Tap into the Santa Cruz beer scene and experience what locals have embraced: a craft brew renaissance. Like their boutique winery counterparts, Santa Cruz County’s craft breweries are small, locally-owned – and produce outstandingly creative pilsners, ales, lagers, stouts, porters, and malts. With a dozen new ale houses dotting the county, there are plenty of places to get your pour on!
Try a Velvet Revolution at New Bohemia Brewery, a Vienna lager with aromas of toasted bread, honey and a hint of lemon. Or opt for an award-winning glass of classic oatmeal stout at the Seabright Brewery. Can’t decide? Try a draft sampler set at 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall in Downtown Santa Cruz.
Want to relax during your visit to the “micro-capitol” of the Central Coast and the breweries that call it home? Get on board with Brew Cruz, a stylishly renovated vintage 1989 Thomas International school bus and tour an array of microbreweries.
The fenced-in dog run at Soquel’s Beer Thirty, where customers of the canine persuasion can kick it with their suds-loving owners.
Peaches the Pig, the official mascot and greeter at the Corralitos Brewing Company in mid-county.
A 1989 school bus, refurbished on the inside with mid-Century modern décor. Brew Cruz hosts tours of local breweries so you can sit back, sip in style, and enjoy the ride.
A Boardwalk Blonde! Marilyn Matthews modeled for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the 1950s. Now her glamorous image graces the label on Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s Double Blonde Ale, a seasonal brew with aromas of wildflowers, featuring locally harvested honey.
A new pour-it-yourself taproom in Downtown Santa Cruz.
DID YOU KNOW?
You can pair a Shimmer Pilsner at Soquel’s Discretion Brewery with a side order of chicken and waffles, served with pecans and spiced maple syrup.
99 Bottles of Beer surpasses its name. The brew pub and restaurant offers 45 beers on tap and over 200 more in bottles (and cans)!
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing released a double IPA – the DIPA – to celebrate the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster’s 90thbirthday at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
The refurbished school bus affectionately named Betty Janeand now used for Brew Cruz was once home to Corpus Callosum, a local San Francisco band, which used it to tour the U.S.
Seabright Brewery is Santa Cruz’s Santa Cruz’s longest running brew pub; check out its history and raise a glass with friends on their expansive, pet-friendly patio!