The Orange County Brewery Tour Continues

Hey everyone, it is has been awhile, but we are talking more Orange County breweries again.  Just when I think we are on the last leg of the journey, more continue to pop up, which is really cool.

I read an article the other day about beer.  Did you know that beer contains the nutrients needed for human survival? The article went on to say that the health benefits of beer include reducing the risk of kidney stones. Beer aids in post-workout recovery and boosts the immune system.  So Cheers!

We will start in Central Orange County first.

Hoparazzi Brewing Company is located just around the corner from Bottle Logic at 2898 La Palma Ave. Ste D in Anaheim.  This great little microbrewery celebrated it’s one year anniversary in January and I hope they have many more to come.

Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, Hoparazzi has beers for everyone.  They offer a nice selection of IPA’s, Stouts and are doing some beautiful sours.  Steve has been brewing for over 15 years and his sours are unlike any we have tried recently.  They are very fruit forward and really great.  I am starting to love sours as they aren’t hoppy.

 

 

 

On our visit we met Lisa, the owner and she is so fun and very friendly. The tasting room has a beautiful and large bar.  She bought the wood alleys from a Midwest bowling alley that was closing.  Thinking she would plane them down smaller, she decided to keep the alleys in tact and just as they were.  With a new coat of varnish she built the bar and it is very cool.

The brewery is bright and so clean you could drink from the floor.  We all know a good way to tell about the cleanliness of a restaurant is to check the bathroom.  Well, at Hoparazzi, you must.  The bathrooms are spotless, just a bit different and for the girls, the floor has glitter and a mini chandelier.  You can’t miss this brewery, it is a great spot to hang out, enjoy some really tasty beer and lively conversation.

Stereo Brewing in Placentia is another newby to the OC beer scene.  They recently opened in October 2016 and are quickly becoming a favorite spot.  From the moment you walk in the door you feel the energy and hear the vinyls they are spinning on the turntable.

The tasting room is a good size, there is plenty of room for you and a group of friends to hang out.  They have a nice bar with quite a few tables.  If there is room at the bar, pull up a stool and visit with the employees and the owner.  He has worked at several breweries and been brewing beer for quite awhile.  After visiting so many breweries, you find a favorite and you can taste the passion they have in the flavor of the beers.  At Stereo, you will taste the passion and attention to detail in the brewing.  On the weekends food trucks make an appearance and are serving food. Check their social media as on some evenings they will have live bands.

Heading down south to San Clemente,  make this an all day adventure.  Walk out on the pier, shop in the downtown area and do some beer tasting at the 3 breweries in town.

 

Artifex Brewing is a small little microbrewery, located in an industrial park.  Inside you will find a few tables with a few on the patio.  The staff was friendly and very willing to recommend beers to fit with your taste buds.  We visited on a Thursday afternoon and the brewery was pretty quiet except for the brewers working.  We ordered a tasting flight and sampled their IPA’s, Double IPA’s, a red ale and a stout or two.

Lost Winds Brewing Company is located across the street from Artifex in another industrial complex.  This microbrewery has only been open for a few months.  The tasting room has a nice L shaped bar with a few wine barrel tables scattered around the tasting room.  Sitting at the bar is always the best spot to be, you can learn a lot about their history and the beers while tasting and talking to the staff.  The beers at Lost Winds were very nice.  They pour Saisons, Blonde, Belgian and Pale ales with a stout or two and a nitro infused Belgian Style Ale.

We met some really nice people from out of town who were enjoying a beautiful, sunny Southern California day.  Lost Winds is a fun spot to hang out with friends.  If you happen to find “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus” on the beer board, give it a go.

Left Coast Brewing is just up the road from Artifex and Lost Winds.  Here we met Sam in the tasting room as we pulled up to the bar.  Left Coast has a large tasting room and a large listing of beers to taste.

The brewery is owned by the family who owns Oggi’s restaurants.  They have big plans for expanding the brewery side of the business.  In my opinion, Left Coast is not a microbrewery and the beers are not brewed at this location in San Clemente, with that said, we found some dark, creamy and rich stouts to taste. We also tried their barrel aged stout and a roasted peanut stout, both were scrumptious. Sam was very knowledgeable about the beers and loves to chat with you.

In between tasting or before you head up the hill to the breweries a great little spot for lunch is Brick Pizzeria in the downtown area.  The pizza is incredible and now I understand why they were voted one of the top Pizzeria’s in Orange County.  Grab a pizza and take your leftovers with you to help soak up the beer.

Have fun, be responsible in drinking and driving and enjoy the breweries of Orange County.

Until next time, Cheers!
Terri

 

More Orange County Breweries

Anaheim, California is becoming a city of craft breweries.  The mayor has worked hard to open the city to these micro brewers.  There are so many now, there really is brewery trail around the city. So let’s discover a few more, and one in South Orange County.

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O.C Brews Part 2

beer flight

How time flies, back in April I posted about some great Orange County, California breweries and promised to review the rest of them soon.  Here we are in August and I’m just getting around to sharing a few more fun breweries.  Just when I think I’ve hit them all, more seem to be popping up.

When you think of Anaheim, California, let me guess Disneyland comes to mind?  While Anaheim is home to the mouse, it is one Orange County city that has become alive with breweries.

