Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Sante Adairius Rustic AlesSante Adairius Rustic Ales
BA SCORE
96.2%
Liked Their Beers
4.16 w/ 6,859 ratings
Sante Adairius Rustic AlesSante Adairius Rustic Ales
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

103 Kennedy Dr
Capitola, California, 95010-3640
United States

(831) 295-8190 | map
santeadairius.com

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Added by illidurit on 01-08-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
116
Reviews:
633
Ratings:
6,859
Liked:
6,600
Average:
4.16/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
98.4%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
193
Liked:
190
Avg:
4.64/5
pDev:
7.11%
 
 
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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -12.5%
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 dwagner003
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
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 BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I was on vacation and visited Monterey with family and decided to stop at Sante Adairus Rustic Ales on our way back north to Fremont. The interior is small but cool with art and different types of seating like a long table or barrel to sit and drink next to. the selection is very good with stout, wild ale, IPA and barrel aged beer represented and the quality is very high in the choices I was able to sample. I found the Service both to be efficient and friendly I recommend this place to anyone who likes full flavored and intense yet well crafted beer. I was able to purchase 3 750ml bottles for take out of Brett Saison which was a nice bonus.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of spointon
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev -3%
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 BarrelAgedG
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Floydster
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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 chrisjws
4.26/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Spaceman_Jer
4.23/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BeerBucks
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of bradybeer
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
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 vfgccp
4.87/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ArkyVaughan
4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mecmd
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I came here once during a day trip to Santa Cruz and I cannot wait to return. SARA is located at the tail end of a quiet street running along the highway, just before the trailer park. But once you enter the tap room you feel like you should be in the middle of the countryside, at the top of a long and winding road, surrounded by farmland and livestock. (I guess the number of dogs that came in and out were the closest thing to this.) The vibe here just feels right—so warm and welcoming, even for those who arrived solo. I’m not even going to rave about the beers—except to say that they are all worth the hype, and then some. Growler fills for everyone, too. Looking forward to great things from these good folks.

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of JamLand
4.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola, CA
Brewery rating: 96.2% out of 100 with 6,859 ratings
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