Northern California is littered with craft breweries up and down the region. While these breweries are great, some dive a little deeper into the making of fantastic craft beers. At these spots, visitors can sip on beer flight tasters, take home their own growler of their favorite brew, and even have a guided tour to see the brewing process. Here are a handful of the best craft breweries in Northern California.
North Coast Brewing Company
This upbeat brewery is also a delicious grill, set in the beautiful ocean town of Fort Bragg. North Coast Brewing Company offers a wonderful assortment of brews, all made locally, all on tap. Not only are the craft brews here impeccable, but the food is just as good and pairs perfectly with the beer.
The Rare Barrel
This rustic alehouse is responsible for brewing some of the most delicious beer in the region. On the weekend, patrons can come, sit, and enjoy these crafts beer straight from the original tap. While Rare Barrel has a wide variety of brews, the craft sours that are made here are absolutely to die for.
The Rare Barrel, 940 Parker St, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 510 984 6585
Wildcard Brewing Co.
Wildcard Brewing Co. is probably one of the best breweries in the country. The care that is taken to each and every beer at this Redding location is hard to find. It’s a great place to enjoy a good brew. Whether you’re a brew expert or recent enthusiast, the people at Wildcard have something for you.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
From the on-site bar, to the expertly crafted beer, Speakeasy Ales and Lagers offers an amazing experience. There’s even an underground taproom decked out with Prohibition era decor. The tours are super fun with the knowledgeable brewers walking you through the entire creation process.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 642 3371
Mad River Brewing Co.
Pull up a chair at Mad River’s tasting room for some world-class craft brews and fun evenings full of live music. The brewery kitchen slings out some amazing eats, too. Public tours are also held for those that really want to get up close and personal with the beer, from beginning to end. Mad River Brewing Co. is situated in Blue Lake, creating a beautiful backdrop for your craft brewery experience.
Mad River Brewing Co., 195 Taylor Way, Blue Lake, CA, USA +1 707 668 4151