Humboldt County is a beer and cider lover's paradise. And we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't try as many of them as possible for you, our dear beer and cider loving readers! It was a tough job, but we were committed to it. If you ever find yourself in the area, here is all the info you need for a self-guided tour of the best hand-crafted adult beverages it has to offer.
From South to North:
1777 Alamar Way
Fortuna, CA 95540
Sun – Sat 11am – 11pm
You've just arrived in the area and you're desperate for that first foamy sip. Eel River has more of a restaurant feel than your traditional brewery taproom, but a game of corn hole on their expansive outdoor patio will keep you entertained while you taste. If you call in advance, you can arrange a tour of the brewery.
Pro-tip: If you are traveling in a fully self-contained RV and a member of Harvest Hosts, you may park overnight in their parking lot after your visit.
Lost Coast Brewery
1600 Sunset Dr
Eureka, CA 95503
*Tours Thurs–Mon every hour from 12pm - 4pm
Lost Coast recently opened the doors of this new, state-of-the-art brewery, and it is not to be missed. The place is immaculate, the size of the production is massive, and the beers are delicious. Enjoy a free tour by one of their friendly guides, then sample from their huge selection of draft brews.
Pro-tip: A 100+ year old building, purchased from the Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias, houses their original brewery and cafe in Old Town Eureka (617 Fourth Street). Head that way if you'd like a bit of history and a meal with your beer.
550 S G St
Arcata, CA 95521
If you're looking for a place to sip the afternoon away on a foggy Arcata day, look no further than Redwood Curtain. Their large tasting room is equipped with board games and several tables where you are welcome to make yourself comfortable.
Pro-tip: On select afternoons, the LoCo Fish Co food truck parks out back. Check their Facebook page to find out when you can pair some fresh fish tacos with your tasting.
828 I St
Arcata, CA 95521
What do you get when a pie shop meets a cider bar? This heavenly little joint, offering a mouth-watering selection of pies (both the sweet and savory variety) and a fabulously curated selection of interesting local ciders. There are a few beers too for the unwavering hops lovers.
Pro-tip: The line/payment system can be confusing, as this is two distinct businesses under one roof (Slice of Humboldt Pie & The Local Cider Bar). Have a bit of patience, and plan your order accordingly so that green chile pulled pork pie doesn't get cold while waiting for your blueberry pear cider!
Mad River Brewing
101 Taylor Way
Blue Lake, CA 95525
*TOURS THURS 1PM - 5PM
Big sunny patio. Live music. Cold beers. Full menu. It's worth a detour off the 101 and into the redwoods to visit this friendly brewery. If you can't make it for the regularly scheduled tours on Thursdays, call ahead and they are happy to try to accommodate you on another weekday before 5pm.
Pro-tip: Continue about 40 minutes up gorgeous highway 299 to the town of Willow Creek, for a visit to the Bigfoot Museum and a swim in the crystal clear Trinity River.
Six Rivers Brewery
1300 Central Ave
McKinleyville, CA 95519
Mon 4pm – 11:30pm
It's impossible to visit Six Rivers without falling in love with one (or ten!) of their beers. They have perhaps the most varied selection of interesting brews, hand-crafted by their brewmaster who has been doing it for decades. Their Macadamia Nut Porter has a bit of a cult following in NorCal, and their Sasquatch Double IPA reputation precedes it. Top it off with generous pours and delicious food, and it's a stop that really shouldn't be missed.
Pro-tip: As your bartender for a pint of half Raspberry Lambic and half Chili Pepper Ale for a sweet and spicy flavor explosion. The brewmaster thinks the combo is an odd one, but many Six Rivers fans (including YesKamp) find it delicious!