Santa Cruz County, located on California's central coast, is not only known for its pristine beaches and redwood forests, but did you know its also known for its thriving craft beer scene?! With a mix of innovative brewers, unique flavors, and a laid-back beach vibe, Santa Cruz is a paradise for beer enthusiasts. Join me as I take you on a virtual tour of my favorite local breweries that you can enjoy next time you are in the area!
Discretion Brewing: Located in Soquel, Discretion Brewing is a family-owned and operated brewery with a passion for producing high-quality, sustainable craft beers and their brewery also features delicious Italian fare! From hoppy IPAs to rich stouts and refreshing farmhouse ales, Discretion Brewing offers a wide range of flavors to satisfy every palate. The cozy taproom and the friendly staff make it a perfect spot to enjoy a pint or two.
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales: Nestled in the beautiful town of Capitola, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) is a hidden gem for beer aficionados. Known for their meticulously crafted Belgian-inspired ales and barrel-aged beers, SARA creates unique flavor profiles that will leave you craving for more. The rustic and intimate atmosphere of the taproom provides a wonderful setting to appreciate the artistry behind their brews. Don't miss their renowned SARA's Saison, a beer that perfectly exemplifies their dedication to quality and innovation.
Humble Sea Brewing Co.: If you're seeking a laid-back, beachy vibe paired with exceptional beers, Humble Sea Brewing Co. in Santa Cruz is the place to be. With a diverse selection of brews ranging from hazy IPAs to fruity sours and rich stouts, Humble Sea caters to all taste preferences. The brewery's commitment to environmental sustainability and community involvement further enhances its appeal. Grab a seat on their sunny outdoor patio, enjoy a cold beer, and soak in the vibrant coastal atmosphere. If you are spending a day in the redwoods at perhaps Roaring Camp or Henry Cowell, don't miss their Taphouse in downtown Felton, which also features a full dining menu and cocktail bar.
New Bohemia Brewing Co.: Tucked away in Capitola near Pleasure Point, New Bohemia Brewing Co. embraces the spirit of the old world with a modern twist. Their unique selection of traditional Czech-style lagers and ales brewed with a California touch is a treat for beer lovers. With their welcoming taproom, knowledgeable staff, and a constantly rotating beer menu, New Bohemia Brewing Co. offers a delightful experience for both beer connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.
Fruition Brewing: Located in the East Lake Village shopping center in Watsonville, Fruition Brewing is a brewery, tasting room, and kitchen that offers a fun experience for beer AND foodies alike. They brew a rotating selection of beers with attention to local and sustainable ingredients sets them apart. Whether you're a fan of hop-forward ales, creative experimental brews, or classic styles, Fruition Brewing offers a range of flavors for even the most discerning plate.
Santa Cruz County's local breweries offer a captivating blend of flavors, craftsmanship, and community spirit that make them a must-visit for beer enthusiasts. Whether you prefer hoppy IPAs, complex ales, or smooth lagers, the diverse range of breweries in this region ensures there is something to please every palate. So, next time you find yourself in Santa Cruz, make sure to raise a glass and say cheers at these fantastic breweries, where you can experience the best of the region's craft beer scene.
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