Let’s get started,

Phantom Ales, Anaheim, California
www.phantomales.com
https://www.facebook.com/AlesCiderCellar

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Phantom Ales is located in an Industrial area, nestled on a cul de sac.  The brewery is not only a microbrewery, they also have a kitchen which serves some really nice appetizer’s and snacks.  For the home brewer, they have kits and plenty of supplies.  Phantom Ales also offers home brewing classes.

The beers are quite nice.  The brewery is making some meaty, full bodied coffee stouts, IPA’s and the double IPA is light, and hoppy.

The brewers are making some great ciders.  The ciders are barrel aged and some taste like a  fine sparkling wine, perfect for a warm day and easily drinkable.

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Phantom Ales has a kitchen on site and they offer some tasty dishes to help soak up the beer.  The mac and cheese is the ultimate in comfort food.  The saucy is cheesy and creamy and overflowing with chopped Applewood bacon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noble Ale Works, Anaheim, California
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

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Another great Anaheim Brewery tucked in to an Industrial area not to far from Anaheim Stadium and a stones throw from Honda Center; a great spot to enjoy a beer before a Baseball or Hockey game.

Noble Ale Works has a good size tasting room with a few tables and a long bar in the side room which overlooks the tank room.  They have a huge big screen TV perfect for watching a sporting event with a beer or two.

The beers are unique, some quite hoppy,  the dark beers have a nice texture and thickness.  You will certainly find a favorite here.

The tasting flights give you 5 beers, of your choice.  Their Nose Candy beer is a 2015 Bronze Medal winner, is a Session IPA, light bodied and will remind you of a mix between pink Nerds, Airheads and a melted Big Stick popsicle.  Man’s Milk is Noble’s version of Milk Stout.  It is served on Nitro which gives a different taste.  The beer is black and gives notes of dark chocolate. The Naughty Sauce beer is a creation in partnership with Portola Coffee.  The beer is creamy, yet full-bodied and gives a hint of pecan pie.

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They do have food trucks pop in if you are looking for food.  We found the staff to be friendly and more than happy to explain their beers, flavor profiles and tastings that fit your wants.

Bottle Logic, Anaheim, California
http://bottlelogic.com/

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Bottle Logic, another Anaheim treasure is not far from Phantom Ales if you want to give them both a try in the same day.  It is a really cool spot to hang out and enjoy some great beer.

The brewery is a cross between Big Bang Theory and Nerdy chic.  The staff is really friendly and very efficient.  This brewery gets packed.  The day we visited, the line was out the door and it stayed that way our entire stay.  The staff manages to serve guests at the bar and keep the line moving.

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They have a nice outdoor patio, a good size indoor bar and tables along with a few communal tables in a side alcove.  They are going to be expanding in the near future.

You will find two tasting path options, The Constants and a Specialty Beer list.

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The Constant flight gives you 5 tastings, starting with their Blonde Ale, which is fruity and just a good smooth everyday beer.  Common Knowledge is a tad sweet and very smooth.  It is a traditional steam beer giving it a high carbonation.  The Lagerithm is a Dark American beer, while really tasty it is not as dark as a porter, but nutty and delicious.  The Calf Life is a Milk Stout and finish with the Double Actuator a Double IPA.  We added in a few extra’s, the Cobaltic Porter is a Baltic Style Porter.  It is a nice coffee flavored beer and very smooth.  The Neighbor of the Beast is their Black IPL.  Looking for something unique, the Teacursion is extremely popular and is their West coast IPA, blended with Earl Grey and Jasmine tea.

Bruery Terreux, a new one in Anaheim, California
http://www.brueryterreux.com/

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Bruery Terreux is the sister brewery to the Bruery in Placentia, California, but these two sister’s couldn’t be more different.

Bruery Terreux is rustic, yet trendy and a really fun spot to be for a few hours.  The tasting room is fairly large and roomy and they also have a fantastic patio with plenty of seating.

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The Bruery opened on July 8, 2016 and is pouring wilds and sour ales, all barrel aged in the barrel room.

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You will find 20+ beers on the flight sheet.  A tasting flight will give you 5 2oz pours and each pour ranges in price from $1.00 to $3.50.  You will have decisions to make from the Jardinier, a Belgian Style Pale Ale to the Berliner Weisse an oak aged sour blonde Saison to an Imperial Wit with notes of raspberries.

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The Jardinier is a nice sour beer, but fruity.  If you don’t love a real hoppy beer this one is a great choice. The Loakal Red is a hoppy American red ale aged in oak.  Random Summer is a barrel fermented Saison.  This beer is good and has a soft finish.   Beret is an Imperial Wit, it tastes like a sour but not bold and not real tart.

Share This, a sturdy Imperial Stout with coffee, nice and full bodied.   They are even pouring a Cordial BBLS, tastes just like a cherry cordial.  A stout beer blended with cacao nibs, cherry and vanilla.

Check their website and calendar for their food truck schedule.  Bruery Terreux is something new, exciting and a great addition to the Anaheim Brewery scene.

Again, just when I think I have hit the end of the OC Breweries, more pop-up.  It looks like there will be a few more posts to cover the other breweries.  There are still 8+ breweries to go and I look forward to sharing them with you in hopes you will find your favorite.

Drink Responsibly,
Terri