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Humboldt Brewing
(United Craft Brewers)
(No longer brewing)
856 Tenth Street
Arcata CA 95521
Telephone: +1 707-826-2739
Brewer: Larry Lesterude, Dave Pimsner, Jon Hill
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Visited: August 15, 1992

Opened: 1987

Annual Production: 35,000 bbl

Contributors: Arash Shahzadi, Diane Crawford, Jeff Nelson, Mike Harper

Outstanding beers on tap, used to be inconsistent in the bottle, but that has improved greatly in the past couple of years. Just a few miles north of Lost Coast...a fine way to spend a weekend. See my notes in A Beer Odyssey for more details. (BTW, I finally found my August 25, 1992 tasting notes — meager though they are — on March 20, 1998.)

Firestone Walker Brewing bought the Humboldt brands, and the beers are brewed in Paso Robles now.

Updated: April 1, 2009

Beer List

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    • Date: March 15, 1997 (#2042)
      Package: draught
      Place: Kona Brewers Festival, Kailua-Kona HI
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden, low carbonation, OK head. Spicy-hoppy aroma. Very spicy, some bitterness, OK body.
    • Date: December 31, 1996 (#1909)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber-golden, big white head, low carbonation. Fresh spicy hop aroma, with some diacetyl. Smooth, nicely bitter, quite a lot of diacetyl, especially in finish. Lots of hop flavor. Bitter and Butter.

  • 4.50% abv.
    • Date: August 15, 1992 (#2467)
      Package: real ale
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      OK, fruity light ale.

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    Specialty Beer
    • Date: February 28, 1998 (#2425)
      Package: draught
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Brown, flat, enormous head. Perfumey. Good body, chocolatey, nutty, some hop flavor late!

  • Herb and Spice Beer
    4.00% abv.
    • Date: August 15, 1992 (#2466)
      Package: real ale
      Place: at the brewery
      Overall Impression
      Pretty good! Light..sweet, ginger obvious.

  • American-Style Pale Ale

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    Red Nectar
    American-Style Pale Ale
    5.00% abv.

  • Redwood Amber
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • Storm Cellar Porter
    Robust Porter
    5.70% abv.

  • Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Summer Nectar Wheat Ale
    Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat