Anaheim, Orange County’s biggest city, boasts more than a dozen local breweries, ranging from ones with distribution networks far outside the city to start ups that mainly play to local audiences. While staying at the Hotel Indigo Anaheim, set aside an afternoon or evening to taste your way around the local beer scene. Here are three of the most popular breweries to visit in Anaheim:
Noble Ale Works
Known for its award-winning hoppy IPAs, Noble Ale Works has become synonymous with Anaheim craft beer. Established in 2009, Noble Ale Works offers a tasting room with 20 beers on tap, a wall-projected screen, a 48-inch LCD screen and front row seats to its adjacent brewing operation.
Some of Noble Ale Works’ most popular options include Nose Candy, an India session ale; Big Whig IPA, an American IPA; and the Major Nelson, a whopping triple IPA that clocks in at 11.9 percent ABV. For those looking for something a little less punchy, red ales, stouts and other types of beers are always on tap, too.
Like other area breweries, Noble Ale Works offers a full schedule of local food trucks that set up shop at the tasting room for an entire day or night. Popular options include Caribbean food, tacos, hot dogs and barbecue.
Bottle Logic Brewing
Science geeks will love Bottle Logic Brewing, whose design recalls an industrial-chic lab with zinc counters, metal stools and repurposed wine barrels as tables. Adding to the lab vibe is a small beer-themed library that lines one of the tasting room walls.
You will want to conduct your own experiments in tasting by opting for a flight of five core beers, such as She Shot First, a hoppy wheat ale that’s one of the brewery’s signature beers, or the Tattered Prince, a saison. Or you might want to sample what’s on the rotating taps when you visit.
You can pair your beer with a snack from a rotating line up of some of Orange County’s best food trucks on the large outdoor patio.
History buffs will enjoy the atmosphere at Anaheim Brewery, which is housed in Anaheim’s Packard Building in the historic Anaheim Packing District. Anaheim Brewery isn’t the first brewery to occupy the space — the original Anaheim Brewery operated there from 1870 until the enactment of Prohibition in 1920 forced its closing.
A local couple, who had previously lived in Bavaria in Germany, acquired the space in 2011 and opened the latest incarnation, which pours European-style ales in a taproom and outdoor garden overlooking Farmer’s Park.
A must-try is the flagship brew — Anaheim 1888 — a copper-colored, mildly hopped style that was brewed in the original, pre-Prohibition brewery. Other beers to check out include the Anaheim Hefeweizen, a fruity, traditional-style German wheat beer and the Dark Scotch Ale, a malty delight for anyone looking for a beer on the low end of the hop spectrum.