Where to find local & craft beer in greater Palm Springs in 2023

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Looking for a cold one? Sure you could order a Bud Light, or some other mass-brewed beer, but then you’d be missing out on all the local flavors that brewers based in the Coachella Valley have to offer. Here’s where to find local beer, from pubs, to tap rooms and the breweries themselves.

Best Places for Local and Craft Beer in Palm Springs Area

Relaxing with a cold beer can round out the day or week just right, but you definitely don’t have to settle for those sold on a large scale in your chain grocery store. Instead, you can find delicious local and craft beers throughout the Greater Palm Springs area, which include the following hot spots.

La Quinta Brewing Co.

Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta

La Quinta Brewing Co. now has three different taprooms (Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and La Quinta) that all offer a good variety of craft beers plus guest beers, canned and bottled beers, non-alcoholic options, and glasses of wine. La Quinta Brewing Co. is perhaps the best known brew pub in the valley. The brewery opened  in 2013, and has quickly become a favorite of both locals and visitors.In-house brews include the Cactus Prick Hazy Pale Ale (ABV 5.2%), the Spa Water – Tangerine hard seltzer (ABV 6%), and the Even Par IPA (ABV 7.2%). These are all crafted at the brewery’s Palm Desert location, where around 10,000 barrels of beer are made each year. In addition, if you’re at a local restaurant or in a liquor store in the Coachella Valley, you may see one or more of the brewery’s products available on the menu. The Palm Desert location is also the largest one and offers a wider drink variety plus a full food menu.

The taprooms serve La Quinta’s full line up of beer as well as limited releases and on some days you’ll find special food offerings too. Don’t miss sampling La Quinta’s Poolside Blonde, Heatwave Amber Ale, or the Desertfest Autumn Seasonal. The Koffi Porter is made with locally roasted Koffi coffee and is popular with locals. It makes a great souvenir to bring back to friends too.

Las Palmas Brewing

Palm Springs

Las palmas brewing palm springsIf you’re looking for locally-brewed beer but have friends who want wine instead, Las Palmas Brewing is a conveniently-located microbrewery everyone will enjoy. Located on North Palm Canyon road in the heart of central Palm Springs, the brewery has the same three beers on tap at all times (‘Table’ Petite Saison ABV 4.1%, ‘Fifty Four’ French Saison ABV 5.7%, and ‘Bloom’ Unfiltered IPA 6.1%) but also always rotates three other beers (AKA cerveza). The wine, or “vino,” are obtained from various global sources and also rotate in flavors, but various wines are obtained from Percy Selection, Scuola Di Vino, and Soil Expedition. Overall, Las Palmas Brewing definitely has something for everyone in your group to enjoy.

With its cute outdoor patio in the back there’s a chill place off the busy street to enjoy your cold ones, and if Hoja Blanca is cooking (as they often are as part of a pop-up food concept) prepare yourself for some tasty bites too.

Las Palmas Brewing

The back patio at Las Palmas Brewing

While brewpubs have traditionally been low key places to grab a pint, the new Las Palmas Brewing is all about making its space upscale yet still casual. Las Palmas is a microbrewery and natural wine bar,  in the Old Las Palmas area, and it’s the only brewery with onsite brewing facilities located in Palm Springs itself. Find about half a dozen options on tap at any given time, ensuring there’s options for most beer palates.

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El Jefe

Palm Springs

This bar is a personal favourite of those of us here at PST.com. This uber-casual bar in the Saguaro Hotel has epic street tacos and margaritas, but there’s several local beers on tap here in addition to Mexican and American favourites. It’s a good place to stop if you’re with a group, and some want local craft beer while others want something more traditional.

