Home to the most number of breweries in the country, California hosts arguably some of the most adventurous and audacious brewing to be found in the U.S. What is not arguable is the fact that California is ground zero in the development of the good beer movement.
In 1965, Fritz Maytag single handedly saved the venerable marques of Anchor Brewing Company from extinction and made it the first and only "craft" beer brewer in the nation. In 1977, a small microbrewery started up in a town about two hours north of San Francisco call New Albion Brewing Company. A few years later the laws were changed to allow small breweries to make and serve their beers on premise in what would be called "brewpubs." The first in the state was the Mendocino Brewing Company in the appropriately named town of Hopland in August, 1983. One month later Buffalo Bill's Brewpub opened in the town of Hayward across the bay from San Francisco.
These seminal brewing institutions were the precursors to an avalanche of brewing activity in the 80s and 90s that makes California such an attraction for beer lovers. The celebrated wine regions of California are restricted to a few coastal pockets up and down the state but its breweries and brewpubs can be found in almost every town or region.
The map in your hands is your guide to the "beer country" of California circa 2006. With so many breweries and brewpubs in the state, literally anywhere you go you are bound to find good beer. Let this map be your guide.
- Tom Dalldorf, Celebrator Beer News
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