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100 /100 416 N SALSIPUEDES ST
“Dropped by after a tasting at Third Window. Telegraph is much better. What an awesome hidden gem. A dozen rare sours and barrel aged bottles for sale in the fridge. About 16 beers on tap, including many awesome sours. A bit quiet for a Saturday night. Sat beside the brewer chatting about the last 15 years of Telegraphs history. Best place to visit in Santa Barbara and maybe Central California.“
wetherel 239 days ago
82 /100 406 E HALEY ST, STE 3
“Downtown Santa Barbara. Very cool location. 13 beers on tap, including 1 barrel aged beer. Sort of quiet for a Saturday night. 5 tasters for $10. Awesome place!“
wetherel 240 days ago
60 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Endroit moyennement grand avec une dominante de bois massif et de tôle en terme d'ameublement. Présence d'une sympathique terrasse. Unité de brassage au fond de la salle. Bref, ça fait vraiment bar dans l'esprit, et c'est plutôt sympa. Pas mal de déceptions au niveau des bières cependant. C'est souvent très light et aqueux, malheureusement... Lors de notre passage, seule l'Imperial Red Ale s'en sortait vraiment bien.“
AssKicker 385 days ago
80 /100 120 SANTA BARBARA ST
“This is right next door to Lama Dog, and has both this brewery tasting room, a winery tasting room, and a permanent restaurant window thing. Definitely a hip place to hang out, with decent beers and reasonable prices. Worth stopping by.“
blipp 953 days ago
78 /100 116 SANTA BARBARA STREET
“This is a tap room and bottle shop in the middle of a high density brewery/winery area in Santa Barbara. The selection was pretty great, but the prices were on the high side. It's technically kid friendly, but it seems to get crowded pretty early. 100% worth stopping in during a Santa Barbara bar/brewery crawl.“
blipp 953 days ago
72 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Visited after Lama Dog, later in the evening so the place was slowly emptying. Wooden and industrial interior. 12 taps of their brews were on, wasn’t thrilled with the beer quality. Flights available. Good prices. Loud music. We sat at the bar, few quite drunk guys at the table behind us. I don’t have a problem with that, but the whole place didn’t strike me as a place where everything is about beer. Looking at the high score I expected something else.“
Iznogud 1163 days ago
84 /100 116 SANTA BARBARA STREET
“Expected a small shop, but this turned out to be a fairly big and quite busy bar and a bottle shop. Very lively, lots of people inside, having a good time. 20 taps, all craft beers, 6 fridges and a large shelf full of beer. On top of that they have a cold room with couple of hundred beers inside. Good amount of BA bottles, Pugachev’s Cobra, one or two Rare Barrel, Avery, Almanac, Smog city, Abyss, Firestone Walker... Tap list was good, would be surprised if there was a better place in Santa Barbara. Glad we decided to check it out.“
Iznogud 1164 days ago
84 /100 116 SANTA BARBARA STREET
“Kind of on the pricey side, a little hard to get service. Very good selection of beers both on tap & in their bottle shop though, by far the best for miles around.“
BreweryMonger78 1196 days ago
86 /100 406 E HALEY ST, STE 3
“This is a short walk from SB Brewing Co. What an interesting space - this is kind of an eclectic outdoor arts mall area where a brewery and a winery are side by side; not sure if they share ownership or not. From what I can tell these guys are doing everything right so far (they have been open about 18 months). They space is cool - open and airy, small bar and a few tables. This could easily be a challenge to find a seat in busy times. Interesting taplist, barrels and brewing equipment in the back. Great service and a bottle to go already. Unfortunately I had time only for two samples (sold individually for about 2-3$ each), but both were solid beers. They are doing a wide mix of styles already - I tried a Weizenbock with Persimmon and a Brett Saison, but they also had IPAs, stouts and porters on. This is certainly a place to watch. Beer quality is already high and could easily become a hot spot.“
bytemesis 1284 days ago
70 /100 501 STATE ST
“Second SB stop; mainly to kill a bit of time before heading to Third Window. Who knew SB didnt even have a Del Taco? - that craving went unfulfilled. This place is on the main drag in the Old Town area. Parking a bit of a challenge but there is street parking and ramps available. Inside the place is pretty much following the Brew Pub style guide for decor, not a chainy look but definitely stereotypical. Copper top bar here as well. Flights available. Beer quality OK, other than the amber ale.“
