Sun, sand, and suds are an iconic combination. Here are 10 of America's top hops-loving spots by the sea.
Photo: Michael Hanson
Half Moon Bay, California
Half Moon Bay is renowned for its gargantuan waves, its prize-winning pumpkins, and its waterfront brewery. The crowd at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. is a mixed bag of surfers, farmers, urban hipsters, and Silicon Valley techies sipping the smooth and malty Mavericks Princeton-by-the-Sea IPA (made from seven different hops varieties); the crisp, clean Harbor Lights Ale; and other award-winning libations. The food is an upscale take on West Coast seaport grub—fisherman's stew, crab rolls, beer-steamed prawns. With its low, wood-beam ceiling, exposed pipes, and random surfboards, the decor channels a garage where California surf culture was born back in the 1950s and '60s. But the spot to hang is the huge (pet-friendly) patio.