Santa Maria Brewing Co.


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Santa Maria Brewing Co.Santa Maria Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar

112 Cuyama Lane
Nipomo, California, 93444
United States

(805) 349-2090

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Callenak:
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3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Santa Maria is where I was born and raised, so I was very happy to see a brewery finally open there. Just a shame they opened up after I moved away, I would have been a regular.

SM Brewing is technically in Nipomo, but Santa Maria has better name recognition and I'm sure the owner got a good deal on the rent is what brought them here. Plus Nipomo is SLO county, so that might have been advantageous. It's off the beaten path right on the SM/Nipomo border. Just exit the 166 east exit and head west. About 1/4 mile down on your right hand side. A cool little spot, very local orientated, no food. They have funky hours so check in advance before you stop by. The owners are friendly guys and not surprisingly, proud of their beer. As far as I know they run the show solo, and work the taps when open.

They have five beers that I know of, an APA, IPA, Amber, Porter (haven't tried it), and a honey blond. The honey blond is very good for the style, especially for a style I normally don't care much for. They've won several awards at the CA state fair for different beers.

All and all, a cool spot and if you are visiting the central coast you should swing by. Not the BEST beer in the world, but very craft orientated, consistently good, and better than pretty much everything else in the area.

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Photo of PriorDoubleDark
3/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Unfortunately, this establishment is no more. I swung by and found it locked up tight. The deli next door is open, and the counter person told me the brewery went out of business. Too bad - it was a funky local spot, and it had a full Boston Fire Department rubber suit hanging from the ceiling.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This review is one of several visits over a 2yr span. This is as local as it gets. Even so local that if you are not part of the "good ol boy club" you will be shunned and outcast. WHile the people who serve are usually cool the other patrons are NOT. No one is outgoing and you pretty much will sit in a dusty corner drinking your beer while everybody else talks about who just got divorced or the local drama. After several stops in here I refuse to buy anything or recommend this place to anyone. The smelly porta potie outside for the guys is a downer, so is the old dusty furniture with broken stools. The decor looks like a redneck Applebees with crap all over the walls. The quality of the beer is average to good and pretty consistent. The service is nothing to complain about. Never really wait on a beer at all. The selection has grown from about 4 handles to about 7 and they are usually a hef, blonde, Ipa, porter, brown ale and so on. No food here but there is some next door.

Overall, it is a place that could be so much more.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

About once or twice a year, I pass through Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo and I try to stop at Santa Maria Brew Co. on every trip. The place is definitely in an outskirts type area, but near the freeway, so it's an easily justifiable stop. The beer is decent and always drinkable and it's safe to say they're not trying to shock anybody with their bold, unorthodox take on brewing. They are there to make sure they can sell the beer that they make and to that end they make good beer, plain and simple. However, it is unique, true to the spirit of the small brewer. You'll find it significantly different from the offerings at the Morro Bay brew pub or Firestone Walker, the nearest other micros. they have no kitchen, but if you happen to show up at the right time, there might be some snacks no hand. Last time I was there, a sandwich shop had opened up next door, serving good tri-tip, so it matters less that they don't serve food. My impression is that Dan and Gary (nice guys, rugged individuals) wished to indulge the more social aspects of brewing and drinking beer so they have taken pains to create a comfortable sitting area in front of the brewery, with a big TV and the kind of manly trophies and wall-clutter (old guns, car parts, militaria, animal parts, etc.) that you see in some old-fashioned taverns. No dollar-bills stuck to the cieling at last look. In all, this is a place with endearing personality, a genuine labor of love. If you go, please say hi to Dan and/or Gary for me.

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Santa Maria Brewing Co. in Nipomo, CA
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