Founded by Germans immigrants in 1857, it makes sense that the city of Anaheim has nurtured one of the standout craft-beer scenes in the state. Beer is in this Orange County burg’s DNA—and with more than 20 breweries, the city’s roster of must-visit brewpubs runs deep.
Joining the likes of longtime faves Backstreet Brewery (opened 1998) and Anaheim Brewery (opened in 1870 and closed in 1920 due to Prohibition; resurrected in 2010), flavorful Noble Ale Works has established itself as one of the city’s go-to brau spots with its 20-tap tasting room around the corner from Angel Stadium and the Honda Center. On the edgier side of things, the self-described mad scientists at Bottle Logic Brewing (2013) have an entire line of quaffable creations—the Proto Series—dedicated to those with adventurous palates. More recently, two other great places to sample delicious craft brews have materialized: Legends Craft Brewery, which has earned a devoted clientele thanks to its award-winning brews as well as a lively trivia night and a good selection of food trucks, and Phantom Ales Anaheim, a small operation that has a rapidly rotating “on tap” menu. Check websites for each location to find out about tap lineups and events throughout the year. A handy brewery map is available to download from the city’s website.
Another fun way to sample Anaheim's crafty suds: join a guided tour to get the big picture of craft brewing in Anaheim and beyond. At Orange County Craft Brew Tours, board a limo-style bus to visit three breweries, with plenty of samples and extra goodies. (Souvenir bottle opener anyone? Heck yeah!) In September, the annual OC Brew Haha festival showcases nearly 100 craft beers, plus other beers from around the world. Prost!