It’s craft-style, it’s special, and the newest brews have longer flavor descriptions than your favorite wines
Home to some of Orange County’s most celebrated craft beers, flight options include the Hoppy, The Malt-forward, and the BYO. Hop on the sour-beer trend with the Tart of Darkness, a stout achieved through a blend of sour bacteria and wild yeasts. If you prefer sweet, try the Humulus Palm, a hoppy ale with soft, creamy, coconut notes.
715-717 Dunn Way, Placentia, 714-996-6258, thebruery.com
Our summer favorite choice was the exotic Lemongrass Wit, a double-wheat ale infused with lemongrass, bitter orange peel, and coriander. Known for brewing small batches in large rotations, this brewery raises the bar by emphasizing the use of a “hopinater,” a flavor- infusing filter that allows infinite combinations. Picnic tables are scattered throughout so you can bring your own food.
130 S. Highland Ave., Fullerton, 714-871-2337, bootleggersbrewery.com
With a rotating selection of 38 beers, this family brewery, run by a husband-and-wife team, took little time establishing itself as a serious contender in O.C.’s craft beer scene. Grab a pint of the Jericho, an imperial IPA with notes of lemon, grapefruit, and crisp mango, or try a beer-and-food pairing, which changes throughout the year.
2294 N. Batavia St., Orange, 714-408-2825, valiantbrewing.com
This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue.