Just in time for Labor Day weekend parties, Men's Journal is releasing its third-annual roundup of the 25 best beers made in the United States, and California brewers did well in the tasting, with three of the top 10 from the Golden State.
Firestone Walker Pale Ale, brewed in Paso Robles, tops the list, praised for combining "the subtlety of a British ale with the fragrant bite that Americans weaned on microbrews have come to expect."
Russian River Temptation Ale, brewed in Santa Rosa, "a Belgian-style blond ale aged in cardonnay barrels for a year and infused with a touch of brettanomyces bacteria," ranked fourth.
Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, brewed in Boonville, Mendocino County, placed sixth for its "round, full, sweet-malt body that doesn't show a trace of the rotten-fruit sourness that can taint lesser amber ales."
The two other California beers to make the list are Lost Abbey Avant Garde from San Marcos (20th) and Alesmith Speedway Stout from San Diego (24th).
The list is to be in the next issue of the magazine, expected on newsstands Tuesday.