List of breweries in California

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This list of breweries in California, both current and defunct, includes both microbreweries and larger industrial scale breweries. Brewing companies range widely in the volume and variety of beer produced, ranging from small breweries to massive multinational conglomerates. Since 1983, California has allowed breweries to sell beer on their premises, giving rise to numerous brewpubs and microbreweries.

Breweries in California produce a wide range of beers in different styles that are marketed locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2012 California's 458 breweries, importers, brewpubs, and company-owned packagers and wholesalers employed over 7,000 people directly, and more than 109,000 others in related jobs such as wholesaling and retailing.[1] Including people directly employed in brewing, as well as those who supply California's breweries with everything from ingredients to machinery, the total business and personal tax revenue generated by California's breweries and related industries was more than $5.1 billion.[1] Consumer purchases of California's brewery products generated another $1.1 billion in tax revenue.[2] In 2012, according to the Brewers Association, California ranked 1st in the number of craft breweries, and 19th per capita with 325.[3]

For context, at the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the United States, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 bfrewpubs, 1,412 microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries.[4] In that same year, according to the Beer Institute, the brewing industry employed around 43,000 Americans in brewing and distribution and had a combined economic impact of more than $246 billion.[5]

Breweries by county[edit]

Alameda County[edit]

Butte County[edit]

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company headquarters in Chico

Contra Costa County[edit]

Fresno County[edit]

Humboldt County[edit]

Kern County[edit]

Lake County[edit]

Los Angeles County[edit]

Marin County[edit]

Mendocino County[edit]

Nevada County[edit]

Orange County[edit]

Plumas County[edit]

Riverside County[edit]

San Bernardino County[edit]

San Diego County[edit]

San Francisco City and County[edit]

San Joaquin County[edit]

San Luis Obispo County[edit]

San Mateo County[edit]

Santa Barbara County[edit]

Santa Clara County[edit]

Siskiyou County[edit]

Sonoma County[edit]

Stanislaus County[edit]

Ventura County[edit]

Yolo County[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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