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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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4.5
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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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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 172
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 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 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 Getalegup
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I liked this place. I stopped by on a road trip. I talked with bartender, some locals, got a quick tour and tried a couple of beers. There wasn't a big bottle release going on so the place was quite pleasant.
I imagine that it would be super crowded during a popular release.

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nice spot just outside of Santa Cruz (in Capitola). Good beer with relatively limited seating. If possible, get there early in the day when they open!

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Not really a place that you'd happen to be by to drop in at but worth a stop if you're headed to Monterey or Santa Cruz from the Bay Area or to the Bay from SoCal.
It's a tiny place but I guess if I think of the tasting area in the scope of say, Russian River, it's maybe 1/3-1/2 the size, so not too tiny.
There were I'd say eight to ten beers on-tap and three available in bottles, of which one was only for on-site consumption and while the half/full pour prices varied (both very reasonable given the quality of the beer) the bottles were $17/750ml.
It was packed, especially as we were leaving, but the counter servers weren't snotty or in any way rude, which was nice. I think it could have something to do with the fact the customers know the beer and it;s not a "LETS GET DRUNK" type of place.
There were bbq menus but I'm not sure if the food came from a grill in the same complex (the location is pretty odd) or they delivered, but it was BBQ and looked good.
No reservations about stopping in again what so ever. I'm starting to get into the sour crazy and this place fed my thirst 100%

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Photo of chrisjws
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of JamLand
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of dbannister
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Thebrewracho
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 deford
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 Wowcoolman
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 ronricorossi
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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 cmo805
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 -18.9%
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 +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Uncleserg
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +6.4%
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 +2.4%
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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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, CA
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