bytemesis 1285 days ago
68 /100 229 W MONTECITO ST
“Got here right after open on a Monday. Needless to say, it wasnt busy. The first room you enter is more of the restaurant area; bar is to your left. A few regulars were seated when I walked in. Street parking was not an issue at this time of day at least. Bar was a beautiful copper top, and there were a few tables to supplement the fairly large bar seating. No flights per se, but all beers available in samples that look to be about 3-4 ounce pours (shooter glasses, as noted by GT). Prices about $3 apiece, which gets spendy quick. Beers were actually not bad. Service was friendly. Didnt try the food.“
bytemesis 1285 days ago
84 /100 116 SANTA BARBARA STREET
“This is located in the Funk Zone section of Santa Barbara. Nice clean place. Fast service. Enjoyable time had by all.“
Ron 1436 days ago
82 /100 410 N QUARANTINA ST
“Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon after a rugby match, as we found out they sponsor the SB Grunions Rugby Club. The server (very helpful and friendly) had no idea about the sponsorship. Great outdoor seating area with bocce. Quite the selection of beers for what seemed like a pretty small operation. Some were very good (porter), but most were average. Food truck available but we didn’t try it. I’m looking forward to a return trip next time I’m in town.“
RedSox2004 1438 days ago
58 /100 416 N SALSIPUEDES ST
“Nice open space up front with brewing operations in the back. 9 beers on tap, with a promise that the winter beer would be tapped in a few days. A bit disappointed that they didn’t have some of their better beers available. No food, nor was there a truck when we were there.“
RedSox2004 1448 days ago
72 /100 501 STATE ST
“Pleasant brewpub - visited for a meal with family. Staff pleasant and friendly. Selected beers for a flight and all were good - one exceptional.“
MyBeerySelf 1452 days ago
66 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Only beer stop in SB on a Labour Day afternoon. The place was busy. Weird rule, that you could not bring in your wine bottles you’d bought up the street - in my book that is bad service. Also hard to figure out who was in the door, who was cleaning tables, and who took orders, so inspite of having a table I bought beer at the bar, because the floor service was very slow. In the bar thing where different, good service, fast, and only 6 USD for 4 samplers. A bit weird decoration, concrete floor, lots of wood, get a feel of uptown, and a feel of surfer joint, extremely dark inside in the middle of the afternoon. Outside beergarden was full.“
Ungstrup 1467 days ago
56 /100 229 W MONTECITO ST
“We were seated in a outside table for a nice sunset dinner. When the waitress finally came out, she apoligized that no one told her we were out there. We got our drinks quickly then. The reset of the night we did not see her very often. When we finally got our bill she told us we were the least needy table she had all night. I just think we were the most polite table all night. I’m not going back there again.“
Ron 1482 days ago
78 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Stopped in here on the way to dinner with Patty, Andy and Kara. This is in the ’Funk’ zone of Santa Barbara they say. Yea, it’s mostly for the younger age set. Loud music, but very good beer!“
Ron 1485 days ago
88 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Located in the Funk Zone, on the Urban Wine Trail, what a great location! Had been to the brewery, so wanted to check this out. The two of us had samplers and picked up a 6pk of their Double Red to go. Good service, no food but the server said that you could bring in or have it delivered. Figueroa makes solid beers, nice to see they are branching out with other locations.“
larryLSB 1642 days ago
90 /100 410 N QUARANTINA ST
“What a great find in SB. I love the hops garden and games therein. The atmosphere was great when I visited recently. There was a live solo act who was pretty decent...but short of being bad...it wouldn’t have mattered as the beer...outside seating...and laid back vibe was more than enough...but the singer that night only made things better. There were 9 beers that evening...and my favorites included SB Pale, Black Gull Porter, and Cucumber Pilsner. Although I liked the beers better at Telegraph...they were good enough here given the great outdoor atmosphere, weather, and music. Pure Order and Telegraph are very close and should be enjoyed together. Enjoy each of their differences...but also their commonality.“
