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  1. NJustice
    June 22, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    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
    December 27, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    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
    December 17, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    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
    December 2, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    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
    November 25, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

    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
    November 12, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    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. Basil
    November 9, 2009 @ 10:49 am

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


  8. E.Reyes
    October 27, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

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


  9. Roberto and Jade
    October 27, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    Green Flash!!


  10. Tim
    October 23, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

    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.


  11. Ryan
    October 23, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    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.


  12. Larry Mon
    October 22, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    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……..


  13. Josh
    October 22, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    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.


  14. LoriB
    October 21, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    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!!!


  15. Mike
    October 20, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

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


  16. Jim
    October 20, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    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.


  17. Andy
    October 18, 2009 @ 6:23 pm



    • admin
      October 18, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

      What city are they in Andy?


  18. Tortoise
    October 17, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

    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!


  19. Jmac
    October 17, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    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!


  20. Robert
    October 17, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    Ummm… Why isn’t Lost Abbey listed?


  21. Alex
    October 17, 2009 @ 2:39 am

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


  22. Ryan
    October 16, 2009 @ 9:26 pm


    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!


  23. Charles
    October 16, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

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


  24. MC Ryan G
    October 16, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

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


  25. Goody
    October 16, 2009 @ 11:51 am

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


  26. doug
    October 16, 2009 @ 11:42 am

    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.


  27. Trevor Gerzen
    October 16, 2009 @ 8:35 am

    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)


  28. Daniel
    October 15, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    How the hell is firestone #1???


  29. Jeff
    October 15, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    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.



  30. Lionel
    October 15, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

    Gotta go with Firestone…


  31. Lionel
    October 15, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

    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


  32. thor
    October 15, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

    @ “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.


  33. MIKE
    October 15, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    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.


  34. Norm
    October 15, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

    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.


  35. Mike
    October 15, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    You mean there are other breweries besides Firestone? Why?


  36. Mike G
    October 15, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    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.


  37. Jeff
    October 15, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

    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.


  38. Stephen Johnson
    October 15, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    Stone Brewing company FTW!

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

    Hurray Craft Brewing!

    Boycott Monster! =>


  39. Nate
    October 15, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

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


  40. Chris Fisher
    October 15, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    Add Vote “Alpine Beer Co”


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