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The Orange County Beer Trail

A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!

12. PACIFIC PARK MARKET
Eventually, life in Aliso Viejo loses its stately, Levittown-like charm, and that's when it's time to head to Pacific Park Market and rifle through the beer coolers in an attempt to while away the long, boring hours between meals at Opah. 27792 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. B100, Aliso Viejo, (949) 831-0330.

13. SWEET'S LIQUOR
Sweet's doesn't have a huge selection of craft beer, but what it does have is good, and it's the only game in town if you've got to have Bootlegger's after midnight, as it stays open until 2 a.m., the state-mandated cut-off. Don't be late! 15553 Beach Blvd., Westminster, (714) 892-5712; sweetsliquor.com.

14. VENDOME WINE & SPIRITS
Vendome may be a wine store, as well as an import from LA, but the back wall is one long testament to the beer production of Southern California. There are also guest beers from the other, lesser states, as well as Belgians and Germans. 3115 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 524-0800; vendomes.com.

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Location Info

Map

Amazing Grapes Wine Store

29911 Aventura
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Retail

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

BRADLEY'S FINE WINES & SPIRITS

12932 Newport Ave., Ste. 1
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Retail

Region: Tustin

DIMENSION LIQUOR

20761 Lake Forest Drive, Ste. J
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Retail

Region: Lake Forest

G&D LIQUOR

338 N. Euclid St.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Retail

Region: Fullerton

HACIENDA BEVERAGE

670 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Retail

Region: Brea

Hi-Time Wine Cellars

250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Wine Bar

Region: Costa Mesa

Hollingshead's Delicatessen

368 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Orange

ICON BEVERAGES & CIGARS

5721 Lincoln Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630

Category: Retail

Region: Cypress

K&S FOOD STORE

2626 N. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Category: Retail

Region: Santa Ana

MR. KEGS

5914 Warner Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Category: Retail

Region: Huntington Beach

O'Shea Brewing Company

28142 Camino Capistrano
Laguna Beach, CA 92677

Category: Retail

Region: Laguna Niguel

PACIFIC PARK MARKET

27792 Aliso Creek Road, Ste. B100
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Category: Retail

Region: Aliso Viejo

SWEET'S LIQUOR

15553 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Retail

Region: Westminster

Vendome Wine & Spirits

3115 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Category: Retail

Region: Fullerton

Anthill Pub & Grille

4200 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Irvine

Brix Wine Bar

16635 Pacific Coast Highway
Sunset Beach, CA 90742

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Sunset Beach

Bru Grill & Market

23730 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Lake Forest

The Globe Belgian GastroPub

12926 Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: Garden Grove

Haven Gastropub

190 S. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Orange

HopScotch

136 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Out of the Park Pizza

5638 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: Anaheim

The Playground

220 E. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Santa Ana

The Riders Club Cafe

1701 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

Selma's Chicago Pizzeria

30461 Avenida De Las Flores
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Selma's Chicago Pizzeria

27702 Crown Valley Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Ladera Ranch

Selma's Chicago Pizzeria

218 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

SideDoor

3801 E. Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Category: Restaurant > Comfort Foods

Region: Corona Del Mar

Slater's 50/50

8082 Adams Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Huntington Beach

Slater's 50/50 Burger By Design

6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92807

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Anaheim

SLATER'S 50/50

24356 Swartz Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Lake Forest

St. Roy Chef's Pub

211 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

Tap Shack

1617 Westcliff Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Newport Beach

Anaheim Brewery

336 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Anaheim

Bayhawk Ales

2000 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Irvine

Beachwood BBQ

131 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seal Beach

Bootlegger's Brewery

130 S. Highland Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Fullerton

Brewbakers

7242 Heil Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Huntington Beach

The Bruery

715 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Placentia

Cismontane Brewing Company

29851 Aventura
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Rancho Santa Margarita

Huntington Beach Beer Company

201 Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Huntington Beach

Left Coast Brewery

1245 Puerta Del Sol
San Clemente, CA 92673

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

Newport Beach Brewing Co.

2920 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Newport Beach

Noble Ale Works

1621 S. Sinclair St., B
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Anaheim

Old Orange Brewing

1444 N. Batavia St.
Orange, CA 92867

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Orange

Pizza Port

301 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: San Clemente

TAPS Fish House & Brewery

101 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Brea

Tustin Brewing Company

13011 Newport Ave., Ste. 100
Tustin, CA 92780

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tustin

VALIANT BREWING

2294 N. Batavia St., Ste. C
Orange, CA 92865

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Orange

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BEER BARS

15. ANTHILL PUB & GRILLE
College students drinking something besides canned piss water? At UC Irvine, education doesn't stop at the swinging bar doors: the on-campus pub has a tap list that must be seen (and drunk) to be believed. UC Irvine Student Center, Room C215, 4200 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 824-3050; theanthillpub.com.

16. BRIX BREWS & NY DELI
The menu reeks of New Yawk faux authenticity, and two-thirds of the place is dedicated to wine, but there are 24 taps on the wall in the beer room (including a nitro tap, the Holy Grail of beer taps) and great happy-hour specials. 16635 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach, (562) 592-3167; brixsunsetbeach.com.

17. BRÜ GRILL AND MARKET
Imagine if the Yard House had all craft beer and good food, and you've got an idea what Brü is like. Pub snacks such as hot pretzels and burgers are chased by an impressive list of craft brews, and there's not a single Bud Light in sight. 23730 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, (949) 305-5757; brugrill.com.

