Anacapa Brewing Company
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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.
12-24-2009 19:31:46 | More by woodychandler
3.41/5 rDev -3.4%
Strolled in here on a Saturday afternoon. It was busy with people dining on the patio and the street parking was limited. Walking in is big brick and tanks against the right wall. Bar sits on the right side toward the back of the place. They had good service, about 8 handles on at the time I was in but only had the new IIPA. The server was really pushing his beer hard, borderline pimping it but he was a nice guy. Did not have any food but it looked like standard pub grub. Service was friendly and the vaule was very reasonable. Won't be back though.
08-09-2009 02:22:06 | More by barleywinefiend
2.45/5 rDev -30.6%
Found this place by accident while strolling down Main street waiting for a dinner reservation. Couldn't resist and went in to explore; sat at the bar and inquired about the Anacapa brews on tap, of which there were only three, and three "guest" beers. It's a brewing company - one might reasonably expect a few more of the places own beer!
Beers were modest and "safe" and not all that appealing. I would have preferred a bottle of a known beer, in retrospect.
The IPA was passable although "safe." The Anacapa porter was nice and full of coffee and black chocolate with a nice espresso finish. (None of the beers were over 5.4% abv) The porter tasted just like a nice roasted grain, big coffee/dark chocolate stout, which got me into a conversation with the young woman behind the counter who simply insisted that it was a porter and very distinctive from a stout; although she could not tell me why. Suffice it to say that while the lines between porters and stouts clearly blurr with some brewers (and even by definition) she went out of her way to make me feel like I simply did not have a clue about what I was doing. I simply shut up, went back to my mediocre beer samples, paid and left.
Beer was fine. Attitude of staff was such that I'd not go back in all candor. I might be dumb; I might be stupid and I might not know what the hell I'm doing. However, when I'm a paying customer I don't need a bartender 1/3 my age partronizing me or trying to show me just how dumb I am. Better beers and better places.
09-13-2009 06:00:26 | More by GRG1313
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.
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.
12-20-2007 02:24:27 | More by 86sportster883
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
I stopped here on a rainy Friday evening on my way to SF beer week a couple weeks ago. The building was clean and nice, quiet, and the brewing equipment is behind the bar. I sat at the bar and ordered a set of samples, which was 5 house beers. I tried the:
C Street Wheat Ale (3.3)
Mirage Rye Pale Ale (3.6)
Mission Nut Brown Ale (3.2)
Santa Rosa Red (3.75)
Two Trees Double IPA (3.6)
The food however was quite good. I ordered The Scorcher burger with chipotle mayo, pepper jack cheese, and fried/breaded jalapenos on top of a 1/2 lb(ish) patty. The mayo was so good I asked for a little on the side to dip my fries into. The bill came to about $15 after tax.
The service was very nice but despite the ratio of customers to servers I still ended up flagging the girl down a couple times. I think if I stop in again it would be for the food although it sounds like (according to their website) they have a lot of rotating beers but they only have 5 on at a time.
03-01-2010 20:25:06 | More by t0rin0
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
Visited 03/09/08, Sunday afternoon, about 3:00pm.
The place has a familiar feel: lots of dark wood (though no brass), five TVs tuned to three different sports channels, fermentation vessels behind the bar, local artwork for sale hanging on the walls.
The menu is a bit on the small side, leaning towards sandwiches, pizza and fried appetizers. Pretty much any entree will run you ten dollars and, while the food is relatively good, the serving portions are a bit on the small side. My girlfriend and I had a sandwich each. The pulled pork and The Brooklyn (chicken breast with pesto), both of which she loved but which I thought were only a little better than okay. We split a tasty creme brulee. I had two pints and she a soda. Total after tip: $44.00. Ouch!
So... Six taps. I looked forward to trying all six of their beers. Immediately upon arriving at our table, the waitress informed me that they were out of half their beers. Well, so much for the six beer taster set. They were out of their nut brown, IPA and red rye ales. That left only the Irish style stout, an American wheat and an Irish Red. The three I tried were well-executed but uninspiring.
The server was friendly, speedy and accurate. The food arrived much faster than I would have anticipated.
Overall, it's a nice enough place, but there's really not a lot to distinguish it from a myriad of other similar places up and down the SoCal coast.
03-10-2008 03:23:20 | More by charlzm
2.33/5 rDev -34%
I went here last night for some food and some beer. It is a small joint with a line of brewing equipment down the right, behind the bar and a cramped line of tables on the left.
I ordered a sampler and me and my girlfriend tackled them. they come on a board that looks like a paddle for paddling asses but with circular indentions for little oversized shot glasses of 5 different brews.
They only have their own brew and a few featured ones. They had a red a hefe a PA and Irish-amber? an amber and a stout. They also had the eye of the hawk BW from mendiceno brewing co.
food was nothing great and neither was the beer. I really wanted to like the beverages because i really like beer. It didnt happen and i was not impressed.
03-30-2003 07:46:51 | More by elmocoso
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
The beer here is decent to average. Nothing terribly exciting, but usually passable. Every once in a while they'll have something a little different, but generally they play it safe with pale ales, a stout and a red. This all might sound like a lot of complaining, but honestly this is the best place in this area that I've found. Plus the food it genuinely good and the service is great. There's usually the same bartender there whenever I go and she's a hoot!
If this place doesn't strike your fancy, you could try the faux Irish pub up the street...but you can get Guinness anywhere.
04-01-2006 17:57:38 | More by JayTheFinn
Anacapa Brewing Company in Ventura, CA
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.