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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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BEER AVG
4.13/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
106
Reviews:
496
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
172
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
3.33%
 
 
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0
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Sante Adairius Rustic AlesSante Adairius Rustic Ales
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

103 Kennedy Dr
Capitola, California, 95010-3640
United States

(831) 295-8190 | map
www.santeadairius.com

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Added by illidurit on 01-08-2012

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 172
Reviews by orangesol:
Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Recommended by Ryan when south at FW Barrel Works, Great stop. Broad choice beers on tap- saison; oak fermented grisette; vanilla coffee porter and a robust porter; a kolsch style ale; couple of IPAs; hoppy pale and a dry stout. All available in pints and halves. Add on 750ml bombers of a Farmhouse Noir and the Gristte available for sale/take home. Well it was easy to sit back and enjoy some serious tasting.
Place samallish, but seated about 5-6 at bar and various tables and comfortable chairs in two rooms. About 20 people when I was there @ 5ish on a Tuesday.
Jay behind bar was very open to discussing beers and even offered a quick walk in back/brewery area. Busy taking care of people and of course regulars...but still great with Q&A, etc. Crowd very energetic and friendly...one offered me a seat at bar by moving her group down a seat. Very cool. She later helped me nail down a place to eat afterwards (Gayles' Bakery). Again very cool. Helped make it a special visit. By the way...Gayle's was awesome as a gourmet deli as well as great bakery...and only a few minutes away.
Highly recommended if driving to/by Capitola

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Glad to have visited and glad I beat the rush because this place got packed quickly.

I didn't have the best service experience, mostly because of the awkward behavior of the bartender when I asked to buy a few bottles. His attitude seemed to disapprove of me wanting bottles for some odd reason and I had to brush it off. Still felt it was bad form. Not sure if that's something all people deal with or if I was special. I am confident I did nothing more than politely request bottles.

Anyhow, I was able to get three half pours in lieu of samples and enjoyed the beers. They make excellent beers. Finding some bottles to go was a bonus of course.

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Photo of Alequine
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Big time brewery in a small obscure NOCAL coastal town. I'm sure the locals don't want the secret to get out, but this brewery is just outstanding. This review won't help their cause. This brewery specializes in an assortment of sours, saisons, and makes the gambit of other beers. . Half and full pours are available from a tap list of about 10 beers. This brewery has a small tasting room - not sure how this works on a weekend. The vibe is cool. People are just cool. The bartender was just cool. Their were not many people there when my wife and I went. I raved to the bartender about their beer and she introduced me to the head bartender. No real outdoor space which is one of my pet peeves for a brew pub or tap room but the nice California weather made it nice to drink outside and out front of the business and again they were just cool about it.

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Photo of reggggg
3.14/5  rDev -30.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.25

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bcmac983
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of South2NW
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Claydoe4
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of RollBounce
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Beerbom
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Super chill place. Wish my navigation system wouldn't keep trying to take me thru a mobile home park with no through street. All beers here are well crafted but they're lacking stouts in terms of selection. We all know what their niche is so we won't hold that against them. There's no restaurant service (food) made here but they apparently have food avail frequently through outside restaurants etc. employees and patrons slime are really chillaxed here in this dog friendly environment. Highly recommend this place.

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Photo of Stacey_kock
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of gfunk1121
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of lfc8
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of dwagner003
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dmk82
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of zachlyon
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CAcker
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Coldstorage
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Great vibe. Very relaxed place and if you are there any day but a bottle release there is probably enough room to get comfortable.

Quality is flawless. Everything they do, they are at the top of their game. Who else has american wild ales and their hop game so locked in?

Only place I can ding them is service. Losing a quarter point for a certain surly employee and a full point for not retooling their club... Been going here for years and spent thousands of dollars but I still have to watch Cellar members picking up their Westly and other beers and just wonder what they will taste like because I wasn't cool enough to be invited. :( I'm sure its a lot of fun for members but a lot of very loyal customers are starting to feel pretty left out. They should at least put that stuff on tap at some point so other supporters can share in the full SARA experience.

Selection is top notch. Something on the board for everyone!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The place is a must visit for beer lovers as it is not too far away from San Francisco! It offers a very good selection of beers in a very laid back and relaxing atmosphere!

