My wife and I stopped here for lunch on the way to Paso Robles. It’s a nice, clean, comfortable place. The beer selection was great; however, you could take non-beer drinkers here and they’d enjoy it. The food was quite good: I had a grilled fish sandwich. My wife got a really nice salad.
The only downside was that it took a long time for our food to come out.
On another note: there’s plenty of parking.
HBC is a classic strip mall brew pub, from the location to the decor. You know exactly what this looks like already if you are at all into beer. Of course parking is not an issue. Not busy on a Monday afternoon, a few regulars. I took a seat at the bar and ordered a flight of six. Service was solid; despite me being the only person the bartender did not know, I still got prompt attention. Beer quality was not so great, but there was a pretty solid IPA in the mix, so its not a total loss.
Hands down best beer place in Goleta/Santa Barbara. Easy to get to with a car but not really by bus. Staff is so friendly and the beer is great. Great happy hour and daily specials, Monday pint night, Saturday growler for so cheap! Food is also pretty good, love the taquitos! Blonde lady working at the bar is the best and most friendly bartender she always remembers me and my friends and treats us so well!
Ok so I gather this is not that unusual in the US but for me this is more about drinking craft beer from a restaurant in a corner of a massive car park of a shopping centre. Funny thing is the product is pretty good! The beer is decent, the food is at least good and it all kinda hangs together. 6 sampler flight at $7 is excellent value; other beers run at $5 to $7. Beers good but not great.
Nice Brewpub/Restaurant located in a mall in Goleta. Before Coming i heard bad na good thngs about this place. Well i have to say I really emjoyed everithing!! Nice beers (the pope ipa was really good),nice staff, and good food.. What else you can ask for?!? Check it out...
Located in a shopping mall complex. Patio seating, partly sunny, partly shaded. Umbrellas can be opened over each table that is in the sun. The inside is characterized by a flat black, concrete floor with a larger dining area than bar area. Wait staff seemed a bit discombobulated. It was busy, but not full. I’m not eating, but as I look around, the fare seems more among the pub food variety. A decent selection of brews. Full bar available too. Not a bad place, just not very good either.
Big restaurant/brewpub located in a shopping center right off the freeway. They are constantly releasing new beers which is cool and they are usually decent. The food looks really appealing on the menu but is usually pretty poorly made. Service from the waitresses in the restaurant is usually below average and their beer knowledge is a non-existent, however the bartenders are much better
We visited this place late 2011 after a round of Golf at Sandpiper. Brewery is located in a shopping area which does not create a great atmosphere. However we were very positively surprised by their beer selection and beer quality. Burgers are very good!
Visited 5 times now, most recently last night (12/21/12).
The place is always full and noisy and the service is often times slow, but it’s a fun place to hang out which is why there are so many people in there. Well that might because this is place is in Isla Vista which is a major party town (UCSB).
The food is pretty good and prices are decently high, which is what I’d expect from a busy successful restaurant. Beer prices are high too but now they’ve shrunk the sample sizes so you pay less even if you are still paying the same per ounce of beer.
The beer is usually pretty good. There have been a couple of duds here and there but most of their beers are nice. The "white IPA" is good, the 543 Toronado IPA is good (really good), hell, all their hoppy beers are good. Noah from Pizza Port San Clemente is now the brewer there which would explain why the hoppy beers are getting better. The other styles are nice too.
Despite the scores being low in the other categories I enjoy this place and will continue to come back when passing through Santa Barbara.