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The Brewhouse

The BrewhouseThe Brewhouse

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 114
Beer Avg: 3.63

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
89
very good

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.42%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

229 W Montecito St
Santa Barbara, California, 93101
United States
phone: (805) 884-4664

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(Place added by: bcm119)
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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
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JayTheFinn

California

3.83/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

Booths, tables, a couple bars and beer garden along the front make up the varied seating at the Brewhouse. It's fairly large and can get noisey when it's busy.

The beer was good to great. The brewmaster has given the patron numerous choices in numerous styles: pale ales, blondes, a porter, Belgiums, etc. There's also other microbrews offered in bottles.

The food menu was large and varied, with lunch and happy hour specials.

The service we received was excellent, especially for a busy Friday night. Our waitress checked on us quite a few times regardless of the fact that she was running around crazy.

I set the "value" at "reasonable", but that's relative to Santa Barbara where everything is a little more expensive than average. So here in SB a $14 salad isn't considered all that much. Apparently everyone but me is making big bucks around here.

Original Ratings (5-20-06): 3.5/4.0/4.5/4.5/4.0

***

(2-6-08)

I've been back a few times since my first visit, so I figured I ought to update the ol' review here.

The atmosphere (vibe) is laid back and relaxed. This is a "chill" kinda spot off the beaten path (State Street). It's a good place to get away from the crowds...unfortunately it seems many other people feel the same way, so it ironically can get crowded now and then.

The beer quality is some of the best in town and the surrounding area. It was when I first came here and it's never lagged since.

The service gets a bit spotty now and then. But on occasion the brewer or an assistant will be roaming about, chatting, which is nice to see at a brewpub.

The selection can be a little sparse. I think that may be because they focus on crafting a small handful of brews and tend to push those as opposed to carrying a large stock of other brands.

The food's decent, although some menu items are better than others...while some are downright hits with the locals. I'm a fan of their huge shepherds pie.

The value is mostly reasonable, especially when factoring in happy hours and other various specials.

NOTE: The Brewhouse is THE PLACE in Santa Barbara for Octoberfest. It's a dang good time!

05-20-2006 03:45:14 | More by JayTheFinn
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SteveTheDog

California

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Came here after a long hike with our dog, grabbed a seat outside and they were real quick to bring out menus and a dog menu. Whenever I started walking towards the chalkboard of daily taps by the entrance, my server walked out to see how she could help and had good recs. ribs were great, PB pie was delicious, my dog loved the frozen marrow bone and water bowl and beers were great. It was so nice I came back the next day and am writing this review at the bar.

02-06-2014 23:30:47 | More by SteveTheDog
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Bung

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-03-2014 01:47:15 | More by Bung
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GeorgeH

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2013 02:16:49 | More by GeorgeH
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TheMarkE

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

The place to go for Sunday brunch. Good food, whether it's off the menu or off of the weekend buffet. It can get crowded at times, especially on a warm summer day. Service is hit or miss, depending on how busy they are. The staff is usually courteous and helpful but can sometimes get overwhelmed by the volume of customers.

Most of the beers I've had are good. Nothing great, but nothing to complain about either.

If you're a dog owner, bring Fido along and eat on the patio. They even have a separate dog menu.

01-08-2013 22:56:18 | More by TheMarkE
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Stayed at Brisas del Mar and this place was 2 blocks away, so for the location was good. It's easy to miss. It's not the Neighborhood bar on the corner, go past that 1/2 a block. They didn't go for anything fancy with the decor, they just focused on making some outstanding beer. It reminded me of some of the brewpubs I've been to in Colorado Springs, kinda rugged but great product. I had the Dubbel and thought it was fantastic. The nachos were nice, but not Freebird's quality. The next day I came back and had the honey brown, VERY nice. The wait staff seemed decent, not overly chatty though.The beer menu had penty of variety.

If you want a decent brew pub experience, you'll be happy with SB Brewing Company. If you want some amazing beer with eclectic atmosphere, come here.

04-26-2012 02:48:43 | More by DesMoinesMike
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $

Went here for a pint (no food) to check the place out. A little out of the way from the normal tourist areas of SB.

The atmosphere in here is definitely the low point. The place is fairly run down and normally would be a place that I would walk right by without even considering going in to it for a beer.

The beer selection was quote impressive. I had a porter that was quite tasty. The selection contained about 12 or so beers and included a pilsener, apricot wheat, porter, IPA, DIPA, Saison, a couple of other Belgian style beers and one or two others that escape my mind.

Prices were very good - $4.50 for my pint. Service was friendly but didn't seem too interested in talking about the beer with me.

07-09-2011 17:54:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Offa

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Of the two brewpubs we visited in Santa Barbara, this is by far the better. It’s across Hwy 101, just outside downtown, so is more out of the way and less showy, but the place itself is nice. It has some good outdoor seating and inside, although nothing really special or artistic, seems honest and friendly. Although loud, it is loud in a comfortable way of people truly having a good time with friends and family, enjoying good food and beer, not of loud people showing off.

The beer is not outstanding, but it is very good, solid, flavourful, and holding up well to the food. It also has some good guest selections and some Belgian beers which we didn't try.

The food itself is very good, several notches above normal brewpub fare in terms of both quality and variety of choices. The menu is large with a number of more thoughtful, interesting, and creative dishes and everything that we had was prepared very well. Service, even when exceedingly busy, has been both friendly and efficient.

06-17-2011 21:14:27 | More by Offa
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t0rin0

California

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Visited 3 times over the past couple years. Always enjoy stopping in to try the new ticks. They have something like 15 taps going all the time.

The place is divided into a couple rooms, one with just tables and one large room with the bar and on Saturdays a stage for a live band.

The place can get loud and busy but is still roomy enough to be comfortable. It's kind of hidden off the side of the freeway on a dark street that seems to have a number of popular bars.

The beer is all over the place. Some decent some not. To date I've tried 24 different beers from them and those cover about 15 different styles. Definitely an interesting place to visit.

03-21-2011 00:08:07 | More by t0rin0
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ndolover

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$

The Brewhouse is right off the highway and very easy to find. However, I did see a drug deal while passing the gas station nearby. It has nice patio area and is located next to another bar.

Inside the place is like a well worn shoe. We sat ourselves and were greated prompty. Service was laid back but attentive.

The beer menu had everything you would expect (Milk Stout, IPA, Brown Ale) and some that you would not (Jalepeno Pilsner, XXXXChristmas beer). I thought the beers were well executed and had some variation of selection. I did not note a beer engine.

The food was average at best. However, the did have an eclectic selection.

While I would not go out of my way to visit The Brew house, I certainly reccomend it to anyone in the area!

12-16-2010 04:20:38 | More by ndolover
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The Brewhouse in Santa Barbara, CA
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.