Santa Barbara has long been known for great wine, but what you might not know is that the beer scene here is pretty solid too. New craft and microbreweries have been popping up all over the place for people who like their adult beverages just a little sudsier. Whether you prefer a malty lager or a hoppy IPA, you'll find a brew that fits your tastes on this list.
If you like tried and true beers, check out Topa Topa and Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. Both places have a solid tap list (something for everyone), reliable pours and plenty of space for you and your friends.
The more adventurous type? You'll want to check out brewLAB and The Apiary in Carpinteria. The former is a nanobrewery that makes exceptionally small batches, sometimes only once. The latter serves ciders and meads made using local ingredients.
Just north of Santa Barbara, Goleta is also home to a trove of great breweries. You don't want to miss the gems that are hiding in residential neighborhoods like M. Special and Draughtsmen Aleworks.
And finally, if you feel like wine after all, this is the list you're looking for.