10 Great Breweries In Orange County
10. Bayhawk Ales
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
It was only a matter of time before Old
1444 N. Batavia St., Orange, (714) 744-8410; oldorangebrewing.com.
8. TAPS Fish House and Brewery
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.