Come for the Beaches, Stay for the Beer in Ventura County Coast

Toes in the sand, beer in your hand.

When visitors think of Ventura County Coast, they most likely imagine white-capped waves and palm trees swaying on a golden beach. But our beautiful communities are also known for their golden (and amber and brown) ales. Diehard craft beer lovers and those just looking for a refreshing experience will all love sipping brews in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Port Hueneme. Below is just a sampling of what VCC has to offer, broken down by city.

Camarillo

In Camarillo, it’s all about relationships. Both of the city’s beloved breweries are family owned and operated, at the locations offer a more relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Institution Ale Company

3841 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo

Started by two brothers, Institution Ale Company is a popular neighborhood hangout that has grown to a business with 45 employees and distribution routes to local restaurants. The brewery specializes in American ales in a variety of styles both modern and traditional.

Popular beer: Institution IPA, their flagship beer and namesake, is a West Coast Style IPA that’s “crisp, dry, bitter and bursting with hop flavor.”

Flat Fish Brewing Company

126 N. Wood Rd #100, Camarillo Camarillo

Flat Fish Brewing Company and Cantara Cellars make up Camarillo Barrelworks, a family-owned producer of premium wines and beer all under one roof. The brewery offers an eclectic assortment of beers, including pale ales and lagers, British and American brown ales, IPAs and more. The barrel room is popular for weddings and other events.

Popular beer: Devil Trout Stout, “a delicious, drinkable stout with “creamy coffee and chocolate flavors.”

Photo Credit: Flat Fish Brewing Company

Oxnard

Oxnard’s boutique breweries combine laid-back beach vibes and unique, specialty beers to create an enjoyable experience for couples, families, and friends.

Casa Agria Specialty Ales

701 N. Del Norte Blvd. #310, Oxnard

Feeling a little adventurous? Casa Agria is the place to go for farmhouse style ales, barrel aged wild ales, and yeast driven India pale ales. The tasting room is kid- and dog-friendly and offers dozens of beers, including draft and cellar selections

Popular beer: Huerta Farmhouse Ale Saison, which starts as the house saison, Pinot de la Casa, and is aged in freshly dumped Pinot Noir barrels for nearly a year.

Red Tandem Brewery

1009 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard

Red Tandem Brewery is named after the red, tandem bicycle belonging to the husband and wife owners. The self-proclaimed “nanobrewery” serves seven high-quality ales, ranging in style and color, brewed on-site and served in the tasting room.

Popular beer: Double C-Hag, an Imperial IPA, which “achieves excellent balance with its intense hops load.”

Ventura

Home to dozens of breweries, Ventura is a beer lover’s delight. An added bonus: Most of the breweries are located in clusters throughout town, making them great for tasting trips or crawls.

Anacapa Brewing Company

472 E. Main St., Ventura

One of the town’s oldest gastropubs, Anacapa Brewing Company offers a seasonal rotation of more than 30 beers and a menu of both classic and creative bites. Visitors also love the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and dog-friendly patio.

Popular beer: Hurricane Hefeweizen, a California twist on a German-style wheat beer.

Topa Topa Brewing Company

104 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura

Topa Topa Brewing Company draws inspiration from the great outdoors (it’s named after the Topa Topa Mountain range) and quality ingredients. Some core draft offerings include an IPA, pale ale, hybrid lager, and nitro milk stout.

Popular beer: Chief Peak IPA, which has “tropical, dank, and grapefruit” notes.

Port Hueneme

This casual, cool beachside town is the perfect place to relax with a cold beer in hand. The only question is whether to pair your brew with a slice of pizza or a juicy burger…

Pizza Man Dan’s

307 E Port Hueneme Rd, Port Hueneme

Pizza and beer is a pair that withstands the test of time. Complement your slice with a refreshing Corona or enjoy wings, mozzarella sticks and the classic taste of an IPA.

Popular beer: 805 is a crisp, light beer that’s perfect for the chill California lifestyle.

Boar’s Breath Grill

719 W Channel Islands Blvd, Port Hueneme

With nine local beers on tap, fresh produce and bread from cities along Ventura County Coast, and a passion for serving unique, mouth-watering burgers, Boar’s Breath Grill is guaranteed to satisfy.

Popular beer: Ventura Coast Hazy IPA features a classic, hoppy taste.

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

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Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast is a string of four communities that radiate warmth from welcoming people and California sunshine. The region embodies the casual and active spirit of classic, where the seafood is fresh, the beer is handcrafted and the weather is the kind you dream about. Spend the day exploring miles of beaches, incredible harbors or lush green golf courses. Hop on a boat for a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, where you can see breathtaking views of the Southern California coastline. With a bustling culture, high end and vintage shopping, a lively culinary spirit and beautiful outdoor experiences, Ventura County Coast calls on every visitor to find their vibe. From hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling, from shopping and dining to just plain relaxing, Ventura County Coast will fill your days with a lifetime of memories.

Camarillo

Camarillo

An hour north of Los Angeles, Camarillo is nestled at the base of the Conejo foothills surrounded by verdant green fields and cool ocean breezes. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy Camarillo alfresco. From outdoor shopping and concerts, to delicious dining and fun events, Camarillo has it all. With small town charm and a rich history, it is the place for romantic weddings and corporate venues. Visit the historical sites and museums during the day, and walk along Old Town for dinner and drinks at night. A great getaway for everyone, Camarillo is the ideal place to Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun.

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Oxnard

Oxnard

Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.

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Ventura

Ventura

A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door.  Its artistic culture, enduring history and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human.

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Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme

Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll find Port Hueneme, the friendly city by the sea. Port Hueneme is the place for travelers looking to dig their toes in the sand, take a long walk, drop a fishing line off the pier or just kick back and relax. With walking and biking trails winding throughout the city and a perfect climate almost year round, you can revive your soul in Hueneme.

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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is an American national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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