Northern California Top 40 Brewpubs

Northern California Top 40 Brewpubs

Ranking Points are as of January 3, 1997

If you think a brewpub is missing it's because I've never been there or it's not actually a brewpub.


Rank     Brewpub Name              City          Score
---- --------------------------    -------       -----
 1.  Anderson Valley Brewing Co.   Boonville      100
 2.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.     Chico           99
 3.  Bear Republic Brewing Co.     Healdsburg      94
 4.  Moylan's Brewery              Novato          93
 4.  North Coast Brewing           Fort Bragg      93
 6.  Twenty Tank Brewing Co.       San Francisco   89
 7.  Marin Brewing                 Larkspur        88
 8.  Barley & Hopps                San Mateo       87
 8.  Stoddard's Brewhouse          Sunnyvale       87
10.  Boulder Creek Brewing         Boulder Creek   86
10.  Burlingame Station            Burlingame      86
10.  Butterfield's                 Fresno          86
13.  Sacramento Brewing Co.        Sacramento      85
14.  Sudwerks Hubschbrau           Davis           84
14.  Seabright Brewing             Santa Cruz      84
14.  Lost Coast Brewpub            Eureka          84
17.  Santa Rosa Brewing            Santa Rosa      83
17.  Humboldt Brewing              Arcata          83
19.  Fremont Brewing Co.           Fremont         82
19.  Third Street Aleworks         Santa Rosa      82
21.  Santa Cruz Brewing Co.        Santa Cruz      81
21.  Rubicon Brewing               Sacramento      81
23.  Pacific Coast Brewing Co.     Oakland         80
24.  Triple Rock                   Berkeley        79
25.  Black Diamond Brewing Co.     Walnut Creek    78
26.  Napa Valley brewpub           Calistoga       77
27.  Pacific Tap/Willow St. Pizza  San Rafael      77
28.  Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.      San Francisco   75
29.  San Francisco Brewpub         San Francisco   74
30.  Faultline Brewing Co.         Sunnyvale       74
31.  River City brewpub            Sacramento      73
32.  Dempsey's Ale House           Petaluma        73
33.  Mendocino Brewing Co.         Hopland         73
34.  Tied House Brewery & Cafe     Mountain View   68 *
35.  Gordon Biersch                Palo Alto       67 **
36.  Downtown Joe's                Napa            66
37.  Pleasanton Main St. Brewing   Pleasanton      65
38.  Buffalo Bill's                Hayward         50
39.  Los Gatos Brewing             Los Gatos       45
40.  Bison                         Berkeley        36

 * Tied House also in Alameda and San Jose
** Gordon Biersch also in San Jose, San Francisco (& Pasadena)

Rankings for Nov. 1996

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