With some 2,800 craft brewers in the nation, many of them serving up their beers only in their hometown, it's pretty much impossible to try everything. That's why we went to each city in Beer Camp Across America, Sierra Nevada's seven-stop festival that offered space to every brewery in the nation. At these stops, we sampled hundreds of beers unique to (and sometimes only known in) each region. Here from the San Diego fest, are our favorite small-time brews from Southern California – ones you'll have to try after surfing in Malibu or fishing in San Diego.
Hangar 24's Orange Wheat: San Diego, California
The Brewery: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery. a brewery in Redlands, California
The Beer: Orange Wheat, their wheat ale
Tasting Notes: Crafted with loads of Southern California–grown oranges, the unfiltered wheat ale is terrifically tangy, zesty and, above all, supremely citrusy. It’s like a beer-geek mimosa.