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Today is National Beer Day. Let’s Celebrate.

In celebration of the day in 1933 when the prohibition on beer was lifted, we look at how a small California brewery started the craft-brewed beer revolution. And list our 10 favorite local breweries.

On March 22, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Cullen-Harrison Act which repealed prohibition for beer. Effective on April 7, 1933 people cold once again buy, sell and consume beer, thus creating the first National Beer Day! The night before was, appropriately enough, called New Beer’s Eve. That night, millions of Americans lined up waiting for the stroke of midnight so that they could once again legally hoist a pint or two.

On that first National Beer Day, thirsty Americans went out and celebrated in huge numbers, consuming 1.5 million barrels of legal beer and ale. So let’s all lift a pint or two in celebration of not only National Beer Day, but also to the evolution and revolution of Ventura County’s amazing beer trail.

The craft-brew revolution – California redefines the meaning of the Golden State

2016-04-National-Beer-Day.AnchorThe history of craft beer in California dates back to 1965 when Stanford graduate Fritz Maytag stopped into a local restaurant for a meal and a bottle of his favorite beer. The bartender mentioned that he had better enjoy his bottle of Anchor Steam because it just might be his last. He was told that Anchor Brewing Company, founded in 1896 and the makers of his favorite beer, was soon closing their doors forever. So, Fritz went to the brewery the very next day to see what could be done. His tour led to his buying a controlling interest in this historic little San Francisco brewery — for a few thousand dollars — thus rescuing Anchor from imminent bankruptcy.

Fritz Maytag’s passion for beer kicked off the California microbrew revolution. Maytag decided that he wanted to create authentic, artful beers all while keeping true to old-style brewing and reintroducing lost styles. He proved that Americans were ready for a different kind of beer; beer with flavor, diversity and a touch of history. His hard work paid off. Anchor Brewing became the first craft brewery since prohibition. Slowly, home brewers across the state started popping up as the trend and demand spread for more locally-crafted beer.

Liquid Gold

From those humble beginnings, small California breweries continued to open, first concentrated in the north and then spreading throughout the state. Today there are over 400 breweries in the state. In 2012, 54 countries entered almost 4,000 beers in 95

separate categories at the Biennial World Beer Cup Competition. California’s craft brewers took home 55 medals! This was more wins than any other country had ever won. California has quickly become one of the top brewing states in the world.

So, why not celebrate National Beer Day, or any day for that matter, with one of Ventura County’s local brews?!

Here are 10 of our favorite local breweries

Surf Brewery
Address:4561 Market Street Suite A
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone:(805) 644-BREW
Poseidon Brewing Company
Address:5777 Olivas Park Drive, Unit Q
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone:(805) 477-0239
Island Brewing Company
Address:5049 Sixth Street
Carpentaria, CA 93013
Phone:(805) 745-8272
Institution Ale Company
Address:438 Calle San Pablo
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone:(805) 482-3777
MadeWest Brewing Company
Address:1744 Donlon St
Ventura CA 93003
Phone:(805) 947-5002
Enegren Brewing Company
Address:444 Zachary St #120
Moorpark, CA 93021
Phone:(805) 552-0602
Anacapa Brewing Company
Address:472 East Main St
Ventura, CA 93001
Topa Topa Brewing Company
Address:104 E Thompson Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone:(805) 628-9255
Rincon Brewery
Address:5065 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Phone:(805) 684-6044
Ladyface Ale Companie
Address:29281 Agoura Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone:(818) 477-4566


  1. We’re are so proud to be serving hand crafted ale to Ventura for our 16th year. Cheers! ???? Happy National Beer Day!

    • We sure love what you do Anacapa Brewing Company! Thank you!!!!

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