There’s a saying in wine country: “it takes a lot of beer to make a great wine.”
Though Santa Barbara may be known the world over as one of California’s best wine regions, most visitors don’t know that the region holds another great secret: fabulous breweries. And as for the wine country saying? Well, workers at the local wineries drink beer to stay refreshed during the warm California summer. (And water, of course.)
Many of the best Santa Barbara breweries are family-owned, use local ingredients, and have state-of-the-art facilities, putting the same care into each bottle of beer as the area’s famous wineries put into each bottle of red.
The tour of Santa Barbara breweries below makes the perfect plan for one day of fabulous beer tasting — especially if you take note of the recommended brew you need to try at each location.