Hollister Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 64
Beer Ratings: 333
Beer Avg: 3.7
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Went into Hollister brewing on Friday July 3rd. Was pleasantly surprised to find a board listing 13 house beers. Among those were 5 varieties of Pale Ales(Belgian Country, APA, XPA, IPA, DIPA) which I used to make up most of my 6 taster flight. All 6 beers were solid with the Belgian Country, XPA,DIPA being real good, but the Pope IPA was my favorite so I opted for a pint of that after the tasters. The waitress was very friendly and noted her favorite was the dunkelweizen which I tried with the stout after eating and semi clearing the palate.
My wife and I both really enjoyed the burgers we got and the duck fat fries were good, but not noticebally different than regular fries. Overall really impressed and eager to go back.
07-05-2009 17:50:06 | More by rhertan
4.66/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the best brewpub I have ever been to in my life. Thanks to BeerFly, I found this place looking for things to do on a 4 day bike tour of Santa Barbara. It was a short 20 minute bus ride Goleta.
My fiance and I did their entire 14 beer flight. I lost my tasting notes, I know, I suck. My recall of all the different styles and names are fuzzy as I left Hollister with about 7 beers under my belt. Riding my bike 100 yards back to the bus stop was an amazing adventure itself.
The few beers that stuck in my hop soaked head were the Banana Wheat beer (not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this was pretty damn tastey) and there was a double IPA that I drank 2 or 3 of. The name was Bowling something something. It was amazing.
So hazy. So much fun.
What I don't understand is why these guys don't start bottling this liquid magic. This beer deserves to be shared with the world.
Hollister, I love you.
04-23-2009 17:23:14 | More by QUERCUSAGRIFOLIA
4.58/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in here during a recent camping trip with a group of the guys doing an "ice run" for the benefit of the campsite. :-) We were the ones who got to benefit from the great service and phenomenal beers! A great selection of somewhere around 14 beers, including a cask. Nothing "run of the mill" here, with each beer exhibiting a unique spin on the chosen style. The J was one of my favorites - a smoky brown with a definite bacon flavor, and who doesn't like bacon?
Caught them at a fairly slow weekday mid-afternoon, so plenty of time to learn from our server at the bar. He was very knowledgeable and provided samples to help us choose the next pint. We also peered into the brewing area, which appears small, so they are making the most of it. My main regret is not living closer to this place, but will put it on my list of go-to places if I'm ever within a 30-mile radius!
04-08-2011 20:58:53 | More by ReederX
4.58/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Hollister for the first time this afternoon (Sunday) on the way home from a camping trip where we also visited the Firestone Taproom.
I had been hearing about this place on BA for a while now and finally was qable to stop in with my wife. Initially we ordered 2 samplers I believe 6 beer samples for $7. Our bartender ended up going the extra mile and giving us a taster of all 14 I believe. My favorites were the Pope IPA, the Hip Hop DIPA, and their Anniversary dark IPA. We left with a growler of the Anniversary.
My wife enjoyed a "white pizza" while I helped her with the crust (I'm lactose intolerant and wasn't too hungry). I ordered a pint of the Pope IPA on cask which was very nice and shared that with my wife. And after that a I ordered a 10oz. Hip Hop DIPA.
We sat at the bar which was a great spot. We had a friendly bar tender who had a knowledge for their beer. It was also nice chatting with other friendly locals also sitting at the bar.
The growler was around $20 and I believe it will be $11 for refills. This is extremely reasonable.
The food looked to be reasonably priced and it looked like there were a couple of less expensive options in each section of the menu.
Beer was very reasonably priced.
Overall, it was a great experience and my wife and I enjoyed their beer and food. I will recommend this to other people and will return myself.
06-01-2009 00:51:26 | More by Bungletronics
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Holister is located in a stip mall near the airport. I spotted it while traveling on business and didn't think I would bother, but instead head to the Brewhouse in Santa Barbara. I am glad I didn't.
While the location and the interior space don't give you warm and fuzzies about the beer, I was dead wrong. The beer was exceptional. They had 2 IPA's, a Dubbel, Hefe, Orange Blossom Tripel/Golden (which was REALLY good), a Pale Ale, etc. They offer samplers, but I went with the 10oz pours. Happy hour specials put my at $2.25 for a pint!!! Then their guest beer was Pliny the Elder?!?!?!? The only reason they didn't get a 5 from me was they were not using their 1 beer engine.
The food was really good too! I had a well executed salad, with fried pickles.
Matt was a great bartender and engaged the bar patrons.
Don't judge a book by its cover, this place makes REALLY GOOD BEER!
12-16-2010 04:30:23 | More by ndolover
4.53/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Since my brother has moved to Santa Barbara, it has been an easy excuse to skip out of LA to meet him and grab a few pints. The Santa Barbara region is booming now with new breweries and brewpubs and none is better than Hollister just a few minutes north in Goleta.
