California State Route 1 is known by many in the U.S. as one of the meccas of national road trips. It runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California and runs for about 650 miles. The views are gorgeous and you will be close enough to the ocean to nearly taste it for the whole drive. It is a long trip – so to kick your road trip off we mapped out some of our favorite breweries near the coast starting from San Diego and ending right around Redondo Beach. It’s a long drive so expect part two in the future!
Enjoy the views – and the brews!
San Diego, California
If you are in the area then you should find out firsthand why Stone Brewing has been called the “All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” TWICE by BeerAdvocate magazine. Their small menu of shareable items is crafted to pair with their rotating roster of robust in-house beers. Perfect.
San Diego, California
What started as inhouse brewing project in a coastal Mediterannean restaurant on the outskirts of San Diego quickly grew into its own brewery. Amplified Ale works focus on, “West Coast style ales, sessionable ales and lagers, and a variety of unique, experimental batches.” All of their beers are gluten-reduced so everyone can enjoy them!
You’ll have to come a bit inland for this one – but trust me, it will be worth it. Their dog friendly tasting room has a great rotating list of in-house beers that you can keep updated with their draft cam. Their Thursday night bingo is known for getting exceptionally cutthroat as guests try to compete for special Culver Brewery themed prizes. You can get a Culver Brew to go in a growler if you choose – or rent a whole keg if you are throwing a party. Although having a whole keg of their Tiger Ride Belgian Blonde could be dangerous.
Just steps away from the town’s iconic pier, Breakwater Brewing’s laid back restaurant is the perfect environment to enjoy the perfect beer with one of their signature pizzas. Get a taste of California with a tall glass of their signature “Kali Kush” pale ale.
Santa Ana, California
The Good Beer Company’s tasting room will take your breath away with its unique build. It is surrounded by brick walls and exposed wood ceilings from the 1880s. The quick trip inland from the coast will be so worth it when you enter for the first time. Everything is compact and you will be able to see and smell the production of everything that is on the current tap list while you taste it. This ‘Good Beer’ is anything but ordinary and will leave you searching with adjectives to describe it.
Huntington Beach, California
What started as a home brewery project in a garage has flourished into something beautiful. They dubbed themselves, ‘modern day milkmen’ as they delivered their batches of beer to thirsty customers before being able to afford a tasting room for their product. Today people can enjoy Riip Brewing Company’s beer in their tasting room located right on the gorgeous pacific coast highway on Huntington Beach. Staying true to their roots – they still offer delivery to their loyal customers. So you can enjoy one of their many beers in Riip Brewing’s house…or your own house.
Redondo Beach, California
Oceanside and Beer is one of our favorite combos. If you make it all the way to Redondo Beach then you should absolutely make King Harbor Brewing Company’s waterfront tasting room a destination. Hear the crash of the waves as you make your way through their tap list. They have a fantastic array of King Harbor beers – you are bound to fall in love with something here. Whether it be a brew or the ocean.
It’s a scientific fact (Maybe) that all activities’ enjoyments are multiplied when you get to do them by a body of water. Grilling, napping, eating and especially drinking. And the ocean might be the king of ‘bodies of water.’ Stay tuned as we continue to make our way up the coast and pick our favorite breweries along the path.