PRBeer 1825 days ago
88 /100 416 N SALSIPUEDES ST
“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 can’t help from being on your list.“
PRBeer 1825 days ago
80 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Cool atmosphere, near the beach, fun and friendly staff and patrons. Beers were pretty good. I’d visit again.“
reggiedunlop 1924 days ago
82 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Been here often. Great location near state street. Friendly staff and nice outdoor seating. Beer is some of the best in Santa Barbara. Only sell beer they brew and a few local wines, but a good variety of styles of beer. No food but will help deliver food from local place! Always a good time“
svastuber 1951 days ago
76 /100 601 PASEO NUEVO
Date. . . . . . . . . . ...5.2.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Restaurant+Bar
Location. . . . . . . ..Downtown SB
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Above Average, $8 Pints
Tap Selection. . . .Extensive Local Craft, Special Releases
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .Yes
Samplers. . . . . . ..Unknown
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Above Average
Food Level. . . . ...Very Good
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Sharp, Attentive
Growlers. . . . . . ..No
Noise Level. . . . ..Lively
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Dark, High Ceilings, Dark Wood
Kid Friendly. . . . .Yes
Dog Friendly. . . ..Patio Perhaps
Parking. . . . . . . ...Street Enforced, Pay Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Yes
Comments: Easy, upscale casual place for very good burgers and a well-curated beer list featuring a large variety of local producers and a few special releases. Prices can be high to around $8 for full pours, but almost everything was served in 16oz glasses even stronger beers. Food was good as always from this local "chain." “
GT 1991 days ago
70 /100 229 W MONTECITO ST
Date. . . . . . . . . . ...5.2.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewpub
Location. . . . . . . ..Downtown SB
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal
Tap Selection. . . .15+ House Beers
Bottle Selection. .Unknown
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Average to Below Average
Food Level. . . . ...Okay
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly
Growlers. . . . . . ..Unknown
Noise Level. . . . ..Lively
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Awkward Wide Spaces, Concrete Floor, Open Brewhouse, Wooden Rafters
Kid Friendly. . . . .Yes
Dog Friendly. . . ..Yes
Parking. . . . . . . ...Street Only
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Sure
Comments: Fun brewpub with a full menu, lots of options, our appetizers were quite good. Good variety of house beers on tap, served in shooter glasses as samplers. Quick service, amiable. Would return definitely for the vibe and for some interesting ticking. These beers are probably on tap nowhere else. “
GT 1991 days ago
74 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
Date. . . . . . . . . . ...5.2.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Bar, Beer + Cocktails
Location. . . . . . . ..Downtown SB
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal
Tap Selection. . . .15+ House Beers
Bottle Selection. .Bombers To Go
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .Cocktails, Beer Floats
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, Flights
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Above Average
Food Level. . . . ...None, Outside Food Allowed
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Quick, Attentive
Growlers. . . . . . ..Possibly
Noise Level. . . . ..Very Loud, Live Music
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Señor Frogs Bahamas
Kid Friendly. . . . .Nope
Dog Friendly. . . ..Probably Not
Parking. . . . . . . ...Street Only
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Yes
Comments: Fun place, great location, crowded as hell with a bouncer at 2pm and live music inside. Outside seating as well. Interior is like stepping into a college Spring Break bar in the Bahamas. Beer cocktails and beer floats all around, we tried the beer daiquiri mixed drink. It was much too sweet, our group could not finish it. Loud and lively, perhaps overwhelming for a RateBeerian getting their tick on. As a regular venue, it is much more fun than your typical brewery tasting room. Flight available, customizable. Fun. “
