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Island Brewing Company
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 193
Beer Avg: 3.53
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
5049 Sixth Street
phone: (805) 745-8272
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
First off..I will say the beer here is probably the better of the brewpubs on the Central Coast. beer is good, not great but good. Nothing touches it in Santa Barbara for sure. Right next to a RR track with some flags out front. Place had a small outside patio with wooden tables and a decent size bar inside with some high tables. Island brew good for sale and some bombers for sale as well. The atmosphere was good and very local. The address on the beerfly review is NOT correct. It is down by the water next to an electronice place or corporation. There is a campground and the beach in the distance. Very laid back, casual with some nice island music on overhead. I liked it here. Staff was friendly. Pretzels to eat and gear to go.
03-28-2008 03:12:23 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $
Last stop on my central coast trip a few weeks ago, this is near the beach by some train tracks, few blocks from the great Palms restaraunt, left here with six bombers including Jubilee, IPA, Blonde, Tropical Lager, and Weiss, a growler of Paradise Pale Ale, and had a pint of Carp Ale all for only forty-five bucks, cannot complain about the price at all, but as you can see from my reviews most of the beers were not all that great, the atmosphere is cool at this place with an outdoor patio and being a couple hundred yards from the beach which is right in front view does not hurt either, there is a bunch of dogs hanging outside too, would be a nice place to stop on a walk if you were a local, they also have free pretzels but was not aware of any other food, service was decent as two people were working and it was quite busy, this brewery makes an interesting avocado beer I had months back at JJ Brewsky's which is probably the thing I would look out for them, everything seems average at best from a beer standpoint, although it is a cool place to stop in an area where beer is not really a focus, I will stop by to fill my growler in the future
09-15-2009 00:37:52 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited on Monday afternoon, 02/18/08.
A little hard to find in an industrial/warehouse area, the Island Brewing Company is a small-ish operation (15 barrels) with a modest tap room. They had six of their taps available when we stopped in. There's no music or TV in this place (a welcome change), but there's no lack of ambiance. Locals with their dogs, couples enjoying each others' company, dudes who look like hackeysack champions: all hang out and mingle in the friendly low stress environment.
Paul, the owner/brewmaster, came to our table and chatted us up at length about beer and the industry in general. They don't serve food, but they have a notebook of menus from local places that will deliver to the tap room. Very thoughtful!
I have to weigh the overall coolness of this place, against their reason to exist: their beer. Despite all the positives, I just wasn't into ANY of their beers!
05-08-2008 04:03:05 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited Island Brewing company back on Labor day, after years of a friends prodding to check these guys out. Since my wife and I were on our way up to camp in Buellton, this was the one and only stop on the way up.
The atmosphere is pretty cool. Not a large place, but the ceilings are high, some surf boards, paintings, bottles for sale, brewery swag, wood floors, and a killer patio next to the train tracks. You might say that doesn't sound great, but you can see the ocean & smell the ocean, and get that ocean breeze. There is also a decent sized field across the tracks too. Nice for a lazy afternoon.
The beers are about a B to B+ average to me, especially the Jubilee ale “Jubiale”, & the blackbird porter & flights are reasonable as well.
One girl was bartending when we were there. Service was good when we where there, no pressure, attentive, and chill. Also fairly knowledgeable about the beers too. However, slight ding for quality here though. Not so much the beers, but the growler fill I got. Placed under the tap, and turned on, & walked away. No tube to fill from the bottom, big pet peeve of mine. She did cap on foam, but she wasted a lot of beer to make it a full growler too by the way it was filled & overflowing for a while, again, big pet peeve of mine. Not sure if this everyone, or just how she did it. We drank it just 3 hours later, and it had already lost half of it's carbonation. We got some bottles too, and those were great.
Selection was decent, we got two flights, 5 beers each, and all of them were different, so about 10 beers in all. Don't believe they have any food, but there are a few places nearby, since it's a small "old town" kind of area. Prices were reasonable as well.
Overall, nice spot for the area, near the beach, and pretty chill. Will make stops here when I'm traveling up and down the coast on treks.
