I have used Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner many times, to get to and from breweries located up and down the Surfliner's route. It is a perfect way to enjoy yourself and not have to worry about driving home. Remember, all the regular Amtrak rules apply so don't get outta control; in other words drink responsibly or you'll find yourself booted off the train or worse...
The map below lists my favorite beer places, within easy walking distance from the Ventura stop. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but I can personally vouch for all the locations included. There is plenty to drink along this trail (approximately a 2 mile round trip) but if you have any other beer attraction suggestions, leave them in the comments below.
Beer isn't the only attraction in downtown Ventura; boutique shops, bakeries, restaurants, surf shops and thrift stores line the streets. If you're staying in town for a while, then click on over to the Ventura Visitors Bureau where you'll find plenty of activities to keep you busy.
Other beer trail maps can be found [HERE].
We collaborated on a beer and cheese pairing series in 2012, and it was a blast.
*BH101 IS a great place, but in the spirit of full disclosure, I co-host a podcast called Happy Hour with Joby and Curtis. Joby is the owner of BH101.