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California’s Best Breweries to Celebrate International Beer Day

Across the world, enjoying a pint of beer with friends and family has become a favorite pastime for many, and the Golden State has nearly endless options! In honor of International Beer Day on Aug. 5, here are some of California’s best breweries, including female-led operations worth exploring.



Local Lager Specialist in San Francisco

Local Brewing, a brewery and beer bar in San Francisco, crafts small batches of locally made, handcrafted beer. Regan Long, a lager specialist, started the destination brewery with Sarah Fenson. The brewery creates interesting and approachable beers – all brewed on-site. With more than a dozen rotating beers on tap and hot sandwiches, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Female Brewers Strike Gold

The Gold Country region may be named for its valuable mineral, but it is also home to over 50 craft breweries, among which many are women-led. Visit Rachel Sabatine’s Around the Horn Brewery, a Gold Rush-themed brewery near Yosemite, or BarmHaus Brewing, a small independent European-style brewer in Garden Valley. Placerville’s Gold Hill Vineyard & Brewery produces classic beer in traditional style, including a Scotch Ale, a Dry Irish Stout and an IPA. There’s also Fort Rock Brewing in Rancho Cordova which was started by Heidi Wilder and a group of friends who turned their passion for great beer into a successful business.


Redding's Beer Scene

In downtown Redding, locals have turned their passion for homebrewing into a vibrant craft beer scene. Visit Ale House Pub, the oldest standing brew pub in Redding, or Fall River Breweries Co.'s award-winning Sherbet Drip beer. Pay homage at Carnegie’s restaurant, one of the first places to introduce craft beer to consumers. Visit Mt Shasta Brewing Company, a family-owned microbrewery located in the old Medo-Bel Creamery building, and is known for its high-quality ales and lagers.


Brewing 'Con Cultura' in Salinas

Woman-owned and operated Brew-N-Krew Ale House in Salinas pours creative brews ‘con orgullo.’ Inspired by her Mexican American upbringing, owner Marlene Garcia infuses unique flavors into her craft beer, borrowing flavors from the Mexican candy of her childhood. Similarly, La Cantina Brewing Company’s inventive tap selection includes the horchata-flavored stout and tamarind-infused pilsner.


Crooked Lane Brewing Company’s Female Brewmaster

Teresa Psuty is the head brewmaster and co-owner of the award-winning Crooked Lane Brewing Company in Auburn. With over 20 rotating taps serving everything from lager to doppelbock with plenty of IPAs in between, Teresa brews a beer for every taste. Make sure to try their award-winning Belgian Blonde Ale!


Rewind at Tahoe Tap Haus in Lake Tahoe

For the past two decades, Melissa Sig has owned and operated Tahoe Tap Haus in North Lake Tahoe. With 16 local beers on tap, Sig showcases a rotating list of local beers. At the adjacent Art Haus, a remodeled movie theater that she also owns, there are nine taps available among other offerings. 


Red Tandem Brewery in Oxnard

Red Tandem Brewery in Oxnard shores produces and serves high-quality ales and stouts on-site in its authentic craft-scale 5 BBL brewhouse. Located one block from Oxnard Shores Beach, the brewery sponsors a weekly beach cruiser bike ride and is popular for its new 12% ABV Triple IPA 'Big Trouble in Little Oxnard.'


What’s on Tap at Naughty Oak Brewery

Stop by Naughty Oak Brewery in Orcutt for a fun, relaxed vibe filled with locals who’ll make you feel at home. When owner Steve Kitts, a former Air National Guard and Vandenberg Air Force Base employee, and his wife opened the brewery, they named it after the red oak trees found throughout the Santa Maria Valley – the same trees used when making traditional Santa Maria-style barbeque.

Keeping It Local in Cambria 

Locals and visitors are always welcome to enjoy a hearty selection of beers at founder Aaron Wharton’s nano brewery 927 Beer Company in Cambria. Brewed across the street from the taproom, Wharton provides an authentic brewery experience with seasonal brews through 927’s barrel aging program. 


All are Welcome at LGBTQ+ and Women-Led Breweries in San Luis Obispo

Celebrate Pride and the love of beer year-round in San Luis Obispo. Be Hoppy Tours Co arranges brewery adventures for groups of 20 people. Unwind in safety at Humdinger Brewing or at city-centric breweries Bang the Drum, SLO Brew Rock and Libertine Brewing Company. Stop by female-owned Kulturhaus Brewery or Antigua Brewing Company, which grows its own hops on its SLO farm.


Central Coast’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated brewery known for its award-winning high-quality craft beers. With taprooms along California’s Central Coast, beers range from fruity IPAs, caramel lagers, tropical pale ales and other delicious options. 




In and Around Los Angeles County’s Beer Scene

Benny Boy Brewing is the first combined brewery and cidery in Los Angeles. Of its top five investors, 80% are female and 60% are POC. Beer Floats are created with Sad Girl Creamery, a small batch Latina-owned creamery in L.A. Independently owned, Three Weavers is the first craft brewery in Inglewood and is led by L.A.’s first female brewmaster, Alexandra Nowell. In Claremont, Claremont Craft Ales focuses on bringing fresh craft beer and a pub-like, brew-system tasting room to the local community and its visitors. The brewery is known for its award-winning, flagship Jacaranda IPA, with several selections available across California bars, restaurants and more.

Mujeres Brew Club: For Women Who Love Beer

Mujeres Brew Club is San Diego’s premiere brew club that aims to expose women to the rich flavors, history and culture of craft beer. It plans to use beers produced by club members and Border X Brewing, the all-female-run and Latina-owned brewhouse that has reimagined the stereotypical gender and race of the craft beer industry.

Orange County Breweries and Beer Trails

Santa Ana natives, Pete and Tony Adame and Jason “J-Bird” Venable own and operate Cerveza Cito Brewery. They specialize in Latin-inspired beers, whose ingredients — prickly pear fruit, Ibarra Mexican chocolate and ghost pepper spice, among others — reflect Santa Ana’s and Venable’s heritage. The Bruery in Orange County packs a punch with beers inspired by the culinary world, traditional beer styles, natural ingredients, vineyards and even junk food. In Anaheim, the La Palma Beer Trail is a five-mile strip that’s home to more than half of the city’s breweries such as Bottle Logic Brewing, Brewery X, All-American Brew Works and Asylum Brewing, among several others.