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Best Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries in Orange County

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Noble Ale Works

Noble Ale Works is a microbrewery located right next to Angels Stadium. The tasting room is bedecked with Anaheim Angels paraphernalia, from banners to signed jerseys. Aside from this and their TV (to watch Angels games, of course), the decor is spartan, all the better to not distract from the main attraction, the beer. At the tasting room, you can sample 12 beers on tap, most of them their special seasonal beers, although of course regular year-round beers are available too. Beers on tap rotate often, so multiple trips can result in completely different experiences every time. Aside from regular open hours, the tasting room is also open before, during and after any Angels or Ducks home games.

Anaheim, CA, United States
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Orange Coast Winery

Orange Coast Winery calls itself an "Urban Micro-Winery," and that title couldn't be more apt. Located in the industrial district in Newport Beach, this winery may be small but it's known for its big taste! Only a few streets away from the sea, this winery grows its own grapes to make its own unique blend. Visit the tasting room and try their different wines. Don't be surprised if you think their wine is even better then a wine from France or Napa Valley.

Newport Beach, CA, United States
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Anaheim Brewery

The Anaheim Brewery's tasting room features a 30-foot long bar salvaged from a defunct local saloon where the barkeeps serve eight of the brewery's beers on tap. From the flagship Anaheim 1888 to their oatmeal stout and Dopplebock, each brew has it's own character. And with views that overlook Farmer's Park, the ambience is downright perfect in their 100-seat beer garden. If you come on Tuesday night, be prepared for plenty of tacos, they accompany the beers perfectly and Wednesday night features trivia time with 'Geeks Who Drink'.

Anaheim, CA, United States
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The Bruery

The Bruery operates from the heart of Placentia, offering locally made craft beer that plays with the conventions of Belgian brewing. Started by brothers Patrick and Michael Rue, Bruery is the end result of a passion for home brewing and a love of experimentation. Several exotic ingredients form the basis for these innovative brews, fresh picked lavender and Thai basil making appearances in otherwise conventional ales. To further this quality, Bruery ensures that its brews are never filtered or pasteurize, retaining every ounce of their original character. The Bruery's unique flavors and passionate ethos make it a worthwhile stop during tasting hours.

Placentia, CA, United States
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Laguna Canyon Winery

Orange County is not known for wine production. However, Laguna Canyon Winery stands as proof that with the right measure of tender loving care, enological brilliance can be squeezed from a region previously untapped. First and foremost, the operation is a small one, allowing for an attention to detail not possible in big-time wineries. Another important secret is that the grapes do not actually come from Orange County. Instead, vintners truck in the finest product from points north. Finally, the winery's fruit-forward approach to the craft results in bottles that mesh perfectly with the warm and sunny climate.

Laguna Beach, CA, United States
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Bootlegger's Brewery Tasting Room

Bootlegger's Brewery is one of Orange County's premiere small artisan breweries, using a small batch process to brew their beers which leads to incredible creativity in the beermaking process and, of course, final product. The Bootlegger's tasting room allows beer lovers to taste most, if not all, their craft brews either on tap by the half pint or pint or you can pick up bottled beers, growlers and kegs to go. The brewery has five beers available year round: their hefeweisen, pale ale, IPA, "Black Phoenix" chipotle coffee stout and "Golden Chaos" Belgian-style golden ale. In addition to these regular beers, there are an additional 13 seasonal and limited release beers available throughout the year, ranging from mint chocolate porter and pumpkin ale to browns, double IPAs and more.

Fullerton, CA, United States
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