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.
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!