The first Pizza Press opened in Anaheim in 2012, and it has since expanded across Southern California and beyond. Diners are encouraged to publish (create) their own pizza or pick from one of the restaurant's signature pies, which are named after big-city rags such as The Times, The Herald and The Sun. You can pair your meal with one of more than two dozen craft beers on tap, which rotate regularly by season and region. While checking out the recently opened Pizza Press in the historic Rankin Building (built in 1917) in downtown Santa Ana, I opted for a Celebration.
Established in 1979 by homebrewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi in Chico, Sierra Nevada would become one of the pioneers of modern-day craft beer. Its first batch of Celebration (6.8 percent ABV) IPA was brewed in 1981, using Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops. Some fans of the seasonal beer swear Sierra Nevada adds cinnamon and nutmeg, but it's actually the malt that gives you those flavors of warmth. Celebration is bold with intense aromas of citrus and pine, keeping the spirit of the season alive.
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The Pizza Press, 117 W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 760-4425. For info on its other locations, visit www.thepizzapress.com.