A bit off the beaten track on a Monday night, closing at 9, so I had to hurry to get thru the 12 draft beers - they must have expanded since the last rating. Warehouse like feel right next to a train track, not really me, but the service was super, inspite of the near closing hour when I walked in. 12 draft plus loads of bottles to take away. I had some really nice beers.
Visited several times over the years. Despite having 8-10 house beers on the lineup never seems to change. Occasionally theyíll do a barrel aged version of one of their beers that they send to GABF and sell a few bottles of in the tasting room but thatís about it (well that and a Christmas beer). So from a ticking perspective there isnít much need to go more than once, however, the area is nice. Itís very close to the water and there are some shops around. The employees are friendly and they allow dogs. There is a patio outside and some indoor seating. The last time I was there (while en route to Firestoneís Oaktoberfest) I had a conversation with the brewer about all the up and coming breweries on the central coast.
The beer is alright all around. Not great by any means but nothing offensive either. I dont stop in much anymore but one of these days maybe I will need to see if anything has changed.
Three of the beers were very clean and hard not to drink too much of, especially the paradise pale, harvest pale, and the island pale ale (IPA), they were all right on. Some of the others mehhh. Amazing location, I can pass out on the beach afterwards.
It was kind of hard to find this place as Google Maps led me into a residential part of town and to what is the back of the building. The entrance is along a walkway adjacent to the railroad tracks. A nice little patio area and small tasting room and bar. The woman working the bar was decently friendly. Mostly locals inside the bar area. The beers were below average, but the price was decent. They had 6 house beers on. Not really a place Iíd care to go again. But Iíd never been to Carpinteria before and found it to be quite nice, which I sort of expected..
Stopped by on a Sunday. Industrial area of Carpinteria. Crowded place. Owners at the bar. The crowd seemed like an older, beach going crowd. A few bikers, lots of sleeveless shirts. Was kind of in a rush, so I had one sample (which was ho-hum) and took some bottles to go. We will see how the beer is. Pricing was nice. Didnít get any growlers, and their cask had blown yesterday.
Nice little tasting room that is actually pretty spacious with a nice sunny patio a couple blocks from the beach on the railroad tracks in Carp. Service is friendly and accommodating, though they really donít do much. You can get all their bottled beers on tap, plus a few tap only things and occasional casks. Island are nice people from what I have seen, but I honestly just donít care for most of their beer, either infected bottled stuff, or just awkward draught products. Their water profile is my main suspect for their weird house flavor, but it could be a number of things. Iíll keep giving them chances if itís convenient, but I would say save it for the brewpubs fifteen minutes up the road in SB if you are driving through the area. If youíre staying in Carpinteria though, you might as well give them a shot and see what you think. Theyíll probably have something that you like.
Good prices on a sampler of their beers, all in all they were pretty good, very relaxed place, I felt that it was a hidden gem for regulars, it was off the road and kinda hard to find without an address. Service was friendly and the guy pouring definitely knew his stuff. Definitely worth going to considering the fact that I havenít seen any of their beers elsewhere on my travels.
elihapa (65) Honolulu, Hawaii | July 17, 2008| Updated September 21, 2009
I didnít experience much of this place. I came in through a breezy back entrance, arriving upon a casual open air beer cafe. I tried the sampler, which was reasonably priced, and allowed you to select 5 of the six taps to try. All were interesting and very drinkable. What I liked: the accessibility (the owner was very friendly!) What I didnít like: the darkest beer they had on tap was a (light) brown ale. I would go again if in the area.
Visited on Monday afternoon, 02/18/08. A little hard to find in an industrial/warehouse area, the Island Brewing Company is a small-ish operation (15 barrles) with a modest tap room. They had six of their taps available when we stopped in. Thereís no music or TV in this place (a welcome change), but thereís no lack of ambiance. Locals with their dogs, couples hanging out, dudes who look like hackeysack champions: all hang out and mingle in the friendly low stress environment. Paul, the owner/brewmaster, came to our table and chatted us up at length about beer and the industry in general. They donít serve food, but they have a notebook of menus from local places that will deliver to the tap room. Very thoughtful! I have to weigh the overall coolness of this place, against their reason to exist: their beer. Despite all the positives, I just wasnít into any of their beers!