I wanted to give you all a quick update about some exciting news in Santa Barbara’s beer scene. There will be more on this news in the August 8 edition of the News Press in my column.
First, there are some new players in Santa Barbara’s light industrial zone, as cousins James and Dave Burge are opening Pure Order Brewing Company at 410 Quarantina St. I was worried when I heard that a couple of non pros were jumping into the brewing business. Typically this approach leads to small batches of well-intended, but poorly executed beers.
However, I don’t think this will be the case with the Burges and Pure Order. The brewery is a full-fledged professional operation with no cut corners (at least not in the beer-making department). Dave is a die-hard Santa Barbaran, and I believe that his dedication to the local community will lead to some beautiful things out of the newest players in town. Look for them to open sometime in September (or, knowing the way things tend to work in this industry, October… fingers crossed for September).
Second, I took a peek inside Telegraph Brewing’s New facility. Some rumors were milling about that Telegraph was taking Carr’s space, but that’s simply not true. The Santa Barbara brewery is moving one door north, not south and is still remodeling the building. The good news is that there will be plenty of space for the brewery and a tasting room – which means the tasting room will actually operate on regular hours (my biggest pet peeve with Telegraph has been its wack tasting room hours).
The extra space in the brewery means lots of room to grow and an all-new brewhouse. The expansion will allow Telegraph to meet demand for its California Ale and White Ale, and it gives the brewery more time to focus on its specialty offerings – which, in my opinion, is where its true strength lies.
Check out my full thoughts and hear from the brewery owners themselves in my August 8 column.