The Best Craft Beverage Stops Right Here In Atascadero

By: Josh Cross, CEO & President of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

The 3rd Annual Central Coast Craft Beer Festival kicks off this Saturday, October 23rd. Being inspired by this hoppy event, I wanted to share some of my favorite breweries that are right here in our backyard! A few of them are even on our Atascadero Lakeside Wine Passport, which will give you free tastings. What a treat! Here are four of my favorite spots in Atascadero to sit down after a long day and enjoy a drink.

  1. Colony Mash Brewing Co.
    From sours to lagers, Colony Mash Brewing Co. is serving up some incredible craft beer; they even offer hard seltzers if you’re looking to mix it up a bit. Created by Ethan Krout and Erik Knapp, the dynamic duo bonded over their shared passion for working hard to develop excellent beer. Recommendation: Czech Pilsner. A refreshing and flavorful pilsner that drinks well all year round.

    You can find them at: 3164 El Camino Real, Atascadero
    Visit their website, click here.
    Atascadero Lakeside Wine Passport Stop

  2. Central Coast Distillery
    With award-winning spirits, there’s a reason why cocktails at Central Coast Distillery taste so good. You’ll find this distillery right in the heart of Atascadero’s Started by Eric & Anna Olson, their distilling practice honors conventional customs of craft distillation while still driving forward with innovative new drinks. You may recognize them as one of the stops at the Atascadero Art, Wine & Beer Tours (like the one coming up in December) with a ticket booth in front of their business. This makes them a perfect first stop during fun tasting events. Recommendation: Bourbon Whiskey. With notes of toffee, cinnamon, and baking spices, it’s the perfect accompaniment for holiday cocktails.

    You can find them at 5804 Traffic Way, Atascadero
    Visit their website, click here.
    Atascadero Lakeside Wine Passport Stop

  3. Poisoned Apple
    There’s nothing quite like a glass of hard cider for the fall season. However, while the Poisoned Apple specializes in brewing up tasty cider, that’s not all they offer. You can also enjoy mead, wine, beer, and hard kombucha. Located right in our downtown, be sure to include them on your next outing downtown. Recommendation: Any one of their craft-made ciders which pair well with friends and family.

    You can find them at: 5855 El Camino Real, Atascadero
    Visit their website, click here.

  4. Wild Fields Brewhouse
    With 15+ beers, Wild Fields Brewhouse is a wonderful stop for a cold one! Right across from Galaxy Theatres, this family-friendly craft brewery is perfect before your movie showing. With a mini-bowling alley, arcade games, and food, it’s got entertainment for the kids and great beer for the parents. Recommendation: Learning to Fly. An American-style IPA that pairs perfectly with one of their warm, soft pretzels.

    You can find them at: 6907 El Camino Real, Atascadero
    Visit their website, click here.
    Atascadero Lakeside Wine Passport Stop


There are dozens of great stops for craft beverages in OUR community; too many to list here. You can find more by visiting our online local business directory by clicking here. Share your favorite stop for drinks by tagging the Chamber team on Facebook @atascaderochamberofcommerce or Instagram @atascadero_chamber. The team and I would love to know what your favorites stops are. Cheers to good local drinks!

-Josh Cross, Atascadero Chamber CEO

Josh Cross

President & CEO of the Atascadero Chamber | Josh Cross

Josh Cross is a longtime Central Coast local, having grown up right here in Atascadero. He has a strong knowledge of governmental and community issues, in addition to economic development. Previously he worked as the Director of Economic Development for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, and has always been passionate about the incredible work Chambers can do for their community.