About Dirt Road Travels
City guides for adventurers, based on famous locals recommendations. We believe that the best way to discover new places is by getting off the beaten path and taking suggestions from local musicians, chefs, and brewers. We've got 15+ city guides live here and you can get recommendations from 50+ other cities sent straight to your inbox by clicking here.
1. The Rare Barrel in Berkeley, CA
"'We're passionate about sour beers. We know how to make them well and there's a serious supply problem for them.' We feel like if we focus entirely on sour beers, we're going to learn more about it and when we look back in thirty years, we'll be making better sour beers than if we decided to spread ourselves thin by making IPAs and stouts. So we're limited in what we can make, but we want to make it the best that we possibly can." - Alex Wallash, co-owner of The Rare Barrel, a local go-to for sours. They're unmatched!
2. Fieldwork Brewing in Berkeley
“I get so much joy out of the act of making something, of making beer, and the satisfaction of drinking that beer with someone who enjoys it. You get that reward, the personal sense of accomplishment when you sweat and you go through each step properly to create a beer. 'I worked hard at this and it came out the way it was intended.'” Alex Tweet, owner and brewer of Fieldwork Brewing, loves his craft. His passion for brewing is apparent anytime you taste a beer on their beautiful open patio or in one of their 5 taprooms.
3. Cellarmaker Brewing in San Francisco
“Cellarmaker Brewing is making some of the best beer in the region right now." -Lester Koga, co-founder of Barebottle Brewing Company. It takes a certain reputation to have brewmasters claiming for a different brewery to be making the best beers. But that is just how good they are!
The Ultimate Day in San FranciscoThe Best Record Stores on the West CoastBest Meals in SF according to local chefs
4. Fort Point Beer Company in San Francisco
Two brothers, Tyler and Justin Catalana, started Fort Point Beer Company in 2014. They have a tap room in the Ferry Building Marketplace along the Embarcadero. After you explore the different merchants and cafes located in the marketplace, grab a beer from Fort Point- you won't regret it.
5. Barebottle Brewing in San Francisco
Barebottle Brewing Company keeps things simple and keeps things local. Their number one goal? “Use the things that inspire us every day from the Bay Area as the foundation for each new beer we make.” We can’t think of a better way to get a taste of San Francisco. Bring your dog, grab dinner from the food truck, and taste the newest beer on tap any day of the week.