I lived down the street for four years, so this was my regular hangout between 1990 and 1994. I loved it then, as it was the "new" brew pub in town (the old one, the Santa Cruz Brewing Company and Front Street Pub, closed many years ago). The beer is good, not great, and it is walking distance to Seabright beach and the yacht harbor. The menu has changed numerous times over the years, but it has always been decent. My tastes have changed, too, so the amber that I so loved in the past is not as dear to my heart any longer. But it is still a good place to grab a locally brewed beer.
Finally visited for a late dinner and tasting. Looks a lot like a sports bar decor going, multiple TVís, outside patio seating, lots of wood. I sat at the bar and immediately enjoyed great service. All of their beers are available in 4 oz tasters for $2, as well as 12oz, 16oz, and growler pours. Nine of their own, plus Pilsner Urquel and a guest cider when I was there.. Food was really good, and was ready so quickly I wonder whether the kitchen staff has ESP or something. Beer had some high spots, but mostly mediocre. Too bad, cause everything else is great.
The most potential in Santa Cruz - a large outside patio in the sunshine. Interior is cramped and small. Foods mediocre, beerís less than that by modern standards. Parkings a pain, itís in need of a revamp. Badly.
Aging hippies and bros, decent food, generic samey beer. One time I got literally forgotten by the staff while I was seated outside. Itís an institution and the brewer is cool but it just isnít a good product. I also hate their parking lot.
Right near the water and not too far from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Sat inside at the bar as I was just there for a quick flight, but you can sit out on the patio or at some high-top tables inside. The service was friendly and quick and everyone there seemed to be locals/regulars. They had 8 beers here and they were really, really bad. I wouldnít bother unless you really just want the ticks.
Stopped here for lunch while helping my brother move out of his apartment in Santa Cruz. This place is very Santa Cruz. Flip flops are a must, dogs are welcomed, shirts are optional. The view is nice too, as itís surrounded by water (sort of). We sat on the back patio which is right next to some train tracks. By that I mean that if a train goes by you can reach out from your seat and touch it. A train went by and there were some (possibly drunk) college kids riding on top of one of the cars.
The beers were average over all, maybe a little below average. I had an IPA that I quite liked. At some point I should go back to try some of the seasonals as they have a lot of beers listed.
Prices for beer and food are about what youíd expect from a brewpub (as opposed to a warehouse brewery). Service was a bit slow at times. My sandwich was decent.