There are plenty of fine breweries up and down the North Coast. Below we present a sampling…
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GOOD CALIFORNIA BEER: Humboldt County Has It!
Mad River Brewing Company
195 Taylor Way , Blue Lake CA
California’s craft beer movement was taking seed in the late 1970’s when brewmaster Bob Smith began to dream of opening a small brewery. Smith joined a small group of people who were laying the foundation for really good California beer, looking for the knowledge and ingredients for excellent small quantity brewing. He teamed up with a small group of investors in 1989 to form Mad River Brewing Company.
After nearly two decades the company continues its commitment to brewing fine ales, using the most traditional brewing methods in an environmentally sound way. The results are award winning brews which have become widely known for their unique flavor and excellent quality.
Mad River Brewing is located in Blue Lake, just off Hwy. 299, where tours are offered and visitors are welcomed with a retail shop full of gifts, gear and good California beer tasting!
Lost Coast Brewery
617 Fourth St. , Eureka CA
Their own brewpub! That’s what pharmacist Barbara Groom and counselor Wendy Pound were dreaming about in 1986. Years of experimental home brewing started combining with planning, studying and traveling to pub after pub throughout England and Wales. By 1989 Wendy and Barbara were ready to for dreams to come true in the form of more good California beer and the perfect place to enjoy it! They purchased the historic Pythian Castle, a 100-year-old Eureka building, spent half a year remodeling, and opened the Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe in July of 1990.
Eureka’s year round average temperature, 55 degrees Fahrenheit, has proved to be ideal for top-fermenting ale yeast. Embracing the rich tradition of English-style ales, Master Brewer Barbara Groom adds Western Plains barley and wheat, plus pure, clean Humboldt County water, producing very good California beer.
Growth was inevitable. Outgrowing its original facilities, Lost Coast moved production to a larger site while keeping the cafe going, and now expects annual production to top 40,000-barrels, making it the 37th largest craft brewery in the nation, distributing good California beer in 19 states.
Six Rivers Brewery
Location : 1300 Central Ave. , McKinleyville CA
They call it the brew with a view. Another good California beer spot is Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville, a popular local gathering place with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean, terrific food, plenty of fun and great beer! Live music every night is another feature of Six Rivers Brewery, which values a good relationship with the community, supporting local non-profits by donating time, space and products. The unique beer and menu items use many local & organic ingredients. Visit Six Rivers Brewery for fun, friendly service, and a fantastically good California beer experience.
Eel River Brewing CO
More than just good California beer is offered by AMERICAS FIRST CERTIFIED ORGANIC BREWERY! It’s Eel River Brewing Company in Fortuna. Even non-beer drinkers enjoy ERB for their excellent lunch and dinner, including the best beef around. It’s locally grown organic Black Angus beef. Other favorites include Fish & Chips, beer battered of course, as is the chicken and the shrimp. Sandwiches, salads, desserts and munchies round out the menu with dinner specials every night. Other local Humboldt County products are also found on the menu, including certified organic cheese from Loleta Cheese Company. Any good California beer tour will include a stop at Eel River Brewing Company where the certified organic beer has won hundreds of awards, including the big ones: gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado.
Arcata, California 95521
(Behind the Minor Theatre)
Live Music! Great pub grub, including 5 various styles of Buffalo Wings! Best of all, speaking of good California beer, a rotating selection of twenty beers on tap! That’s the way to describe Humboldt Brews in Arcata. Bottled beer and wine are also available along with entertainment! Internet jukebox. Free wi fi. Pool Tables. Sports on TVs all over the place. Every Monday Is open mic night. Humboldt Brews is open starting at 11:30 for lunch every day of the week and late nighters can do that good California Beer thing until 2am Thursday, Friday and Saturday and until midnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.