Santa Barbara Beer Garden- Feb 20th- Tickets on Sale Jan 13th



2016 Santa Barbara Beer Garden, Saturday, February 20

VIP tickets go on sale January 13th.

Santa Barbara, CA –January 7, 2016

Native brews and native plants make the Santa Barbara Beer Garden a beer and nature lover’s dream. If you have ever wondered what beer goes with a redwood, cicerone Zach Rosen has the answer. He has worked with local craft brewers to find, or to create, just the right beers to pair with specific spots in the Garden.  Participants enjoy a beer tasting tour with Rosen, visiting ten different stations where they taste a new beer as Rosen explains the subtleties of taste and location.  Acoustic music adds ambience while the Burger Bus satisfies the munchies.  The Beer Garden runs from 1pm to 5 pm with a VIP reception at noon.  The Garden will be closed to the public that day.  Tickets go on sale January 13th for the VIP Lounge at $120 and January 20th for general admission at $75 with special discounts for Garden members.  Tickets available only at or by calling (805) 682-4726 x 102.

In its third year, the Santa Barbara Beer Garden is a fresh experience each time.  The ten breweries are offering beer from special reserve collections, and many are creating special brews for the event, some with native plants collected right from the Garden.  Participants will have the chance to taste a beer that no one else has ever tasted.  Two examples from the tasting notes are:

  1. Smoke Mountain Brewery Saison with Lemons & California Bay Laurel in the Meadow Section  This refreshing saison from Smoke Mountain Brewery uses lemons grown at the brewery and California bay laurel leaves from the SB Botanic Garden. Guests will taste this bright, crisp beer while walking along the vibrant meadow section. 
  1. Third Window Brewing Co. Belgian-style Quad with California Sagebrush at the Mission Dam.   California sagebrush picked from the Garden gives this beer a sweet minti-ness that complements the beer’s notes of chocolate and dark fruits. This strong, bold beer reflects the enduring Mission Dam and this area’s monastic history. 

The tasting tour is organized by Certified Cicerone Zachary Rosen, a leader in the art of abstract beer pairings.  “There is a certain variance in the flavor of beers created by the surroundings and settings of the tasting.  A beer you try at home will taste different at a brewery and have yet another taste sipped under the redwoods, or surrounded by manzanita. These beers are not only unique in themselves, but will give a unique taste experience in the Garden. ” 

Participating breweries are:

  1. brewLAB
  2. Island Brewing Co.
  3. Captain Fatty’s Brewing Co.
  4. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
  5. Special
  6. Smoke Mountain Brewing Co.
  7. Rincon Brewery
  8. Telegraph Brewing Co.
  9. Third Window
  10. CARP Homebrewers

 “Enjoying a beer while walking in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an unforgettable experience because you learn more about both beer and the Garden,” said committee chair, Chris Parker.  “I can’t think of a better cause than the Garden’s conservation program.  With over a third of California’s native plants rare or endangered, the Garden’s research staff is racing against time to make sure future generations will be able to use and enjoy these important plants.”

The brewers enjoy the easy pace of the Beer Garden, giving them time chat about their brews with participants. According to Trevor Scoggins, Sales Manager of Telegraph Brewing Co., “The Santa Barbara Beer Garden is one of the finest curated events we attend in Southern California.”

VIP guests have exclusive access to a cozy lounge space with appetizers in the Garden’s library throughout the day.  The VIP reception starts at noon with specialty beer cocktails by The Good Lion and a deconstructed cocktail tasting where participants experience each ingredient separately and test their palettes to discern how the flavors go together.  

Even the coffee is special. Santa Barbara Roasting Company is bringing a cold brew coffee, which is a dark roast brewed for 24 hours at 41 degrees. This produces a chocolatey and smooth flavor according to Anton Nicola of Santa Barbara Roasting Company.

In addition to the donations of the breweries, sponsors include Hutton Parker Foundation and Surf Air.  The Beer Garden is on February 20th, rain or shine. Only 200 tickets are available due to CUP limitations.  This event did sell out in 2015.

Follow the Beer Garden on Facebook for the latest updates on the brews and the amazing raffle prize.


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