 
12 Stone Pour It Black 2015   Escondido  10/18/2015 
13 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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