Hollister Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 65
Beer Ratings: 343
Beer Avg: 3.71
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hollister Brewing gives the meaning of a beer stop legitamacy. It's nearby both the US-101 and UC Santa Barbara, and as a personal bonus, brings back memories of my cross country days when we use to stop in this shopping center before heading up (or back down) to/from San Luis Obispo. I already knew about Hollister Brewing, but the question was always what they served.
Modern brewpub interior. Metal and abstract design behind the bar. An outdoor patio that allows you to drink your beer. TV's dotted around the restaurant. A small display of medals won from competitions across from where their brewing equipment is situated. Overall, it's clean and easy to get around.
Situated near the bar is a big written list of their house beers available. 14 different house beers is a lot for a brewpub, and I saw a cask displayed behind the bar (though it didn't seem like it was pouring). Classic American breewpub styles such as the blonde ale, pale ale, IPA, and porter are each available, and addition styles include a smoked beer brewed with hemp, kristalweizen, Belgian Blond, and an India Red Ale. The two beers I ordered were very good quality.
Service was very good, as our server sounded interested about my opinion of their smoked beer. Beforehand, he warned me about it (I could see why), but I assured him about my love for the smoked style. In addition, the food was great. Pulled pork under a bed of fried red onions and house BBQ sauce = great. And it got better; we had just arrived at 2pm, which indicates the start of their happy hour ($3 beers!).
Hollister Brewing is killer. If you're traveling via the 101, treat yourself for a moment. I certainly did, and then it was back on the road...
09-11-2012 16:03:38 | More by DoubleJ
4.44/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Definitely a fan of this place. Stopped in twice during June of 2011, once on a Friday around 5pm and then on Sunday around 11:30 am. Completely different atmosphere both times, as you might imagine.
Lots of great beers on tap. The imperial stout was great, as were the IPAs. Had the sampler on Sunday morning when no one else was around. Everything was solid, and there were some standouts, as mentioned above.
Great service both times, when it was slammed, and when we were the only people at the bar. Certainly impressed with the beers.
Location is in a big mall area, gigantic parking lot. Nice outdoor seating area and a pretty spacious indoor area, though it was crowded on a Friday afternoon. Plenty of TVs for sports, though somewhat unobtrusive, if that makes sense.
Definitely check this place out if you are in the Santa Barbara area.
07-28-2011 05:48:59 | More by colonelforbin
4.58/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in here during a recent camping trip with a group of the guys doing an "ice run" for the benefit of the campsite. :-) We were the ones who got to benefit from the great service and phenomenal beers! A great selection of somewhere around 14 beers, including a cask. Nothing "run of the mill" here, with each beer exhibiting a unique spin on the chosen style. The J was one of my favorites - a smoky brown with a definite bacon flavor, and who doesn't like bacon?
Caught them at a fairly slow weekday mid-afternoon, so plenty of time to learn from our server at the bar. He was very knowledgeable and provided samples to help us choose the next pint. We also peered into the brewing area, which appears small, so they are making the most of it. My main regret is not living closer to this place, but will put it on my list of go-to places if I'm ever within a 30-mile radius!
04-08-2011 20:58:53 | More by ReederX
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Stopped in here for the first time last night on my way back from San Diego. I ordered a dinner entre (grilled eggplant panini) and two beers (Push & Pull, Tiny Bubbles). I left very satisfied.
Hollister Brewing Co. is located in a medium-sized shopping complex, so even though it's got a bunch of outdoor seating, the view of the parking lot ain't too special. The interior is rather plain with few decorations and a few TVs hung here and there. That was all fine though, because the young, vibrant crowd gave this place a very homey feel. I could definitely see it being my regular hangout if I lived in the area.
The food menu was comprised mainly of pub grub (burgers, sandwiches, pizzas), but with a bit of gourmet flare. The beer selection was somewhat similar with a strong focus on hoppy pales and other popular west coast styles, although a few exceptions existed: namely a wild ale (4th Anniversary) and a gose (Tiny Bubbles). I didn't get around to sample the wild ale, but the gose was surprisingly good! Once the food arrived, it proved to be pretty damn good as well.
Even though Hollister was packed while I was there, that service was spectacular. I also love the deals that Hollister offers up: $6.50 growler fills on Saturday; "Brewer's Choice" ($2.50 pints of select beers) on Tuesdays; all day happy hour on Mondays; discounts for AHA members.
If you're in the area or just passing through, hit up Hollister Brewing Co. You'll be happy you did!
03-30-2011 20:41:30 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited last week in the afternoon. Been several time before, but this review is from the most recent. Located just of the 101 Fwy tucked in the corner of a shopping center. Fairly non-descript from the outside, as it looks like any other restaurant. Inside it has a typical casual feel with a nice outside patio facing the parking lot. The bar is slightly set towards the side with the kitchen in the back. Sat at the bar and was given great service by Ryan. Tried the new IPA (Beer for Brit) and a pizza. Happy Hour prices in effect which meant only $3 pints and $2 off pizzas, plus other similar discounts on food. Offered tasters of a few others too. Very good variety of house made beer. Glass enclosed brewing room where Eric could be seen busily making a new batch of something. Overall, very clean place, good beer and food, reasonable priced during the time I went, and great service. Always try to stop by when in the area.
