Visited around 3pm on Tuesday 02/02/16 - thanks to Peter Hale Taxi services ... he did make me ride naked in the front whistling songs from the Midnight Cowboy all the way down mind! Smallish taproom in an industrial unit just outside of Santa Cruz. 10 or so beers on tap but no tasting flights offered unfortunately. Solid tasty beers across a number of styles ... average rates must have been something like 3.6/7 which is very high for a brewery tap for me. Only criticism ... beers are way too cold ... to the point they hindered my enjoyment, noticeably colder than any other of the 30 or so venues Iíd hit on in NoCal this week. Service friendly and fine, a few locals in the bar also and more began to come in as we left. Just the one bottle for sale .. one of their common offerings.
Overall a solid stop for super solid beers ... just a shame they were so cold !
Classic middle of nowhere industrial park brewery tap room, parking is available which is nice. Some seating available inside as well. Lots of great beer available on tap, prices are a bit high but at least quality backs it up. A bit unfortunate they donít do growler fills of everything, I guess they just donít have enough beer. Anyhow, definitely worth a visit if you can make it.
Notwithstanding the fact that these írustic alesí are produced in what is, basically, another industrial lot brewery, the taproom and the beers, especially, are quite nice. The beer range on offer is solid, spanning a range of styles. While small/taster pours arenít available, they do offer half pours at reasonable prices (I think it was $5 for a half pour, $8 for full). During our visit, they had only one beer available to takeaway in bottle. The taproom itself is small but adequate; it would probably feel crowded with more than 20 people inside. The single server was friendly and efficient. One gripe I have is that the beers were served far too cold, i.e. just a few degrees above freezing, effectively neutering the nuances of the beers. Overall, though, I thought the taproom was very good and I would recommend a visit.
We made the 3-hour drive down from Santa Rosa to visit SARA on a Thursday afternoon upon opening. The location isnít as sexy as Iíd anticipated based on the current reputation and buzz around this brewery, but itís nice nonetheless. Itís at the end of a side road through a neighborhood that feels a bit industrial at the end, and also kind of sandwiched between 101 and a trailer park. Odd. The building is nice, and the tasting room is small and clean and cozy. There were about 10 beers on tap, available in full and half pours, mostly for $8 and $5, respectively. The only bartender working was quick and friendly. The seating is limited and so is the overall space, but we stood at a long high-top and were comfortable for the time we spent there. The beers are excellent across the board. 1 bottle was currently available to go, and a few drafts were available in growlers. Limited but nice merch. Really nice spot, and worth the drive.
Pretty small taproom in the front of your typical American warehouse brewery setup. Decor was quite nicely done, mainly with great woodwork in the form of tap handles, tables and whatnot. A bunch of empty, whaleish bottles were standing around, giving it a pretty nerdy feel. The guy behind the bar was kind and served us quick. He also showed appreciation for every tip, however small, which is a great attitude to have. Beers are phenomenal. I think of all 10 beers, none scored lower than 3.7 with many well above 4.0. 10 taps and 1 bottle for in house consumption at the time we were there, as well as 2 growler fills and 1 bottle for takeaway. Crowd was a nice blend of locals and tourists, beer geeks and just regular drinkers. Relaxed and calm ambiance all in all. Prices were fair both for full and half pours as well for growlers and bottles, especially considering the quality of the beers. Solid brewery visit well worth the trip.
Small and cozy taproom full of local and import beer geeks. Service is friendly and of course can help you with any questions about the beer. Selection is pretty good, but donít trust the site or anything else. Stuff moves fast and if you are looking for bottles it is pretty iffy. Only 1/2 pours, no flights and they can be pricey. A nice stop but a bit out of the way and hard if you are alone.
A retail set up but the clean and new feel are welcome. I wasnít a big fan of the tables (barrels), or uncomfortable stools with no backs. You canít sit for long. Really strong and balanced draft lift of mostly saison, but mixed with a couple ipas and stouts. The saisonís are where its at, but I was a fan of the simpleton. Good prices where you can get a half or full pour, but a flight option would have been nice. Lots of locals, friendly feel. High end beers at a good price, worth the out of the way trip.
Iíd be here all the time if I lived closer. Liked that we could go with the kids - still a relaxed adult vibe. Nothing special on the outside, but cool place inside. Dog friendly too, and there were half a dozen in there that night, all super friendly. No flights, but we ended up getting half pours of everything anyway, plus a bottle to open there, and one to go. Everything ranged from good to stellar, no misses.
Pretty good spot. Beers are terrific, as expected. Half pours available, but nothing smaller and no flights, which I think is bullshit. But I was able to try 4-5 beers, which was cool. I was pissed that their website said West Ashley was on tap and it wasnít. They also had a bottle for sale but you couldnít take it with you. Lots of rules here it seems. Lots of charm in this smallish taproom, but honestly it didnít feel that welcoming and inviting, and everything felt on their terms and not mine as the customer. Reeks of a bit of arrogance to me.