Santa Cruz County is experiencing 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!
Visit Lupulo Craft Beer House, a Latin American eatery that provides an ever-changing rotation of hard-to-get brews and a colorful menu. Their beer selection extends to bottles available for purchase, and the staff is always happy to recommend a brew on tap.
99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall offers visitors a wide variety of brews to choose from. Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, this taproom is known for its diverse list of bottles and stellar happy hour. After your first pint, there are just 98 more to go before a plaque with your name gets displayed! Check out their featured brew on tap, which changes out every Tuesday.
Experience the flavor of the west side at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. This organic brewery showcases seasonal ales, organic sodas and a full food menu from neighboring eatery Kelly’s French Bakery. Bring your four-legged friend and find a seat outdoors, this pet friendly brewery has board games available for rental and treats for the pooch!
Want to make an adventure out of your tasting experience? Pair a pint with a Santa Cruz County hike! Various hiking trails over 14 county-wide state beaches and parks make for a perfect place to start the day. Find a path that suits your fancy and afterwards, treat yourself at a nearby brewery or taproom.
See below for a full list of taprooms and breweries in Santa Cruz County!