The Orange County Beer Trail

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

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.

32. TAP SHACK
Self-serve beer? Why not? It works for wine, but at Tap Shack, the per-ounce charge is far less and the beers far more local. There's usually a big Ballast Point presence, for those who love hoppy IPAs. 1617 Westcliff Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 645-BEER; tapshacknb.com.

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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

4200 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Irvine

Brix Wine Bar

16635 Pacific Coast Highway
Sunset Beach, CA 90742

Category: Retail

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: Bars and Clubs

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 92646

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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BREWERIES

33. ANAHEIM BREWERY
The oldest brewery in OC has returned, and in memory of those long-ago days when Germans were the force to be reckoned with, its best selection is a California Common called 1888, a malty dark beer that goes down way too quickly. 336 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 780-1888; anaheimbrew.com.

34. BAYHAWK ALES
Even if you haven't been here—there's no tasting room—you've had its beer. Lucille's, O'Shea Brewing and other restaurants have their beers made at Bayhawk, which especially impresses with an amber ale that's better, a little hoppier, a little more interesting than Newcastle. 2000 Main St., Irvine, (949) 442-7565; bayhawkales.com.

35. BEACHWOOD BBQ
The original Seal Beach location has so many taps you'll wonder where it keeps the kegs—but don't worry about it for too long, or you'll lose your place at the tiny bar. 131 1/2 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 493-4500; beachwoodbbq.com.

36. BOOTLEGGER'S BREWERY
Just outside the circle of adolescent poor judgment known as downtown Fullerton, Bootlegger's was one of the first breweries in the county to go big. Look for a move to the other side of the tracks in the very near future. 401 S. Richman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-BEER; bootleggersbrewery.com.

37. BREWBAKERS
Want to brew your own beer? Maybe root beer? Or make your own pretzels? All you have to do is go to Brewbakers; the staff will walk you through the steps and call you when your creation is done. 7242 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-5506; brewbakers1.com.

38. THE BRUERY
The first OC brewery to work its way into the heart of beerphiles the country—and world—over is still going strong with Belgian-inspired beers served from a newly revamped tasting room. 717 Dunn Way, Placentia, (714) 996-6258; thebruery.com.

39. CISMONTANE BREWING CO.
Proof there's life east of the 5 and south of the Y—Cismontane (which means "on this side of the mountains" [1]) has a tiny tasting room, but it's stocked with beers that are worth the trip on the 241. 29851 Aventura, Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-BREW; cismontanebrewing.com.

40. HUNTINGTON BEACH BREWING
Surfing is thirsty work; a block up from the pier is a brewpub for refueling while your board drips dry. You can be a hodad and still enjoy the beer—just leave the groms at the table while you visit the bar. 201 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 960-5343; hbbeerco.com.

41. LEFT COAST
Left Coast gets overlooked in lists of breweries, unfortunately—it's still working on a tasting room—but the Hop Juice Double IPA, which is a bitter hop bomb California craft-beer drinkers should love, ought to put it back on the map. 1245 Puerta del Sol, San Clemente, (949) 218-3967; leftcoastbrewing.com.

42. NEWPORT BEACH BREWING CO.
Finding parking on the Balboa Peninsula is the hardest part of drinking here; reward yourself with a nitro-tapped Dead Cowboy Imperial stout. It's alcoholic bread in a glass—sip it slowly, and savor the dark, malty taste and incredibly smooth head. 2920 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-8449; newportbeachbrewingcompany.com.

43. NOBLE ALE WORKS
Give sports-venue management the finger by skipping the expensive scrum at the Grove, the Honda Center and Angel Stadium, and instead park at Noble Ale Works. Have a beer (an ESB—trust me even if you have no idea what an ESB is!), walk to the game, walk back, have a beer. Discounts for people in logo gear, too? Done and done. 1621 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim, (714) 634-2739; noblealeworks.com.

44. OLD ORANGE BREWING CO.
While not actually in Old Orange, the locals pack into the small tasting room on the weekends. Try the Old Dummy, an American strong ale with as much malt as a Newcastle. 1444 N. Batavia St., Orange, (714) 744-8410; oldorangebrewing.com.

45. PIZZA PORT
The OC outpost of this San Diego chain of breweries and pizzerias is right on El Camino Real in San Clemente, with a huge two-story restaurant and an impressive bar that serves guest beers as well as its own brews. 301 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, (949) 940-0005; pizzaport.com.

46. TAPS FISH HOUSE & BREWERY
The most underrated brewery in Orange County makes beers that regularly bowl over judges at the Great American Beer Festival, and it has the cheapest growlers in OC—it's worth the hassle of downtown Brea's apocalyptic parking situation. 101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, (714) 257-0101; tapsfishhouse.com.

47. TUSTIN BREWERY
You can't get close to the bar on a busy night, and you can't hear yourself think. Everyone in Tustin knows about this brewery. Try the sausage platter with your beer. 13011 Newport Blvd., Ste. 100, Tustin, (714) 665-BEER; tustinbrewery.com.

48. VALIANT BREWING
The newest brewery to join OC's burgeoning beer scene opens Feb. 9. While we haven't been to taste its beers yet, we're hoping for a valiant effort. Stay tuned for news! 2294 N. Batavia Ave., Ste. C, Orange, (714) 649-9811; valiantbrewing.com.


[1] Cismontane is not an Italian word, but rather an obscure English one. Edited Feb. 1, 2013.

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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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