United States > California > Santa Barbara
PRBeer (411) Parsippany, New Jersey | October 22, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
One of the two best breweries in SB (along with Pure Order). The beers were very good...11 when I visited...including an IPA and several pale ales. The place has a nice vibe for a brewery taproom...and the staff was extremely accommodating. I especially like the California Ale, the American IPA, and the Goodland Orange Pale. If you come to Santa Barbara and love craftbeer...Telegraph canít help from being on your list.
GT2 (667) Oceanside, California | May 9, 2015
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Date. . . . . . . . . . ...5.2.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewery Tasting Room
Location. . . . . . . ..SB Neighborhoods
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal, $1.50-$2 tasters
Tap Selection. . . .10-12 House Beers
Bottle Selection. .Special Releases to go
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, Flights
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Average
Food Level. . . . ...None
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly, Disconnected
Growlers. . . . . . ..Possibly
Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet
Dťcor. . . . . . . . . ..High Ceilings, Open Brewhouse, Picnic Tables
Kid Friendly. . . . .No
Dog Friendly. . . ..Unknown
Parking. . . . . . . ...Street Only
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Comments: Beer seemed to be lacking with a few standouts that were drinkable. About half taps were core brands and the other half specialties/seasonals. No food truck on a Saturday afternoon was puzzling. Seemed to be a bit slow here whereas Pure Order was at capacity, another puzzling revelation given that Telegraphís beer is it another level. Staff seemed to be carefree, disconnected.
DedicatedToFun (60) Santa Monica, California | November 29, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome brewery, 12+ taps, no IPAs but lots of belgians, a couple sours, all good stuff, cool atmosphere, food trucks, etc.
Bacterial (107) Twin Cities, Minnesota | February 8, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty chill place. Needed a restroom stop on the drive back to LA from Barrelworks. Close to the freeway so it was a quick stop. Cool industrial hanger style building. Nice ambiance. Chill music playing. Huge brewery roped off by a yellow chain to keep wanderers at bay. 8 beers on tap with 5 bottles available. Reserve wheat sour was decent.
johnbuck100 (23) Lancaster, Pennsylvania | January 31, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
Updated review of new tasting room. I really like the location,vibe of this place and the staff is great, friendly and congenial. The negative is a big one if you are a hop lover though. There are no, and I mean NO beers on tap with any amounts of hops whatsoever. No IPAs , no pale ales, nuttin. The hoppiest beer was a "session ale" the was a joke. The brewer feels that hops take away from the flavor of a beer (!) says the server. The California ale is drinkable, but if you are a hop lover, you will be disappointed.
This brewery is a fun place to find (literally, as it is tucked away so well that it is almost invisible from the street and I had to park and walk to find it). The owner is a great guy and the weekend tastings are intimate. When I was here a year ago and spoke with the brewer, he professed a dislike for even moderately hopped beers - not even a pale ale. (The California ale comes closest, but even here the hops are invisible). Hopheads of even the modest persuasion will be disappointed. (Note: the website now mentions a Robust Ale with hops, so I may need to return...)
brokensail (1171) San Leandro, California | December 25, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Warehouse space that looks pretty drab from the outside, but inside it is quite nice. Lots of wood furniture, some barrels used as tables. They had about 8 beers on tap and a few bottles available as well. Apparently they will be doing flights/samplers, but donít have the glassware yet. Luckily the bartender was nice enough to give me a few small tastes and then I picked the beer I wanted to get a glass of. Service was pretty decent.
mrhoppy (225) Santa Clara, California | December 21, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Cool clean warehouse with some real nice beers. Darts. Cool music. Great sound system. Bring food.
Thrillhouse35 (37) California | December 13, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
In an industrial area of Santa Barbara where parking can be hard to find depending on the time of day you visit. This is a new location, however its right next door to the last location.
It was slow the evening I was there but it was a Tuesday evening after all. They offer half pours which makes it easier and more affordable to navigate their offerings. Overall, good experience and decent brews will make this a place Iíll come back too.
t0rin0 (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 19, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in fairly late in the evening (right before closing) on a trip up north. This is one of those typical California industrial warehouse breweries, but even more removed. We ended up walking through an alley to get there. Once inside i was surprised to see how busy the place was. They have four or five house beers on tap and some bottles to go. We grabbed the two bottles of the plum sour, which they told us is flat.
The beers are alright and the people that were there were (Iím guessing) UCSB students so it was entertaining. The bartender was nice and helpful too. Not a whole lot of stuff to try and only one of them was one that isnít bottled, so not a whole lot of reason to stop in unless youíre local or are looking for a keg ( I assume they sell kegs, but I didnt ask). That said it was a good time and these people are great. They also hooked us up for RBSG and came down to hang out.
DocJitsu (120) Pensacola , Florida | March 31, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 9/20
Very small and cramped, especially when it gets a bit busier on a weekend evening. Can be too cool and breezy because the garage door is rolled up. But, the air is not nearly as cold as the "Ms. Thang" that waited on us. Brutally icy. While her service was prompt and available, she maintained an air of pomposity and contempt despite my continued efforts to engage her in warmer discussions of the tasters she was pouring for us. She needed a Proctologist to remove that stick that was implanted in her ass. I did have a meaningful, yet relaxed discussion with the brewer about Prime Merididan, one in a lineup of five beers on their tasting list.
The beer is decent, but you need to be a Belgian fan to enjoy it. Too much Belgian spice in each of their beers regardless of whether itís a Porter, a Pale Ale, or a Blonde. The quality of the brews is above average, Iím just not in love with Belgian styles. For instance, the Prime Meridian, once allowed to settle and warm a few degrees, demonstrates a lot of compexity, seemless transitioning, and balance.
I wonít go back, but Iím happy to have experienced it.
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