Best Southern California Craft Brewery?

Best Southern California Brewery is proud to round out our Best <XXX> Craft Brewery Polls with the Best Southern California Craft Brewery Poll.  This poll is to promote some of the greatest brewers in the region and most of all, to have fun.  Vote with spirit, but don’t take this too seriously. This will be hard, as many of these breweries make some of the best beer not only in the area, but in the entire world. Please read tips below the list of breweries.

Polls close November 25, 2009 at 5PM PST

Best Southern California Craft Brewery?

  • Hangar 24 (23%, 383 Votes)
  • Green Flash Brewing (19%, 326 Votes)
  • Stone Brewing (16%, 280 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker Brewing (12%, 206 Votes)
  • Port Brewing / Lost Abbey (9%, 145 Votes)
  • Ballast Point Brewing (5%, 80 Votes)
  • Alesmith Brewing (5%, 78 Votes)
  • The Bruery (3%, 57 Votes)
  • Pizza Port Brewing (3%, 43 Votes)
  • Coronado Brewing (2%, 33 Votes)
  • Alpine Beer Co. (2%, 30 Votes)
  • Karl Strauss Brewing (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Firemans Brew (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Craftsman Brewing (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Bootleger's Brewery (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Firehouse Brewing (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Oceanside Brewing (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Airdale (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Left Coast Brewing/Oggis (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Skyscraper Brewing (0%, 2 Votes)
  • La Jolla Brewhouse (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Angel City Brewing (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Downtown Brewing (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Backstreet Brewery (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Telegraph Brewing (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Mission Brewing (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Main Street Brewing (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Cerveza Cupaca (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Lightning Brewing (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Ananacapa (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dale Bros. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Newport Beach Brewing (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bayhawk Ales (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,700

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  1. NJustice says

    Hangar 24, are you serious? Im not dissing them, but top socal brewery, thats a joke. The bruery is top, by a long shot, but your typical orange wheat fans wont like the complexity. Lost abbey is second, then comes all the other greats like alesmith, firestone, greenflash, alpine, etc etc. Hangar 24 should be on the bottom. The beers that matter are imperial ipa’s and stouts, and of course belgium styles. Hangar 24 does not excel in any of these. Look they are a cool company, but top I think not.

  2. Esmeralda Rendon says

    I love Hangar 24, It’s one of the top beers out there in the industry. I loved the winter warmer beer it was sooooooooo goooooood. My husband & I took 2 growlers home. Everyone out there just to let you know Redlands is rocking the beer industry! Love all the beers. I love their double IPA (its really dark beer) but i am a girl i can handle it. If you appreciate beer, then you can appreciate hangar 24. If your a bud light,corona,coors fan. You guys really need to cross over to some real beer & stop drinking a 24 pack to even get a buzz.

    my picks

    #1 Hangar 24, dog fish head (90 minute brew & 120 min brew)(especially bitches brew), arrorgant bastard, Chimay.

  3. Fyr13 says

    Orange Wheat is great. H24 has someting special for everyones taste buds. Give them a shot in Redlands. Love this place and don’t forget your Growler!

  4. jimmyd2 says

    The Bruery is amazing! The range of beers is unmatched and an awesome tasting room. My homebrew club did a pub crawl and that place was a highlight.

  5. SueBee says

    So, is the survey over, did Hangar 24 win???? I would say that all of the craft breweries are winners, much better beer and great people!!!!!

  6. LindaB says

    I voted Firestone… love their DoubleBarrel IPA, but I, too, adore Kern River Brewing! We visit every time we get up there for the car shows :)

  7. Tim says

    Hey Larry,

    Seems like you need to get out more, I’m in the industry as well and have heard of almost all of them, good luck to all the breweries involved.

  8. Larry Mon says

    What is this???!!! who the heck is Hanger24??? Not sure where this thing is being published/promoted, but the results so far seem a bit skewed. I never heard of half these breweries and I work in the industry……..

  9. Josh says

    I agree with Alex! Where is tailgate beer? Look at their webpage! They came from nothing. I like their blonde. Best golden ale in so cal for sure.

    Admin: add tailgate.

  10. LoriB says

    Stone Rocks….if you are a hop head, then your prayers have been answered. Start low and slow, then ruin your palate with RUINATION.
    It’s DEVINE!!! Cheers!!!

  11. Mike says

    Hangar 24..from no where to the very best in So Cal in less than TWO YEARS!! Why..try it and find out!!!

  12. Jim says

    Woohoo Green Flash, love the Firestone Union Jack but the Tasting room is for stuck up wine snob. Head down the street to the Pour House instead.

  13. Tortoise says

    Ballast Point has it all. Sculpin IPA is the bomb! Oktoberfest was great last year so I have high hopes for this year’s version. Keep it comin’ BP!

  14. Jmac says

    Orange wheat brewed in Redlands is by far the best beer I’ve had…. Hanger 24 get with the game hands down… Make the trip to Redlands and check this place out!

  15. Ryan says


    Well put!!!!

    ALT BIER, ORANGE WHEAT, HELLES, PALE ALE, IPA, and PORTER!!!! Too bad Polycot and Imperial Blood Orange are not year round….but gives us all something to look forward to!

    GO HANGAR 24!

  16. Goody says

    I vote to ad Kern River Brewing to the list. As someone else said, Just Outstanding is, well, just outstanding.

  17. doug says

    I haven’t voted yet. But, I would just like to say Southern California has better breweries than Colorado. I’m not a fan of the in-fighting amongst ourselves, but I’m always ready to start a battle with Colorado over craft beer supremacy.

  18. Jeff says

    I respect your opinion, Thor… but I gotta say the only Stone beer I’ve liked in the last couple years has been their collaborations. That’s just my taste. I popped an Angel’s Share a couple weeks ago, and didn’t find it terrible. It’s much like any other English style barleywine I’ve had in carbonation, and the flavor was fantastic. Not sure how much carbonation you want in Older Vis, either. The style doesn’t call for it to be too bubbly. I didn’t mention Red Poppy, Trolley Car, or many others they make well, but I’ll agree that their regular rotation isn’t as good as that of Alpine or AleSmith, but in my mind, their special releases put them above the rest.


  19. Lionel says

    Hmmm…not so sure about Stone Brewery. Their IPA is reminiscent of Dogfish Head and other undrinkable, over-hopped IPA’s. Add Kern River Brewing…Delicious seasonal ale

  20. thor says

    @ “JEFF”

    Yeah right, Stone makes incredible beer where as Lost Abbey struggles to keep their brews carbonated! I take it you didnt spend 30 dollars for flat angel’s share, or Older viscosity….I will give you duck duck gooze, thats a great beer, so is isabelle, but their regular lineup of beers are mediocre, and their non sour rare releases were terrible this year.

  21. MIKE says

    The Bruery all the way…They’ve only been in business for one year and have already left an impact on the brewing community. They’ve got an international fan base, along with a consistantly high rated line up of beers. I can’t wait to see what these guys do over the next decade.

  22. says

    It is such a difficult decision. Im not sure though if this will tell us the best Southern California Craft Brewery or the most popular.

  23. Mike G says

    Yeah, +1 on Kern Valley. I wouldn’t really vote for them as best, but they are up there. Just Outstanding IPA is, well, outstanding.

  24. Jeff says

    Stone’s overrated. The over hopping trick got old a few years ago. Lost Abbey, however, puts out amazing, complex ales on a regular. Alpine and AleSmith for consistancy up and down, but vote goes to the brewery involved in Isabelle Proximus and makers of Duck Duck Gooze, along with some more of the best sours produced in the United States.

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