A cavernous Quonset hut to craft more brews, a handsome plate-glass facade upon Salsipuedes Street, a stylishly spacious setting to enjoy some afternoon ales, greatly extended hours of being open, and, most importantly, 10 completely different beers on tap!
These are just a few of the enhanced offerings in the new headquarters of Telegraph Brewing Company, the Santa Barbara brewery that started on Salsipuedes back in 2006 and, this past February, took over the lease at the former flooring warehouse next door. “It’s been a long time coming,” said owner Brian Thompson of the nine months it took to build out the new space, which just opened and will allow the brewery to grow up to eight times the size if desired. “We definitely maxed out in terms of capacity in the last couple years at the old space,” said Thompson, who also added a new bottling line for his 750 mL cork ‘n’ cage bombers. “Now we have a lot of room to grow.”
For the brand, that means expanding distribution of the flagship California Ale to seven states by the end of the year, but for beer geeks, that means more ability to focus on the smaller batch brews, such as the currently available Winter Ale, a take on Mexican hot chocolate with cinammon, allspice, and ancho chiles, and the Old Fashioned Saison, named after the classic cocktail due to the hints of orange peel and traces of the Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel it was aged in. “Those beers are in demand by our aficionados,” said Thompson. “We are able to brew a lot more of those limited release beers now.”
The expanded Telegraph Brewing Company (418 North Salsipuedes Street; 805-963-5018; telegraphbrewing.com) is now open Tue.-Thu., 2-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 2-10 p.m., and Sun., noon-6 p.m. Telegraph will also be pouring at the first installment of UCSB’s new “Culture and Nature Series,” co-presented by the Wine Cask and the S.B. Museum of Natural History, which will explore the history and evolution of beer in America through a lecture by Lisa Jacobson and a three-course pairing dinner on November 14 at the Wine Cask. For $50 reservations, call 805-966-9463.