GT 1991 days ago
64 /100 416 N SALSIPUEDES ST
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
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..High Ceilings, Open Brewhouse, Picnic Tables
Kid Friendly. . . . .No
Dog Friendly. . . ..Unknown
Parking. . . . . . . ...Street Only
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Sure
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 Telegraph’s beer is it another level. Staff seemed to be carefree, disconnected. “
GT 1991 days ago
62 /100 410 N QUARANTINA ST
Date. . . . . . . . . . ...5.2.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewery Tasting Room
Location. . . . . . . ..SB Neighborhoods
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Lower, $2 Half Pours
Tap Selection. . . .8-10 House Beers
Bottle Selection. .6-Packs to go
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .No
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, Large
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Below Average to Poor
Food Level. . . . ...None
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly
Growlers. . . . . . ..Yes
Noise Level. . . . ..Quiet
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Outside Tables, Industrial Brewhouse
Kid Friendly. . . . .No
Dog Friendly. . . ..Perhaps
Parking. . . . . . . ...Street Only
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Ticking Only
Comments: Tiny tasting room with ample seating outside, which was all taken when we visited, so it was standing room only inside the brewhouse. Nice bar area and a teeny "shop" in the back for swag and refrigerated six-packs of their beer. Beer logo looks like they could get a cease and desist from North Coast. Beer was a bit lacking with chlorine flavors, diacetyl, and other brew flaws prevalent. Their barrel aged porter was actually quite good, funky and red wine character, perhaps a happy accident. No food truck on a Saturday afternoon was puzzling. “
GT 1991 days ago
82 /100 410 N QUARANTINA ST
“Newest addition to the Santa Barbara Tick Trail. and just up the street from Telegraph Brewing. Neat.

This is a pretty cool place. The brewery is located in what amounts to not much more than a shed, but they have a really cool patio/beergarden area. Also a number of hop trellises going on where they grow some hops on site. A handful of board games, some stuff like washers, cornhole/bags, etc. to play as well.

I thought the beers were pretty okay for the most part. Nothing really blew me away, though the IPA and Hefeweizen were nice. Other stuff was okay enough to drink.

The "tasters" here are huge. Essentially half pints. I had to tell the guy working the bar to just give me four ounce pours of everything.

A nice addition to the town’s beer scene. I’ll have to stop back in again, particularly if I’m doing more than just passing through Santa Barbara.“
brokensail 2027 days ago
54 /100
Union Ale (Restaurant)
214 STATE ST
“Nice place to grab a local craft beer“
Mysan_brewing 2036 days ago
74 /100 410 N QUARANTINA ST
“Visited December 14, 2014.

Fourth attempt to visit and finally got in. The first two times I didn’t even get off the freeway because it was already after 7pm. Who closes at 7 on a Saturday? These guys apparently. The third time I parked out front and was stopped at the gate by someone who was hosting a private event. I couldn’t see more than 6 people including the 2 bartenders... but what can you do? Finally got to try the beer this time. Not overly impressive but not terrible either. Was it worth the wait? Meh.

They have a nice garden/patio area outside with some games, some tables, and their hop vines (which have already been harvested and cut down for the year). I guess they used some of them in their 86 Lager. One of the two bartenders was brand new and just learning how to pour beer and use the credit card machine. That’s fine, since I was just about the only customer there. Actually there was one other guy who as it turns out owns the body shop across the street, but spent most of his time on the phone. Over all the beers are OK, the service is friendly, the price for the flight is pretty good ($5), and it’s a nice place. Its off the main drag a bit so traffic and parking aren’t terrible. I’ll stop back in eventually but there are so many other breweries around that it might be a while before I get back in here.

