United States > California > Santa Barbara
DocJitsu (21) California | 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.
Schlenkerla (200) , Austria | February 9, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Brewery located not far away from state street in a small garage type place. We visited this place several times between 2006 and 2012 and always enjoyed the beers, talking to the owner and the locals. Next door is a great wine tasting place.
MattH (41) California | September 22, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped by on the way to Santa Cruz the Friday of Labor Day weekend. The place is about a mile off of Highway 1. Got there at about 7 PM and the place was packed with nicely dressed patrons. I felt a little out of place in my shorts and gray t shirt. I did not expect such a nicely dressed crowd to be in a brewery in the industrial area of the city. However, I was quickly greeted, given a beer list, and within a minute I had the beer I had come for; the Telegraph Reserve Wheat. Soon thereafter another fellow in a gray t shirt who worked at the brewery came up to me and we talked beer for a bit. I only had time to stay for about 5 minutes as I had to get back on the road, but I would like to come back and try more beer, as the prices were good, and the workers were friendly.
craftbeerdesign (100) Alpharetta, Georgia | July 12, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
very small production brewery located about a 10 min walk from downtown state street in Santa Barbara. they have a tasting flight which includes 5 beers + a 10 oz pour of your favorite. nice little tasting area to the side of the tanks. small warehouse setting. they sell 750ml bottles to go as well as tshirts, glasses and growlers.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
This breweryís tasting room is next to the brewing equipment itself, so donít expect any special ambiance here. The "servers" are the brewery workers themselves, so you can be sure theyíll know the beers very well. Unassuming because of the industrial neighborhood, this brewery wonít be visited by passerbys who are not in the know, but their beers are really good enough to deserve more recognition. All in all, the brewery itself is not a great beer destination (which is why my place rating is rather low), but their beers are all good and should be tried. The owner/brewer told me he was working on a Sour Ale with currants and a barrel-aged Porter as well...
mkade8883 (28) Chicago, Illinois | July 10, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really chill place to do a tasting. Not a ton of beers available from these guys, but the staff is really chill and itís a fun place.
Getbetter (17) Cucamonga, California | May 11, 2010| Updated May 23, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I went here while on a Road Trip a month ago .The first thing i like is how there two sides of the bar to sit at and it was comfortable to be sitting in chairs .The brewers were nice enough to let me try out a limited English Brown Ale that they were working on that was great.Great brewery i would recommend it as a good beer spot on any road trip .There was no food . Small place.Great attitudes from brewers and from the patrons that were there which makes me want to come back . The flight tasting was nice with a paper with all the information.Not too expensive either.
can8ianben (93) Souderton, Pennsylvania | September 10, 2009| Updated May 23, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A tiny little Santa Barbara brewery right next to Carr Winery. Cramped space, but they do have a nice little taster bar. Unfortunately I didnít check their schedule and they were in the middle of a brew when I got there. They were still willing to sell me a bottle or fill a growler, but sadly no taster flight. A cool place with some nice attitude.
BMan1113VR (305) Los Angeles, California | July 11, 2009| Updated May 23, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Went to the tasting room this Saturday after lunch at Hollister. Warehouse type environment that reminds me of Craftsman, but has the edition of a tasting bar. 4 of their beers on tap, directly from the cold storage room. Some music playing, laid back bartenders, and some small 15 barrel fermenters, as well as a couple of oak zinfandel barrels to age the stock porter in. Good prices. Picked up a bottle of the new Rhinoceros, which I have to wait a week to open with friends, and a bottle of the Robust Ale (neither of which were on tap).
johnbuck100 (16) Lancaster, Pennsylvania | April 2, 2009| Updated May 23, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
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...)
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