11-30-2011 21:08:36 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a tasting room down a side street along the train tracks facing out to the ocean. But considering it's location in this pleasant small town, it's always been busy here. There's a bar and a few tables in a relatively small area. The bartender quickly dispenses your drinks and keeps plenty of pretzels on hand. There's 7 to choose from. The nut brown and stout are my favorites. They offer a five 4oz glass sampler for $4, which is an excellent way to check out nearly their entire selection. Paul the brewer is often hanging out and quite willing to chat about his creations. Speaking with him it's obvious just how much he cares about quality. Very friendly atmosphere all around at Island.
03-31-2006 06:27:17 |
More by JayTheFinn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A review very late. Very late. This was our one destination upon leaving the Woodshop tasting of February 2010. Well, excepting a certain BBQ joint upon the water. A sexy one at that. We drove the coast slowly, avoiding the dangerous streets of LALA Land. Scary scary. We had no idea what we were doing when we arrived in Carpinteria. We just knew there was a brewery and it was getting dark. We had nowhere to stay and Paso Robles was so so far away. The van beckoned. The beer beckoned.
We waltzed in, computer in hand, becoming robots.
They had 8-10 beers on tap, we tried a grand example of many of them, most memorable being the Little Island, a big American "mild", almost 4% and extremely hoppy and exremely delicious (Unfortunately not reviewed), the 2nd runnings (I believe) of the Big Island, their very sexy imperial IPA.
We talked to the wonderful gentleman who was bartending (Time has robbed me, I know not his doubtlessly glorious name). He declared us worthy of a venture towards the back of the establishment as we explained our noble scientific purpose. They have such amazing space. Listen, if you're a brewery with amazing things going on..lease some shit from these guys if they are willing participants. They have such a large space still available. Very good beer, and some adventure going into some future projects, but the space available is enviable.
I wish these good folks the best of luck on their adventure heading forward and enjoyed my time there very greatly. We slept just down the road, between the brewery and the park. According to some signs that were posted, that was illegal, but no one wants to anger a dragonWhale
01-12-2011 02:41:47 |
More by dragonWhale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I stop by Island Brewing in Carpenteria every time I travel Hwy 101 and am never disappointed. This place is a little difficult to find for first timers, tucked behind a warehouse near the railroad tracks. But once you find it, you'll see that it's a pretty cool spot.
They have a comfortable no frills tap room and patio area with a good selection of beers available on a regular basis. Pretty much everything from a Blonde to a Stout and everything in between. My constant favorite has been their Jubilee Ale. They are now making some pretty good BA stuff, be sure to check it out.
They keep a pretty good selection of their bottle on hand, very reasonably priced too. Be sure to check out the "buy a friend a beer" board. Cool spot.
06-13-2011 05:02:36 |
More by Siggy125
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Fun little tasting room here, right along the train tracks. Close enough to the ocean to have that cool breeze. They make some very decent beers, my favorite being the blackbird porter. You sit outside by the train track and people watch. Can get pretty busy on a Friday night. We stay a block away from here in the summer so its great to be able to walk to and from the brewery.
05-17-2013 21:39:52 |
More by teraflx
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My favorite brewery to hang out at. Laid back atmosphere with great staff, great beers, and interesting locals. They don't serve food, but The Spot has excellent burgers a few steps away, or visit one of the many fine restaurants in Carpinteria.
IB is in a warehouse with a small serving area and a spacious patio that overlooks a park and the Pacific Ocean. Watching the sunset while sipping on a beer here is a memorable experience.
01-08-2013 22:00:05 |
More by TheMarkE
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Island is a classic "locals only" kind of place. If you don't know where it is , you may never find it yet its only a few steps form the main drag. The photo doesnt do it justice as they've significantly spiffed up the outdoor area since then. Island is the perfect place to hang out and enjoy some beer and some friends. Bring the kids, bring the dogs, whatever; its classic old-school beach-town and just about everybody's friendly. Theres no food served but they've usually got 6-8 pouring. Island does interesting and slightly funky interpretations of classic/standard ales. I like the Avocado Honey ale on the lighter side and the Jubilee on the darker. Beers here are not over-hopped (IMO) so I can drink just about anything they're pouring.
07-22-2010 18:56:09 |
More by DigitalEye
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Island Brewing Company in Carpinteria, CA
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