Venture inside the walls of the Disneyland Resort and you'll encounter numerous wonders rarely found outside of Orange Country. This summer's reopening of the California Adventure park, for instance, attracted plenty of buzz with the introduction of Cars Land and a host of other rides and attractions not found at any other Disney-branded theme park.
But the objects capable of giving visitors a true buzz have received much less attention.
Relatively unnoticed in the California Adventure makeover is the park's increased offerings of craft beer. The high-end Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is a showcase for California-brewed ales, offering selections from Placentia's the Bruery, San Diego's Karl Strauss, Petaluma's Lagunitas and three from Anaheim Brewery.
"We decided our main focus would be on introducing California craft beer," says Jeannie Villarreal-Bissell, beverage manager for the resort. "Not only are we are supporting California craft breweries, but we're introducing our guests to new flavors."
The Anaheim Brewery brand dates to the late 1880s; its current incarnation was revitalized two years ago by husband-and-wife brewmasters Barbara and Greg Gerovac. It's close to the park — not close enough to be visited by monorail but at just three miles from the resort there are no concerns of the beer at the Disney Resort not being fresh.