Hollister Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 62
Beer Ratings: 313
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
2.66/5 rDev -35.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25 | $$
Food and atmosphere was very pleasing, waiters and waitresses nice, food average, however;
if you're serious about the quality of the beer you want to enjoy then, you may not want to purchase a growler and refill here because they won't even bother rinsing out the growler you bring in with water or a cleaning solution. Any quality brewmaster would insist on having his/her staff trained and proactive about having a clean growler go back to their dedicated clientele. That does not seem to be the case here at Hollister brewery so for that reason only I have to score it very low in the category of quality.
12-15-2013 03:38:47 | More by Hodgie-Wood
3.38/5 rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This was the one stop we made on the way up to San Luis Obispo a few weeks back although we stopped at a bunch of different places on the way back, we pulled into a shopping center with a Costco, phone store, several places to eat, etc., weird area for a place like this to be in my opinion, atmosphere was a little bizarre too, place just seemed like a little bit nicer version of BJs, more food centric than beer, it was super clean and had a lot of people dining in, we were the only ones at the small bar, service was okay but would expect more from the bartender as we were the only ones he was really helping and he barely said a word the whole time, they had twelve different beers all made by themselves on tap and one of the offerings of cask too which was their Double IPA, I had three ten ounce beers while I was here including Pope IPA, Hip Hop DIPA, and their dreaded Irish Red which is one of the worst beers I have had in quite some time, wish I was hungry when we went here because the tacos a lot people seemed to be eating looked good, the beers were good, average, and bad from the three I tried, as was this place in general, it was just mediocre to me all the way around, might be because I expected a lot more after hearing so many great things but it is a good spot for the area it is in, I would stop back here in the future
09-15-2009 00:48:02 | More by Floydster
3.84/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
We stopped in at Hollister on the way home from the Firestone Invitational. It's more of a restaurant with a brewery in it than the other way around. There is a main seating area and a smallish bar area. The brewery equipment is behind glass adjacent to the bar. We sat at the bar and got pretty good service even though it was busy. They had about 13 of their own beers on tap with a wide variety of styles represented. I got a 6 pack sampler for $7 but they sell individual tasters, half pints, pints, and growlers. The quality of the beer was good and served in proper glassware. I also had a pulled pork sandwich and duck fat fries and it was pretty tasty (moreso the fries). Prices were reasonable for beers but a bit expensive for food in my opinion. I would stop in again to see what's new if I were in the area.
06-05-2013 02:56:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a re-review from my first visit in early 2008. I must say that things have really gotten better.
Nice place. Atmosphere was like a regular restaraunt rather than a serious brewpub. Clients ranged in age. Guys at the bar were regulars. The beers range from average to very good. They make GREAT IPAs. The bartender Ryan is a nice guy, very social and always on it. However, do not expect any of the other servers to know much about beer. Selection was GREAT. Food was alright, standard pubgrub. A must stop!
Usual stop in here once a month with mixed reviews on service at the bar.
10-18-2009 02:17:25 | More by barleywinefiend
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Good food, good service, good beer. A bit pricey, but not too outrageous for the area. A great selection of beers and local wine, and the food is a quite a step up from your normal pub fare.
01-08-2013 23:47:57 | More by TheMarkE
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A good little spot just down the street from me. Where to start...
Well, the atmosphere inside the place is pretty nice despite its location in a strip mall. Classy, simple interior design with a lot of friendly locals. Not a lot of beer knowledge in the average patron here, but everyone is open to good beer.
The quality is pretty good. The beers here are hit or miss. I've had a couple great beers and a couple lousy ones, but almost always, they are above-average drinkable.
Service is good, in that you are generally greeted with a smile, and the waiters are willing and able to help you, but from a BA's perspective, there's a surprisingly small amount of beer knowledge coming from those serving it. Most waiters clearly just have the one sentence description memorized from the menu. Tonight I heard one waiter suggest one of their porters to a customer disappointed to see their Belgian Pale Ale missing from the menu, "because it is similarly dark."
The selection is fantastic. For such a small brewpub, they have a very nice selection of styles. Extreme beers, mild beers, Belgian, German and American styles. They aren't all gold-medal-worthy, but they sure as hell have something for everyone.
Food is consistently good, but not great. Overpriced.
The prices here are high on food (12 bucks for a sandwich??), good on beer. Monday nights, they have 3 dollar pints, and their happy hour holds some good deals as well. Normally 5 dollar pints and 3.25 10oz pours.
