One of Houdini’s greatest tricks involved being lowered headfirst into a vat of beer while trying to escape from a straight jacket using nothing but a flexi straw. Escape ordinary ales with today’s Groupon: for $22, you and a friend each get five beer tastings, a 10 oz. glass of beer, and a half growler jug (a $44 value) at Telegraph Brewing Company in Santa Barbara.
Telegraph Brewing Co. uses locally grown ingredients to handcraft artisan American ales that reflect the regional brewing traditions of California's early pilsner pioneers. Set forth on a journey of sud discovery in the tasting area, an impressive collection of 18-foot fermentation tanks housing an array of award-winning drafts. The brewers themselves will pour you pints of white ale, a classic, unfiltered Belgian-style blend of coriander, orange peel, and chamomile flowers that Wine Enthusiast Magazine named one of the top 25 beers of 2010, allowing you to ply the experts with questions such as, “Why are they called hops if they’ve got no feet?” Sample the intricacies of the California ale, Telegraph’s signature medium-bodied brew featuring an earthy aroma and a good head on its shoulders. Or, tipple the Gypsy ale, a blend of rye, unmalted wheat, and local plums, before requesting a 10 oz. glass of your favorite. Sourdough pretzels are provided as a palate companion, and ale aficionados are encouraged to bring their own eats to pair with lonely lagers.
Yelpers give the Telegraph Brewing Company a 4.5-star average:
416 N Salsipuedes St.
Santa Barbara, California 93103Get Directions