01-27-2011 20:26:30 | More by wethorseblanket
4.55/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Holister is located in a stip mall near the airport. I spotted it while traveling on business and didn't think I would bother, but instead head to the Brewhouse in Santa Barbara. I am glad I didn't.
While the location and the interior space don't give you warm and fuzzies about the beer, I was dead wrong. The beer was exceptional. They had 2 IPA's, a Dubbel, Hefe, Orange Blossom Tripel/Golden (which was REALLY good), a Pale Ale, etc. They offer samplers, but I went with the 10oz pours. Happy hour specials put my at $2.25 for a pint!!! Then their guest beer was Pliny the Elder?!?!?!? The only reason they didn't get a 5 from me was they were not using their 1 beer engine.
The food was really good too! I had a well executed salad, with fried pickles.
Matt was a great bartender and engaged the bar patrons.
Don't judge a book by its cover, this place makes REALLY GOOD BEER!
12-16-2010 04:30:23 | More by ndolover
3.38/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I drop in on a Thursday for lunch. Wow. It was busy. Luckily I got a place near the bar. The bar was full and they have stools and bar like tables facing the opposite way from the bar. It made it always to order anything as the bar tender was my hostess. I had to yell over people shoulders in order to get a beer and food. Not my cup of tea.
Short of disappointed in till I got my sampler. The sampler tray of beers only comes with 6 slots. In fact they had more on tap and one cashed ale. I had to choose which I wanted to try. I was amaze on te quality and have to say that thy do have great beer.
I tried their 10 feet shadow or something like that. It was an amazing oatmeal stout. I highly recommend this place for those of you looking for a great beer.
11-20-2010 16:09:04 | More by emagana
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is my local joint, I live about 2 miles from this place and I go there weekly if not more often. I do love the beer here but it must be said they have a heavy hop-hand. I'm personally not a real hop-head and I find many of the beers here too hoppy for my taste but, luckily, they always have a great and varied selection on the board. My favorite is "The J" a smoky brown ale brewed with hemp seeds (not too different than Nectars Hemp) and the Table 42 Red. The Loudmouth, Weizenbock and both the orange and pumpkin seasonals are good to my taste as well.
Food wise Hollister is good but not great. They do make a great burger and their Friday Pulled Pork special is insane. Otherwise they're still fishing around for the right items and I'm sure eventually they'll find them. The ingredients are always fresh but it seems like the menu needs to go back to basics and just do them well, ditch the attempt at sophistication.
The service is always very good, even when its crowded, and the staff seems to stick around so they're more likely to know the beer and food well.
It does get noisy inside where everything's stone, glass and metal, but 80 percent of the year its so nice outside around here the patio is a better bet.
Beer and food prices are creeping up but are still in line with the area. Happy hour is still a decent deal though.
07-22-2010 18:27:06 | More by DigitalEye
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on my way to SF beer week on a Friday night. I didn't realize that this place was in Isla Vista and had I known that I probably would have kept on driving. If you like the party atmoshere this place is for you as there was a healthy mix of college kids and older people. I did manage to squeeze in at the bar and try a sample of everything. I told the bartender to only fill the sample glasses half way (which I believe were 4 oz) as I had to drive. He was nice and accomodating and even gave me a couple samples for free. I think I ended up paying about $10 for 14 samples. I didnt try the food or even look at the menu as I still had some of the burger in my system that I had eaten at Anacapa earlier that night.
They certainly do make a couple hoppy beers here. I tried a couple of pales, a couple IPAs, and an imperial red. The rest were a healthy mix of blonde, belgian pale, porter/stout, and even a scottish ale. After checking BA and seeing that they make a lot of different beers that were not on tap I think I'll have to stop in again at some point.
03-01-2010 20:35:56 | More by t0rin0
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped off here on the way to San Diego. Located in a strip mall not too far from the 101-HBC is easy to find. Walking in the bar is straight ahead and seating on both sides of and in front of the bar. The atmosphere was strip mall restaurant-they had some TVs with ESPN on, etc. They had 15 beers on at the time of our visit. Including Hip Hop DIPA. My wife and I split two samplers of 6-we skipped the Wheat, PA, the Golden. Our friends split a sampler as well. The standout brews were all three of the IPA/DIPAs-with The Pope IPA being our favorite. We also really liked Shaky Hands ( a java imperial porter). The other beers were good.
Food-We had flat bread and cheese dip to start-our friends had the BBQ pork pizza, and my wife and I split a open-faced Bacon and Leak sandwich, and a curry chicken salad-the food was excellent.
Service was very good even when they got busy for lunch. The prices are reasonable.
This is our new go to place when driving the 101.
12-25-2009 14:44:23 | More by bradybeer
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