Craft beer has seen something of an explosion in popularity in southern California. It’s understandable, considering the number of great craft breweries from San Diego to Los Angeles. You’ll find any number of bars that have craft beers on tap. However, if you’re looking to enjoy some excellent craft beers at home, try these shops where you’re likely to find just about any beer you seek.
143 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
You don’t find many places like Provisions anymore. At a time when customers frequent big-box grocery stores, Provisions offers the experience of shopping in a neighborhood market. One thing that is both noticeable and admirable about this shop is the selection of craft beers. You’ll find a number of shelves lined with bottles and bottles of craft beer that you don’t find just anywhere. Also – unlike other markets – this place also has beers on tap. Just imagine how much you’d like going to the market if you could enjoy a cold draft beer while there.
Hi-Time Wine Cellars
250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
When you walk into Hi-Time for the first time, you might swear that you’ve entered some level of heaven that never occurred to Dante when he wrote “Paradiso.” Here you’ll find find more craft beers than you ever imagined – some of which are in a walk-in cooler that you’ll wish you could add to your house. Full kegs and quarter barrels of selected beers are available for your next bash. You’ll also find home-brewing supplies for your next batch of homebrew.
Bradley’s Fine Wines & Spirits
12932 Newport Ave., Suite 1
Tustin, CA 92780
You can’t help but be impressed when you see the selection of beers at Bradley’s. If you like to support local breweries, you’ll find a great selection of local beers here. However, the scope of the beers found here goes far beyond local breweries. You’ll also find beers like Pliny the Elder that beer connoisseurs see as something of a trophy. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it here.
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Qwik Korner Liquor
612 Baker St., Suite B
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For fans of craft beer, there is one part of Qwik Korner that is like a dream come true. It is a beer cellar whose shelves are lined with a truly impressive selection of craft beers. This cellar is a bit like a beer library. Sure, it may take a fair bit of browsing, but a) good things take time and b) with the selection of beers here, you’re sure to find something you like. Just make sure you give yourself ample time to peruse the beers available here.
Red Hill Liquor
3302 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
At first glance, this might look like any other liquor store, but on further inspection, you’ll see an impressive selection of beers in the coolers. Plenty of local beers are available here as well as beers from other great craft breweries. You’ll also find a variety of formats from six packs to bombers to 750 ml bottles. This might become your regular spot once you’ve made your first purchase here.