Breweries with the highest ranked beers in California

In a world where only a few massive companies dominate the beer market, sipping a beer created close to home can be all the more satisfying.

The past decade has seen an explosion of breweries that operate on a smaller scale and offer a wider, and sometimes more experimental, beer selection. While craft beer is often priced higher than your average home beer, consumers are clearly willing to pay more: in 2020, craft beer accounted for almost a quarter of the US retail beer market.

Stacker compiled a list of breweries with the top 100 ranked beers in California using data from BeerAdvocate. All ties have been broken by the highest ranked beer. Keep reading to find out which California breweries have the tastiest deals.

#20. North Coast Brewing Co.
– Top 100 California beers: 1
– Highest ranked beer:
— #76. Old Stock Cellar Reserve (aged in bourbon casks) (Old Ale)

#19. Noble Ale works
– Top 100 California beers: 1
– Highest ranked beer:
— #64. Citra Showers (IPA – Imperial)

#18. Fifty Fifty Brewing Co.
– Top 100 California beers: 1
– Highest ranked beer:
— #49. Imperial Eclipse Stout – Elijah Craig (12 years old) (Stout – American Imperial)

#17. Moonraker Brewery
– Top 100 California beers: 2
– Top ranked beers:
— #72. Yojo (IPA – New England)
— #87. DOJO (IPA – New England)

#16. stone brewing
– Top 100 California beers: 2
– Top ranked beers:
— #54. Fyodor (Stout – Russian Imperial)
— #74. Enjoy By IPA (IPA – Imperial)

#15. Kern River Brewery
– Top 100 California beers: 2
– Top ranked beers:
— #14. Citra (IPA – Imperial)
— #59. Winter Beer (5th Anniversary Beer) (IPA – Imperial)

#14. Ballast Point Brewery
– Top 100 California beers: 3
– Top ranked beers:
— #80. Victory At Sea – Barrel-Aged (Porter – Imperial)
— #85. Victory At Sea – Coffee and Vanilla (Porter – Imperial)
— #97. Chabot (IPA – American)

#13. The Rare Barrel
– Top 100 California beers: 3
– Top ranked beers:
— #73. Card of the Sun (Wild Ale)
— #86. Home, Sour Home (Wild Ale)
– #100. Soliloquy (Wild Ale)

#12. Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
– Top 100 California beers: 3
– Top ranked beers:
— #52. Vastness of Space – Bourbon Barrel-Aged (Stout – American Imperial)
— #66. Double Dobis (IPA – Imperial)
— #99. I see a Dankness (IPA – Imperial)

#11. Bruery Earthy
– Top 100 California beers: 4
– Top ranked beers:
— #51. Sour In The Rye – Pineapple & Coconut (Wild Ale)
— #70. Oude Tart – Cherries (Sour – Flanders Red Ale)
— #71. Sour In The Rye – Peaches (Wild Ale)

#ten. The Lost Abbey
– Top 100 California beers: 4
– Top ranked beers:
– #seven. Duck Duck Gooze (Lambic – Gueuze)
– #ten. Kriek Cable Car (Wild Ale)
— #11. Cable Car (Wild Ale)

#9. Alpine Beer Company
– Top 100 California beers: 5
– Top ranked beers:
— #17. Keene Idea (IPA – Imperial)
— #24. Super (Barleywine – American)
— #39. Bad Boy (IPA – Imperial)

#8. Modern day beer
– Top 100 California beers: 5
– Top ranked beers:
— #6. Monster Tones (Stout – American Imperial)
— #27. Modem Tones – Bourbon Barrel-Aged – Vanilla (Stout – American Imperial)
— #75. Chaos Grid – The Final Course (Stout – American Imperial)

#seven. AleSmith Brewery
– Top 100 California beers: 6
– Top ranked beers:
— #3. Speedway Stout – Vietnamese Coffee – Aged in Bourbon Barrels (Stout – American Imperial)
— #22. Speedway Stout – Bourbon Barrel-Aged (Stout – American Imperial)
– #30. Speedway Stout – Vietnamese coffee (Stout – American Imperial)

#6. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
– Top 100 California beers: 7
– Top ranked beers:
— #8. Parabola (Stout – Russian Imperial)
— #21. Parabajava (Stout – Imperial Russian)
— #25. §ucaba (Barleywine – English)

#5. The Bruerie
– Top 100 California beers: 8
– Top ranked beers:
— #13. Black Tuesday – Reserve (Stout – American Imperial)
— #18. Black Tuesday (Stout – American Imperial)
— #19. Chocolate Rain (Stout – American Imperial)

#4. Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
– Top 100 California beers: 8
– Top ranked beers:
— #4. Westly (Wild Ale)
— #12. West Ashley (Farmhouse Ale – Season)
— #31. Season Bernice (Farmhouse Ale – Saison)

#3. Russian River Brewing Company
– Top 100 California beers: 8
– Top ranked beers:
– #1. Pliny the Younger (IPA – Imperial)
— #5. Pliny the Elder (IPA – Imperial)
— #15. Summon (Wild Ale)

#2. Monkish Brewing Co.
– Top 100 California Beers: 11
– Top ranked beers:
— #23. Adios Ghost (IPA – New England)
— #29. Foggier Window (IPA – New England)
— #36. Foggy Window (IPA – New England)

#1. Logic Brewing Bottle
– Top 100 California beers: 14
– Top ranked beers:
— #2. Fundamental Observation (Stout – American Imperial)
— #9. Hypermash Hydra (Stout – American Imperial)
— #20. Core Strengths (Stout – American Imperial)

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