National Beer Day is not just another made up holiday created as an excuse to throw back a few pints. The April 7 observance marks the beginning of the end of prohibition. On this day in 1933, states were once-again permitted to sell low-alcohol beer and wine. Prohibition took effect in 1920, so April 7, 1933 was the first time in 13 years that people could legally drink again.
Lucky for us April 7 falls on a Friday this year so you can celebrate National Beer Day all weekend. Here are five breweries to raise a glass and acknowledge the 84th anniversary of this significant event.
1. THE BRUERY (AND OFFSHOOT)
This is the bar by which all breweries in Orange County are judged. All hail the King of Belgian-style ales. These brewers can do no wrong. Pick whatever inspires you and trust. Match that with a modern tasting room, complete with board games and, on most days, food trucks. One of Orange County’s oldest brewers, with IPA-producing Offshoot, specializes in experimental and barrel-aged ales. Its beers have won numerous awards, with Mischief, a Belgian-style ale, winning twice in national beer competitions. The Bruery Terreux Tasting Room – 1174 N. Grove Street, Anaheim, CA, 92870 714.905.7361 www.thebruery.com
2. LEFT COAST BREWING COMPANY
This brewery, headquartered in San Clemente, offers a local taproom in Irvine – a smokehouse and distillery. They offer incredible sandwiches and burgers, but their claim to fame is the wide selection of alcoholic beverages. Try one of their craft spirits, produced onsite: flavored rum, blanco agave, gin, vodka, and malt whisky. You can also sample these spirits in their hand-crafted cocktails, like the Paradise Shores, which features their vodka with coconut milk, lemon, and pineapple. They also offer an extensive selection of specialty beers from blonde ales to hefeweizens. (Don’t leave without trying the Orange County IPA, an India pale ale with oranges.)
3. GREEN CHEEK BEER COMPANY
Evan Price and his partner Brain Rauso are making some of the most awarded beer in the country, with multiple medals from both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. But for Green Cheek, award-winning beer is just the beginning. In 2020, they opened a brewpub in Costa Mesa, adding food and more fresh beer to an already successful equation. Compared to their Orange location, which is hidden in a business park as if it’s a speakeasy, the new Costa Mesa Pub acquired off Barley Forge is live and kicking located next door to The Camp and Lab, so once you have finished strolling the neighborhood sit down and relax with a pint or two. Orange Location 2294 N. Batavia St. Ste C, Orange, CA, 92685. Costa Mesa Location 2957 Randolph Avenue, Unit B, Costa Mesa, CA, 92623 www.greencheekbeer.com
4. LAGUNA BEACH BEER COMPANY
Laguna Beach Brewing Company is a beloved Orange County institution that has been brewing favorites since 2014. Its two existing locations – its Rancho Santa Margarita brewery, tasting room, + kitchen, and its namesake, the flagship Laguna Beach spot, which is also a tasting room + kitchen – are popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. Now those in Huntington Beach and North Orange County can enjoy LBBC’s wide range of brews, delicious lunch and dinner menus, and Instagram-worthy outdoor beer gardens.
From IPAs, to Cream, Red, Blonde, Pale, & Brown Ales, to Pilsners, Lagers, Stouts and Porters, and other creative offerings, discerning beer lovers look forward to LBBC’s frequent new beer launches, enjoyed with artisan flatbread pizzas, fresh salads, and delicious sandwiches. Also part of the fun at LBBC is an event calendar full of live music, trivia nights, and more for the community. Locations: 859 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651. Rancho Santa Margarita: 29831 Aventura, D, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688. Huntington Beach: 7631 Edinger Ave. #1512, Huntington Beach, CA, 92647 www.lagunabeer.com
5. DOCENT BREWING
Docent Brewing, co-founded by Brian Hendon, Joe Wilshire and Scott Cortellessa, has the sense of a schoolyard playground soaked in adult class where there’s something for everyone, and everyone is on recess.
Walking into Docent Brewing, the attention to detail and emphasis on community is evident. The bar, lined with smiling locals, is surrounded by massive vats where their beer is brewed on site. Around the bar is a large sitting area, where groups gather as if patrons are visiting in a friend’s living room.
After grabbing one of the more than a dozen types of beer (or wine), guests are able to challenge a friend in a game of shuffleboard, or engage in a raucous high-tension game of oversized Jenga. Docent Brewing is a great place to feel at-home, away from home. It’s located at 33049 Calle Aviador, Ste. C, San Juan Capistrano. www.docentbrewery.com.
Cheers Everyone! If you would like to go for a beer give me a shout!