Breweries with the most highly ranked beers in California

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February 16, 2022
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Breweries with the most highly ranked beers in California

In a world where just a small number of massive companies dominate the beer market, sipping on a brew created close to home can be all the more satisfying.

The last decade has seen an explosion of breweries that operate on a smaller scale and offer a wider, and sometimes more experimental, selection of beer. While craft beer often has a higher price tag than your average domestic beer, consumers are clearly willing to pay more: In 2020, craft beer accounted for almost a quarter of the U.S. retail beer market.

Stacker compiled a list of the breweries with the most top 100 ranked beers in California using data from BeerAdvocate. Any ties were broken by the highest-ranking beer. Continue reading to find out which California breweries have the tastiest offerings.

#20. North Coast Brewing Co.
- Top 100 beers in California: 1
- Highest ranked beer:
--- #76. Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) (Old Ale)

#19. Noble Ale Works
- Top 100 beers in California: 1
- Highest ranked beer:
--- #64. Citra Showers (IPA - Imperial)

#18. FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
- Top 100 beers in California: 1
- Highest ranked beer:
--- #49. Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) (Stout - American Imperial)

#17. Moonraker Brewing Company
- Top 100 beers in California: 2
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #72. Yojo (IPA - New England)
--- #87. DOJO (IPA - New England)

#16. Stone Brewing
- Top 100 beers in California: 2
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #54. Fyodor (Stout - Russian Imperial)
--- #74. Enjoy By IPA (IPA - Imperial)

#15. Kern River Brewing Company
- Top 100 beers in California: 2
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #14. Citra (IPA - Imperial)
--- #59. Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale) (IPA - Imperial)

#14. Ballast Point Brewing Company
- Top 100 beers in California: 3
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #80. Victory At Sea - Barrel-Aged (Porter - Imperial)
--- #85. Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla (Porter - Imperial)
--- #97. Sculpin (IPA - American)

#13. The Rare Barrel
- Top 100 beers in California: 3
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #73. Map Of The Sun (Wild Ale)
--- #86. Home, Sour Home (Wild Ale)
--- #100. Soliloquy (Wild Ale)

#12. Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
- Top 100 beers in California: 3
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #52. Vastness Of Space - Bourbon Barrel-Aged (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #66. Double Dobis (IPA - Imperial)
--- #99. I See A Dankness (IPA - Imperial)

#11. Bruery Terreux
- Top 100 beers in California: 4
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #51. Sour In The Rye - Pineapple And Coconut (Wild Ale)
--- #70. Oude Tart - Cherries (Sour - Flanders Red Ale)
--- #71. Sour In The Rye - Peaches (Wild Ale)

#10. The Lost Abbey
- Top 100 beers in California: 4
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #7. Duck Duck Gooze (Lambic - Gueuze)
--- #10. Cable Car Kriek (Wild Ale)
--- #11. Cable Car (Wild Ale)

#9. Alpine Beer Company
- Top 100 beers in California: 5
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #17. Keene Idea (IPA - Imperial)
--- #24. Great (Barleywine - American)
--- #39. Bad Boy (IPA - Imperial)

#8. Modern Times Beer
- Top 100 beers in California: 5
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #6. Monster Tones (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #27. Modem Tones - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #75. Chaos Grid - The Final Course (Stout - American Imperial)

#7. AleSmith Brewing Company
- Top 100 beers in California: 6
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #3. Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Bourbon-Barrel Aged (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #22. Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #30. Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (Stout - American Imperial)

#6. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
- Top 100 beers in California: 7
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #8. Parabola (Stout - Russian Imperial)
--- #21. Parabajava (Stout - Russian Imperial)
--- #25. §ucaba (Barleywine - English)

#5. The Bruery
- Top 100 beers in California: 8
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #13. Black Tuesday - Reserve (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #18. Black Tuesday (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #19. Chocolate Rain (Stout - American Imperial)

#4. Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
- Top 100 beers in California: 8
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #4. Westly (Wild Ale)
--- #12. West Ashley (Farmhouse Ale - Saison)
--- #31. Saison Bernice (Farmhouse Ale - Saison)

#3. Russian River Brewing Company
- Top 100 beers in California: 8
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #1. Pliny The Younger (IPA - Imperial)
--- #5. Pliny The Elder (IPA - Imperial)
--- #15. Supplication (Wild Ale)

#2. Monkish Brewing Co.
- Top 100 beers in California: 11
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #23. Adios Ghost (IPA - New England)
--- #29. Foggier Window (IPA - New England)
--- #36. Foggy Window (IPA - New England)

#1. Bottle Logic Brewing
- Top 100 beers in California: 14
- Highest ranked beers:
--- #2. Fundamental Observation (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #9. Hypermash Hydra (Stout - American Imperial)
--- #20. Fundamental Forces (Stout - American Imperial)

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