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Top 25 Bay Area Breweries on Yelp

While today, September 28, is National Drink Beer Day, drinking beers is a year-round hobby for many of us. Whether we’re bundled up next to the fireplace sipping a bold stout, trying the newest IPA trend, or simply quenching our summer thirst with a crisp lager, we’re always up for a brew. Lucky for us, the Bay Area brewery scene has it all and more! 

So to help you find your next new favorite beer, we compiled this list of the highest-rated breweries across the Bay Area. Stay safe out there and continue supporting local businesses, especially craft breweries who have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. 

Methodology: This is a list of the best breweries across the Bay Area according to Yelp reviews. We identified businesses in the Breweries category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. All businesses on this list were marked as open and have a passing health score as of September 28, 2020. 

San Francisco

‘Coffee & Cream’ at Laughing Monk Brewing (on Yelp)

Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco

Open for curbside pickup

FDR Brewery, San Francisco

Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating 

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, San Francisco

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

Black Hammer Brewing, San Francisco

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

Standard Deviant Brewing, San Francisco

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

Laughing Monk Brewing, San Francisco

Open for takeout and delivery

East Bay

A tasting flight at Epidemic Ales, Anita W. (on Yelp)

Hoi Polloi Brewing, Berkeley

Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating

Alameda Island Brewing Company, Alameda

Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating

Ale Industries, Oakland

Open for curbside pickup and outdoor seating

Epidemic Ales, Concord

Open for takeout and outdoor seating 

Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, Livermore

Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating

Novel Brewing Company, Oakland

Open for curbside pickup and outdoor seating

Ghost Town Brewing, Oakland

Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating

East Brother Beer Company, Richmond

Open for curbside pickup, delivery, and outdoor seating

Faction Brewing, Alameda

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

The Rare Barrel, Berkeley

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

South Bay & Peninsula

Hazy IPA four-pack at Hop Dogma, Brannon N. (on Yelp)

Blue Oak Brewing Company, San Carlos

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

Alpha Acid Brewing, Belmont

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

Strike Brewing, San Jose

Open for takeout and delivery

Hapa’s Brewing Company, San Jose

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

Pedro Point Brewing, Pacifica

Open for takeout and local delivery

Hop Dogma Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay

Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating

North Bay

IPA and Apricot Sour at HenHouse Brewing Company, Eric C. (on Yelp)

Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

HenHouse Brewing Company, Santa Rosa

Open for pickup and delivery

Cooperage Brewing Company, Santa Rosa

Open for takeout and outdoor seating

Health note: Don’t forget to check the business pages for the latest health & safety measures, such as contactless payment and mask requirements.