Growlers are expensive. 25 dollars for the initial fill and 22 for refills I believe.
Overall, I'm very glad this place is here, and love being surprised by their occasional great beer. Your bill will shoot up quickly if you get anything beyond beer, but you won't leave disappointed. A fine establishment.
05-05-2009 04:45:58 | More by photomike
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Well, this was a pleasant surprise.
Being a BA in the SB/Goleta area, the pickings are somewhat slim. You have Santa Barbara Brewing Company downtown, which is fine, but has mediocre food and a mixed selection in terms of beer quality, in my opinion. Then you have the Brewhouse tucked away behind the Santa Barbara Amtrak station, which has better food, and some bold beers, but their flavor profiles tend to be a little one-note and they don't have much of a rotation for their beer. Both of these places have only decent guest taps (Firestone), and the Brewhouse does have some Westmalle, Chimay, etc. for bottled options, but that's about it. Otherwise, you have Zodo's in Goleta, which has a huge tap selection, but most of it is comprised by BMC.
So I wasn't expecting much when I heard about Hollister. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I dropped in. First, the guest taps were incredible - Alpine Pure Hoppiness, Avery Flying Pig, Racer 5 IPA, etc. Wonderful. And in the back near the brewing equipment, there were kegs with labels from "PORT BREWING" among others waiting to be connected, so you can tell it will only get better from there on out. The house beers, surprisingly, were also nothing one should dismiss. I started out with the Hip Hop Double IPA, which had a nice, deep citrus and pine hop character with some pretty heavy malt backbone. I also had their Milk Stout, which had a nice smooth chocolate and medium body coffee character to it.
Service was attentive but not intrusive at the bar I sat at.
My friend and I shared some Onion Rings, which were good, but very, very thinly sliced. A bit difficult to share, and you almost needed a fork to properly consume. The "duck fat" french fries sounded interesting.
Atmosphere is good. Sort of an industrial feel. They created better ambience vis-a-vis the lighting, which they dimmed to make it less bright and gaudy.
The guest taps alone make it worth a trip, but the beer is also pretty phenomenal for the area, with a huge amount of variety.
06-23-2007 23:25:12 | More by RidiculedDisplay
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Hollister Brewing Company is the new kid on the block in the Santa Barbara area and the first proper brewpub in Goleta. So far so good! I've had three of their own brewed beers and they've all been excellent. The J, an amber with roasted hemp seeds, was probably my favorite. Let's run down the ratings list:
A - HBC reconstructed the restaurant previously on this site. They opened up the large space to make it airy and bright. It gives the interior a lighter, happier look but the lack of walls means the crowd noise goes unimpeded, and it gets crowded here. To escape the noise you could sit outside in their fairly large patio/beer garden area. Adding to the color of the place is a massive plexiglass wall set up so that patrons can look into the brewing room for a glimpse at how it's done. Also, I give HBC extra atmosphere credit for the "good feeling" you get while here. Because of the prompt and upbeat waitstaff, you feel better about the place in a general sort of way.
Q - As mentioned in the opening paragraph, the beer quality has been top-notch thus far. It's tasty and very fresh. The food is good and I applaude their attempts to make it better than usual pub fair, although it seems to be a work in progress.
S - HBC keeps a lot of waiters on hand, so there's always someone around if you need something. Every waiter I've had since coming here has been very attentive. I docked a half point for an unsatifactory answer I got on a beer question and also because when it gets slow here the waiters get antsy for something to do, so they keep trying to take away your plate which is annoying if you're not finished eating. But they've generally been great so my complaints are minor.
F - The food is interesting. HBC is attempting to create better, more varied pub grub. So far it's been somewhere between delicious and a mixed bag. However, reading the menu makes your mouth water ("duck fat fries") so if they can cook up some dishes that match the anticipation brought on by those descriptions HBC will have the tasty food to match their flavorful beer.
V- The price is pretty reasonable, though I haven't found any amazing deals yet. The $2.75 a pint happy hour is nice. But I'd love to see some of those rock bottom deals places like this do to draw you in, like "Get polluted by the Pacific! $1 Pints from 2am to 2:15am every Sunday!" Just kidding, but you get the picture.
06-02-2007 15:55:43 | More by JayTheFinn
Hollister Brewing Co. in Goleta, CA
92 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.