Living in the golden age of craft beers, travelers coming to Monterey have plenty to explore when it comes to our regional suds. To get an idea of where to start, check out our list of the best brewing companies in Monterey:

Cannery Row Brewing Company

This casual brewery and restaurant in Monterey’s famed Cannery row neighborhood is also one of the area’s premiere breweries. The restaurant offers the second largest number of beers of any place in Northern California, so it’s sure to have something that you like. The outdoor firepits and close proximity to the water help too.

Cannery Row Brewing Company. 95 Prescott Ave. (831) 643-2722

Monterey Coast Brewing

Making craft-beers on site, this small microbrewery and restaurant is a great place to knock a few back in Monterey. We are quite partial to the large red-brick walls, large dining room, great seafood, steaks, pizza, and eight craft beers brewed on site. Come by for lunch, dinner, or just a round with your friends.

Monterey Coast Brewing. 165 Main St. Salinas, CA. (831) 758-2337

Alvarado Street Brewery

The Alvarado Street Brewery is a three-pronged establishment with a brewery and grill in Monterey, a beer garden in Monterey, and a brewery with tasting room in Salinas. Each location has a phenomenal vibe and some of the best craft beers in Monterey on tap. For an exceptional burger, check out the grill.

Alvarado Street Brewery. 426 Alvarado St. (831) 655-2337

Monterey Bay Brewing Company

The Monterey Bay Brewing Company began at the Mammoth Mountain Blues and Brews Festival, where founders Scott and Mark decided they wanted to bring craft beer to Monterey. Starting as a homebrew-kitchen operation, they eventually graduated to an excellent brewery here in Monterey. You should try their flagship beer—Mad Otter Ale—on your next visit.

Monterey Bay Brewing Company. 2965 Monterey Salinas Hwy. (831) 776-3379