Your Guide to Anaheim's Breweries
Recently, we profiled the many places that make Anaheim Orange County's craft beer capital. After all, the first brewery opened here in 1870! Here’s an encore performance of that popular article, certainly something worth drinking to.
Since 1870, Anaheim's craft beer community has evolved into a rich mix of quality microbreweries and beer festivals. So, whether you're in Anaheim for Disneyland, family fun or a convention — follow along and we'll guide you through some of the best breweries in Orange County.
Asylum Brewing Co.
Location: 2970 E. La Palma Ave. Ste D
The Vibe: New to the burgeoning OC craft brew scene, Asylum’s beers are centered around all things that “drive you crazy.” With a soft opening already in the books, Asylum brewery and its industrial taproom will open later this month. Their menu boasts a variety of beers including the “Too Much Juice” and “Motorcycle Hops” to play off the very popular IPA trend in the beer community. For those without a taste for the hoppiness, try one of their stout brown ales or honey blondes.
Location: The Anaheim Packing District, 336 S. Anaheim Blvd.
The Vibe: Anaheim Brewery is a local institution with a famous past life; first opening its doors in 1870. By Prohibition, the beloved brewery was forced to close its doors, much to the dismay of Anaheim locals. Fast forward to 2011, when brewers Greg and Barbara Gerovac (no relation to the previous owners) reopened Anaheim Brewery with four flagship brews as well as a few seasonal drafts throughout the year.
Pro-tip: Don't miss one of their signature events including Founder's Day, Sausage Fest, Oktoberfest, weekly Taco Tuesdays and Trivia nights. Kick back with a pint in their beer garden by day and listen to the Disneyland fireworks at night.
Must-Try: Anaheim 1888: Copper-colored, full-flavored and well-hopped. Popular with today’s beer drinker, Anaheim 1888 is based on a style of beer brewed at the original Anaheim Brewery.
Location: 1072 N. Armando St.
The Vibe: While California has no shortage of quality craft beer, Bottle Logic Brewing truly stands out. The Anaheim-based brewery’s commitment to excellence and willingness to break rules makes Bottle Logic a unique tasting experience that has beer lovers craving for more. Keep an eye out for their experimental concoctions incorporating unique ingredients like hibiscus, pineapple, grapefruit zest and more!
Must-Try: Lagerithm, Back-to-back Gold Medal winning Dark Lager. Pours crimson-brown with notes of roasted nuts, toast and a hint of caramel.
Insider Tip: Before planning your visit, check out their food truck schedule to pair the perfect brew to the perfect meal. Not sure how-to food/beer pair? Bottle Logic provides beer/food pairing suggestions on their site.
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Location: 1884 S. Santa Cruz St.
The Vibe: Backstreet Brewery is a great place to hang out with friends, especially before heading to an Angels’ game. A short walk to the stadium — fans can either grab a pre-game beer or stay and enjoy lawn games in the California sunshine.
Must-Try: Nut Brown Ale. A malty beer that uses its hop flavor to complement and enhances its chocolate and caramel characters.
Insiders Tips: This brewery actually has a growler-delivery service! If you're nearby, check out this link for some tasty brews!
The Vibe: One of the wildest breweries in Anaheim, specializing in sour and farmhouse-style ales. Beer isn't brewed at Bruery Terreux — it's stored, blended and aged yielding some really unique combinations. Even if you've tried other sour beers, Bruery Terreux’s sours will wow your taste buds.
Must-Try: Any of the Frucht series. The base of these beers is stored in humongous barrels called foeders. See for yourself, we made a video about it!
Golden Road Brewing
Location: 2210 E. Orangewood Ave.
The Vibe: Big plans await this O.C. brewery. For now, you can kick back and enjoy a fine selection of brews on their patio or tasting room. The brewery famous for its hoppy beers is just a stone's throw from Angel Stadium and makes for another perfect spot to grab a drink before game time. Award-winning O.C. brewmaster, Victor Novak has taken the helm in Anaheim and plans to use his talents to create a range of truly unique brews.
Pro-tip: Keep coming back as Golden Road expands and adds restaurants, patio area and the capability to churn out 50,000 barrels of beer annually.
