However, its flagship brew, California Ale, is totally accessible. It's a mouth-filling beer, unfiltered, fairly hoppy and rather malty with a subtle citrus note. Perhaps because it's sealed with a cork, a la Champagne, some people seem to think of it as a French saison, but I'd call it just a great big amber ale. Coppery in color with a huge white head, it's a little earthy on the palate with some sweetness showing up late. It would be great with grilled meat or particularly fish.
-- Charles Perry
Style: A big, earthy, likable amber ale
Price: $6.99 to $7.99 for 22 ounces
Where to Find It: At Whole Foods markets; Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa; and Wade's Wines in Westlake Village.