Santa Cruz Ale Works

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis  (1087) Sunnyvale, California | August 19, 2017
Business park location, pretty quick from the 17/1 interchange barring traffic hell (which is always present). Signs all over the place directing you in. Parking in the lot and on the street. Small inside, apparently a kitchen in back though cause they have sandwiches and the like. They had only four beers on when I was there; I just asked for two four ounce pours. Definitely a home town feel. About four locals inside were enough to make it feel a bit cramped. Service = good. Beers = crap. Kind of too bad cause its not a bad spot, but the beers are enough to keep you away.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | May 13, 2015
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. It’s probably the first brewery that you’ll 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.

They’ve 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 they’re probably still a year out. Oh, and they allow dogs here.

There weren’t a ton of house beers to pick from and most of them I’ve had from the bottle, so nothing too exciting to see here. Also, the beers aren’t 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 wasn’t 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 weren’t 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 doesn’t look like they do a lot of experimenting so if you’re just interested in getting more ratings then this isn’t the place for you.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 5/20
AdamChandler  (276) Enfield, New Hampshire | January 24, 2014
beers were not too good. it was cheap but cramped. I wouldn’t come back but maybe a nice spot for locales.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
mrhoppy  (226) Santa Clara, California | August 15, 2013
Very small place. Sampled their beers and found 1 appealing. Expensive samples. They were friendly enough to say goodbye as I was leaving.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup  (369) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | November 21, 2010
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | June 11, 2010
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. It’s just a small room with a bar at the front door of the brewery, and they don’t 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. I’ve stopped by multiple times while in the area only to find no one around.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Braudog  (901) Yorktown, Virginia | July 9, 2009
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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