Humboldt’s Craft Beverage Highlights

Humboldt County gets a lot of tourists coming to Northern California this time of year.  Many come to get away from the heat, while many come to get away from general urban madness.  As I like to tell folks who have never visited the area:  “There’s not a lot of people or traffic, and we have loads of free parking.”

We also produce loads of hand-crafted wines, hard ciders and micro brews.  The following are some highlights starting from the southern part of Humboldt county and up to the north:

Briceland Winery is located just west of Redway near Garberville, California.  The winery is now in its 30th year and they specialize in producing wines made from locally grown grapes.  They are generally open on the weekends but don’t hesitate to call during the week to make an appointment.  (707) 923-2429


Riverbend Cellars is located on the scenic Avenue of the Giants in the hamlet of Myers Flat, California.  This is another outlet to try locally grown wines. As you will see by their Yelp reviews, it’s a welcoming environment to take a break from the road and refresh. (707) 943-9907


Eel River Brewery in Fortuna, California is where you need to land for a meal as you taste through their award-winning organic brews. It’s a sizeable facility with a usually packed dining hall and a courtyard to wander about and stretch your legs. (707) 725-2739


Wrangletown Cider and North Story Wines in Arcata, California is where you can taste elegant, bone-dry hard ciders made from local cider apples and a handful of beautiful micro-production wines.  Pat Knittel’s industrial-chic production and tasting space is located in the vibrant Old Creamery district just off the Arcata Plaza. (707) 508-5175


Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., also in Arcata, is located on South G St.  They are prolific and inspired brewers who are constantly sourcing artisanal ingredients to produce an exciting line up. No food service but you are welcome to bring your own snacks. (707) 826-7222


Moonstone Crossing Winery is located in the charming, seaside town of Trinidad, California. The tasting room is cozy and the hospitality is warm.  Enjoy some of their deep, satisfying reds after a beach hike on the cool surf air.  (707) 677-3832

Written by Pam Long

Pam Long is a Master of Wine student and wine educator.  She presents seminars through HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Educationand OLLI programs.
Emerald contributor since March 2012


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