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Best Brewpubs in California!

Beer and food. Yumm Yum Yum.

Was just a the Sierra nevada Brewery in Chico. The beer there is great, brews you can't get in the stores.

The food is really good. We went for lunch. Stromboli, Fish and Chips, and Sierra Nevada salad.

The meatballs in the Stromboli were some of the best I ever had, On a toasted french roll covered with sauce and cheese.

The fish was excellent too, light and fluffy batter wnd the fish done perfectly.

The salad, with balsamic vinagrette and cnadied pecans and gorgonzola was made with various lettuces and heirloom tomatoes. Awesome.

The fires wer lacking though, they were the frozen type everyone has. Mine were cajun style but more breaded thatn cajun I thought.

I ahve beeb here many times and the food is always high quality, and the beers are just perfect accompainment to the meal.

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  1. Other good places in the Golden State:

    The Brewhouse, Santa Barbara

    Stone near SD

    Rock Bottom

    Ummm..my mind went blank

    Pick up a "Celebrator" beer mag if you can and look for the "Hop Spots" I imagine Sierra Nevada has a few Celebrators up for grabs.

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    1. re: Diana

      The Rubicon in Midtown Sacrmanto has some really good beers and fantastic food. Theri hot wings are the ebst I ahve ver had. All food made from scratch. Great burgers, french onion soup and cross cut fries..........

      1. re: Diana

        The North Coast Brewery in Fort Bragg and the beers at Piachi.

      2. The "Amber" and "Oatmeal Stout" at the Seabright Brewry in Santa Cruz are very good. The food there used to be very good but is now just okay. The only exception is: ask them to put gorgonzola cheese on their Brewery Burger. It may sound awful but it's a marriage made in heaven.

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        1. re: harryd

          My favorite brewpubs, hands down, are Russian River in Santa Rosa and Pizza Port in San Diego.

          1. re: naven

            The Thirsty Bear? santa Rosa? Great one. good pub food and some excelleent beers.

            1. re: naven

              Which Pizza Port, naven - Solana Beach or Carlsbad? Or does it matter? :)

              Though I haven't given Carlsbad that many tries, I tend to favor Solana Beach. I think Carlsbad is a bit more "comfortable", but I generally liked the in-house beers a bit more at Solana Beach.

              1. re: RB Hound

                Another vote for Pizza Port. Both locations are great, although the original in Solana Beach location can't be beat for overall atmosphere. I'm not sure what you mean about the in-house beers though. They have the same beers at both locations.

                1. re: mangiatore

                  They definitely have different beers at the two locations.

                  1. re: jturtle

                    Oh, I guess you guys are talking about beers in addition to the ones brewed on the premises. In any case, most of the beers are the same.

                    1. re: mangiatore

                      Actually no. They brew and offer different beers at all 3 locations. There are some staples at all 3 but they all offer a different selection. This is why when they enter in beer brewing competitions they specify which location they are from.

          2. Come to think of it, there's actually a pretty good brewpub in Big Bear. It's tiny, but the beer is darn good. the food is just so-so, but that's Big Bear for ya.

            1. I searched in vain for a brewpub in LA. There are plenty of places with good beer and food, but when I say BREWPUB, I mean they make their own beers. Gordon Biersch is a chain (they also own RockBottom) and all the beers are mediocre and shipped from corporate. Angel City makes great beers, but they don't have a bar or food.

              I heard there's a place in one of the downtown hotels. Anyone know about this brewpub? Is the beer any good?

              1. I'll also add the Half Moon Bay Brewery in, well, Half Moon Bay.