Beers of the Bay: Where to Go From Here

While American Canyon certainly has its ties to the famed Napa Valley wine region, beer lovers should know this neck of the woods is no slouch when it comes to delicious suds. Any stay in the area should include a visit to a brewery near you, and we’ve compiled this list to help you plan your trip accordingly. Enjoy yourself on your tasting tour and be sure to drink responsibly along the way!

American Canyon

Junction Brewery & Grill is where friends and family meet in American Canyon. Their bar currently offers two delicious IPAs and a pale ale from their own brewery in addition to 13 other regional microbrew options on tap. This is a perfect place to taste microbrews while enjoying a meal, as their kitchen has a full-range menu of small plates, flatbreads, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and large plates including pasta, fish, and ribs. Come with an empty belly, leave with a favorite new beer and a couple new friends.

Junction Brewery and Grill

Vallejo

Just 15 minutes from American Canyon by car, Vallejo boasts two notable breweries of its own. Mare Island Brewery has two locations: the Ferry Taproom, on the Vallejo waterfront, is open daily and offers lunch and dinner alongside the brewery’s own array of beers and occasional musical performances. The Coal Shed Brewery, on the Mare Island waterfront, offers monthly tours and tastings and is happy to schedule a private tour and tasting for your group if you desire something more intimate.

Napa Smith, Vallejo Chamber Of Commerce’s 2017 Business of the Year, has a well-appointed taproom that’s open daily with 14 beers, including 7 of the brewery’s own, ready for consumption. Bring your friends and enjoy a bevy of classic beer hall games along with the brews.

Mare Island

 

Napa

Also a mere 15 minutes from American Canyon by car, Napa has more than just wine to quench your thirst. Stone Brewery has Napa River views to go alongside the brewery’s surprisingly large selection of beers  (tip: don’t leave without trying their IPAs). Fieldworks has a booming beer business, and their location at Napa’s Oxbow Market is great for enjoying one of their micro-brews in between wine tastings or while doing a bit of shopping on the premises. Last but not least, Tannery Bend is located at Napa’s historic Tannery Row. It’s the place where wine country locals go to grab a beer after work.

Sonoma and Fairfield

At a short 25 minute drive from AC, one shouldn’t forget these beer-loving neighbors of ours. Sonoma Springs Brewing is known for its handcrafted California ales, German-style beers and barrel-aged brew. Fairfield’s Heretic Brewing advises one and all to avoid boring, ordinary beer, and produces very flavorful, unordinary beers, like their Chocolate Hazelnut Porter (CHP).