San Diego and the Bay Area rightfully draw the bulk of the Cali-centric beer accolades, but Anaheim is on the upswing in a big way, helping numb the pain of recent Ducks playoff disappointments. Bottle Logic is an experiment-minded brewery (as in “we very much know what we’re doing from a scientific standpoint," not as in “let’s throw some goddamn peppers and bacon in this beer and see what happens"), which could explain why its Madagascar vanilla, bourbon barrel-aged Fundamental Observation has people going fundamentally crazy.
Noble Ale Works carries on the West Coast tradition of having a way with hop-centric beers with aplomb, to the point that you might want to take the name of its highly sought after Citra Showers literally (pro tip: shower beer = good, beer shower = bad). Even the old Anaheim Brewery (which dates back to 1870, but, like far too many outfits, couldn’t hack it through Prohibition) has seen its name revived in recent years. Phantom Ales is a nanobrewery that also does some fine work with ciders and meads, and also doubles as a homebrew shop. Furthering Anaheim’s rising cred: The Bruery tapped it for Terreux, its sour-centric side project complete with its own tap room.