12 Must-Visit Paso Robles Breweries (& Distilleries)


The best Paso Robles breweries to try barrel-aged sours and stouts and refreshing California IPAs. Plus, the best Paso Robles distilleries & restaurants to round out a weekend getaway!

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Rolling vineyards. Craft breweries. Natural hot springs. Farm-to-table food. Paso Robles, California is one of the best weekend getaways in California for foodies & booze travelers, and one of the best places to visit on California’s Central Coast!

But too many people make the mistake of assuming that wine tasting in Paso Robles is the only option for booze-loving visitors, although like, lets be real… the wine tasting there is amazing.

Even my know-it-all husband, who grew up down the road from Paso Robles in Morro Bay, was shocked to discover that how much more than just wineries Paso Robles has to offer (psst: we’ve also got guides to the best Paso Robles wineries and things to do in Paso Robles).

On our many trips to Paso Robles over the years, we’ve gotten to know the many amazing craft breweries in Paso Robles serving up inventive sours, west coast IPAs, and barrel-aged porters.

But that’s not all: there’s also a plethora of Paso Robles distilleries, serving up spirits related to wine like grappa, vodka and brandy, all made from wine grapes and craft distilled in small batches. And yes, they’re yummy.

Simply put, Paso Robles is a booze traveler’s dream destination. And we, dear readers, are very much booze travelers. Just call Paso Robles the Hermione Granger of the booze world!

Here’s our guide to the best breweries in Paso Robles, plus a few picks for distilleries and restaurants to round out the perfect weekend getaway.

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How to Get to Paso Robles

Paso Robles is located on California’s Central Coast, which is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This makes it an easy trip from almost anywhere in California – Northern or Southern.

Paso Robles is quite close to the coast: maybe 40 minutes away, accessible by driving through gorgeous rolling hills and incredible scenery. It’s a quick drive from the Pacific Coast Highway, so don’t skip a visit while you’re road tripping the most beautiful highway/road trip/coastline in the world (not that we’re biased … well we are, but we’re right).

Likewise, when you visit Paso Robles, don’t forget about its sister towns in San Luis Obispo county, such as Morro Bay, Cayucos, or San Luis Obispo itself. You can easily spend a week exploring the Central Coast (and we think you should).

This entire area is where Jeremy grew up – specifically, in Morro Bay – so it’s near and dear to our hearts. But if you’re foodies, wine snobs, and/or booze tourists (*raises hand*), Paso Robles is the star of the show.

  • Travel Tip: Give yourself at least 2-3 days to experience Paso Robles. A day trip to Paso Robles will limit you to only a small handful of wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants, and that’s really unfair to yourself. Better make it a whole weekend instead. Treat yo-self! Our guides to things to do in Paso Robles & the best wineries in Paso Robles will help round out your weekend getaway!
Beer flight at Silva Brewing in Paso Robles, California.
Silva Brewing is one of our favorite craft breweries in Paso Robles!

The Best Paso Robles Breweries

Silva Brewing

For a long time, when you thought West Coast beer, you thought IPA. Or maybe you didn’t, but trust me, it’s a thing. One of the pioneers in West Coast IPAs was (and is) Green Flash Brewing. After 11 years as Brewmaster at Green Flash, a brewer by the name of Chuck decided to move up north to Paso Robles and start his own craft brewery with his wife MJ.

We’ve seen quite a few beer operations while we’ve been traveling, but none of them screamed passion quite like Silva Brewing. Tucked away in a room not much larger than a garage, the entire team of only four employees (wait that can’t be right, hold on let me check my notes….holy crap, it’s right) toil away to craft the dozen beers on tap, AND they’re releasing new flavors almost weekly!

Silva Brewing opened in December 2016, but the combined force of love and Chuck’s vast knowledge and reputation from 19 years in the beer industry have already made Silva Brewing a powerhouse in the Paso Robles brewery scene.

If you’re a fan of Green Flash, you’ll love Silva Brewing’s flagship brew, the Paso Pale. Also worth checking out are the “Nut Farm” Walnut Nitro Milk Stout, “Mind on my Orange” Belgian Style Saison, and “S-Shot” Smoked Porter. You read that right. Smoked. Porter.

Silva is also constantly releasing new, experimental beers, like the fruity and tart Kettle Sour Rosé, a light pink sparkling Rosé beer fermented in white wine barrels. It’s the perfect halfway point between wine and beer – and that’s perfectly Paso Robles!

Earth & Fire Brewing Co.

Earth & Fire Brewing Co. is not just a microbrewery – it’s Paso Robles only nano-brewery! Earth & Fire brews rustic, unfiltered craft beer just a few blocks away from the downtown square.

With a small selection of just 4 rotating beers, you’ll be able to try literally everything on the menu.

Come here for relaxed fun (like, giant Jenga and trivia nights kind of fun), befriending adorable puppies (we love a dog-friendly brewery!) and of course, delicious beer.

Craft beer flight at BarrelHouse Brewing, a Paso Robles brewery and taproom.
Craft beer flight at BarrelHouse Brewing, a Paso Robles brewery and taproom.

Barrelhouse Brewing Co.

Sure to get Tyga stuck in your head, Tin City (AKA Marquita Crossing) is a perfect place for a self guided booze crawl while in Paso Robles! Essentially, it is a collection of tasting rooms and craft breweries all built around one block.

The idea behind Tin City was to provide a convenient place for consumers to taste the best cider, beer and wine in Paso Robles without needing to visit the actual wineries in or breweries in Paso Robles.

The spot has become a local favorite, and it’s the place to be on a Saturday night (or so we hear … we’re way too lame for that sort of activity.)

You can walk the entirety of Tin City in just five minutes, but you won’t want to take so little time because there are SEVENTEEN (!!!) tasting rooms for you to duck into! Most of them are wine tasting rooms (this is wine country, after all) but for craft beer lovers, don’t miss BarrelHouse Brewing Company.

A craft brewery with a beautiful outdoor seating area and a wide selection of beer, BarrelHouse Brewing Co. is best known for craft beers like their Mango IPA and Barrel-Aged Stouts & Sours, plus wackier creations like the delicious and totally unique craft Hard Seltzer infused with tea.

And not that this effects the taste of the beer, but we are definitely suckers for gorgeous packaging, and BarrelHouse has rad limited release can and bottle designs.

It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing brew outdoors on the patio while enjoying one of the daily rotating food trucks and, on occasion, live music concerts!

  • Psst: Like hard cider? Us too! Next door to BarrelHouse Brewing is Tin City Cider, that has a wide array of ciders including the Templetucky, a mouth watering apple and blood orange cider fermented and aged in a bourbon barrel! As a Californian married to a Kentuckian, that makes us very happy.

Santa Maria Brewing Co.

Santa Maria Brewing Co. is one of the oldest Central Coast breweries, creating award-winning beer since their founding in Nipomo in 1994.

Today, they have multiple taprooms and several delicious varieties of craft brewed beer. Try one of their many varieties of refreshing IPA – Blood Orange is our favorite – or the Black Gold Chocolate Porter.



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