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Anacapa Brewing Company

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Anacapa Brewing CompanyAnacapa Brewing Company

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 50
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

472 E. Main Street
Ventura, California, 93001
United States
phone: (805) 643-BEER

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Photo of oxnard111
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

One of my favorite spots. Been eating here for years, but more recently started to appreciate their beers more.

This place is awesome. Very homey feel. Restaurant is clean, well kept. Atmosphere lively, but never overly loud. You can always carry a conversation. They rotate awesome artwork in and out of the place. Located in a 100+ year old brick building.

Wait staff, bartenders, and hostesses are very friendly. Service is always top notch. Never have to wait for service, refills, or to order another beer. They have a decent wine selection for non beer drinkers too.

Food is killer. I usually order the same thing, but last night ordered the Fillet Medallions with a chipotle mushroom sauce. Was very very tasty. Meat was cooked exactly as I ordered it.

I haven't tried any of the appetizers, but the salads, sandwiches, and pizzas are killer. My all time favorite from there is the Ojai chicken sandwich. Add roasted red peppers to the sandwich and you have one of my all time meals from anywhere. The burger selection is extensive. The secret sauce on the burgers is awesome.

The price for what I get is up there. No doubt about it.

Guest beer right now is Stone IPA on tap.

Last night I also had Anacapa's Two Trees Double IPA. Was killer. 10oz pours only. I would love to review it, but I need to meet the 20 review minimum before I can add a new brew.

Long live Anacapa.

oxnard111, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of HighOctane
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%

Reviewed in the margins of my Racing Form at lunch on while handicapping horses.
I have been here before during prior ownership and a few time since the new owners and brewer took over. The change has been noticeable both in atmosphere and beer quality. If you get Johnny as the bartender you are lucky, the guy is personable as hell. On Friday and Saturday nights, the place is packed with a great crowd.
The day I was there I got to try their Maple Nut Brown on cask. Amazing flavor.
The lunch menu is well priced with lots of choices under $10. My favorite dish is the Pasta Segreto con Pollo, a dish which was only served to kitchen staff in the past.
Other than BJ's in Oxnard, this is only place brewing in Ventura County and definitely worth supporting.

HighOctane, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +17%

On E Main Street between S Oak and California Streets, this was yet another place that did not exist when I was stationed here.

An archway on Main Street had a short patio fronted by a short iron railing. The entry was left with the m.d.s. just inside still to the left with a short wood and wrought iron wall separating the bar from the restaurant area. The left wall was exposed brick with local art. High circular tables and chairs ran up the centerline. The right wall was likewise exposed brick with art, 4 SVs, the brewhouse, 4 FVs, the outward-bowed, cement-topped bar. All of the way aft was a mural of hops plants, followed by a pathway back to the lavs. Johnny was our excellent server, bringing my C/S hostess a replacement sandwich when she could not stomach eggplant.

Beers: Santa Cruz Cream Ale; Pierpont IPA; Santa Rosa Red; Pinniped Porter; C Street Wheat.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Cfield76
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Cfield76, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Reviewed on a beautiful Saturday in January (01/24/09 to be exact).

My girlfriend & I stopped here on a whim while through downtown Ventura. Well, sort of on a whim - we are always on the lookout for brewpubs, but were trawling for food at that particular time.

Let 's get down to business:

Nice crowd on a Saturday around 2:30pm - approx 10-12 people.

They have a long bar on the right & ample tables (both low & high) to the left. The whole place is narrow (as most downtown establishments are). TVs are strategically placed for the sports enthusiast.

The brewing equipment are right there behind the bar, lending to a slight mildew/mold odor. The odor is soon forgotten though.

The food is quite good. A lot of thought went into the menu. We both had the pulled pork sandwiches. Delicious. Fries were also excellent.

At the time, they had 5 of their own brews & 2 guests on tap. Between us, we had all five. The Espresso Stout was the fav. The Red was notable as well. I'd skip the C Street Wheat.

We'll be back. You should visit. Bring friends. The staff was very nice.

ILikeGoodCider, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Rsquaredatx
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

We went on a weekday early afternoon. Once we got service, the waitress was very attentive. Both the SW Cobb salad and garden veggie pizza were great. Beer selection was limited and house brews were very "safe". We tried the Santa Rosa red, Pierpont IPA, and Harvest Pumpkin. All were acceptable, but nothing much above average.

There are 3 TVs and various seating options. WIFI was free and dogs are allowed outside. Staff was friendly to us as visitors.

We left in search of tastier beer.

Rsquaredatx, Nov 29, 2012
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

Having spent the last 4 days on Santa Cruz Island, my fiance and I opt to stick around Ventura to hang out, unwind, and let the LA traffic die down before we make our trek back to the OC. After dinner we're walking back to our care and my girl sees the Anacapa Brewing sign.... I am excited.

The inside is attractive, nice local bar type feel. As soon as we walk in the door we are greeted by a gentleman, manager or co-owner I assume.

I'm dead tired, belly full of food, all I can do is throw back a taster flight. Started with the Golden Ale, and was pleasantly surprised. Usually the beer I dislike the most at brewpubs really seemed to work here. Nice balance of hops and malts, clean, crisp, definitely a summer time session brew. Also worth noting were the Pinniped Porter and Pierpoint IPA. Overall, the beer was slightly above average. nothing extraordinary. A great place to stop in if you're in the area. I know the next time we go to the Channel Islands we will be stopping here again for sure.

Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

SoCalBeerBabe, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of CAcker
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

CAcker, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of 86sportster883
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

I stopped here for dinner on my way back to LA from Santa Barbara and was glad that I did. It was 8pm on a Thursday night, and the bar was full, the restaurant busy.

On tap:

Hurricane Hefeweizen (OK),
Smoked Porter (described as chocolate malt backed by a hint of smokiness, but I thought it tasted more like I was sucking on a piece of bacon),
Santa Rosa Red (OK),
Barleywine (the most interesting beer of the lot, with a smooth mouthfeel and a caramel sweetness that skillfully balanced the 9.2% abv),
Pierpont IPA ( a good hoppy west coast IPA )

Brewmaster: Adam Ball

Coming Soon: Ebenezer Winter Ale, Espresso Stout and Offshore Amber

The place is one long rectangular room with a tiny patio dining area out front. Inside there is a single long bar that runs almost the full length of the room. Fermentation tanks, brewing equipment and serving tanks line the wall behind the bar, and tables run the length of the other. The crowd ranged from 30 somethings to folks in their 40's and 50's.

The food was certainly better than average. I had broiled Ono with a pineapple salsa topping that was pretty good, but the fish was a little overcooked and tough. The Ono was served w/a side of polenta that was very good, as was the topping and veggies.

The waitress was pleasant and attentive.

A number of TV's were situated at either end of the bar. Initially there was no audible music as the room's brick walls and concrete floor seemed to amplify every conversation. As the crowd thinned the music became more perceptible and had a modern pop flare. Artwork from local Ventura high school students adorned one of the long walls, and I was pretty impressed by most of it.

I ended the evening with a good strong cup of Jo before heading back to the lights of LA.

86sportster883, Dec 20, 2007
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Anacapa Brewing Company in Ventura, CA
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.