Anacapa Brewing Company

Anacapa Brewing CompanyAnacapa Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

472 E. Main Street
Ventura, California, 93001
United States

(805) 643-BEER | map

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 27
Photo of HighOctane
4.38/5  rDev +31.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.63/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.33/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2

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.

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Anacapa Brewing Company in Ventura, CA
3.48 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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