Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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BEER AVG
4.18/5
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92 Beers
4,393 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

103 Kennedy Dr
Capitola, California, 95010-3640
United States
phone: (831) 295-8190

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @santeadairius

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Reviews by orangesol:
Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Our second stop-off on the way down to SD. I have loved all of the beers I have had from SA so I was really looking forward to checking out their home base. We got there right after they opened and were able to snag a barrel table in the side room. It quickly filled up with lots of people, and about five dogs which was a little weird but whatever. Quality was quite high all around. Lots of nice materials used in the space and all of the beers treated with the highest of care. Service was solid. Tim greeted us as soon as we walked in, I had told him the night before at an event I was stopping in so it was a nice touch. As far as bar service, I didn’t have to wait very long for my beers when I was empty. Selection was great, 8-9 beers on including a special cask. Wish I could have gotten some bottles, I guess they ran out the day before so that sucked. Prices were good all around so no problems there. Overall an awesome brewery that I would definitely make my regular choice if I lived in the area, glad we could make the side trip to check it out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Lilman831
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best place to get beer in Santa Cruz county by far. I have yet to be disappointed by any of there beers.

Photo of chrisjws
4.26/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A little bit back out of the way. Parking lot gets kind of packed on weekends. There's a winery right next door if you wanna get your grapes on as well. Place is like a small shop, decent amount of seating across several rooms. Chill vibe, not too loud. Rustic decor (duh).

Beers are excellent across the board. Served in clean, appropriate glassware.

Service is good, nothing special unless you're a regular. They're quick and efficient at getting people served. Tabs are a little haphazard as they use post it notes to track them.

Selection is solid, they usually have 6+ styles available, therefore something for everyone. They have a few offerings in the bottle more days than not. They don't serve food, but they've partnered with Aptos St. BBQ and you can order delivery easily.

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Nice tasting room. Guy pouring could be a bit friendlier but a good experience overall with some great beers on tap. Bottles were being shared, wish I had brought some stuff to share and had more time.

Photo of Nablock
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great beers on tap. Adair was such a wonderful host. Bartenders and regulars are cool. Very dog friendly. Just a great vibe.

Photo of JamLand
4.18/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Good overall atmosphere. The bartenders let us open an outside bottle, as well as bring in some food. They also let dogs in for the dog lovers out there. When we went they seem to be mostly offering their standard lineup. Although, solid there was nothing exceptional.

The service was cordial. I like to bring a local bottle to new breweries I visit. This was the first brewery I've ever visited where this wasn't treated like the greatest thing that's ever happened to them, regardless of the quality of bottle given. I don't expect anything in return for this, I just like to share local beers. It's not the biggest knock on them, simply not an indication of great service.

Selection here seems to be hit or miss. If you can time your visit to a special release, apparently those beers are amazing and very limited based on the trading forums. However, if you show up only for the standard lineup, I would lower your expectations.

Overall, if you are visiting the area, they are probably worth the visit in the off chance they have a bottle release.

Photo of dbannister
4.93/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

If you are ever near Santa Cruz, this is the spot to hit if you want a truly great selection of beer. But in addition to the great options, you also have a great ambiance coupled with a super friendly group of people behind the bar (which includes the owners). You can bring in pets, food, and everyone there seemed to have a smile.

In terms of beer, they usually have something for everyone. The only ding I suppose would be the lack of growlers for all of their beers (or at least all of their non-sours). I am not even sure if this is a real ding considering its because I really really want to take some home for later.

Great place and a must visit if you are in the South Bay Area.

Photo of Thebrewracho
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Jay ,the bartender ...is the coolest dude ever. Bring him some nice brews and he will give you a smile and will treat you like a VIP. Highly recommend it

Photo of deford
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Stopped here on a Motorcycle trip otherwise I'd have come away with more than one bottle. Kind of hard to find but more than worth the time. When we pulled up there was a line going out the front...Cellar Pallete with Peaches bottle release! We were able to taste several diff beers, drinking one there and taking one home. Bottle releases don't happen here too often so we felt pretty lucky.
The staff are all very helpful and friendly...seems like they really want to make your experience a good one. Small taproom with a bit of seating which got pretty crowded with the release. They opened up the back and we could hang out there and take a little look around...it's a really small place.

