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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic AlesSante Adairius Rustic Ales
Based on:
101 Beers
5,245 Hads
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 38
Visits: 155
Avg: 4.53
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: 38 | Visits: 155
Photo of tshanahan
5/5  rDev +10.4%
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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5/5  rDev +10.4%


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Photo of dbannister
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Matt_Ortiz
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Uncleserg
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
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 ronricorossi
4.8/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of metalfacedave
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of deford
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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Photo of Thebrewracho
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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Photo of AptosBeerDrinker
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of 82300sd
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
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 notchucknorris
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Coldstorage
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
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 After1am
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
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 shangwang
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 LaneMeyer
4.53/5  rDev 0%
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 bignuke61
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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 wethorseblanket
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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 orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
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 gueuzegossage
4.44/5  rDev -2%
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 easong
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, CA
98 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.