Santa Barbara

Telegraph Brewing Company has released its new Telegraph IPA in cans. This 6.6% alcohol by volume ABV IPA’s hop flavors and aromas are derived from a hearty balance of Cascade, Centennial, Meridian and CTZ hops. Known best for corked and twisted Belgian-style bottles of California Ale, Stock Porter, White Ale, unique sours, saisons and barley-wines, this new beer and its packaging expand the product line in a way that still serves to preserve Telegraph’s quest for traditional brewing techniques with unique California tastes. Barring both light and oxygen, which can quickly degrade hops in a bottle, canning an IPA is more advantageous.

Look also for the soon to be released Obscura Vulpine, Telegraph’s first release in 375 ml cork-and-cage bottles. This barrel-aged American sour red ale has prominent oak aroma and notes of red currant and stone fruit. Fiesta Pilsner has also returned for the summer. This classic Bohemian-style pilsner is brewed with 100% Saaz hops. Fruited variations of Telegraph’s GABF gold medal Reserve Wheat Berliner Weisse are also upcoming. Hibiscus, passionfruit & guava, and mango draft versions will be available in limited quantities throughout the summer.

Nearby, Pure Order Brewing 1 block NE has released its summer watermelon lager. Once you are in the area, a visit to Pure Order before or after your time at Telegraph makes perfect sense.

Just a few minutes up the coast in Goleta, another Santa Barbara area brewery that has gone under this reporter’s radar is getting close to celebrating its one year anniversary. M. Special Brewing Company’s batch number one was brewed by Brewmaster/co-owner Josh Ellis last July for the brewery’s mid-September opening. M. Special is located just south of Highway 101 at the Glen Annie/Storke Rd exit. Driving south on Storke, the first left on Hollister Ave followed by an immediate left on Cortona will bring you to the brewery on the left. M. Special is also very near Hollister Brewing Company, which is located in the shopping center at the SW corner of Hollister and Storke. Beers include a varied and rotating range that includes American lager, saison, pale, IPA, double IPA and brown. Hollister Brewing, with its extensive list of great beer and food, gives you lots of added choices whilst in the area.

Islands Restaurants/ Left Coast Brewing

All of the Islands locations except for the State of Hawaii have a new IPA on the menu. In collaboration with San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing Company, Hula Bay IPA launched in early June as a companion to the Islands summer menu and Heat Wave Burger. The Heat Wave Burger is topped with grilled Serrano and green chilies, melted pepper jack cheese, and spicy mayo. The beer will be available through at least the first of September. This hop forward West Coast IPA is light-medium bodied with Centennial, Columbus and Amarillo hops mixing in an approachable 6% ABV. The citrus and pine notes couple well with the Heat Wave Burger. Its fruity/piney flavors are enhanced by the heat and provide a cleansing complement to the juicy spicy burger.


Tustin Brewing Company’s Jerrod Larsen has teamed with a number of Orange County brewers in recent months to brew collaboration beers. He collaborated with Bootlegger’s Brewery’s Tina Thompson to brew her bride ale, an IPA served at her wedding and at TBC. He also teamed with the brewers from TAPS Fish House & Brewery on an imperial brown ale, which is now aging in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels. What didn’t go into barrels was put on tap as a precursor, and a hint of what we can expect after it spends many months on bourbon barrel oak. It may still be on tap at TBC.

And, just in time for OC Beer Week, Rick Smets, from the soon-to-open Stereo Brewing Company in Placentia, joined Larsen in brewing a hoppy 9.5% ABV imperial red ale. It released during mid-June’s beer week and may still be available at TBC or around town. Its higher alcohol content was balanced by Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops and worked in at about 90 IBUs international bittering units. This beer may also still be flowing at TBC or around town.

Smets, a well-seasoned brewer in his own right, got his start at Left Coast Brewing Company in San Clemente with San Diego’s Tom Nickel prior to his stint “graduate brewer’s training” with Firestone Walker in Paso Robles. He’s hoping to power up Stereo’s brewhouse this month to begin compiling tracks for opening. Whether it begins with an LP, EP, or single, fans anxiously await Stereo’s brew debut.