18. THE GLOBE DINE BAR
Check out our longer review in the food section this week. My thoughts: When you want to taste where your California craft beer came from, you go to the Globe. Not a single domestic tap graces the wall; it's all Belgian, and the most familiar name is Stella Artois—but branch out! 12926 Main St., Garden Grove, (714) 537-7471; theglobeoc.com.

19. HAVEN GASTROPUB
Haven's tap list is displayed, loud and proud, near the window, the better to tempt people in for a snack and a glass of beer. The kegs kick quickly—it's a popular place—but are always replaced by something just as good. It brews its own, too, trucking the stuff in from distant, smoggy Pasadena. 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, (714) 221-0680; havengastropub.com.

20. HOPSCOTCH
If what you want is the upscale version of the Mexican working man's special (whiskey and beer), Hopscotch is where you go; switch out the Buchanan's for rye or bourbon and the Tecate for a real beer. 136 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-2222; hopscotchtavern.com.

21. OUT OF THE PARK PIZZA
This looks for all the world like it should have batting cages, skeeball, a prize counter and glassy-eyed kids staring at video screens, but there's no denying the impressive row of taps behind the bar. Little League team post-game meals, upgraded. 5638 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 777-4992; outoftheparkpizza.co.

22. PLAYGROUND
So you've only got $5? Head for the Playground. The full-time cicerone (a fancy name for a beer butler) curates the California craft-beer list very closely; everything on it is $5, all the time. Sure, pour sizes vary, but your liver doesn't need a full pint of barleywine anyway—and remember to tip said cicerone. 220 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 560-4444; playgrounddtsa.com.

23. RIDERS CLUB
Burgers and beer are what this small San Clemente restaurant pumps out, and it keeps the thirsty surfers hydrated and buzzed enough to do their feats of derring-do on the water; you don't have to own an 11-foot longboard to be served. 1701 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, (949) 388-3758; ridersclubcafe.com.

24, 25 & 26. SELMA'S CHICAGO PIZZERIA & TAP ROOM
This is a chain, but a homegrown one—a great one at that—with craft beer and Chicago-style pizza for the caloric bomb you'll inevitably crave. Bear in mind the tap lists vary among locations, and the San Clemente one has the fewest taps. 30461 Avenida de Las Flores, Ste. B, Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 709-8165; also at 27702 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ste. E1, Ladera Ranch, (949) 388-7260; 218 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, (949) 276-2828; selmaschicagopizzeria.com.

27. SIDE DOOR
Side Door is the little, far-more-popular sibling of Five Crowns; pick from the list of mostly San Diego beers to pair with the addictive (but date-ending, thank you, blue-cheese breath) Stilton potato chips. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, (949) 717-4322; sidedoorcdm.com.

28, 29 & 30. SLATER'S 50/50
Each of the Slater's locations has a huge beer list with everything from mass-market craft brews such as Big Sky's Moose Drool to local favorites; the tap list changes often, so check the boards above the bar before you sit down to a Peanut Butter and Jellousy burger. 6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim, (714) 685-1103; also at 8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 594-5730. Opening Feb. 11: 24356 Swartz Ave., Lake Forest, (949) 460-9314; slaters5050.com.

31. ST. ROY CHEF'S PUB AT VINE
St. Roy Chef's Pub isn't named after a saint at all—it's an acronym designed to confuse outsiders—but you won't care after drinking a couple of its continually changing beers. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, (949) 361-2079; vinesanclemente.com.

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12 comments
Pelle Klein
Pelle Klein

Yeah Riley Kern nice work! Congrats on the OC Weekly cover!!

acutaboveentertainme
acutaboveentertainme

Interesting that there's no mention of Bootlegger's Brewery being the home of Beer Magazine's #2 Beer IN THE WORLD! No other American brew is even in the Top 10!

Also, I remember trying a local microbrew at a sport's bar in a Disneyland area hotel. It was a Raspberry Ale, I believe, and brewed out of Rancho Santa Margarita. I've never seen that beer since - even at that hotel bar! Any clues as to it's origin?


Blue.Osmium
Blue.Osmium

Any reason Steelhead isn't on the list? I know it's a mini-chain from Oregon, just curious.

Blue.Osmium
Blue.Osmium

Edited Feb 1, 2013? Ok, who gave Dave the keys to the time machine again?

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Facebook Page

Oh, mine will be smudged. Great job with the list!

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

Hollingsheads, enough cannot be said of that place! Have a sandwich, a side of mushrooms and a Pliny the Elder (on tap!)

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

@acutaboveentertainme If it was a Raspberry Hefeweizen, it came from Stadium Brewing in Aliso Viejo—sadly inadvertently omitted.

I only had 25-40 words for each blurb, so long descriptions of awards will have to wait for longer profiles.

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

@Blue.Osmium For the same reason BJ's and Oggi's aren't on the list. Steelhead brews its own; BJ's and Oggi's don't, but they're chains. I struggled with Selma's too, but they're an OC-only mini-chain.

It's possible that some were left off inadvertently, so please post any that you find!

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

@Blue.Osmium The deep, dark secret is that they actually outsource the writing of articles to India now, and it's Feb. 1 in Bengaluru!

 
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