Here in Humboldt County, tours and tasting rooms are not just for wine lovers any more. Beginning with the advent of local breweries, and more recently with the appearance of homegrown cideries and distilleries, opportunities now abound for aficionados of other adult beverages to observe their favorite libations being created, and to sample the final product. Beer and ale, cider, whiskey, vodka, rum, brandy… the choices are dizzying. Made from natural ingredients, often local and/or organic, the North Coast’s skilled artisans have succeeded in capturing lightning in a bottle for lucky locals and visitors to take home with them. Be sure to call ahead for tasting hours and the times of tours, or to make reservations where tours are by appointment only. It’s fun, educational and tasty!
Redwood Curtain Brewing Company
Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., family owned and operated since 2010, is devoted to brewing multi-dimensional hand crafted ales and lagers for beer lovers of all types. Their expanded tasting room features 24 brews that are brewed right here in Arcata on South G Street, across from the Arcata Marsh. Redwood Curtain specializes in beer, not food. Since they do not serve food in the tasting room, they encourage beer lovers to bring in a snack or meal, or have something delivered. The Brewery promotes weekly rotating events and is open daily at noon. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm. All ages are welcome.
Mad River Brewing Company
In 1989, a home-brewer took his obsession with hand-crafted beer to the next level. Building from the ground up, using equipment outgrown by pioneers of the craft beer industry, Mad River Brewing was born. For over 26 years, Mad River has continued this passion by brewing traditional ales in the very same facility where the journey began, merely a stone’s throw from the Mad River in Humboldt County. Their flagship, Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, and their other award winning brews have gained worldwide recognition for their unique flavor profile and consistent quality. Through dedication to producing the highest quality craft beer, they continue to pursue outstanding ales and expand the art of brewing. CHEERS to great beer!
Lost Coast Brewpub & Café
Enjoy great food and award-winning beer in the family-friendly atmosphere of Lost Coast Brewpub and Café in Old Town Eureka. Enjoy the whimsical decor and watch for the giant spider and the surfboard that saved its rider from the jaws of a great white shark. Take 101 north to G St., turn left and go two blocks. There is plenty of parking in the back. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner.
Lost Coast Brewery
NOW OPEN! Lost Coast Brewery’s brand-new brewing facility is open to the public. Take a tour, enjoy a cold brew in the tap room and shop for souvenirs. Grab a cone in the ice cream parlor. Call ahead for days and hours of operation.
Six Rivers Brewery
Six Rivers Brewery is a proud member of Humboldt Made, and prides itself on being the culmination of good food, great beer and the love of a good time; providing quality and distinctive small batch craft beer and menu items utilizing local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Six Rivers Brewery features daily and weekly specials, signature cocktails, 12 taps, and is open at 10am every Sunday during football season for bottomless mimosas and brunch! “The Brew with a View” is situated on top of the hill in McKinleyville, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Eel River Brewing Company
A visit to the Eel River Brewing Company Pub is a must for all Lost Coast travelers. Located in the historic Clay Brown Mill, the pub is filled with memorabilia and photographs of the Eel River Valley’s remarkable history. Belly up to the bar for one of ERB’s best sellers on draft or try one of five specialty beers, exclusively offered in the pub. Enjoy a menu of local ingredients and handcrafted pub fare. If the sun is out, ERB offers Humboldt’s biggest beer garden, complete with a standard sized horseshoe pit. Food, drink and fun.
Humboldt Cider Company
Located in the red building at Redwood Acres Fairground in Eureka, Humboldt Cider Company creates delicious, refreshing craft cider. They press their apples on site during apple harvest season, capturing the essence of the variety as well as experimenting with new blends and interesting flavors. Keeping it as local as possible, when starting out the company bought most of their equipment from a winery in Carlotta, built their tasting room from as much local and reused materials as possible, and the majority of their apples come from all over Humboldt and a family farm in Mendocino County. Enjoy the tasting room and outdoor cider garden Friday 5 to 9pm, Saturdays 12 to 9pm and Sundays 12 to 8pm.