Hoparazzi Brewing Co.
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Location: 2910 E. La Palma Ave, Ste. D.
The Vibe: Hoparazzi Brewing Company is a start-up craft production brewery dedicated to producing high-quality, unique craft beer. Greeted by an "L" shaped bar, the focus of this brewery is on its beers. Making a name for themselves with zesty sours, look out for a creative combination of explosive flavors in your tasting glasses.
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Location: 2390 E. Orangewood Ave. #100,
The Vibe: Want great food and great beer? Then we're doubling down on Karl Straus Brewing Co. The renowned San Diego brewery just opened a new outpost in the perfect Anaheim location. Overlooking Angel Stadium, Karl boast a wide selection of award-winning beer, as well as great plates of burgers, sandwiches and tacos. This expansive restaurant/brewery is a great spot for business lunches, pregame meals or just grabbing a cold one.
Must-Try: Red Trolly Ale. This Irish Red Ale has hints of raisins and toffee with a deep copper color.
Location: 1301 S. Lewis St.
The Vibe: Owner Jay Talley has recently opened Legends Beverage, Inc. first tasting room here in Anaheim boasting a menu of well known beers like gold-medal winning American Lager and Double Karma IPA. Their comfortable craftsman-style tasting room is the perfect place to pull up a high-backed chair and chat with friends.
Fun Fact: Legends Brewery now holds the honor of being the closest brewery to the Disneyland Resort.
Noble Ale Works
Location: 1621 S. Sinclair St., Ste. B
The Vibe: Quietly nestled in an industrial neighborhood across from Angel Stadium, Noble Ale Works is the ideal haunt for 30-something beer lovers and sports enthusiasts. You won’t find fancy frills at Noble, just bold beers served with a close-up view of their brewing kitchen. Though Noble Ale's fun and funky menu (featuring beers like 24K juice, Swoll Patroland Naughty Sauce) is food-free, food trucks frequent the brewery.
Must-Try: Naughty Sauce on Nitro. A creamy milk stout made with high-quality coffee beans from Portola Coffee Lab. Notes of pecan pie, cinnamon and cookie dough run through this light-colored stout.
Insider Tip: Noble Ale Works recently won "Best Small Brewery" at the World Beer Cup. Adding to previous gold award wins for "That's It" American-style IPA, it's safe to say they know what they're doing!
Phantom Ale Works
Location: 1211 N. Las Brisas St.
The Vibe: A one-stop shop, Phantom Ale offers beer, wine and ciders in a macabre-meets-English-pub atmosphere. Here, patrons pull up a stool to the barrel-based bar or gather around a table to eat, drink and be merry. Phantom Ale sells only their own brews, a rotating menu offering a variety of audaciously delicious beer. Whether you're a beer novice or aficionado, Phantom Ale is a great place to go.
Pro-Tip: Phantom Ale also sells an array of home-brewing supplies on-site.
Must-Try: All Mosaic DIPA
Insider Tip: The food at Phantom Ales is far from typical pub grub. The ever-changing menu is made up of unique fare options boasting complex and bold flavors like those found in the Oink and Moos sliders. Many of the made-fresh items change frequently, in fact, we received a new menu half way through our last visit!
Unsung Brewing Co.
Location: 500 S. Anaheim Blvd.
The Vibe: Located in Anaheim Packing District’s much-anticipated MAKE building, Mike Crea has introduced UNSUNG, a brewery blending Midwest heritage with West Coast progression. Crea has curated a menu of unique drafts layered with uncanny flavors that are best paired with a plate of food.
Towne Park Brew Co.
Location: 1566 West. Lincoln Ave.
Towne Park Brewery is located along the train tracks in Anaheim, and when the industrial doors are rolled up, a space devoted to hops and good times fill the train station-inspired tasting room. With 20,000 square feet and a 30-barrel brewhouse, beer is truly the heart of their Towne. Aside from a place to have a great beer, this brewery is also a hub for the community to share ideas, make new friends and expand their influence. Think art shows, Towne talks, family picnics, birthdays, business meetings or just a place to try a new brew, it's all welcome within these walls.