As an aside Pure Order is a reference to the German purity law. Personally I think New Order is funnier name. Not sure where the seal fits in.“
t0rin0 2136 days ago
64 /100 501 STATE ST
“Visited on Thursday 1st May 2014 around 1230 lunchtime. Located in the centre of town SBBC is in a fairly non depscript building the brewkit is visible at the end of the bar. Medium sized venue that probably seats around 100 or so people. Service was prompt and the place wasn’t particulary busy for lunchtime. 8 beers on tap. the tasting flight was one of those annoying set ones, where you don’t get to choose the beer. 5 x 4oz, the DIPA and the 2 seasonals not included. Beers were OK, couple od duds, couple I rated at 3.4. Old school brewpub kind of place, no go to destination but if you have 30 minutes to kill you can pick up some ticks.“
Theydon_Bois 2140 days ago
76 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Visited on Thursday 1st May at 10.55 am, the doors were already open and they were happy to serve me. Finding this venue wasn’t totally straightforward and you need to go past A, B, C and D at the far end of block 137. It’s about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the main downtown area. FMB is a medium sided taproom with an outside patio, brew kit on display. Friendly service, although there were only 3 other customers during their first hour of trading. 18 beers on tap, all their own, $6 for 4x4oz samplers. Beers are displayed on electric menus. Got chatting to the brewer who was a friendly guy. I’d definately head back here again if I return to SB. Decent enough beers, good for ticks.“
Theydon_Bois 2140 days ago
66 /100 229 W MONTECITO ST
“Visited on Wednesday 30/04/14 around 10.20pm. Twin roomed venue about a 10 minute walk from downtown SB. The place was starting to thin out when I arrived. Service was prompt and friendly, they about 10 of their own beers on tap, $1.50 for a 4oz sample. The food menu looked good but I’d already eaten. I had 3 beers on my visit, no world beaters, but nothing bad, 3.36 average but I was picking the styles I prefer. In all an OK place to pick up some ticks but wouldn’t be my first port of call on a visit to SB. “
Theydon_Bois 2140 days ago
80 /100 416 N SALSIPUEDES ST
“Awesome brewery, 12+ taps, no IPAs but lots of belgians, a couple sours, all good stuff, cool atmosphere, food trucks, etc.“
DedicatedToFun 2152 days ago
82 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Overall awesome brewery, 12+ taps, all house beers, one barrel aged, a couple funky ones, several IPAs, good food, awesome.“
DedicatedToFun 2152 days ago
64 /100 18 E ORTEGA ST
“Awesome Irish pub in Santa Barbara, normal beers on tap but occasionally special craft beer or two, pool, good food, fun times.“
DedicatedToFun 2159 days ago
92 /100 229 W MONTECITO ST
“There are now a few brew pubs in town but this is our long time favourite place. No fancy decor but the beers range is superb. The food is good too. Very close to Santa Barbara Amtrak station so you can sit outside drinking waiting for your train to arrive if you have already paid the bar staff.“
roundhouse 2260 days ago
70 /100 137 ANACAPA ST
“Visited July 26, 2014.

This is my third attempt to get in and finally decided to just stand in line and tick this place. This time the line seemed the least offensive and it surprisingly "only" took 15 minutes to get in. I think the bouncer got tired of looking at us standing there because I didn’t see anyone leaving and the place was at capacity. There was a band playing and the guitar player was pretty good. I didn’t stick around long, just long enough to try a glass of the IPL and move on. The place was packed and while the music was good, the beer was decent, and the crowd was fun I still had 150 miles to drive. I was surprised to not see any house beers unique to this location on tap. Kind of irritating actually. Oh well. If I lived close by or was spending time in Santa Barbara I’d consider stopping in a little earlier so I could have a seat for when the band started but as it was this was more of a house party vibe. Meh.“
t0rin0 2277 days ago
98 /100 410 N QUARANTINA ST
“I stop here whenever I’m in Santa Barbara now. The beers are fresh and delicious and the vibe is super laid-back. The outdoor area is perfect for taking in the SB weather.“
beerenvy 2282 days ago
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