By Garrick Ramirez
In recent years, Santa Cruz County has seen a flurry of new restaurant openings that are redefining the local dining scene. Offering more than a way to quell your rumbling stomach, these spots inspire with spectacular settings and delicious grub. You’ll see regional ingredients on the menu, local brews on tap, and heaps of Santa Cruz style throughout. Here are three delicious ways to sample what’s new in Santa Cruz County.
All photos by Garrick Ramirez
While breweries abound in Santa Cruz County, taprooms offer the chance to sample numerous breweries in one setting. From boisterous beer halls to relaxed beer gardens, you can taste your way through the many brew styles that have made Santa Cruz County a craft beer destination. Plus, many taprooms are matching the quality of their brews with destination-worthy eats. Drop into the following spots, and tap into the local craft beer scene.
Santa Cruz is experiencing a craft beer renaissance. The region — better known for its wine — hasn’t been widely regarded as a mecca for beer lovers. But that’s about to change. The local scene has gained new momentum from a recent batch of breweries and taprooms and overwhelming support from locals. And there’s no end in
Beloved sparkling cider and apple juice producer S. Martinelli & Company is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and we’re bubbling over with excitement! Founded in Watsonville in 1868-the same year Ulysses S. Grant was elected President-the effervescent company is still family-owned, locally-based, and making juice the way they always have: fresh and 100% natural. We’ve got the inside scoop below, and trust us, it gets juicy!
It’s not every day that we get to lead a story with beer, the Boardwalk, and a blonde billboard model. But these are exactly the things that comprise The Boardwalk Blonde, a golden honey-tinged brew produced by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Gracing the label is Marilyn Matthews, the Boardwalk’s first billboard model