The Redwood Coast offers several exceptional microbreweries, including the U.S.’s first certified organic brewery and one of the first female brewmasters. Locals and visitors alike enjoy sampling some of the best Northern California breweries and the region’s fine selections of craft brews, many of which are national award winners.

Some of our favorite area breweries include Redwood Curtain Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, Eel River Brewing, and Mad River Brewery. But the list does go on…..


Redwood Curtain Brewery

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Family owned and operated since 2010, you can find Redwood Curtain Brewing Company’s brewing facility and tasting room in Arcata, CA.

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company produces around a couple thousand barrels of handcrafted artisan ales annually, including several fine European inspired brews such as their popular Imperial Golden Ale. Another favorite produced here is the famous Sticky Fingers IPA. But with a stop at Redwood Curtain you are sure to find many multi-dimensional hand crafted ales and lagers for beer lovers of all types.

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South G Kitchen Paired w/ Redwood Curtain Brew

The Arcata tasting room is open daily along side the South G Kitchen, a resident food truck located behind Redwood Curtain Brewing Company. Serving up “pub fusion at it’s finest”. South G Kitchen is well known for their classic pub style fare with a twist.

Try their parmesan black garlic fries along side their famous smash burger which features two Wagyu beef patties seasoned and smashed with layered with melted cheddar, and house pickles on a toasted brioche bun with all the fixing. Or switch it up with a Katsu Sando featuring fried or grilled local rockfish on a toasted brioche bun with cucumber and pickled daikon topped with sesame slaw, spicy mayo, and hoisin sauce. All pair perfectly with Redwood Curtain brews!


Lost Coast Brewery

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LOST COAST BREWERY is an award-winning brewery located in Eureka, California well known both in the region and beyond for their great beer and quirky labelling such as that found on their famous Great White (Belgian Style White Ale).

Originally based out of a 100-year-old building in downtown Eureka, you can now visit their new facility and tour their state-of-the-art brewing facilities and learn a bit about the Lost Coast story and the brewing process. Be sure to stick around after the tour to sample delicious beers and Lost Coast Root Beer on tap for the kiddos.

But you can still pay a visit to the Lost Coast Brewery & Café for some of the best food you’ll find along the California coast. Lost Coast brewed their first beers at the cafe building in downtown, and the location is still a prime gathering spot for locals and visitors alike.

Eel River Brewing

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AMERICAS FIRST CERTIFIED ORGANIC BREWERY Eel River Brewing Company has been blazing a trail in the craft brew industry over the past twenty years. Eel River Brewing Company’s beer is award-winning, edgy, and different, and you’re going to love it!
Eel River Brewing Company is also the first craft brewery on the West Coast to produce hard sparkling water, the beloved and refreshing Clarity Craft Hard Seltzer.

Pair their craft beers such as the famous California Blonde or Emerald Triangle IPA with one of their amazing brew house burgers and other pub classics at their bustling Pub & Restaurant located in Fortuna CA along the bank of the Eel River.

The beer garden is available for regular seating any time and is a great place to catch some of that wonderful Fortuna sunshine at one of the best Northern California breweries.


Mad River Brewery

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ANOTHER OF THE BEST NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BREWERIES is the tribally owned Mad River Brewery, a subsidiary of the Yurok Agricultural Corporation AND one of the first Tribal Breweries in the United States. Located in sunny Blue Lake, CA… this women-led craft brewery creates meaningful partnerships in Indian Country and is trailblazing a Native American Category in the craft beer industry.

Mad River Brewery has won notable local, national and international awards including in the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. Often noted as the best beer in Humboldt, the Mad River Brewing family brews every batch with your enjoyment and taste buds in mind.

Sample local favorites such as the Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, the legendary Jamaica Red Ale, or their Redwood Stout at their refreshing and laid back pet-friendly taproom where craft beer and unbeatable atmosphere collide. In addition to the delicious pub fare offerings from Low & Slow BBQ who operate a kitchen space attached to the bar, Mad River Brewery also partners with local food trucks and vendors, making this taproom a must-stop!

Six Rivers Brewery

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CALIFORNIA’S SECOND ALL WOMAN-OWNED BREWERY, Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville CA has also been lovingly dubbed ‘The Brew With A View”.  Perched atop a hillside overlooking gorgeous pastural and ocean views, visitor can sip some of the finest of traditional English style brews from the 12 taps in house.

Featuring a rotating selection, be on the lookout for all time favorite staples include their Moonstone Porter, Bluff Creek Pale Ale, and their Raspberry Lambic.

In addition to their great beer, Six Rivers serves up some delicious food from their restaurant such as some seriously amazing pizzas. You can also eat food from local food trucks that post up in the parking lot.

Hang out in their new pet-friendly beer garden and take in the views of the beautiful Redwood Coast while sampling these award-winning local brews.

Local Taprooms

The Bigfoot Taproom in McKinleyville CA

IN ADDITIONAL TO LOCAL BREWERIES the Redwood Coast also features some of the best taprooms found in Northern California. At places like the Bigfoot Taproom in McKinleyville, CA and Dead Reckoning in Arcata, CA you can sample local faves as well as exotic craft beers and ciders imported from beyond the Redwood region.

These local tap rooms are neighborhood meeting places loved by the community and enjoyed by all visitors. Socialize with friends and family, enjoy music, and create memories in the beauty of Humboldt County.



If you are ready to go on the ultimate tour of the best Northern California Breweries book your Redwood Vacation Now. It’s hard to find a location in the redwoods that isn’t beautiful and near the breweries mentioned here.

Casago Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals are located in all stretches of the region from downtown to coastal dunes, redwood forests, and rocky ocean views. Whether you prefer to stroll to a local brewery, the farmers market, walk on the beach or trek through the redwoods there is a rental for you!

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