We all know that California is home to some of the best Napa Valley wineries in the world, but it is also home to some top-notch breweries. From laid-back brewpubs with bay views to city microbreweries with industrial charm, there are a variety of options to choose from when deciding where you want to have your next local craft beer. Here are just 10 of the best breweries in the Bay Area.
10 Breweries in the Bay Area
Alameda Island Brewing Company
The beers brewed at Alameda Island Brewing Company go straight from barrel to bottle. From the Broadside Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in a bourbon barrel to Neptune’s Pale Ale with a hoppy grapefruit and citrus punch, the flavors can be tasted in flights as well as pints. Tours of the microbrewery are offered, as well as an inviting outdoor patio.
Cleophus Quealy Beer Company
One of the most top-rated weekend breweries in the Bay Area, the Cleophus Quealy Beer Company creates small batch Belgian-inspired beers with an original flair. The dog-and-kid-friendly tasting room hosts a Spring Music Series, and has hosted several events, such as the March Bluegrass Jam, Chilaquiles & Chill, and Figs & Fiddles.
21st Amendment Brewery
The 21st Amendment Brewery offers a full-service pub, with San Francisco beers on tap and weekend brunch along with the regular food fare. In the heart of the new city center and just two blocks from the San Francisco Giants baseball park, the location can’t be beat. The 21st amendment repealed Prohibition, by the way, so we can all be grateful!
Drake’s Brewing Co.
Located in San Leandro, CA, Drake’s Brewing Co. has been brewing clean, high-quality, and hoppy beers since 1989. A huge draw to Drake’s is the community atmosphere and true passion for beer.
Linden Street Brewery
From the New Oakland Glow Bohemian Pilsner to the Burning Oak Black Lager, the beers of Linden Street Brewery are crafted in small batches with imported malts and fresh hops.
Fieldwork Brewing Co.
Fieldwork Brewing Co.’s tap room is located in Berkeley, CA, and offers drafts along with scrumptious bites from the kitchen. Choose from roasted almonds, tomato bisque, herbed fromage blanc, a variety of pasties, and more to wash down with your choice beer.
Diving Dog Brewhouse
Breweries in the Bay Area are prevalent, but Diving Dog Brewhouse offers BOP (brewing on the premises). Diving Dog provides the recipes, ingredients, and instruction to brew and bottle your very own beer, as well as a custom label for your creation!
Hot Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge
The industrial chic setting of Hot Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge is a draw, but the truffle popcorn and projected movies are really the kickers! This brewery is also known for live music, with a variety of hip-hop and underground artists.
Triple Voodoo Brewery
Triple Voodoo Brewery in historic San Francisco has a tap room featuring 16 rotating taps of their craft beers. From taster flights to growler fills, you can get your beer fix. Snacks are also for sale at the bar, and food from local restaurants can be ordered through the bar staff! This one is dog-friendly too.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Located right near Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay, this is one of our personal favorite breweries in the Bay Area. With a restaurant and brewery, as well as a huge outdoor space with beautiful views, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a great place to sit with friends and relax over some drinks and food. Beers are crafted at the in-house brewery, and weekly specials include $3 beers on Tuesday chosen by the brewmaster, $9 Growler refills on Monday, and kids eat free on Wednesday!
Then Come Home to Mill Rose Inn
After you’re done tasting what some of the best breweries in the Bay Area have to offer, come back to Mill Rose Inn and relax in the garden jacuzzi. For more ideas on what to do in the Bay Area, download our free vacation guide!