On Tap: Seasonal Craft Beer In Huntington Beach
'Tis the season for cooler weather and warmer flavors—including in our pint glasses. Every year we crawl to Huntington Beach's craft breweries for spicy sips of fall, and we're never disappointed. While you won't find the usual pumpkin on local menus, you will cheers to Oktoberfest lagers and tastes of chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Here's what's on tap.
Four Sons Brewing
Come mid-October, this family-run craft brewery is pouring an Oktoberfest lager with accompanying glasses. Later in the month around October 21, ready your tastebuds for "Up on the Rooftop," their holiday doppelbock brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice—and also available in bottles. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 8 p.m.
Four Sons Brewing // 18421 Gothard Street, Suite 100, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-584-7501
Riip Beer Company
Perfect for cooler temps and a fan favorite, Xoconela Mexican Chocolate Stout is on tap at Riip this fall. On its heels comes "I'll Be Gone Till November," a wet hopped hazy harvest IPA. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Riip Beer Company // 17214 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 714-248-6710
Huntington Beach Beer Company
Just a few blocks from the sand, HBBC offers their Oktoberfest 2016, a Vienna lager. Suds for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are still undecided, but word at the taproom is they're leaning toward an imperial stout and a triple IPA. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 11-1 a.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-midnight.
Huntington Beach Beer Company // 201 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-5343
Craving pumpkin? Your best bet for a taste on draft is to brew your own at BrewBakers. Tapping whatever guest brewers have concocted, the brewery can't promise any seasonals—but they can promise delicious house-baked bread. Pair your festive creation with their new smoked cheddar bratwurst wrapped in a freshly baked pretzel. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; closed Monday.
BrewBakers // 7242 Heil Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-465-9353