A Taste of Our Favorite Orange County Breweries

orange-county-local-breweries

Few things pair better with a sunny day at the beach than an ice cold craft beer. And, when you add supporting a local business into the equation, there is truly no better way to spend an afternoon.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way we live, work, and play, it is becoming increasingly important to support our local Orange County businesses. So, why not enjoy a tasty meal paired with your favorite beer at the same time? Below, we’re sharing some of our favorite Orange County breweries that offer outdoor seating, delicious food, and a great selection of local craft beers.

Cheers!

Left Coast Brewing Company

1245 Puerta Del Sol
San Clemente, CA 92673
7 Days a Week: 12PM-7PM

6652 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Mon-Thurs: 11AM-10PM
Fri-Sat: 11AM-11PM
Sunday: 10AM-9PM

With locations in both San Clemente and Irvine, Left Coast Brewing is at the top of our “must-visit” list. Family owned and operated, the independent brewery began its craft in San Clemente in 2004. Now, they have 23+ awards under their belt, have grown to 11,000+ barrels, and can be found in local restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and more! If you’d like to have a bite with your beer, the Irvine location offers a wide menu selection. In San Clemente, you’ll have the sun, surf, and sand to complement your drink of choice.

Artifex Brewing Company

919 Calle Amanecer
San Clemente, CA 92673
Mon-Thurs: 2PM-8PM
Fri-Sun: 12PM-8PM

98 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
Mon-Thurs: 2PM-9PM
Fri-Sun: 12PM-10PM

Artifex Brewing Company has two locations in San Clemente, giving you double the opportunity to taste their beers which, in their own words, are a “labor of love.” With food trucks, outdoor dining, and to-go options available, Artifex is a great local brewery to show your support to, while enjoying a delicious treat.

Lost Winds Brewing Company

924 Calle Negocio, Ste C
San Clemente, CA 92673
Mon-Thurs: 2PM-8PM
Fri-Sun: 12PM-8PM

Whether you’re a casual beer drinker who prefers lighter ales or a craft beer enthusiast seeking hoppy IPAs, sours, stouts, saisons, and barrel-aged beers, Lost Winds Brewing Company’s goal  is to create thoughtfully-made craft beer for the masses. Named after the local surf break and beach, Lost Winds is a San Clemente favorite, offering good company, great beers, and outdoor seating to enjoy a beverage and tasty meal from a local food truck.

Pizza Port

301 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
Sun-Thurs: 11AM-10PM
Fri-Sat: 11AM-11PM

No local brewery list would be complete without Pizza Port. Though originally founded in Solana Beach, just south of Orange County, Pizza Port opened the doors of its third location in San Clemente in 2003, and has supported our local communities and breweries ever since. Plus, who doesn’t love pizza and beer? In addition to serving up their own tasty, award-winning beers, Pizza Port carries local guest brews on tap, too. You can check their San Clemente tap cam here.

Coming Soon: Los Molinos Beer Company

151 Calle San Clemente
San Clemente, CA 92672

A brand-new brewery is coming soon to San Clemente and we are excited to try another local craft brewery. Until we know more, we’re following along with Los Molinos Beer Company on Instagram for updates!

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Los Molinos Beer (@losmolinosbeer)

Station Craft

34150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
Sun-Fri: 12PM-8PM
Saturday: 10AM-8PM

This brand-new brewery is now gracing Dana Point with its beers and Station Bites. With takeout orders for when dine-in isn’t an option and a large patio for when it is, Station Craft is sure to be a Dana Point hotspot for many years to come.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Station Craft (@stationcraftdp)

Capistrano Brewing

31721 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Wed-Thurs: 12PM-8PM
Fri-Sat:11AM-9PM
Sun: 11AM-8PM
Mon-Tues: Closed

Located in Old Town San Juan Capistrano, this local brewery has tons of outdoor space for you to enjoy your beer, plus some barbecue from Heritage Barbecue. According to some 5-star Yelp reviews, Capistrano Brewing offers an “awesome outdoor patio to sit and enjoy your beer with friends and take in the beautiful views of The Mission and the mountains.” Sounds like a perfect way to spend your day off, if you ask us!

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Capistrano Brewing Co. (@capobrew)

Docent Brewing

33049 Calle Aviador, Ste C
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Mon-Tues, Thurs: 11AM-8PM
Wed, Fri-Sat: 11AM-9PM
Sunday: 11AM-7PM

Docent, by definition, is a person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or even brewery. The philosophy at Docent Brewing is to influence craft beer culture and support local small businesses, two things we love as well! Staying true to what they know best, their menu offers eats inspired by all things fermented, such as kimchi, jalapeños, and sweet pickles. Stop by for good food and good beer in their “garden.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Docent Brewing (@docentbrewing)

Laguna Beach Beer Company

859 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Sun-Wed: 12PM-6PM
Thurs-Sat: 12PM-7PM

29851 Aventura, D
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Mon-Wed: 3PM-8PM
Thursday: 12PM-8PM
Friday: 12PM-9PM
Saturday: 11AM-9PM
Sunday: 11AM-7PM

7631 Edinger Ave. #1512
Huntington Beach,CA 92647
Mon-Wed: 3PM-8PM
Thursday: 12PM-8PM
Friday: 12PM-9PM
Saturday: 11AM-9PM
Sunday: 11AM-7PM

With three locations in Orange County, Laguna Beach Beer Company is definitely a local’s favorite. Founded in 2014 out of a passion for craft beer by two Laguna Beach natives and childhood buddies, LBBC seeks to create beers that are delicious, not pretentious. In their beers, food, and locations, they truly embody the Laguna Beach icons of surf, art, and beauty.

Ready to go try a new Orange County brewery? We’d love to know what you think. Get in touch to tell us all about your favorite local brewery or ask us for more local recommendations.