With ten breweries in just five square miles, Ballard is quickly becoming a tourist destination for beer. In fact, Ballard is home to more breweries than any other Seattle or Portland neighborhood.
California has been a leader in the country’s craft beer revolution, but the brewing scene in Los Angeles has long lagged behind that in the rest of the state. While the tide is turning on L.A.’s beer scene, there is one area in Los Angeles that’s been ahead of the curve. The South Bay is a hotbed of craft breweries, brewpubs and beer-focused bars, and some of L.A.’s best beers are being brewed in the industrial parks that dot the communities from El Segundo to San Pedro.
San Diego County, California has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America.” The county is home to more than 100 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs. Based on 2014 sales volume, four San Diego County breweries rank among the 50 largest craft brewers in the United States. San Diego County brewers pioneered the specialty beer style known as Double India Pale Ale (Double IPA), sometimes called San Diego Pale Ale. Its beer culture is a draw for tourism, particularly during major festivals such as San Diego Beer Week and the San Diego International Beer Competition. San Diego County breweries like Stone Brewing Co., AleSmith Brewing Company and Ballast Point Brewing Company are consistently rated among the top breweries in the world.