There are many beers available in the United States, from those churned out by massive brewing companies to those made by smaller, more local operations. Take a look at these four microbreweries operating here in Southern California, and consider visiting them the next time you are looking for a good drink.
AleSmith Brewing Company
Located in San Diego, AleSmith Brewing Company, headed by brewmaster and Master Beer Judge Peter Zien, is a local favorite. With a 4.7 star rating on Facebook from 761 reviews, locals praise the knowledgeable bartenders, laidback atmosphere and, of course, great beers as the reason they look forward to coming back. For insiders, the brewery has a barrel tasting room with some truly unique flavors. However, to get inside and taste the barrel-aged brews, you have to know the password, which is often posted on social media in the style of a modern speakeasy. To learn more about this hot spot, check out http://alesmith.com.
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
San Diego is also home to Mikkeller Brewing San Diego, which was formed thanks to the friendship between Danish brewer Mikkeller and hometown favorite AleSmith. Mikkeller Brewing San Diego aims to combine the best brewing ideas from America and Europe into something really unique (and tasty). The tap room has up to 19 different beers available at a time, as well as two rotating casks. The website, http://mikkellersd.com, is regularly updated with what varieties are available each day .With names like Beer Geek Breakfast, Seshn and Brand New Normal, you know that this is the place to go for an exceptional glass of beer.
Angel City Brewery
If you are looking for a place to relax with a good craft beer in Los Angeles, check out Angel City Brewery on Alameda Street. Its home is in an old warehouse that used to make parts for famous bridges across the USA. Small tours are available to learn more about the areas history and how Angel City makes its beers. Fans on Facebook rave about White Nite, Oktoberfest and Angel City IPA. While Angel City Brewery doesnt have its own food, there are usually food trucks parked just outside with a variety of eats available. Check out more about this great spot in the heart of LA at http://angelcitybrewery.com.
Disneyland visitors and residents alike will enjoy taking a stop at the Anaheim Brewery in the citys Packing District. This brewery has some serious history, with a brand that existed before Prohibition and was revived in 2011 by Barbara and Greg Gerovac. A large, vintage bar takes up a large piece of the tasting room and faces a wall of windows to allow drinkers to see their future beer being made in real time. Its Anaheim 1888 is a blend of an original historic recipe with flavors appealing to modern customers. It is joined by varieties like Anaheim Bockbier and Anaheim Hefeweizen on the menu to offer options for all types of beer fans. To learn about this brewery, and when trivia night is, visit its website at http://anaheimbrew.com.
Southern California has a lot of microbreweries to choose from, with many of them starting in the recent brewery boom that is sweeping the nation. Consider checking out one of these on your next night out.
This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.