Cheers like a Local

Discover Central Valley Best Craft Brews & Wine

“I love traveling to different breweries and restaurants when I'm not working. My sister and her husband introduced me to craft beer when I lived in Southern California for college. Now, my fiancé and I love to hang out at the local breweries. What I like most about the brewery world is not just the beer, but I love the people..." – @thatonebeergal

Where the locals love to go:
Contentment Brewing Company – The best place for a quick bite to eat from one of the many food trucks that hang out, great people, and great beer. The place to be if you’re looking to create friendships with local owners, join a shuffleboard team or listen to some amazing live music. Contentment Brewing is what the Central Valley is all about. You will never want to leave because they make you feel at home! 

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. – The Central Valley’s local gem that has exploded into a state-wide sensation. A great place to bring your kids, family, and your furry friends for an evening full of laughter and sunshine. It is a short drive to Turlock. 

Persuasion Brewing Co. – Local market turned brewery that has expanded its offerings with all of its hand-crafted beers. An outdoor patio and creative indoor space that creates a great atmosphere for any Friday night. 

Camp 4 – A great date night spot whether that be with your significant other or even for ladies' night. Take the crew here and enjoy one of their many beautiful charcuterie boards paired with great wine and amazing paninis. 
Get Toasted – A fun new spot in Riverbank featuring amazing small plates, mimosa, and coffee flights. A great spot to ask your girls to be your bridesmaids or even to take your whole group for a great array of mimosa flavors. 

Stewart and Jasper – Looking for a quiet place to enjoy some wine? Stewart and Jasper is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine on any day of the week. This quaint spot is not only a great store for local goodies, but you can also enjoy their many wines and cheese offerings. 

Commonwealth – Looking for the best taco Tuesday spot? Look no further because Commonwealth has you covered with their creative taco flavors! Get a plate of three or even the ten taco plate to share with your friends! Also, don’t forget about their amazing assortment of beers on tap! 

Blaker Brewing – The hidden gem in Ceres, CA, that holds many fun events including their Oktoberfest and Pink Boots Society parties every year! Blaker is a place that holds the history of the Central Valley and translates this history through its craft beer creations and names. 

The Terrace Wine Lounge – On the historic Mchenry Avenue, you will find this wine bar tucked away in the same area as a hair salon! This wine lounge is a great place for a nice summer evening to have worldly wines by the fire with great company. 

18seventy Brewing Co. – A newer spot in the downtown Modesto area, but don’t be surprised if you see the front patio packed with amazing people and great food trucks already. The garage doors open up to a great place to hang out with your crew and enjoy your beer. 

Dying Breed – Country meets Central Valley at this brewery in Oakdale, CA. With creative flavors in their craft beers, Dying Breed leaves you wanting more. They also offer seltzers! 

Tapped Apple – The Central Valley’s local cider provider! The best place to go for those who don’t love beer but love all that cider can offer! 

Churchkey – Churchkey offers so many beers on tap that you can’t always find anywhere else in the Central Valley. This Modesto restaurant is a great place to go to unwind after work or even if you’re just craving some of their amazing tater tots! 

Grains of Virtue – If the amazing artwork in this old movie theater turned brewery didn’t grab you, then the amazing beer will! Bursting at the seams with creative talent when they first opened, Grains of Virtue is a great spot in Oakdale.

Doghouse Taproom – This very cute dog-themed taproom in Ceres is the perfect place to bring your furry friends. The Doghouse Taproom is a dog-friendly craft beer and wine taproom that holds fun events like cornhole tournaments and trivia nights. Dog-lovers will ABSOLUTELY love this spot. 

The Lumberyard – If you've lived in Escalon a long time, you would know that the beautiful red barn building used to be the local lumberyard, and is now home to a new kind of lumberyard – it is a winery! Locally owned and operated, it is the new kid on the block making a scene. In addition to wine, check out their charcuterie boards sourced from local artisan farmstead cheese "Fiscalini."

A few more worth checking out:
Most Wanted Wine Bar and Wood Fired Oven – (Oakdale)
Lucca Winery – (Ripon)
The Tap House – (Modesto)
The Brass Tap – (Modesto)