Rocklin Craft Brewery Earns Heady Honor

And overall, NorCal breweries do very well in annual craft beer survey

By kncitom on January 31, 2019
(photo by: Tom Mailey)

The esteemed beer review website has released it’s annual list of the best craft breweries in the world and Northern California is well represented.

The list, which is based on data gleaned from the site’s users, includes seven breweries from Northern California and in fact Santa Rosa’s Russian River–famous for beers like Blind Pig, Pliny The Elder and Pliny The Younger–came in at #2. Others from NorCal making the top 100: Chico’s Sierra Nevada at #25, Cellarmaker Brewing in San Francisco, #49, Almanac Brewing in Alameda, #77, Drakes in San Leandro at #92 and Lagunitas, also in Santa Rosa, at #100.

The top spot was Hill Farmstead, a rural brewery in Vermont. 

In a side category, Rocklin’s Moksa was named the 6th best new brewery in the world. Moksa, which is on the corner of Sunset and Pacific, has only been open for about a year (in a space formerly occupied by now-defunct Dragas brewing) and they have already developed a great reputation and following (including me…hence the 2 photos from my iPhone). 

photo also by: Tom Mailey

One of things I like about Moksa–besides the beer itself–is that they have a large and varied selection that changes all the time (note to Moksa  if you’re reading this: please bring back that limited edition Rye IPA.)

Two other local breweries were ranked in the website’s individual beer style categories, including best IPAs (Yojo, from Moonraker in Auburn at #8) and best Amber Ales (Track Seven’s Daylight Amber at #47).

When you consider there are more than 10,000 craft breweries worldwide, just making any sort of list like this is a huge feat. So, if you’re a beer fan, Norcal is a pretty great place to be. 




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