I would kill for a place like Hollister in Los Angeles or even a place half of what Hollister is. Set in a shopping plaza (perhaps the only drawback), its décor is modern but not stuffy. Its a bit more than your average brewpub but still a place you could feel comfortable catching a game and throwing back a few pints.
The brewer whos name escapes me, formerly of SB Brew Co has big awards most notably a GABF Gold Medal for his Santa Barbara IPA, a mighty fine beer at that. At Hollister, he shows that he can do many styles and do them well. Of there many beers, that change quite frequently Ive tasted the gamut from Saison to DIPA, from Brown Ale to Hefe Weisen. All have been quite tasty. Im an IPA guy at heart and his IPAs are nothing short of outstanding.
The food is a bit better than you would expect from a brewpub in a big college town. Theres some creativity in the menu not just your traditional pub faire. The duck fat fries are a must. Yum. Ive never made it to any of the entrées, but Ive been compelled.
The reason weve stuck with a few beers and some appetizers is that the location makes it a little bit difficult to really make a night of it if you are in / staying in SB. We had some big beers and wanted to be sure we could make the drive back down the 101 out of Goleta. Again, a minor drawback, but certainly no reason to not stop and have a few beers at this fantastic brewpub.
11-21-2007 22:11:54 | More by sloejams
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my local brewpub (just across the freeway), and I've waited quite a while to review it. I stop every time proximity and finances allow it. The only places I have ever been that I would prefer to having 5 minutes from my house are Stone (because of the extraordinary guest taps) and Russian River (because of the sours/Belgians on tap). High praise. Quality 4.5
Atmosphere . . . it's in an upscale strip mall area; once inside it loses that feel. Multiple sports HDTVs (which can be a real positive or negative, depending) which are placed high, easily escaping from your line of vision if you so desire, often crowded and loud. Outside seating with those heat fan things. 4.0
Service is generally excellent, and it is increasingly hard to find a service person who does not know quite a lot about the beer. They don't take reservations, but I haven't had to wait more than 10 minutes. I have only once had snarky service. Often the owners/brewer deliver the beer, and are quite willing to converse about it. 4.0
The selection is fantastic. There are always at least 14 taps up, with a nitro, and often there are 16+. All are Hollister brews. Consistently they range from 3-4 beers in the 5% range to 3-4 7%+, with common and rare styles at either end and in between -- and often there are two different takes on the same style (IPAs, e.g.). There are always some very unique, risky beers, and the staples are always covered. 5.0
The food quality has taken a huge jump up over the last several months, with a new chef and multiple, often inventive daily specials. Mostly California cuisine, great salads, plenty of red meat, consistently good panini sandwiches and pizza for the folks who just want regular pub-style food. As a brewery, it's a 5, compared to restaurants at the same price, it's a 4.0 -> 4.5
$5 pints and $14 growlers. That's pretty much the going rate. The food can be expensive for a brewpub, but there are cheap options, and similar dishes at restaurants here and in the city (Santa Barbara) are similarly priced. $$
Really worth a stop if you're passing through.
11-22-2009 07:59:17 | More by jdouge
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hollister Brewing gives the meaning of a beer stop legitamacy. It's nearby both the US-101 and UC Santa Barbara, and as a personal bonus, brings back memories of my cross country days when we use to stop in this shopping center before heading up (or back down) to/from San Luis Obispo. I already knew about Hollister Brewing, but the question was always what they served.
Modern brewpub interior. Metal and abstract design behind the bar. An outdoor patio that allows you to drink your beer. TV's dotted around the restaurant. A small display of medals won from competitions across from where their brewing equipment is situated. Overall, it's clean and easy to get around.
Situated near the bar is a big written list of their house beers available. 14 different house beers is a lot for a brewpub, and I saw a cask displayed behind the bar (though it didn't seem like it was pouring). Classic American breewpub styles such as the blonde ale, pale ale, IPA, and porter are each available, and addition styles include a smoked beer brewed with hemp, kristalweizen, Belgian Blond, and an India Red Ale. The two beers I ordered were very good quality.
Service was very good, as our server sounded interested about my opinion of their smoked beer. Beforehand, he warned me about it (I could see why), but I assured him about my love for the smoked style. In addition, the food was great. Pulled pork under a bed of fried red onions and house BBQ sauce = great. And it got better; we had just arrived at 2pm, which indicates the start of their happy hour ($3 beers!).
Hollister Brewing is killer. If you're traveling via the 101, treat yourself for a moment. I certainly did, and then it was back on the road...
09-11-2012 16:03:38 | More by DoubleJ
4.44/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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
Hollister Brewing Co. in Goleta, CA
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.