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Photo of Floydster
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

First of all, thank you to Adair for being such a great host to my wife and I, and telling me the story of this unique brewery. SARA (Sante Adairius Rustic Ales) as the locals refer to it, is located right off Highway 1 in the small town of Capitola. They are in a small business area with a health food/drink store and an urban winery. They had a very cool and large mural painted on the wall across from them showcasing their love for dogs. They do not serve food, this is simply a tasting room and brewery set up, but you can bring in your own and Aptos Street BBQ just down Highway 1 does bring food often.
It has only been three years and this place already has five foeders of all shapes and sizes. It is quite impressive on the amount of equipment and barrels that they have fit into this tiny space. They started as essentially one tiny warehouse unit and have since expanded to three, but they will need more room soon to keep up with demand in the near future. Their days of hand bottling each pallet at a time will soon end when they get a unique secondhand line from Pasadena in the next few months. I always like to hear a brewery story where somebody goes out on a whim, funds the whole thing themselves with their savings account, and just goes for it without outside funding. SARA has managed to turn a little start up into a full-fledged brewery that is getting national recognition.
The number of different bottled beers they have released during these few years is mind blowing. People around the industry have gone nuts for their multitude of sour offerings. They also have quite a house yeast built up consisting of five different Brett strains in addition to Lacto. I found that they also have a membership club, which costs $275 per year and offers twelve beers to its members, most of them exclusively made just for the club. It is similar to clubs currently ran by The Bruery, Rare Barrel, Fifty Fifty, Libertine, and Casa Agria. There is a currently a waiting list you can sign up for in the tasting room.
The place had a nice mix of locals, beer geeks, and tourists seeking out a quality craft beer destination. I like that they gear their beers towards the local audiences and have a community feel. They have partnered with a local restaurant on a special beer only available there, did a notable collaboration with Cellarmaker Brewing Company in San Francisco, and even offered a keg of 831 IPA at Modern Times’ Festival of Dankness earlier this year. Also, they just collaborated with Pennsylvania’s Tired Hands Brewing Company, in addition to Vermont’s wonderchild brewery, Hill Farmstead, on “Works of Love.”
SARA typically keeps ten beers on draft at all times with six taps up front and four right around the side. When I was there, they offered two different IPAs, a bitter, pale ale, porter, tripel, four grain saison, coffee stout, and two tart saison blends. Simpleton, their IPA with Galaxy hops, was my favorite from the day. They managed to avoid the vegetal and onion flavor that the hop usually gives off. It was one of the better hoppy beers I have ever tasted along the Central Coast. SARA also offers tasteful clothing to purchase, growlers of their hoppy beers, and usually a different bottle or two to go, in which the offering changes a couple times a week. They sell out quite fast! In addition to their draft offerings I sampled during my visit this past weekend, I sampled Appreciation.

Appreciation, their red wine barrel aged boysenberry sour, is delicious. The color is a medium to deep red with a bubbly light pink head. The aroma is boysenberry, red grapes, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, faint pineapple, and hay-like funk. The taste is nice oak up front, mild berries with a light citrus backbone, wild yeast flavors increasing as it warms, and a barrel character that keeps you coming back for more. The mouthfeel is prickly with strong carbonation, a medium body, and very well hidden alcohol. This is a fantastic representation of a fruited sour.

I look forward to trying more of their beers in the future. I can honestly say that if I lived in the area, I would be there at least one day a week. It is a great place to drink a beer in a great little town. In addition, their Nonna’s Blend, CASK 200, and SARA Loves Brett series would definitely be worth checking in each time a new one released. I myself will be getting on the waiting list to become a SARA beer club member in the future. This brewery has solid year round offerings coupled with an endless number of one off bottles and blends, which is just the equation to survive and prosper in this rapidly growing business of craft beer. SARA is here to stay, and their next steps will be to find enough space to fulfill their growing customer demand. There are a top notch operation in a quaint little coastal town!

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Photo of tshanahan
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

SARA is in my hometown and really put it on the map in the beer world. Although there are many breweries in Santa Cruz this one is the crown jewel. The AWAs are were it's at, for me. Smooth, chill vibe. Even see Adair running around picking up glasses. Very amazing beer from a very amazing group.

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Photo of mecmd
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, CA
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