Best Southern California Craft Brewery?

| October 15, 2009 | Comments (44)

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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44 Responses to “Best Southern California Craft Brewery?”

  1. NJustice #

    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.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm
  2. Esmeralda Rendon #

    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.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:24 am
  3. Fyr13 #

    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!

    December 17, 2009 at 11:18 am
  4. jimmyd2 #

    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.

    December 2, 2009 at 7:32 pm
  5. SueBee #

    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!!!!!

    November 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm
  6. LindaB #

    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 :)

    November 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm
  7. Basil #

    Why did you use such a disgusting logo to represent Southern California?

    November 9, 2009 at 10:49 am
  8. E.Reyes #

    Mission Brewing Company IPA is AWESOME!!!! and I like their Amber too!!

    October 27, 2009 at 11:38 pm
  9. Roberto and Jade #

    Green Flash!!

    October 27, 2009 at 10:56 am
  10. Tim #

    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.

    October 23, 2009 at 9:27 pm
  11. Ryan #

    Hangar 24 is the best brewery in the Inland Empire. check out the website

    There are a lot of great breweries listed on this poll, I hope you get a chance to check out the ones you dont know about.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm
  12. Larry Mon #

    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……..

    October 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm
  13. Josh #

    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.

    October 22, 2009 at 9:42 am
  14. LoriB #

    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!!!

    October 21, 2009 at 8:47 pm
  15. Mike #

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

    October 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm
  16. Jim #

    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.

    October 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm
  17. admin #

    What city are they in Andy?

    October 18, 2009 at 7:16 pm
  18. Andy #


    October 18, 2009 at 6:23 pm
  19. Tortoise #

    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!

    October 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm
  20. Jmac #

    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!

    October 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm
  21. Ummm… Why isn’t Lost Abbey listed?

    October 17, 2009 at 9:10 am
  22. Alex #

    Where is Tailgate? Tailgate beer isn’t the best but their brown and amber are superb.

    October 17, 2009 at 2:39 am
  23. Ryan #


    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!

    October 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm
  24. Charles #

    Hangar 24’s Orange Wheat. HANDS DOWN!!!!

    October 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm
  25. MC Ryan G #

    Ballast Point. Hands down. Solid lineup top to bottom.

    October 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm
  26. Goody #

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

    October 16, 2009 at 11:51 am
  27. doug #

    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.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:42 am
  28. I wanted to write in North Coast Brewing simply for their Old Rasputin X – Imperial Stout ( ). They create some amazing beers that are worth the taste.

    Is this where you write someone in? I didn’t see any where else to write a brewery in. Consider this my vote (unless, of course, it doesn’t really count)

    October 16, 2009 at 8:35 am
  29. Daniel #

    How the hell is firestone #1???

    October 15, 2009 at 10:40 pm
  30. Jeff #

    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.


    October 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm
  31. Lionel #

    Gotta go with Firestone…

    October 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm
  32. Lionel #

    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

    October 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm
  33. thor #

    @ “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.

    October 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm
  34. MIKE #

    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.

    October 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm
  35. 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.

    October 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm
  36. Mike #

    You mean there are other breweries besides Firestone? Why?

    October 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm
  37. Mike G #

    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.

    October 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm
  38. Jeff #

    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.

    October 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm
  39. Stone Brewing company FTW!

    Although, there were a ton of others that are awesome too.

    Hurray Craft Brewing!

    Boycott Monster! =>

    October 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm
  40. Nate #

    I would put an honorable mention to Kern River Brewing here. Love their stuff.

    October 15, 2009 at 2:31 pm
  41. Add Vote “Alpine Beer Co”

    October 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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