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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic AlesSante Adairius Rustic Ales
Based on:
92 Beers
4,793 Hads
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 34
Visits: 148
Avg: 4.51
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

Place added by: illidurit on 01-08-2012

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Reviews: 34 | Visits: 148
Photo of ronricorossi
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%


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Photo of teamchevymxer
3.65/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Uncleserg
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
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+

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Photo of metalfacedave
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of After1am
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of shangwang
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of dpkpr
4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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 wethorseblanket
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Matt_Ortiz
4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went to Sante for the first time yesterday and was very impressed. What a great place to go and have some awesome brews. Small tasting room with a few tables and stools as well as small area out front. Listings on the chalk board and you're treated like family when you walk in. Selections range from 3-8 on tap and possible growler fill and if you're really lucky bottle(s) to go. Can't go wrong with anything they serve. No food here but you can bring your own and sharing is caring!!!

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Photo of roshambo74
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

I went to Sante Adairius for the first time yesterday. I really enjoyed it. They have a great patio area outside and space inside to sit and have a brew. It is kid friendly so if you have a wee one and are worried don't be and don't feel like you have to miss out on this great spot in the Bay. Can't wait to go back. Cheers.

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Photo of gueuzegossage
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

My first place review as I have to give props to Tim and Adair for doing it right.
Atmosphere - smallish inside with wine barrel tables and a few bar seats. Outside is small as well(basically 3 parking spaces). It's cordoned off by some wine barrels and rope. Simple and clean which is good to see.
Quality- They've been open for a year and have already put out some of the best sours I've had from the U.S. Their IPA is really tasty and crisp and their porters and stouts are fantastic and drinkable.
Service - Everyone that walks through the doors is like their family. They talk to everyone equally and are extremely humble. Last week was Tim birthday and everyone in there sang Happy Birthday to him and had some cake. Awesome
Selection- Because it's such a small brewery and hasn't been open for too long the selections are sometimes hit or miss. Everything they have is good which makes the choices easier but there are sometimes 3 beers on tap or as many as 8. Growler fills are usually only 1 offering although I've seen 2 as well as none. They are undergoing a fair sized expansion now so I expect the selections to improve in the coming months.
No food sold there but you can bring your own and eat there. I've been there when someone buys a few pizzas and everyone gets a slice which is cool.
Value- Everything is very inexpensive given the quality. They offer full and half pours on all the beers and the bottles for takeaway are only $18 which is a steal. Growler fills are also $18 i believe and they'll fill any standard growler.

Huge thank you to the owners for doing such an incredible job.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A small brewery located in an industrial area in Capitola. The owners are fantastic people, I got to know Tim a bit when he worked at Seven Bridges. The tasting room is quite small, a few tables and chairs. They also usually put some tables out in the parking lot out in front of the brewery. They usually have 4-6 beers on tap and a couple of bottles available. They do growler fills but because of limited supply they usually only have one of their beers available for growler fills. They have also had problems having beers available for tasting but seem to have more supply lately. They also just posted some pictures on their Facebook page of several large fermenters being unloaded so it looks like their capacity will be increasing shortly. No food.

The beer is fantastic. Their 831 IPA is great. They make a lot of different saisons. They have relationships with a lot of wine makers which allows them to age a lot of stuff in wine barrels. It will be fun to follow them as they grow as they have already developed quite a following.

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Photo of easong
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Brewery and tasting room well off the beaten path. What a gem. Creative styles, always fresh, nice folks, stools and benches around barrels. Growler and bomber sales, not otherwise distributed. The 831 IPA is my favorite -- exploding with citrusy hop aroma and not overly bitter on the back end -- could drink this by the half gallon. Oh wait I do.

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Photo of 82300sd
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A fine establishment! Went there 2 weeks ago for the 1st time, and tonight was my 2nd visit. If you live in Santa Cruz County, we are very lucky to have this kind of brewery in our own backyard!!! The beers are fantastic. I've only tried 6 of them, but they have all been excellent. You should visit even if you are not a beer drinker (try the Anais for non-beer drinkers). The Anais and Brewer's Beard so far are my favorites. The 831 IPA is right up there with Pliny the Elder from Russian River. I can totally see Sante Adairius growing out of their current location very quickly. If Sante Adairius were a stock trading publicly, I would be loading up on call options.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Located out of the way a little, but not too far off the 1. The tasting room/bar is located in a mini office park.

The bar is right in the front with offererings on a chalk board. There are some seasts at the bar and a few table inside, and weather permitting outside.

Been here three times. My favorites are the 831 IPA, Love's Amour, Harvest Blond, Adjunct Professor, and a black IPA.

The service has been very good, with owner/brewer Tim oftwn serving up pints with his wife Adair.

This is the best place to chill over a few beers in the Santa Cruz area. Other brewers such as Sountain Cruz Aleworks, and Uncommon Brewers could be this as well. But alas, this is THE destination in Santa Cruz.

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Photo of bignuke61
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I can only say that I wish this place was closer to me! The place is small but clean, charming, laid back, and makes you want to just hang out all afternoon. The beer is very good and rotates all the time (they post the daily tap list so you can keep up) with a seemingly endless array of takes on different styles. Tim and Adair are incredibly nice and walk around chatting and making sure you are having a great time.

I intend to refill my growler(s) every single time I am in Capitola... which may have to be a lot more often!

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Photo of afrokaze
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was hyped to hear that a new nanobrewery was opening in Capitola, and after some delays I have to say that they exceeded my expectations. Tim and Adair are really nice people who put their hearts into making something special, and it shows. Even though the place is tiny (seats about 16 or so), it has a nice open ambiance with good music always playing and simple decorations highlighting the raw ingredients used in the brewing process. 6 taps as of now, with the lineup always changing but all their creations are loosely Belgian/farmhouse inspired and delicious. Make sure to try the Brewer's Beard and Nonna's Blend if possible, and look out for bottles to hit the local markets soon. A great start for a great local brewery making unique and tasty beers!

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Photo of AptosBeerDrinker
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I really can't say enough good things about this place. After following their progress for what feels like years, they opened Memorial Day 2012 weekend and boy was the wait worth it.

If you are a fan of Belgian style beers, especially those of the barrel aged and Sour Variety, you owe it to yourself to make a trip. Taps seem to rotate often. The location is out of the way and understated but extremely comfortable. In my opinion, this little brewery is the best in Santa Cruz County and can hold it's own with the heavy hitters in the Bay Area.

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, CA
98 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.