California brewery license types

There are four basic brewery licenses in California.   The descriptions of brewery license types below are straight from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). 

Type 1 Beer Manufacturer – (Large Brewery) Authorizes the sale of beer to any person holding a license authorizing the sale of beer, and to consumers for consumption on or off the manufacturer’s licensed premises. Without any additional licenses, may sell beer and wine, regardless of source, to consumers for consumption at a bona fide public eating place on the manufacturer’s licensed premises or at a bona fide eating place contiguous to the manufacturer’s licensed premises. May conduct beer tastings under specified conditions (Section 23357.3). Minors are allowed on the premises.

Type 23 Small Beer Manufacturer – (Brew Pub or Micro-brewery) Authorizes the same privileges and restrictions as a Type 01. A brewpub is typically a very small brewery with a restaurant. A micro-brewery is a small-scale brewery operation that typically is dedicated solely to the production of specialty beers, although some do have a restaurant or pub on their manufacturing plant.

Type 75 On-Sale General Brew-Pub – (Restaurant) Authorizes the sale of beer, wine and distilled spirits for consumption on a bona fide eating place plus a limited amount of brewing of beer. This license does not authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises where sold. Minors are allowed on the premises.

(Type 26 – Out-of-State Beer Manufacturer’s Certificate)

Additionally, breweries can have up to 6 off-site tasting rooms / stores via “duplicate licenses.”  Only 2 of these duplicate licenses can include restaurants.  Duplicate licenses are described at this article.

Please note, that individual cities and counties may also require permits, or prohibit breweries altogether in certain zones.

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