Anaheim Craft Beer Guide – California’s Forgotten Beer City
Even though I live in North Carolina – which has a stellar craft beer industry – I still get a twinge of jealousy towards California. The industry permeates the entire state of California, from north to south and all areas in between. Some cities, like Anaheim, have even structured their laws to welcome craft breweries, knowing the boost they give to the local economy. So if you’re planning a beercation through the state of California, book a hotel in Anaheim to check out their growing scene. My Anaheim Craft Beer Guide will help get you started.
Note: This guide is only for the city of Anaheim. There are plenty of amazing breweries just outside of Anaheim like The Bruery worth further research.
The first Anaheim Brewery opened in 1870, meeting the needs of thirsty customers in the city’s downtown. The brewery then closed its doors in 1920 during that dark era in American history known as Prohibition. The brewery stayed closed until 2010 and now brews and pours pints in the old Packard Building in the Anaheim Packing District. Anaheim Brewery’s flagship beers are 1888 (pre-Prohibition style), Gold, Red, and Hefeweizen. Visit at night and enjoy the fireworks from Disneyland in the brewery’s beer garden.
Noble Ale Works
This brewery is a great place to catch a beer pre- or post-game, thanks to its location between the Angels Stadium and the Honda Center. Head brewer Evan Price has had a career inspired by a pub crawl in Europe to home brewing to positions with breweries like BJs Brewhouse, Hangar 24, and TAPs Fish House and Brewery. Thus, the beers at Noble Ale Works consist of a mix of classic European and American styles. The three flagship beers are a pale ale, an IPA, and a pilsner. There’s also plenty of experimentation ales that you’ll have to visit the brewer to sample.
Bottle Logic Brewing
Bottle Logic Brewing prides itself on being at the cutting edge of brewing. The brewery team enjoys learning from pushing the limits of brewing to create ales that make their patrons think. Their beers are broken down into four series. The Hoptomotron Series is their limited release series. Cold Classics are inventive takes on well-known beer styles. The Photo Series consist of a lineup of more experimental brews. The Induction Series includes their traditional beers.
Hoparazzi Brewing Co is new to the scene but shouldn’t be overlooked. Their industrial looking taproom pours a nice variety of pales and IPAs alongside some hefty malt bombs and vibrant sours. Hoparazzi has easily become a local favorite and welcome addition to the Anaheim craft beer scene.
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