Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic AlesSante Adairius Rustic Ales
BEER AVG
4.18/5
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95 Beers
360 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 33
Visits: 142
rAvg: 4.5
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: 33 | Visits: 142
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (3,150 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of Matt_Ortiz
4.86/5  rDev +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!!! (487 characters)

Photo of roshambo74
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of gueuzegossage
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,609 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of easong
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of 82300sd
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of bradybeer
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of bignuke61
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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! (530 characters)

Photo of afrokaze
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
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! (762 characters)

Photo of AptosBeerDrinker
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (549 characters)

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, CA
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