A brewery, like the beach, is a relaxing oasis that allows tired travelers to bask in golden hues, frolic in frothy spumes, and get in splash fights with siblings. Savor sudsy fun with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get two Brew Masters Sampler flights containing six beer samples at Alcatraz Brewing Company in Orange (a $12 value).
Alcatraz Brewing Company’s passionate brewmaster, Robb Macleod, handcrafts medleys of hops and wheat into an eclectic portfolio of full-bodied libations. After flashed IDs weed out trench-coated piggybacking children, sipping duos throw back six sudsy rations from the rotating selection of beers on tap. Offerings may include a light refreshing Weiss Guy Wheat or a Strawberry Wheat, which is infused with subtle hints of its namesake berry. Delicate notes of light citrus and pine frolic across palates unraveling the complexities of the Albino Pale Ale, and a mocha coffee bouquet bursts from the Pudgy Monk Porter. The bevy of seasonally rotating beers keeps the selection exciting and fuels excursions onto the brewery's patio for sun-dappled joviality.
Alcatraz Brewing Company
While Alcatraz Brewing Company doesn't require incarceration for a visit, fans of beer may be fine with someone locking them in and throwing away the key. Dave Moody, the award-winning head brewmaster, crafts signature and seasonal beers, such as Court Order Porter, Boneyard India Pale Ale, and Pop's Blue Ribbon, an American-style light lager. From the brewery's kitchen, chefs top burgers with garlic puree or roasted jalapenos, smoke pork with dark ale, and hand-toss thin-crust pizza. Waitstaff ferry plates and beer flights to Alcatraz's patio and around the San Francisco-themed dining room, which includes a to-scale replica of the Golden Gate Bridge and a stray wisp of ever-lingering fog.
20 City Blvd. W
Orange, California 92868