Best Palm Desert Craft Beer Places

Desert Beer Company

Palm Desert

Desert beer company, where to get craft beer palm springsAnother top pick for local and craft beers in the Palm Springs area is Desert Beer Company in Palm Desert. After starting his career with a political think tank (and disliking it), owner and brewer Devon Sanchez was first a founder of the Coachella Valley Brewing Company before opening Desert Beer Company in 2019. This place offers some of the most unique flavors, including Coffee & Cream Ale (ABV 5%), Olaf & Jurgen German beer (ABV 5.4%), Amber Is the Color of Your Energy (ABV 4.9%), and Takes 2 to Mango (ABV 7.5%). The taproom also features pop-up food vendors and holds events like trivia and music, so be sure to check out the website before you go.

Desert Beer Company is making some super creative brews. With a list of more traditional beers, Desert Beer is also known for its Graham Cracker Stout, a Chocolate Chip Stout and what it dubs its ‘Merica American Lager, an easy-drinking ‘lawnmower’ beer designed to be light, crisp and refreshing. There’s nearly twenty brews on tap, which you can sip by the pint or in a sampler flight.

Tap-In Tap Room at Whole Foods

Palm Desert

One little gem many people do not know about is the Tap-In Taproom at the Whole Foods Market in Palm Desert. There are plenty of local and craft beers available here, including pilsners and pale lagers along with specialties from around the state of California such as the amber ale obtained from Northern California’s Anderson Valley. The taproom also offers small bites and has a large TV, meaning you can have a craft beer and a snack while catching a game live.

 Where to get craft beer in Coachella Valley

Luchador Brewing Company

Cathedral City

Luchador Brewing, Desert beer company, where to get craft beer palm springsLuchador Brewing Company has locations in Chino Hills and Cathedral City (on Highway 111), both offering craft beers and seltzers from 15 different taps along with glasses and bottles of wine and authentic Mexican street food from its indoor El Camión food trucks. While the beer variety rotates often, the menu consistently includes a wide variety of brews from pale ales to Mexican lagers and stronger IPAs. You can order food and beer online, and this brewery is also dog- and child-friendly.

Babe’s

Rancho Mirage

This longtime hangout and brewery is one of Greater Palm Springs’ favourites year round when it comes to grabbing a cold beer. With a big patio and dark & cool interior complete with touches of ‘pig’ decor, it’s a refreshing spot to truly chill out.

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery is located in Rancho Mirage and is one of the most beloved hangouts in the area. Babe’s holds the title of the first brewery in the region and was opened in 2002 by the founder of the Marie Callender’s restaurant chain. Animal decor – especially pig decor – is scattered throughout the brewery, including a large pig statue that greets you upon arrival. Craft beers brewed on-site include the Honey Blonde Ale (ABV 5.6%) and Babe’s Light (ABV 4.5%), but Babe’s also offers bottled beer, ciders, and beer blends.

If you’re unsure which beer to get, you can try their beer flight, which offers four 5-ounce pours of different beers for $10. As the name of the joint suggests, you won’t want to skip pairing your drinks with some of the amazing barbecue such as the pulled pork sandwiches and fresh cornbread.

Yardhouse

Rancho Mirage

Yard House is also a chain, but don’t let that deter you from going there for a nice cold brew! While the restaurant/bar serves mass-marketed beer like Miller Lite and Blue Moon, there is also an enormous variety of craft options, many of which were produced in California. Types of beer on Yard House’s menu include hoppy IPAs, seasonal/rotating, fruity, light, crisp/refreshing, wheat, sour, brown/stout, strong/golden, strong/dark, malty/amber, cider, seltzer/kombucha, gluten removed, and zero alcohol. The extensive food menu also features plenty of options to eat alongside the beer of your choice.

O’Caine’s Irish Pub

Rancho Mirage

What’s a list of great beer places without an authentic Irish pub on the list? O’Caine’s is a true desert hidden gem, with all the most authentic Irish beers on tap (try the Guiness-and-Harp layered Black and Tan), plus killer food too (the fish and chips are the best in the valley). A decent-sized shaded patio makes it the perfect place for lunch or an afternoon cool-down. Don’t let the location at busy Bob Hope and Gerald Ford fool you; the pub faces off the roads and it’s quiet and dark inside; just like a moody Irish pub should be. While the jaunty fiddle music playlists can get to be a bit on-point after a while, they do often have live Celtic music on weekends.

