Breweries with the most highly ranked beers in California

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November 9, 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 beers ranked in the top 100 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.

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#21. Societe Brewing Co.

- Number of top beers in California: 1
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #89. The Pupil (American IPA)
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#20. North Coast Brewing Co.

- Number of top beers in California: 1
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #79. Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) (Old Ale)
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BeerAdvocate

#19. Noble Ale Works

- Number of top beers in California: 1
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #63. Citra Showers (Imperial IPA)
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#18. FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

- Number of top beers in California: 1
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #48. Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) (American Imperial Stout)
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#17. Moonraker Brewing Company

- Number of top beers in California: 2
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #77. Yojo (New England IPA)
--- #99. DOJO (New England IPA)

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#16. The Rare Barrel

- Number of top beers in California: 2
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #71. Map Of The Sun (Wild Ale)
--- #86. Home, Sour Home (Wild Ale)
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#15. Stone Brewing

- Number of top beers in California: 2
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #52. Fyodor (Russian Imperial Stout)
--- #72. Enjoy By IPA (Imperial IPA)
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#14. Kern River Brewing Company

- Number of top beers in California: 2
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #11. Citra (Imperial IPA)
--- #58. Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale) (Imperial IPA)
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#13. Ballast Point Brewing Company

- Number of top beers in California: 3
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #78. Victory At Sea - Barrel-Aged (Imperial Porter)
--- #85. Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla (Imperial Porter)
--- #93. Sculpin (American IPA)
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#12. Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

- Number of top beers in California: 3
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #53. Vastness Of Space - Bourbon Barrel-Aged (American Imperial Stout)
--- #65. Double Dobis (Imperial IPA)
--- #95. I See A Dankness (Imperial IPA)

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#11. Bruery Terreux

- Number of top beers in California: 4
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #49. Sour In The Rye - Pineapple And Coconut (Wild Ale)
--- #68. Oude Tart - Cherries (Flanders Red Ale)
--- #70. Sour In The Rye - Peaches (Wild Ale)
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#10. Alpine Beer Company

- Number of top beers in California: 5
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #16. Keene Idea (Imperial IPA)
--- #23. Great (American Barleywine)
--- #36. Bad Boy (Imperial IPA)
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#9. The Lost Abbey

- Number of top beers in California: 5
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #7. Duck Duck Gooze (Gueuze)
--- #9. Cable Car (Wild Ale)
--- #10. Cable Car Kriek (Wild Ale)
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#8. Modern Times Beer

- Number of top beers in California: 5
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #6. Monster Tones (American Imperial Stout)
--- #26. Modem Tones - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla (American Imperial Stout)
--- #69. Chaos Grid - The Final Course (American Imperial Stout)
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#7. AleSmith Brewing Company

- Number of top beers in California: 6
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #4. Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Bourbon-Barrel Aged (American Imperial Stout)
--- #22. Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged (American Imperial Stout)
--- #29. Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (American Imperial Stout)

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#6. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

- Number of top beers in California: 7
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #8. Parabola (Russian Imperial Stout)
--- #21. Parabajava (Russian Imperial Stout)
--- #24. §ucaba (English Barleywine)
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#5. Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

- Number of top beers in California: 7
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #3. Westly (Saison)
--- #12. West Ashley (Saison)
--- #30. Saison Bernice (Saison)
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#4. Russian River Brewing Company

- Number of top beers in California: 8
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #1. Pliny The Younger (Imperial IPA)
--- #5. Pliny The Elder (Imperial IPA)
--- #14. Supplication (Wild Ale)
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#3. The Bruery

- Number of top beers in California: 9
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #13. Black Tuesday - Reserve (American Imperial Stout)
--- #17. Black Tuesday (American Imperial Stout)
--- #18. Chocolate Rain (American Imperial Stout)
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#2. Monkish Brewing Co.

- Number of top beers in California: 11
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #20. Adios Ghost (New England IPA)
--- #28. Foggier Window (New England IPA)
--- #38. Foggy Window (New England IPA)

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#1. Bottle Logic Brewing

- Number of top beers in California: 15
- Highest ranked beers in California:
--- #2. Fundamental Observation (American Imperial Stout)
--- #19. Fundamental Forces (American Imperial Stout)
--- #27. Ground State (American Imperial Stout)

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