One way to cut to the heart of a city, is to explore the type of beer the make. Mostly of the micro-capacity, these local breweries are great ways to spend afternoons tasting, learning, and getting a little buzz.
The brewLAB of Carpinteria is a tiny, specialty brewery specializing in offbeat flavors and intimate beer tastings. For a low-key ambiance that focuses on providing great service and exciting new concoctions, this is the place to go. Past favorites include the rye sour with blood oranges, the Llama Saison infused with coffee beans, and the Belgian wheat with jasmine. The menu is constantly changing, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
BrewLAB. 4191 Carpinteria Avenue #8. 507 319 5665.
As the newest addition to the Santa Barbara brewery scene, Draughtsman prides itself on small-batch, quality beers and an easy-going atmosphere. People who come here immediately love the friendly vibe and perfect menu which includes options for everyone. Check out their calendar to find food truck options, regularly parked outside and serving up some local favorites.
Draughtsman Aleworks. 53 Santa Felicia Drive. 805 387 2577.
Located in the Funk Zone, Fig Mountain is easily the most popular and upbeat brewery in town. With eight year-round beers, a beer garden and live music every weekend, this spot is as fun as it is reliable. Come here to check out seasonal batches as well as taproom exclusive brews.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 137 Anacapa Street. 805 694 2252.
M Special is quickly becoming a local favorite as these beers can be found in many pubs and bars across town. The hidden tap room in Goleta, however, is where you want to go for a good time. Featuring an outdoor patio complete with basketball, corn hole and table games, this is a lively spot to try microbrews and meet new people. For some extra fun check out trivia night on Mondays!
M Special Brewing Company. 6860 Cortona Drive, Building C. 805 968 6500.
Telegraph Brewing Co. is a small-batch brewery specializing in ales and lagers that have become award-winning staples in town. This spot is right in the Funk Zone and has an industrial, yet laid back vibe that welcomes regulars and first-timers alike. Try the California Ale on a hot day for a smooth and refreshing treat.
Telegraph Brewing Co. 418 N Salsipuedes Street. 805 963 5018.