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Santa Barbara Brewing Company
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 72
Beer Avg: 3.24
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
501 State Street
phone: (805) 730-1040
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 30
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was impressed when I walked in, nice mixed crowd, interesting setup of the tanks.
Tun and kettle upstairs while fermenters/serving vessels downstairs.
I got greeted as soon as I sat down, menus right in front of me. I ordered their "egg hots" which were probably the best and unique chile poppers. Green chiles with cheddar, red chiles with cream cheese on the same platter.
The beer selection was a generous amount, the beers were hit and miss but the one brew that stood out was their incredible Honey Porter.
they have a nice IPA, Brown was decent, very nice belgian pale, and their pumpkin was a nice treat.
Their SB fish n chips were really great.
11-16-2008 20:05:10 |
More by getkrunkhoe
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice place, not so good beer. We went in on a Sat afternoon and there was maybe 10 people inside. She was very nice and accomadating. The bar is a nice size and I liked it. Plenty of seating and a nice feel to the place. I here that it gets crazy when the UCSB crowd comes in on weekends, later night. They have a good scotch selection. No food here but sampled all of the beers here. Overall, my second favorite place but the beer was mediocre at best sadly. I would go back if in the area but not go out of my way to drink the beer here.
03-15-2008 02:48:57 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited in the afternoon of Monday, 2/18/08. Brass and wood decor dominate this brewpub (like untold countless others). Also just like hundreds of brewpubs, flat screen TVs are everywhere you look, showing different sports channels. Lots of smiling faces to be seen on the customers. The wait staff, while attractive and young, didn't seem especially interested in being there. There were nine of their own brews on tap, which would have been a great selection if even one of them had been any good. The food is better than the beer (another typical brewpub quality). If you want good beer, go about a half mile to The Brewhouse and skip this State Street spot.
03-10-2008 22:44:46 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I hate to write it, since Santa Barbara Brewing is so conveniently located, so pleasantly outfitted inside, and serves decent food - but for beer fans in Santa Barbara, this place is worth a miss.
I stopped in around noon on a Saturday. Not crowded. Had lunch at the bar. Bartender was nice, but knew nothing about the beers other than their names (said he was the night guy and had rarely met the brewer, who works in the early mornings). On paper the selection was broad - "blonde" cream ale, red ale, brown ale, pale ale, IPA, stout, winter warmer, and a cider. I ordered a sampler and spent a decent amount of time with each. But in reality it was nearly impossible to tell any of the beers apart by taste - no individual character at all, and only the faintest hints of their supposed style.
They've done a nice job integrating the equipment of a working brewery into the restaurant - not just behind a plexiglas wall or otherwise invisible, as at so many other brewpubs. And despite the high prices typical of Santa Barbara - $12 for a cheeseburger - the food tastes fine. But there are plenty of better places to eat on Santa Barbara's State Street, and the beer on this occasion sure didn't make Santa Barbara Brewing Company worth the time.
03-09-2008 08:18:08 |
More by Talisker
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
Better in the Dark
Located right on what appeared to be the main drag in downtown Santa Barbara, the SBBC struck me more as a tourist party bar than a locals hangout. I stopped in for a late lunch on a Thursday afternoon when there were few other customers. I ordered a sampler ($10) which included eight 3oz beers and one cider. The Pear Cider was surprisingly light and refreshing and may even cause me to reconsider my current aversion to ciders. The beers in the sampler included:
Harbor Light (Kolsch) - Although served ice cold this light still had a ton of taste and may be one of the better Kolsch beers that I've had,
Santa Barbara Blonde - A cream ale that I didnt care for,
Gold Coast Wheat - Seemed a little watery,
Pacific Pale - Decent,
Oktoberfest - Very drinkable,
Cry Baby IPA Solid, with an aggressive hop bitterness that's not overdone.
Nut Brown - Very good, probably my favorite of the group, and the
Honey Porter - Good
The SBBC is mainly just one large rectangular room with brewing equipment in the back. The bar is a decent size, and is sectioned off from the restaurant tables that occupy most of the room. About a dozen large flat screens line the walls. Large front windows let in a lot of light to an otherwise dingy dark wood and brick interior. From my seat at the bar the place appeared filthy. Everything, from the glass on the beer coolers to the 4 large serving tanks behind the bar, to the screen on the cash register, everything appeared to have a film of grime that was clearly visible in the bright afternoon light. Even the air was polluted, with bad 70's dance/pop music that is (e.g., We are Family), which seemed like an odd genre given the youth of the bartender and wait staff.
I ordered the Fish and Chips ($10.99) which came out supper quick, but wasnt all that good. The cole slaw was nice and fresh, but the fries seemed like they had been sitting for a while and the fish tasted a little too fishy.
Not horrible, but I dont see myself going back to the SBBC anytime soon.
