The brewer scene in the sunny region of Fontana is still evolving, and several artisan beer makers are beginning to set up shop. Highland Avenue and the outskirts of Rancho Cucamonga near Fontana are among the most heavily concentrated regions, with several brewery workshops worth exploring.
California is home to nearly 600 breweries across the state, having far more craft breweries than any other state in the country. Among these regions, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Fontana take the top spot for their wildly popular craft beer culture.
Let’s take a look at some of the top breweries in the bustling city of Fontana.
- Hamilton Family Brewery
- Kings Brewing
- Solorio Brewing Company
- 3 Iron Brewing Company
- Rowdy’s Brew Company
- Sour Cellars
- Oggi’s Sports and Breweryhouse
- Rescue Brewery & Gastropub
Hamilton Family Brewery
Hamilton Family Brewery is a major Fontana institution with its impressive fleet of beers growing wildly popular among locals and travelers alike. They have a small team of beers who oversee beer development and operation. It is no surprise that Hamilton Family Brewery dominates the Rancho Cucamonga region with its huge brewpub.
The brewery’s output is focused on Draught beer such as Double Mango and Cactus Jack. You can’t go wrong with any of their beers, although you might want to try Watermelon Blond, which is made with real watermelon. Although no food is served at the brewery, you may order some from nearby restaurants.
If you’re big on rustic beers, Kings Brewing is for you. Instead of naming their products with confusing titles, King’s Brewing opts for a more unconventional route by choosing names that highlight the product’s special ingredients.
Make sure to check out their massive menu where you will find unique, nuanced expressions of Mexican styles. Our favorite is the Mexican Michelada 4.8%, a blend of mango and vanilla bean – a crazy combination for a beer.
Solorio Brewing Company
Solorio Brewing Company opened its taproom very recently, located just down 9th street south of Helms Ave. The Solorio Brewing Company boasts draft lines and a wide range of beers that are made in-house.
Some of their beers are inspired by German and Mexican styles, such as the Cucumber Kolsch and Cucumber Mojito, respectively. Go ahead and order an extra pint or two, because Solorio Brewing Company offers some of the most creative beers made in Fontana, California.
3 Iron Brewing Company
This golf-themed brew hub carved a space for itself in the bustling stretch of Via Lata in Colton. It sports a rustic interior decor with unconventional brewing practices that would make purists cringe just a little. 3 Iron Brewing Company tries its best to create a welcoming environment for guests to sample their experimental brews. The Grand Slam Golden Coffee Stout is a must-have for enthusiasts.
Their flagship product – the Pineapple Orange Wedge – is refined, crisp, and precise. You will also find various classic products like Bogey Brown and Eagle IPA. All in all, 3 Iron Brewing Company is a great, unconventional, and unpredictable place for beer. But the expertly crafted brew speaks for itself.
Rowdy’s Brew Company
Rowdy’s Brew Company is a relatively new addition to the growing brewery scene in Fontana, offering a wide range of drafts, spritzes, and beer in a cozy environment. Their state-of-the-art tasting room is designed to entertain people of all ages – including children. There are types and arcade games for children. It is the responsibility of parents to explain this to their children.
It’s also a dog-friendly place if you want to bring your four-legged friend along. Rowdy’s Brew Company has something for every palette – although beer naming could use some work. Names like “All I Need” and “Shred the Cello” may sound exciting but it’s hard to know more details until you take a closer look. For the most part, they focus on Belgian ales, lagers, and stouts.
Sour Cellars is an all-sour brewery founded in 2014 after its founder experimented for years with sour brewing techniques. They have a penchant for experimentation with a focus on barrel-aged beer.
Sour Cellars currently has over 300 oak barrels that are used for fermentation. Their team is wholly dedicated to the laborious Belgian techniques of the brewery, combined with modern technologies to create beers that will satisfy your palette in different ways.
Oggi’s Sports and Breweryhouse
Oggi’s Sports and Breweryhouse is a newcomer to Fontana and does everything right. Their meticulous dedication to quality has allowed them to rack up over 60 medals in international, national, and regional competitions, making it one of the most decorated microbreweries in California.
They have been around for 30 years and have managed to work their way into mainstream popularity. For food, you will find a menu full of favorites that will go perfectly well with beer. For instance, Miso Glazed Salmon, Fish Tacos, and Beer-Braised Short Ribs.
Rescue Brewery & Gastropub
Rescue Brewery & Gastropub has an enchanting origin story that is as exciting as its beer selection. The business was founded by Nikki and Neil. Neil wanted to start a brewery, and Nikki wanted to find a way to give back to her community.
The duo combined their powers and founded Rescue Brewery & Gastropub which serves as both an animal shelter and provides delicious beer. If you appreciate big beers such as Pretzel Back Pilsnerand and Mango Blonde, then Rescue Brewery & Gastropub is bound to be one of your favorites.
They also serve great food to help complement the beer. It seems Neil has perfected the craft of making beer after having brewed countless batches of the stuff. And with the proceeds of the sale going to charity, you can indulge responsibly.