Overall we had a fantastic time here and will get back when possible. I definitely recommend this place...only wish I lived closer.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Really laid back chill atmosphere, in a quintessential California Coastal style. Watched the sun set over Monterey Bay before coming over. Small industrial park location- you can pick up sandwiches nearby at AJs if you want to eat, however one stylish group brought a whole cheese plate with them- hey the beers here are pretty classy.
Yes their beers are becoming world renown and putting all hype aside they have some wonderful offerings that make Bay Area folk make a special trip down. A fun hang out that attracts a discerning, sophisticate crowd.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

A small tasting room, tucked away in a somewhat hard to reach corner of town. Everything's amazing about Sante Adairius, of course, but one nitpick:
They don't open until 3:00pm on weekdays. So if you're staying in Santa Cruz and want to visit, that means wading through rush hour traffic for a couple miles down the freeway. Not the end of the world, but annoying, and enough to put a damper on the excursion if you're traveling with someone - say, a wife - who may not view a trip to a brewery with the same urgency you do.

Photo of centex-brewer
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Fantastically original place, great atmosphere, the beers are all stellar!

Photo of Warlocks-Passage
5/5  rDev +6.2%

Great people, brews and vibes. Absolutely love SARA

Photo of cmo805
5/5  rDev +6.2%

AWESOME BEERS, GREAT PERSONABLE STAFF!!! THE LOCALS ARE HELLA CHILL AND THE SETTING IS PERFECT. WISH I LIVED CLOSER, MY FAVORITE BREWERY IN CALIFORNIA
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Photo of teamchevymxer
3.65/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5

A certain bartender who predominately wears tank tops is an ass, he acts elitist if you are not local. I have single handedly spent thousands at this brewery. I only go because the beer is great, the service sucks and now they recently stopped bottle shares.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I noticed we were going to be staying about an hour away from Sante Adairius on a recent roadtrip and made it a point to get over there. Really, really glad I did. They happened to release Saison Bernice the day before we got there, which worked out pretty well. The other beers that they had on tap were really exceptional. The 831 was the standout for me that day. The atmosphere of the place is awesome. Bottleshares are going down everywhere you look and the house dog can be seen wandering around the tasting room from time to time. Not sure how quickly I'll get back over there, but I'm really glad I was finally able to check it out.

Photo of Uncleserg
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I typically don't bother with reviews but this place is quite special so I figured why not. The vibe is chill and the set up is done in good taste.

Everyone is friendly and yes children are ok which makes it even better for parents of little ones. Dogs are allowed as well. All the dogs seem to have obedient training because no issues what so ever. The dogs were also just hanging out.

The beers are on point and balanced. Too bad this scene did not exist while I attended UC Santa Cruz. Keep it up SARA. A+

Photo of metalfacedave
4.79/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

My visit and experience at SARA was incredible. Very good selection and variety of beers on tap. Growler's weren't available for purchase, but if you brought an empty (1L or 2L) growler, you were able to purchase fills. The only thing that made me frown was them not having any bottles to-go for purchase.

Photo of After1am
4.61/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place is definitely a great place to sit down, relax, and drink a beer. They open up the back of the brewery to handle extra guest and allow you to bring your dogs in to chill out with you. the furniture is made from beach wood and the building isn't that hard to find. On days when they release bottles, parking is a little hard to find but well worth it once you get what you need.

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went with a couple friends. We were there on a Saturday evening. We got there at about 7pm, the place closes early so we only had time for a couple beers.

It was full but not overly crowded so we got a place to sit down. The atmosphere was chill, and not too loud. There was some music playing, Danzig I think.

No food, so eat before you go if you're really hungry.

There were about 8 beers on tap. 2 IPA's, 2 pales, 2 saisons, 1 porter, and 1 imperial stout. I did a couple tastes and had a glass of one of the IPA's and the Imperial stout. Everything I tried was tasty, certainly would go back another time.

Photo of shangwang
4.58/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped by while on vacation in the area. The bartender was very friendly and helpful, and when I explained I was from out of town he took the time to talk me through their taplist. They had bottles of Adjunct Professor, and when I expressed that I enjoyed sour stouts but didn't want an entire bottle so that I could try more of their beers he actually asked someone else at the bar who had bought a bottle if I could try some of theirs. Super cool. Nice taproom with a chill vibe. If I was a local I'd be here all the time. Highly recommend checking it out.

Photo of dpkpr
4.07/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Entered the address into the nav and was certain that it was going to send me driving into somebody's back yard. We twisted through neighborhoods and finally into an unassuming set of buildings housing service businesses. And then there was SARA. Unlike everywhere else in Capitola, there was ample parking. Going in, that was one of our big concerns, because traffic and parking in the rest of the town really are terrible. So this was a big win.

Entered the small bar area and were happy to see one open barrel table, which we grabbed. The noise from the late afternoon crowd was comfortably buzzing, not overwhelming. We were disappointed that they were out of their 831 IPA, so had a half-fill of the DIPA and a full-fill of the cracked wheat stout. Both were very good. They had about a half dozen beers on tap and a couple bottles were available. I wouldn't say prices are a steal, but they were reasonable.