12-15-2007 06:08:11 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is located on the infamous State Street, aka the homeless capital of the world from what I have seen in the past few years
Cool atmosphere filled with a lot of locals
Easily accessible right on a corner and gets rather crowded, especially during sporting events and later at night
Pale ale is good, not sure about the others, but I would not mind trying their double IPA because I have heard good things about it
Burgers are good, but the best thing on their menu is the rosemary and garlic french fries, and wow do they make you stink
Service was pretty good, but food did take pretty long to come out
Pretty decent beer selection for a place of this nature, prices are a little steep, but you can expect this pretty much anywhere in this neighborhood
Look forward to going back soon when I am in this area again
10-31-2007 05:43:09 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Typical atmosphere...music and TVs all going at the same time. The selection of beers was good, about a dozen on tap when I visited. We had a pitcher of the pale ale (good, not great), and the double IPA, which was excellent and got rave reviews from all four of us.
The food was good, not a great selection, but not bad at all. The men's room toilet barely functioned.
The staff tended to hang out and chat while ignoring customers, and when they dropped by our table, they seemed completely uninterested in what the customers were looking for. Not only that, but the female in our party noted that our waitress used the restroom without washing her hands. If they do this in front of customers, what goes on behind the scenes?
10-02-2007 01:53:59 |
More by PhxHorn
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Edit: Beers have gone downhill since I first starting going here (probably related to Hollister stealing Eric as the brewmaster), and the scene often seems a bit more dead. I rarely stop in now. For reference, I previously gave this places 4s across the board. The plus side? They still mostly hire based on looks.
I have gone here many times, being my hometown and all. It's a fun brewpub to grab a pint at, and evenings on weekends it's usually packed and fun. Food is always tasty - tasty burgers, great garlic rosemary fries, etc. Service is usually good, although every once in a while is a little on the sucky side.
Selection is decent. I mark them down a bit for focusing on a lot of the usual suspects - and not too amazing examples of them here. However, they redeem themselves with their IPAs and occasional other forays into the more interesting. They generally have some IPA on tap, and they've all been good to really good. So, for a local brewpub, the selection is not bad at all. Prices are reasonable for downtown, although food can get a little pricey. Beers at happy hour (3-6 M-F) are $2.75.
Recommended. Try this and Brewhouse if you are in Santa Barbara for two good places that contrast each other nicely.
01-28-2007 23:39:35 |
More by rallison
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
If youve ever done any driving in Europe, driving down American freeways are a walk in the park, save for the occasional burst of traffic, something we didnt come across too often from Santa Rosa to Santa Barbara. The downtown core of this bling-bling town on a Saturday afternoon was pretty busy however, with desynchronized stoplights every 20 feet and lots of limos and SUVs. We did eventually find a parking spot near the brewpub for a quick lunch.
Atmosphere was really similar to the pub we went to the night before in San Luis Obispo, old factory, type loft, fire truck red brick, copper and wood, so definitely no originality points here. The place was pretty full, as their prime location on one of the citys busiest streets seemed to attract a lot of yuppies passing by. We got crammed into a little corner adjacent to the main entrance, right next to the cute hostess.
Our also cute but quite aloof waitress came by with menus eventually, while the list of available Beers was on a board. Not too bad a selection, I was expecting a very cookie cutter assortment of paint by numbers brews from a place like this, but not at all, they had a Saison (it wasnt great, but at least they gave it a shot!) and a few other styles a bit more off the wall. The sample of double IPA I had was pretty good, though. Its not easy to judge a place for quality on a pint and 2-3 samplers, but I didnt detect anything terrible like bandaids or stale cardboard either. The large crowd of beautiful people seems to keep those taps busy.
Food menu was a bit more adventurous than other places Ive been to, although for the second day in a row I had a clam chowder at a brewpub. But the tuna wrap was pretty good, with large pieces that were undercooked almost sushi-style, just the way I like it.
So kudos for them for trying different styles of Beers, although the atmosphere and crowd wasnt really appealing to me (think upscale, 90210 fake), Im still glad I stopped by for a pint.
10-02-2006 19:28:30 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I second the beergoodness' review (c below) about feeling comfy, there's something about it - along the wall on the right was the best place to hit, higher tables than when you first walk in. They did celebrate their 11th anniv., so somehting must be going well - but I noticed the nice antique cooler behind the bar and seeing BUD bottles available, that threw me off - I had to do a second take. What is this? I guess they need to please almost everyone. No big deal, I got over it. They also have a place in the back, it's under a different name, but it was more of a younger crowd - pool tables and the such. It was pretty packed in there during Sunday's football games.
I had the Pacific Pale Ale and liked it's rich aroma, but had the speciality IPA and was more enthused. I sampled their double IPA, and along with many others I've had from different establishments - this was hopped pretty well. I think the ABV was 9% - ouch!
My wife and I ordered something simple (hamburgers) and found it amazing that it came out within what fealt like less than 10 min. They were good. They do pitchers of beer, which is perfect for the price. The only thing that I noticed that was odd, was that some of the wait-staff were hanging around near the service area, gabbing away. Our waitress was great and she new her stuff - which is good.
Would like to check it out again and maybe get there for lunch instead of dinner. You can always get some good stories out of bartenders during the lunch time verses at dinner.
09-20-2006 02:06:10 |
More by jcipa88
Santa Barbara Brewing Company in Santa Barbara, CA
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