Orange County California is truly the Land of Hopportunity. Even before Covid-19, breweries were unfortunately shutting down, 2019 saw over 300 breweries close across the U.S. Not true in the Big Naranja, according to Advanced Cicerone, Charlie Perez there are expected to be 10 new brewery locations opening in 2020 somewhere near you in Orange County. Cheers and good luck to everyone involved with those new adventures.
One of the more recent openings is Cerveza Cito, brought to you by the good folks at Suavecito Pomade, both businesses operate in Santa Ana. Located in the space formerly occupied by The Good Beer Company, Cerveza Cito has opened the upstairs which was being used for office space and have also added an outdoor patio so there will be plenty of elbow room for drinking and some fun stuff, who likes trivia?? 🕵️♂️
Pre Covid most breweries allowed you to bring in food but because of the current Covid-19 regulations food will always be available as it is now required along with purchase of alcohol. Expect some delicious grub from local restaurants and food trucks. The patio is pet friendly and will always be open, inside the brewery is a family friendly atmosphere. Cerveza Cito is open everday from 4pm to 9pm Monday thru Friday. On Saturday 12pm to 10 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. You can also find your favorite pints of Cerveza Cito brew at Mission Bar Downtown Santa Ana and Chapter One: the modern local.
Kevin Buckley is the Brewmaster, Kevin brings his vast knowledge of brewing from his time at Barley Forge and San Diego breweries. The beer list is already formidable with a refreshing variety of lagers, a seltzer, pale ale and a delicious stout. Brittany Costello brings her high energy and skillset leading #TeamCito with social media, events, and of course brewing.
On my first visit I really loved their taster flight trays, they have a little chalkboard where they write the style of the beer you’re trying. I also noticed they had hand sanitizer on every table, use it! This way we can secret handshake like the old days!!
The beer list has a enough tasty choices to satisfy everyone. Hoparoni is a West Coast Double IPA 8.9% ABV, a collab with Santa Ana River Brewing, they used Cashmere, Idahoe 7 and Cascade cryo hops. Dank AF! If you would like something not as dank try the Pale Ale 6% ABV, Cascade and Laurel hops, this is a traditional Pale Ale along the style of a Sierra Nevada. The Firme Lager will pair perfectly with at least 2 or 3 carne asada tacos! It goes down easy at 5.7% ABV. Holy not Mole 8.8% ABV, uses Ibarra Mexican Chocolate, cinnamon and Allspice, it is so smooth, rich, delicious, save room for this dessert of beers.
Stay safe! Mask up! Don’t drink and drive. Cheers!
Cerveza Cito is located at 309 W 4th Street Santa Ana ca 92701
Last modified: October 1, 2020