This isn't something that the owners really can control, but I'm not wild about having bunches of kids running around when I'm trying to enjoy a chill brewery taproom experience. The two don't go together in my mind and I find myself constantly wondering what kind of memories these kids are going to have in 10 years about their childhood. People: take your kids to the park or down to the beach. Take them for a walk or a fun drive along the coast. Having other people's kids looking sad and bored at me while their parents socialize and basically ignore them stresses me out. We have found that these brewery children are a staple of NorCal breweries, so I would love to encourage more kid-UNfriendly breweries.

No food. I always think that nuts, pretzels and chips would be a no-brainer, so I don't get why a place like this doesn't offer them.

I definitely recommend visiting. The brewers clearly take great care and pride in the quality of their beers.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.48/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited yesterday afternoon at opening. Smallish space with seating for approx. 20. Bar with 3 stools, several barrel tables with stools, corner bench with table. Outside roped space with more barrels mainly for standing. Expanding soon into space next door. Very chill and relaxing atmosphere. Dog friendly (friendly dogs). 6 taps in front with another just inside brewery door. All beer offerings were very good to great. Focus is on saison style with an IPA, a farmhouse IPA, a porter, and an imperial oatmeal coffee porter. Service was responsive and friendly even as the crowd grew. No food, but you can bring your own. A local BBQ place down the road (Aptos BBQ) brought in some ribs and links - thanks guys - that was awesome. Full pours are around $5 - $6 and half-pours are $3 - $4. Very reasonable. Growler fills offered on 1 beer, but will fill any bottle or container. Overall, nice people, chill place, very good beer. Make this a must visit.

Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Had been meaning to visit this "new to me," well regarded brewery tasting room in Capitola/Santa Cruz county, and on Sunday finally got the chance.

Located just a mile or so from New Brighton State Park and beach, the tasting room is a fairly small, no frills affair, with just a few tables and chairs and benches inside, and then a smallish, roped in patio area as well. It was a typical beautiful day in Santa Cruz, and so a number of folks were sitting with their beers in the sunshine on the far building wall as well. Just because this place is located in Santa Cruz I always seem to end up giving places there a bump in the atmosphere score, just because invariably, the weather and outside air temp are always that glorious.

As for the beer, after sampling the farmhouse IPA (reminding me very much of Stillwater brewing's "why can't IBU," but decidedly hoppier and superior, IMHO), two saisons, the west coast IPA and coffee and honey infused imperial stout, I quickly understood what all the fuss is about (a lot of friends have recommended this place very highly). The stout, I believe, is actually listed as a collaborative effort with the excellent tired hands brewery in Pa., and truth be told, the saisons and farmhouse ale did remind me somewhat of some of the Tired Hands beers I've enjoyed in SEPA. Anyway, suffice it to say that everything is well made and worth checking out at Sante Adairius, and I was very happy we made the stop by.

Service was good, but fairly limited as well. The guys working here are knowledgeable and friendly, but service otherwise consists of walking up to the bar, ordering your beer, and then taking your beer back outside or to a table or bench area. As for selection, on this day they had 7 beers on draft (also a pale ale and a porter), then they also poured some of their bottled rum barrel aged sour dubbel. According to their facebook page, it had just been released the prior Saturday, but was already sold out at the brewery (in case there was any doubt about the popularity of their beers). I actually wasn't all that impressed with the sour dubbel (the guys graciously opened up a bottle and passed around samples to the crowd), as I didn't think the rum went well with the sour dubbel flavor profile (which surprised me, as I quite like Cascades rum barrel aged Tangerine Dream). It wasn't terrible, and my guess is that sour fans will dig it just fine, but it just wasn't my particular cup of tea.

As for prices, I thought they were all right. Most everything comes in a 12 ounce tulip I believe, and prices range from $4 to $7, though you can get half pours as well for half the price (which is what we did so we could try more than a couple different beers). Anyway, our 5 half glasses of the two saisons, the IPA, the farmhouse ale and the stout came to $17, which I thought was pretty reasonable. Everything we tried was pretty excellent, with my favorite the Farmhouse ale/IPA.

To the best of my knowledge, they don't serve any food here (though I think you can bring anything you want from outside).

This place is definitely worth visiting, and there's no doubt I'll be back.

Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I came here once during a day trip to Santa Cruz and I cannot wait to return. SARA is located at the tail end of a quiet street running along the highway, just before the trailer park. But once you enter the tap room you feel like you should be in the middle of the countryside, at the top of a long and winding road, surrounded by farmland and livestock. (I guess the number of dogs that came in and out were the closest thing to this.) The vibe here just feels right—so warm and welcoming, even for those who arrived solo. I’m not even going to rave about the beers—except to say that they are all worth the hype, and then some. Growler fills for everyone, too. Looking forward to great things from these good folks.

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, CA
100 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.