Thursday, August 7, 2014

Surf'n'Suds: The Beer Festival in the Front Yard

If you're reading this, and don't have tickets, it may be too late, or you may get lucky and be just in time. Stop what you're doing right, now. And cruise on over to for tickets.
The 2nd annual Surf'n'Suds Beer Festival is nearly upon us.

With over 55 craft breweries and wineries, local surfboard shapers, live music by Cornerstone, the UnUsual Suspects, Afishnsea the Moon, and DJ Hecktik, it's going to be quite a Saturday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Island Brewing Company Seeks Tasting Room Manager

Island Brewing Company Seeks Tasting Room Manager

Island Brewing Company seeks a tasting room manager to oversee day-to-day operations. The successful candidate will facilitate all aspects of running the tasting room and enhance the customer's overall experience at the brewery.

We're looking for an efficient, organized person who brings an uncommon knowledge of beer and the brewing process, someone who can manage staff and increase on-site retail sales. In short, we're looking for a hands-on tasting room manager who can step in where and when needed, while bringing a passionate enthusiasm and knowledge of Island Brewing Company beer to locals and visitors alike.

 Job responsibilities include:
-Ensuring customers have a great experience
-Supervising, managing, and educating tasting room staff.
-Scheduling tasting room staff.
-Monitoring sales and making recommendations for improvement.
-Ensuring tasting room is operating at optimum performance levels.
-Monitoring inventory of all retail items.
-Managing/ increasing the Island Nation beer membership club.
-Conducting brewery tours.
-Contributing ideas to the Island Brewing team to increase traffic including, advertising, promotions, and innovative PR events.

Bachelor's Degree preferred. Four or more years in hospitality, preferably in a setting involving craft beer. Cicerone certificate desired. We’re looking for someone with excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as organizational skills, and the ability to follow through on projects with minimal supervision, with a relaxed, friendly, and professional demeanor. The ideal candidate will bring strong analytical and math skills combined with superb interpersonal managing skills.

 Working Conditions:
-Regular working schedule will include weekends and holidays.
-Special events/peak season will require additional working hours.
-Moderate to heavy physical work (moving cases and kegs, boxes of merchandise).
-Long periods of standing (8 hours per day).
-Bussing and washing glasses to keep tasting room clean, as required.
-Ability to lift kegs (50 lbs-140 lbs).

 This is a full time position with salary and medical benefits.

 Please email resume to

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Avocado Honey Ale Named Among 13 Uniquely Flavored Beers That Will Make You Question Everything

We were stoked to have the Avocado Honey Ale recently listed in a piece from BuzzFeed titled 13 Uniquely Flavored Beers That Will Make You Question Everything. BuzzFeed is a part of Esquire networks, and let's just say that a lot more people read their posts than will ever read this one! But onward! We joined the heavy hitters like New Belgium, Maui Brewing Company, Flying Dog, and Rogue as well as a few lesser known breweries in list of beers that included everything from pizza, to crème brulee, garlic, and, donut maple bacon ale...obviously you're just going to have to read the piece yourself. In a lot of ways, it's a silly little thing, but in a larger sense it shows the true spectrum of what craft breweries are up to these days, and we're excited to be a part of it. So buy some Avocado Honey Ale now, before the online hoards get it!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Beer Alert: Introducting the PCH, our Pacific Coast Hefeweizen!

 New Beer Alert: Pacific Coast Hefeweizen!
'What do  you have that's like a Hefeweizen?' It's a question that we've heard at the Island Brewing Company tasting room with increasing frequency as the days get longer and warmer. The answer was really nothing at the moment...until now! There is a flavor spectrum of beer that only a refreshing Weiss beer can fill, so we're introducing a new beer for us: the Pacfic Coast Hefeweizen. We're talking an unfiltered German Hefeweizen with banana and clove flavors and a smooth, biscuit finish. 4.8% abv means you'll be able to keep track of your lederhosen with15 IBUs, and a smooth, biscuity finish. Mach schnell! (That means get a move on it in German!) und Probst! (Cheers!)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

American Craft Beer Week: May 12 - 18th!

American Craft Beer Week at Island Brewing Company, May 12-18th

(Carpinteria, CA) – Fun, frivolity, and the fundamentals of fresh beer will be in abundance May 12 – 18th as Island Brewing Company joins thousands of craft breweries across the nation in celebrating American Craft Beer week. The week is a national celebration of the American craft beer revolution and a chance for breweries to showcase the advantages of locally brewed beer.

Island Brewing Company will be hosting events each day that week geared towards celebrating craft beer culture and community including a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, a Luau, a Beer Blending Competition, as well as a Meet the Brewers Night, Vertical Beer Flights, VIP tastings, live music, and a Cooking with Beer Competition, to name some of the events throughout the week.

“This is one of our favorite weeks of the year,” says owner and brewer Paul Wright. “It’s a great chance to connect with our friends on the other side of the bar, make new ones, and spread some of the great things that are happening in the craft beer industry as a whole.”

The full schedule of the week’s activities can be found on the blog on the brewery’s website ( and updates will be posted on the brewery’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Return of the Variance IPA Series: Variance 5256!

Return of the Variance: Variance 5256!
Your new favorite beer is back, if that makes any sense. So here is the latest in the Variance IPA series from our masterminds in the back of the brewery, also a West Coast IPA, but one that features the prominent magic of an experimental hop known only as #5256. Think pine forward aroma and taste in a medium bodied IPA with 74 IBUs and 7.3% abv. Very drinkable, and in short, very delicious. Who knows, maybe you could use one.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Island Brewing Company Names Ryan Morrill to Head Brewer

Island Brewing Company announced today that Ryan Morrill has been named to the position of Head Brewer. “We’re happy to announce the promotion of Ryan to Head Brewer for the brewery,” says owner Paul Wright. “Ryan started as a delivery driver with us four years ago, then moved into the cellar as an assistant brewer, and from day one he has been a major driving force in our efforts toward brewing fresh, flavorful, and local beer.”

The move signals a renewed energy for the brewery. “Ryan has proved a great asset for the brewery and consistently raised the bar in terms of brewing technique and expertise. His consistency and insight promises to improve our capabilities in terms of what we offer now and what we’ll be offering in the future. The promotion follows our philosophy of promoting from within and as the brewery grows, so likewise do its personnel.” 

Recent new beer releases have garnered praise and awards. In January, Island Brewing Company’s Jubilee Ale earned 92 points at the World Beer Championships. The brewery is currently in the midst of its Variance IPA series, in which it brews a new style of IPA every ten weeks. The release of the Big Island, a barleywine has captivated locals and visitors alike while the return of the King Tide, a double IPA, has won favor among beer enthusiasts favoring hop-forward beers.

Ryan is an avid home brewer and long time resident of Carpinteria with a penchant for brewing with conventional and unconventional ingredients. Ryan brings enthusiasm for the brewing process and we’re excited to see what the future holds."Definitely excited," says Ryan of the position." I'm Happy to be brewing in Carpinteria and looking forward to pushing some more boundaries and continuing the trend of brewing great beer here."