(Visited 03/2015): Surf Brewery is located in a plaza on Market Street not too far off the 101. Parking is available in front of the brewery.
The interior of the beige building opens to the bar area, with a few picnic tables on the left past the entrance, and the bar on the right side farther back. The brewery is visible behind the bar, and there is a large board listing the available beers. There is an open feel, with surfing-related decor.
Surf Brewery has around 9 beers available. On my visit this included a Cream Ale, Wheat, Rye Pale, Porter and a few IPAs. The beers were all decent, and a flight is available (served on a surfboard of course).
Service at the bar on a relatively slow weekday evening was good. The bartender was engaging and knowledgeable about the beers.
The brewery does not serve food but they regularly feature a food truck.
Overall this is a worthwhile brewery to visit in Ventura County.
Nice little set-up with picnic tables and a homebrew shop. They serve their beers on tap in a variety of pour sizes and there was a tasty food truck outside when I visited. Heavy surf theme inside with nice vintage boards and a lot of surf history related items for the local area. Beers are okay for the most part but they seem to have a good base to build from. Worth a stop if you’re in the area.
Last stop on the conference beer tour of Ventura. Definitely a step up from Anacapa in both production and quality. Owner and employees were clearly interested in the product and loved talking about beer. Running about 7 taps while we were there, most of those available in bombers as well. I liked the bar facing all that stainless steel in their production room.
Business park location in Ventura. Nice large tasting room space with a homebrew store attached. Service was just okay and the prices were pretty high for samples. Eight taps plus a cask (nothing on cask when we were there). Beers were just okay for the most part, but their double IPA was pretty good.
There were 8 taps, 5 of which I hadnt tried. You can order flights in sets of 4, 6, or 8. Prices were a bit steep for flights as I think I paid $14 for a 6 samples.
The beer ranges from crappy to good. The ones that stood out were the hoppy ones, so try those. I didnt order it but the pils was pretty good when I had it at 38 Degrees.
Service was a bit slow but they were busy as it was a Friday night and Christmas Eve is this Monday, so everyone was out. There was a food truck outside that I didnt check out as I wasnt hungry, but food is available. They also have a homebrew shop and some bottled beer in the fridge for takeaway.
Neat place and I’ll stop in again sometime when heading to/from the bay area or to/from homebrew fest at Casitas.
Oh, and the 50’s diner table was pretty sweet as was the sampler tray that was shaped like a surf board.
Drove up to Ventura for the afternoon and this place was a must-stop. Very unassuming from the outside, as it is located in an office-park area. Walking inside, they have a nice little homebrew shop to the right. As I am not a homebrewer myself, I will not review this portion of the shop. The rest of the place is dedicated to the taproom. A good number of tables fill the rest of the space, along with a decent bar that could seat about 15-20 people. The decor is a little bland, but they definitely stick well with the surfer theme. They don’t serve any food, but they offered some light snacks. I did see some locals bring in some food from outside, and it looked like that was encouraged by the staff, so that’s a nice feature. They had most of their lineup on tap (all except the Wit), including a cask of their Black IPA. I tried a couple of their standard brews, the Vienna Lager and their Nitro-Porter. The bartendress was very friendly and helpful. A couple of the guys I was with, got their flight of 4 brews, and all that they tried they enjoyed. Prices are decent, and the beer was good from what I had. I would revisit for sure if in the area.