United States > California > Santa Cruz
t0rin0 (1508) Do Not Resuscitate, California | May 13, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Visited May 9, 2015.
I had no idea that these guys had public hours again. I tried 3 or 4 years ago to stop in here but I was told on the phone that they were by appointment only. Itís probably the first brewery that youíll hit if coming in from San Jose on 17 but you do have to drive a little ways down Mission/1 so it can take a good 10-15 minutes to go that 3/4 mile. This is, not surprisingly, in a commercial warehouse. This is a small tasting room squeezed into the corner of the building. They have a couple of tables and about a dozen seats at the bar. They also have a food menu.
Theyíve apparently been around for 8 years now. I thought it was longer since I remember seeing them in Bevmo in southern CA around the time they started and figured that meant they were more established. Some other bits of trivia: they used to contract brew a lot of the beers for Half Moon Bay Brewing around that time, including the doppelbock that is currently on tap at Santa Cruz. Also, there is another brewery opening up just down the street. Tapped In Brewing or something like that, though theyíre probably still a year out. Oh, and they allow dogs here.
There werenít a ton of house beers to pick from and most of them Iíve had from the bottle, so nothing too exciting to see here. Also, the beers arenít super impressive. They had four year round beers, a seasonal (English pale ale), and two guest beers (the aforementioned doppelbock from Half Moon Bay and a cider from Two Rivers). Nothing really stood out. At least the people were fun to talk to. The food wasnít bad. I just got a grilled cheese sandwich (called Mouse Trap on the menu). It was mostly just for a snack but in retrospect I regret not adding avocado and tomato to it. Still, not bad. Prices on food werenít great but not outrageous, $8-$10 for a sandwich, $5-$7 for an appetizer.
All around a place you should stop at for the sake of it being one of the older breweries around but it doesnít look like they do a lot of experimenting so if youíre just interested in getting more ratings then this isnít the place for you.
AdamChandler (260) Enfield, New Hampshire | January 24, 2014
34 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 5/20
beers were not too good. it was cheap but cramped. I wouldnít come back but maybe a nice spot for locales.
mrhoppy (225) Santa Clara, California | August 15, 2013
36 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Very small place. Sampled their beers and found 1 appealing. Expensive samples. They were friendly enough to say goodbye as I was leaving.
Ungstrup (352) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | November 21, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
A small place with a bit of an odd location, but the best beers we sampled in Santa Cruz, so try to hit this place. We had 4 beers from tap.
SamGamgee (182) down the whirlpool, California | June 11, 2010
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Santa Cruz Ale Works has a small tasting bar where you can buy pints, growlers and kegs, with usually just their standard four beer on tap. Itís just a small room with a bar at the front door of the brewery, and they donít have any food or anything. The brewery is pretty much a one man operation with some help, so hours are limited and definitely not regular. Definitely call before coming by, and never assume that anyone will be there. Iíve stopped by multiple times while in the area only to find no one around.
Braudog (792) Phoenix, Arizona | July 9, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
June 2009. A nice little tasting room serves as the front door to this little brewery in a strip-mall-slash-industrial-park place. The day I was there, the only two guys working there (brewer/owner and another brewer) were hanging out with us in the tasting room. They had as much fun as we did just chatting beer and tasting some of their really good beer -- definitely among the best available in the area.
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