10 Great Places to Get Craft Beer North of L.A.


6. Wades Wines – Wades has a great selection of beers once you find it in the warren of units behind a stretch of business parks.  They have a great bar off to the right once you enter where their boutique Sundowner beers are served. Have a pint in, and then get one to go!

Must Try: Rosewood, their Brown IPA

7. Wolf Creek Brewing – You have three Wolf Creek choices depending on where you wish to go.  Be it Calabasas, Valencia or Santa Clarita.  Rob McFerren is manning the mash tun for the brewing operations, but has been more visible at events around town such as the Eagle Rock Session Fest this year.

Must Try: Yellowstone, their Pale ale

8. Institution Ales – This is a family operation as Roger, Ryan and Shaun Smith run this Camarillo brewery. And all you have to do is point your browser to their website to get an up-to-date look at what is currently on tap so you can pre-plan your taster tray.

Must Try: something from their Progress single hop series

…and the two non brewery locations

9. Darryl’s Couch – At the bottom of the Conejo Grade in Camarillo lies the Couch of Daryl.  Where you will find 11 taps that range from Modern Times to Heretic to Firestone Walker.  Like many brewery taprooms, there is no food but you can BYOF or order from the food trucks that rotate through.

10. Draughts Restaurant – If you need more taps and a sit down restaurant then head to Thousand Oaks and Draughts where they have 31 taps and a happy hour from 3-6 pm. You may find beers from Ninkasi, Barrelhouse or Hangar 24. Plus they have 19 TV’s so you won’t miss a minute of the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.


Sean Inman

Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.

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