10 Great Breweries In Orange County

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San Diego? Oh, please. La naranja is where it's at these days for beer. We've got the space, we've got quasi-libertarian city governments who would love nothing more than to bring in business, and we've got 3 million thirsty people and easy access to Los Angeles. Here are 10 of the best.

10. Bayhawk Ales

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Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly
The longest continuously running brewery in Orange County isn't anyplace interesting--adjacent to McCormick and Schmick's in Irvine--and it doesn't have a tasting room per se (the Pilsner Room at M&S does not count as a tasting room), but you've definitely had Bayhawk beer before. It supplies the house beer at M&S, Oggi's and Lucille's, including an amber ale that's better, a little hoppier, a little more interesting than Newcastle.

2000 Main St., Irvine, (949) 442-7565; bayhawkales.com.

9. Old Orange Brewing

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It was only a matter of time before Olde Towne Orange turned into a beer-lover's paradise. First, there was Haven with its well-curated beer list; then the Bruery Provisions opened as a bottle- and flight-shop north of the circle. Technically, Old Orange Brewing isn't in Old Orange, located as it is in the industrial reaches of Batavia between Taft and Katella, but . . . well . . . close enough.

1444 N. Batavia St., Orange, (714) 744-8410; oldorangebrewing.com.

8. TAPS Fish House and Brewery

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Anne Marie Panoringan
It'd be easy to write off TAPS as just some soulless King's Fish House knockoff located in Brea (motto: "Beige Is Best"), except it's good. Damn good. The food's good, and the beer is first-rate. It's the little brewery that could--it alone brought home a gold and two silvers from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, not to mention Brewer of the Year for braumeister Victor Novak. Worth the slog up the 57? Oh, yes.

101 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, (714) 257-0101; also at 2745 Lakeshore Dr., Corona, (951) 277-5800; tapsfishhouse.com.

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27 comments
Alex B-z
Alex B-z

Both. I'm a former Weekling who escaped to San Francisco to save the world (pending). My hobbies include graduate school, listlessness, long walks to bars, and hating on Orange County. Specifically Newport Beach - where, to be fair, there lies an excellent brewery, the Newport Beach Brewing Co., which is one of my favorites. As is BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse.

Jose Manuel Perez
Jose Manuel Perez

Circle Cathaway in Disney California. They have a banana brew heff thats too good!

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Steelhead Brewing Co in Irvine because it is within stumbling distance of where I live. Also love Bootlegger's in Fullerton, conveniently close to the train station, and Pizza Port in San Clemente.

Jed Spellum
Jed Spellum

do you do anything productive or are you just a cynical hipster?

Alex B-z
Alex B-z

Any brewery that isn't in Orange County

Hmblemonke
Hmblemonke

Pizza Port and the Bruery blow all of these out of the water. The facts and reviews are there for all to see, check Beeradvocate.com, Bay Hawk should not be anywhere near the top 10, go back to school.

Mike
Mike

Too bad Left Coast Brewing Co. isn't on this list.  To set the record straight, Left Coast produces all the Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. Beers, not Bayhawk.  Correct facts would help with a story like this. Cheers!

Vernoncoleman9
Vernoncoleman9

Taps is one of my favorite hang-outs. The beers are great, the food is excellent, and the waitresses are sweethearts.

justin manfredi
justin manfredi

i love how the good ole Bruery gets so much national coverage! i feel like im a part of their success everytime i drink a beer haha! 

great list! 

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Dale427
Dale427

Hey! Why no Steelhead? The Guava-vicious IS! Eddy brews some great beer!

Dan
Dan

Orange County has a lot to be proud of, craft beer wise. Bayhawk....great? I would have gone with a top 9 =-)

DanGarion
DanGarion

So does Bayhawk make all of Oggi's beers?

Joebloww
Joebloww

Karl Strauss is noticeably absent here....

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

See, this is why I need to drink less caffeine. Thanks for the correction—you are, of course, right.

Jroggis
Jroggis

Hello,

Bayhawk does not make Oggi's beer.  We make our own beer in San Clemente at 1245 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, CA 92673.  Please feel free to stop by anytime! Yes, we should be on the list.  We won Best Small Brewing Company in the World at the World Beer Cup in 2004.  http://www.oggis.com/

Best Regards,

Shawn HadjisDirector of OperationsOggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

stoad
stoad

Except for a few of the beers that are still brewed at the individual Oggi's locations, Most of the Oggi's beer is made by Left Coast brewing in San Clemente.  

Paul Steven
Paul Steven

There is a reason why Karl Strauss is missing on this list...just saying

DanGarion
DanGarion

Awesome, thanks for the information, I knew something didn't sound right.

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

Karl Strauss doesn't make a bad beer, but it definitely doesn't have the small indie-micro brewer feel to it that I think they're trying to get at here. Everyone knows Karl Strauss, but probably doesn't know most of these.

stoad
stoad

Too bad the author omitted Newport Beach brewing and Oggi's Pizza from the list. Heck, even some of the Backstreet brewing locations make good beer.

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