Craft Breweries

The craft beer movement is alive and well at Santa Barbara breweries with special seasonal brews, IPAs, brown ales, lagers and traditional beers brewed daily.

Santa Barbara Breweries

Local beer lovers will fall head over heels for the two dozen brew labels we’re serving up and down the Central Coast. Enjoy a refreshing pint at Captain Fatty’s in Goleta
or father-son owned Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in the Funk Zone where food orders from neighboring Lucky Penny restaurant delivers for free.

If you’re looking to try a little bit of everything, plan your trip around one of the many ways Santa Barbara celebrates beer. Set out to sea on a Sipping on the Sea cruise with Santa Barbara Sailing Center, a two-hour sailing cruise held each month that features a local brewery or winery on board. Or, monkey around with some new-to-you beers at Zoo Brew. From hearty stouts to mouth-puckering IPAs, you’re sure to find something to tickle the taste buds.

Want some recommendations on where to start sampling local craft beers? Here’s a guide to some of the best craft breweries in Santa Barbara.

Craft Breweries in Santa Barbara

Validation Ale

Validation Ale was opened July 2022 in the heart of the Funk Zone by two longtime Santa Barbara technology veterans, who also enlisted partners to run the gastropub menu. Validation has a unique concept, pitting two beers of similar…

Night Lizard Brewing Company

Night Lizard Brewing Company is a family-owned Santa Barbara brewery located on lower State Street. We are committed to producing the highest quality craft beers using the freshest local ingredients while inspiring and educating the public on…

Lama Dog Tap Room + Bottle Shop

THE LAMA STORY The idea for Lama Dog Taproom + Bottle Shop developed while the owner, an assistant winemaker at Carr Winery at the time, developed a love for craft beer during a grape harvest many years ago. Although the Lama Dog team loves wine,…

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