The Cruisery

501 State St, Santa Barbara

Creative cocktails, delicious food, and a good beer selection - what more could you want? The Cruisery is a cool, beach cruiser bike-themed brewpub in Old Town Santa Barbara with great local beer, high quality food, and professionally hand mixed drinks. On a busy corner on Santa Barbara's main thoroughfare, State Street, The Cruisery has a bright front seating area with tables and chairs near the large store front windows. Further back is the bar next to four tall and narrow steel serving tanks with an ornate wood-fronted cooler where chilled glasses are kept. Two long walls of used brick provide a backdrop to the a deep front room which sports high definition TVs with sports.

Draughtsmen Aleworks

1131 State St, Santa Barbara

Draughtsmen Aleworks is a craft microbrewery and taproom located at Mosaic Locale in downtown Santa Barbara, with the flagship brewery just 10 minutes away in Goleta. Mosaic Locale is a group of independent makers: entrepreneurs, citizens, activists, artists and designers working toward the development of a collaborative economy under one roof. Draughtsmen Aleworks specializes in small batch beers with an approachable personality and taste, familiar ales and their favorite beers, create a community with good people while inspiring positive change in the community - one beer at a time. A commitment to social change is weaved into its business model. Draughtsmen Aleworks inspirations are drawn from all over the world, with an emphasis on local beer tastes in California. They brew, distribute and sell the finestquality beers and a handful of euphoric concoctions with a continued commitment to incorporating the best ingredients they can find while promoting business practices that respect the earth, the environment and local communities. The place is immaculate, the people are kind, and the patio is dog friendly. More importantly, the beer is good. Draughtsmen Aleworks is employee-owned and operated.

Institution Ale Company

516 State St, Santa Barbara

Founded in 2013, Institution Ale Company is known for utilizing non-traditional ingredients such as vanilla, cocoa nibs, coffee and peppers. All their beer is brewed in a 3-vessel, 15-barrel, Premier Stainless brewing system. Everything from recipe development, ingredient selection, the brewing process and packaging are completed in house by the company's brew team to create handcrafted ales. Institution Ale's flagship location is at 3841 Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo and the Santa Barbara outlet opened in 2019. "We love the architecture of the building, the retro style, the location being in the heart of State Street and the inviting all-glass store front," said Institution Ale Company co-founder Shaun Smith at the opening. "With this location, we are able to share all our beers with a new community. Beer is best when it's fresh. We are able to brew a beer and drive it 40 minutes up the road and put it on tap for everyone in Santa Barbara." Institution Ale is open seven days a week. Enjoy a rotating selection of beers from the source and freshly baked thin crust pizzas and soft pretzels from their kitchen. Institution Ale offers indoor seating with 10 TVs, an outdoor patio area and extended back room area. Beer is available to-go in 4-pack 16-oz cans, and 32 oz or 64 oz growlers/crowlers. Food is also available to-go. No reservations are required, it's always first come, first served.

Modern Times Beer

418 State St, Santa Barbara

Modern Times Beer offers 34 different beers on tap, with the core lineup being about 8, while the rest rotate in constantly to give you access to everything they have to offer. All beer offerings are brewed at their Portland, Los Angeles, or San Diego locations, and each region brews different things depending on needs and production schedules. In addition to the tasting room they have a kitchen for hot food and a mini-mart with beer to-go and t-shirts/bags.

The bar menu is 100% plant-based yet not in the traditional sense, going for bolder and richer flavors than you might expect. They offer a double-double burger, a Bratwurst Schnitzel sandwich, loaded chili verde fries, Kimchi, and more. The cheese is made from coconut milk while the proteins are made by Beyond Meat which recently had a wildly successful public offering.

When you walk into Modern Times Beer, one of the first things you will notice is the huge outdoor patio (one of the largest if not the largest in Santa Barbara) and an extensive amount of art on the walls. Modern Times Beer has an in-house art team that created all the design elements that you see. They designed the to-go beer can labels, the merchandise, the tasting room space - pretty much everything under the roof or outdoors.

Continuing with the everything-done-in-house theme, Modern Times Beer also roasts their own coffee, available for sale as whole bean or cold brew in cans or in draft.

Night Lizard Brewing Company

607 State St, Santa Barbara

Night Lizard Brewing Company is committed to producing the highest quality craft beers using the freshest local ingredients, while inspiring and educating the public on current environmental challenges facing the central coast. The name Night Lizard is named after a rare lizard found on the nearby Channel Islands. A large painted logo inside the brewery has the above mission statement which is dedicated to fresh beers, and a commitment to the environment. The restaurant's theme is "Saving the Planet One Beer at a Time." Each of The Night Lizard Brewing Company brews are named after an endangered species from the Central Coast of California, including Goby Brut IPA, the Tiger Salamander Saison, the Leatherback Blonde and the Gnatcatcher IPA, to name a few. The hand crafted bar is made from a locally sources fallen redwood from the Santa Barbara Riviera. The front entrance is a patio setting with a gas fireplace and some seating with pillows feature the lizard logo. Night Lizard Brewing Company is dog friendly. Night Lizard Brewing Company is a family owned and operated business. Owner John Nasser says it was a dream after a long business career to open a craft brewery with his family. Each family member has a great passion for the outdoors and beer. 10% of all proceeds are donated to the aid in conservation efforts.