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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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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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Added by illidurit on 01-08-2012

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
176
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
3.33%
 
 
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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 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 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 John_M
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Had been meaning to visit this "new to me," well regarded brewery tasting room in Capitola/Santa Cruz county, and on Sunday finally got the chance.

Located just a mile or so from New Brighton State Park and beach, the tasting room is a fairly small, no frills affair, with just a few tables and chairs and benches inside, and then a smallish, roped in patio area as well. It was a typical beautiful day in Santa Cruz, and so a number of folks were sitting with their beers in the sunshine on the far building wall as well. Just because this place is located in Santa Cruz I always seem to end up giving places there a bump in the atmosphere score, just because invariably, the weather and outside air temp are always that glorious.

As for the beer, after sampling the farmhouse IPA (reminding me very much of Stillwater brewing's "why can't IBU," but decidedly hoppier and superior, IMHO), two saisons, the west coast IPA and coffee and honey infused imperial stout, I quickly understood what all the fuss is about (a lot of friends have recommended this place very highly). The stout, I believe, is actually listed as a collaborative effort with the excellent tired hands brewery in Pa., and truth be told, the saisons and farmhouse ale did remind me somewhat of some of the Tired Hands beers I've enjoyed in SEPA. Anyway, suffice it to say that everything is well made and worth checking out at Sante Adairius, and I was very happy we made the stop by.

Service was good, but fairly limited as well. The guys working here are knowledgeable and friendly, but service otherwise consists of walking up to the bar, ordering your beer, and then taking your beer back outside or to a table or bench area. As for selection, on this day they had 7 beers on draft (also a pale ale and a porter), then they also poured some of their bottled rum barrel aged sour dubbel. According to their facebook page, it had just been released the prior Saturday, but was already sold out at the brewery (in case there was any doubt about the popularity of their beers). I actually wasn't all that impressed with the sour dubbel (the guys graciously opened up a bottle and passed around samples to the crowd), as I didn't think the rum went well with the sour dubbel flavor profile (which surprised me, as I quite like Cascades rum barrel aged Tangerine Dream). It wasn't terrible, and my guess is that sour fans will dig it just fine, but it just wasn't my particular cup of tea.

As for prices, I thought they were all right. Most everything comes in a 12 ounce tulip I believe, and prices range from $4 to $7, though you can get half pours as well for half the price (which is what we did so we could try more than a couple different beers). Anyway, our 5 half glasses of the two saisons, the IPA, the farmhouse ale and the stout came to $17, which I thought was pretty reasonable. Everything we tried was pretty excellent, with my favorite the Farmhouse ale/IPA.

To the best of my knowledge, they don't serve any food here (though I think you can bring anything you want from outside).

This place is definitely worth visiting, and there's no doubt I'll be back.

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Photo of dpkpr
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Entered the address into the nav and was certain that it was going to send me driving into somebody's back yard. We twisted through neighborhoods and finally into an unassuming set of buildings housing service businesses. And then there was SARA. Unlike everywhere else in Capitola, there was ample parking. Going in, that was one of our big concerns, because traffic and parking in the rest of the town really are terrible. So this was a big win.

Entered the small bar area and were happy to see one open barrel table, which we grabbed. The noise from the late afternoon crowd was comfortably buzzing, not overwhelming. We were disappointed that they were out of their 831 IPA, so had a half-fill of the DIPA and a full-fill of the cracked wheat stout. Both were very good. They had about a half dozen beers on tap and a couple bottles were available. I wouldn't say prices are a steal, but they were reasonable.

This isn't something that the owners really can control, but I'm not wild about having bunches of kids running around when I'm trying to enjoy a chill brewery taproom experience. The two don't go together in my mind and I find myself constantly wondering what kind of memories these kids are going to have in 10 years about their childhood. People: take your kids to the park or down to the beach. Take them for a walk or a fun drive along the coast. Having other people's kids looking sad and bored at me while their parents socialize and basically ignore them stresses me out. We have found that these brewery children are a staple of NorCal breweries, so I would love to encourage more kid-UNfriendly breweries.

No food. I always think that nuts, pretzels and chips would be a no-brainer, so I don't get why a place like this doesn't offer them.

I definitely recommend visiting. The brewers clearly take great care and pride in the quality of their beers.

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Photo of roshambo74
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

I went to Sante Adairius for the first time yesterday. I really enjoyed it. They have a great patio area outside and space inside to sit and have a brew. It is kid friendly so if you have a wee one and are worried don't be and don't feel like you have to miss out on this great spot in the Bay. Can't wait to go back. Cheers.

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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 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 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 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 bradybeer
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Located out of the way a little, but not too far off the 1. The tasting room/bar is located in a mini office park.

The bar is right in the front with offererings on a chalk board. There are some seasts at the bar and a few table inside, and weather permitting outside.

Been here three times. My favorites are the 831 IPA, Love's Amour, Harvest Blond, Adjunct Professor, and a black IPA.

The service has been very good, with owner/brewer Tim oftwn serving up pints with his wife Adair.

This is the best place to chill over a few beers in the Santa Cruz area. Other brewers such as Sountain Cruz Aleworks, and Uncommon Brewers could be this as well. But alas, this is THE destination in Santa Cruz.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was hyped to hear that a new nanobrewery was opening in Capitola, and after some delays I have to say that they exceeded my expectations. Tim and Adair are really nice people who put their hearts into making something special, and it shows. Even though the place is tiny (seats about 16 or so), it has a nice open ambiance with good music always playing and simple decorations highlighting the raw ingredients used in the brewing process. 6 taps as of now, with the lineup always changing but all their creations are loosely Belgian/farmhouse inspired and delicious. Make sure to try the Brewer's Beard and Nonna's Blend if possible, and look out for bottles to hit the local markets soon. A great start for a great local brewery making unique and tasty beers!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A small brewery located in an industrial area in Capitola. The owners are fantastic people, I got to know Tim a bit when he worked at Seven Bridges. The tasting room is quite small, a few tables and chairs. They also usually put some tables out in the parking lot out in front of the brewery. They usually have 4-6 beers on tap and a couple of bottles available. They do growler fills but because of limited supply they usually only have one of their beers available for growler fills. They have also had problems having beers available for tasting but seem to have more supply lately. They also just posted some pictures on their Facebook page of several large fermenters being unloaded so it looks like their capacity will be increasing shortly. No food.

The beer is fantastic. Their 831 IPA is great. They make a lot of different saisons. They have relationships with a lot of wine makers which allows them to age a lot of stuff in wine barrels. It will be fun to follow them as they grow as they have already developed quite a following.

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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 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 Zythophile
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

There's not much else around – tucked in a corner next to the freeway – so the crowd it draws is dedicated to the product, and what a product. I was there on a Sunday evening, and I could sit at a proper table, a re-purposed barrel, or the bar.

The service was pretty good. I got a couple of half-servings, then sampled a few more before filling a growler. Talked to both employees staffing the counter. I really wanted bottles, though. Maybe they'll scale up and take more of my money someday.

I went to Aptos St. BBQ afterwards, and they had even more SARA on tap, so that's another option for you.

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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 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 easong
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of gueuzegossage
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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 orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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 wethorseblanket
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
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 bignuke61
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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%
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 LaneMeyer
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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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