Beer Garden at Big Rock

Indio

Tucked on the campus of Big Rock Golf Course is the Beer Garden at Big Rock. A lush space with loads of greenery, flowers and outdoor string lights, the Beer Garden’s picnic tables make you feel like you’re lounging in the park.  Draft and bottled beer as well as some wines are served from the garden’s “beer-tender.”

Best beer places in La Quinta

Beer Hunter

La Quinta

Known across the valley for its chef-driven sports pub food with a twist, Beer Hunter has an excellent selection of bottled beer plus on-tap choices so picking one might take some time.

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

Palm Desert, La Quinta

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill has locations in both La Quinta and Palm Desert, both serving a huge selection of food ranging from pizza (of course) to salads, tacos, and fish. There are a lot of drinks to choose from, too, including one rotating tap and craft taps like the Firestone 805 Honey Blond and the CVB Hazy IPA. Both locations also offer wine, cocktails, a few traditional tap beers, and a wide selection of bottled beers – both mass-marketed and limited release specialties.

Coachella Valley Brewing

Thousand Palms

With a huge array of brews, there’s definitely a brew for every beer drinker to fall in love with here.

The Coachella Valley Brewing Company is located east of the heart of Palm Springs in Thousand Palms, just north of Interstate 10. Focusing heavily on the farm-to-table model, this brewery supports farms in the area by using their products such as citrus and honey to concoct their craft brews. There is a huge variety of rotating beer options here, ranging from stiff Russian Imperial Stouts to blonde and pale ales with fruity kicks to them. The taproom also has at least one event or discount every day of the week, which are all listed on the website. Another fun tidbit about this place is that any grains left after the brewing process are not discarded; instead, they are given to local farmers for livestock feed.

Coachella Valley Brewing uses ingredients like local citrus, herbs, honey, and spices. Grab some sampler sizes of the cleverly named Kolschella or try the I-10 Session IPA. Another can’t miss pint is the Dubbel Date Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel, made with dates grown right here in the Coachella Valley.

 

Eureka!

Indian Wells

Eureka! has several locations throughout California, including one in Indian Wells. The available craft beers vary at each location daily, so you’ll have to check out the chalkboard when you get there. Regardless, there is always a solid variety of beers ranging from pale ales to stouts and ciders. An extensive menu of American cuisine is also available (including must-try sweet potato fries), plus visitors enjoy their “Hoppy Hour” that offers discounts on beer, wine, cocktails, and food from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on weekdays.

Idyllwild BrewPub

Idyllwild

Drive up into the mountains to see what’s happening in quiet Idyllwild, and while you’re there see what’s on tap. Idyllwild is an artsy town and the creativity extends to the brewing arts too. The brew pub’s rustic look gives you a break from all the mid-century mod down in the valley, plus there’s twenty-one Idyllwild Brewpub beers on tap, pub-style eats, and a full bar with craft cocktails and spirits too.

Taproom 29

Coachella

Coachella is home to the Spotlight 29 Casino, which also houses the Taproom 29. As the name suggests, the brewery always keeps 29 brews on tap, which typically includes four or five of its own at any given time. Some examples of the homemade brews include the Tipsy Tortoise IPA (ABV 7.55%) and the Rez Rage Red ale (ABV 6.1%). Almost no one enjoys a warm beer, so luckily this taproom boasts a cold-plate bar that keeps all of the beers at exactly 29 degrees. The taproom now also features a regular food menu plus special breakfast and “late night” menus.

Stop in at one of these local haunts and sip or sample all that Greater Palm Springs has to offer.

Palm Springs Traveller Staff