On a recent trip to Santa Cruz, CA to watch my baby sis graduate from UCSC (go Banana Slugs!), I just so happen to find a small brewery located in the neighboring city of Capitola, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (the locals refer to them as SARA). Tucked back in an industrial complex, we began to think we were lost until we saw about a dozen people sitting out in front of a building around wine barrels sipping from tulips filled with bright orange beer. This must be the place.
Despite only having three beers to sample, 831 IPA, Little Quibble Farmhouse Ale, and West Ashley Sour Saison (pictured from left to right), the experience was awesome. A general jovial mood in the tasting room set the stage for tasting three delectable and unforgettable brews. The staff was very knowledgeable and super friendly, taking the time to ask all questions and make all patrons, regulars and newcomers, feel very welcome.
Whether you are a beer connoisseur or just a wanna-be beer geek (like me!), it does not to take long to figure out that SARA has something special going on. All three beers we tasted were excellent and very unique creations of their respective styles. Out of all three, it was difficult to choose my favorite, but I have to go with the West Ashley Sour Saison. Aged in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with apricots, the flavor is very tart with lemon sourness while the apricot, the oak from the barrel, and some mild funk round out the glass. Just the right beer for a sunny spring day!
If you are a lover of craft beer and are headed to the Santa Cruz area, Sante Adairius is definitely a stop that you must make. If you already are in the area and have not experienced what SARA has to offer, you have been missing out! I suggest that you head over there ASAP to support these creators of excellent artisanal brews. I guarantee that you will be back again & again…
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