Get Beer Here: The Best Breweries in Santa Barbara

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.



Pure Order Brewing Company is a Santa Barbara based brewery that specializes in German-style beers, including ales, porters and more. This family owned and operated endeavor produces beers for sale and offers onsite tastings. The name comes from...  Read More



People who like to have a whole lot of fun while they're drinking beer head to Island Brewing Company. This wide open tasting room and brewery in Carpinteria is a local watering hole, always packed to the gills on the weekends. Located near the...  Read More



Hidden away down a quiet street in Goleta is a beer passion project that you really should check out. Draughtsmen Aleworks is a microbrewery and taproom with spirit. The place is immaculate, the people are kind, and the patio is dog friendly....  Read More

M. Special Brewing Company
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Looking for a local cold brew? Head out to Goleta to try some of the area's best at M. Special Brewing Company. This brewery and bar serves up fresh drafts of their own beer crafted on site. Offering up lager, Saison, IPA and more... the menu...  Read More



Got a thirst that water can't quench? If you're downtown, head into Third Window Brewing Co. for refreshments of the sudsy variety. Located in The Mill, a hip and happening mixed used center, this local brewery makes inventive beers you won't...  Read More



Hollister Brewing Company is a restaurant and brewpub located in the heart of Goleta, near the airport, Isla Vista and Old Town. They serve American classics here like burgers and fries, with a few surprises mixed in. And, of course, everything...  Read More



For a boozy treat you can't find anywhere else, buzz over to The Apiary to sample ciders and meads made using apples, honey and herbs from Santa Barbara's farms, gardens and hillsides. This rustic tasting room in Carpinteria is all wood,...  Read More



The small, sleepy beach community of Carpinteria is just 10 minutes away from downtown Santa Barbara and is home to a surprising number of breweries. brewLAB is the probably the most unique of these, being not even a microbrewery but a...  Read More



Visit this Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. location in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone to try locally brewed, award-winning beers. Order a pint or sample a beer tasting. Or get a beer float! The draft list is ample, and there are long tables to...  Read More



Topa Topa Brewing Co. is a Ventura-based brewery that recently opened a second taproom location in Santa Barbara. It took about .4 seconds to become a popular drinking destination because the beer is just that good. Head Brewer Casey Harris was...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva