Wednesday, April 29, 2015

American Craft Beer Week at Island Brewing Company, May 11-17

 Island Brewing Company will again join forces with thousands of breweries across the country celebrating the culture and community of craft beer. Island Brewing Company will commemorate this year’s American Craft Beer Week with fun and frivolity, new, seasonal, and rare beer releases, community events, brewery tours, and more. Here’s the lineup:

Monday, May 11:  Activate the preschooler part of your brain, and prepare to lose yourself in the gluestick, glitter, magic markers of Crafting with Craft, while you spend an interesting evening coloring outside the lines (6-9). For one night only we’ll be pouring a limited release keg of the Russian Imperial Stout. At 11 % abv, it’s only the biggest beer we’ve ever brewed; huge chocolate notes, big malt character, sure to inspire.  Santa Barbara Food Connection will be serving up tortas and hamburgers on the patio 4-8.

Tuesday, May 12 It’s Beer Trivia (7-8:30) a great chance to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of all things beer without being showy, and take home some prizes to boot!  It’s also Customer Appreciation with $1 off pint coupons. On tap tonight for one night only: the return of our much loved big and bold Belgian Quad, 9.3% 27 IBU.  The French Food Truck will be serving up an authentic French food experience…. but with a twist (4-8).

Wednesday, May 13: The event that you’ve hopefully spent the last year training for: the 4th Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament (6-8:30). You read that right and you already know the rules! But wait, there’s more.  Fire and Wine Catering will be on hand for some wood fired pizza! (4-8) and on tap for one night only: Belgian beer and hop lovers rejoice – We’ll be pouring a Belgian IPA 7.0 %, 62 IBUs.

Thursday, May 14: Brewer’s Appreciation Night, we will be celebrating the people that work so hard to brew the beer for you.  The brain trust that is our brewers in the back will be on hand for a guided tasting through our current beers starting at 6:30, as well as showing you and your crew around the brewery.   This is a great chance to tell them how much you love their work, probably learn a thing or two about beer, and have a few pints of deliciousness. Thursday sees the release of the 7th beer in our Variance IPA series.  The IPL, that’s an India Pale Lager, think hops, light body, and all good. Georgia’s Smokehouse will bring the Southern-style smokehouse BBQ (5-8).

Friday, May 15: Hold on to your hats. We will have Bourbon Barrel-aged Jubilee on tap. You read that right. This will not last long, so make it a point to convert your enthusiasm into action. This will also coincide with VIP Tasting $15 per tasting (ticketholders only, please) as we raid the barchives in amassing a tasting of some of yesteryear’s beers for a night not to be missed (6-8). Santa Barbara Food Connection fires up the grill from 4-8 for tacos and tortas and all things authentic.

Saturday, May 16: Excellence in sound and taste combine for Beerapalooza. We’re going to tap a cask of Chicory Vanilla Stout deliciousness for this  sun-soaked, all day, live music event featuring the soothing sounds of the Ben Wilmore Quartet (1 – 2:30), the groove of Sol Tree (3 – 4:30) and the one and only Pacific Haze (5 – 6:30). World Famous Franks parks on the patio 4-8 to deliver just what your palate is looking for.

Sunday, May 17: We’ll tap one more cask of amazingness to round out the week, a rum oaked Jubilee.  From 2-4 we’ll be conducting Hop Experiment tastings, adding different hops to the same beer for your education and the general progress of humanity. Who knows, you might end up on our sensory tasting panel. And we’ll have the always popular Beer Bingo (6 – 8). Confusion Catering will bring their unique blend of flavors to the patio from 2-6 and keep your hunger at bay.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Island Brewing Company Earns Six Medals at LA International Beer Competition




(Carpinteria, CA) -- Island Brewing Company posted six medals at the LA International Beer Competition,  judged April 18-19. A panel of certified beer judges critiqued hundreds of beers from the US and abroad in a blind-taste format covering 89 beer styles. Beers were judged against others of similar styles as defined by the Brewer's Association Style Guidelines.

Island Brewing Company earned a Gold Medal in the German-style Kolsch, and a Gold Medal in the Imperial India Pale Ale for the King Tide. Three Silver Medals went to the brewery's Starry Night Stout for the Foreign-style Stout category, as well as for the Barrel Aged Jubilee in the Wood and Barrel Aged category, and for the Big Island in the Barleywine category. A Bronze Medal went to the Variance Belgian IPA in the American-Belgo category.

"It's great to see the hard work and focus in the cellar paying off," said head brewer Ryan Morrill We have a great, passionate team and it shows in our beer. It's an exciting time for craft beer--there's more breweries and great beer out there than ever before. Congratulations to all the other area breweries continuing to make great beer and winning awards. We've got some new beers coming out soon, so stay tuned." 

Friday, April 3, 2015

New Hours! New Hours! New Hours!



Attention good people of the internet. Island Brewing Company is pleased to announce new hours. Most notably, we will now be open till 10:00 pm, with last call at 9:45. Furthermore, we'll be opening at 11 am Fridays, and continuing with 11 am openings Saturday and Sunday!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Black Session IPA/ Barrel Aged Saison!


More good news: today our Black Session IPA goes on tap. 4.1% ABV, 43 IBUs featuring Zythos Hops.


And our Barrel Aged Saison is coming! T minus 2-3 weeks to the shelves!



Monday, March 16, 2015

3.16.15 First ever Wii Dance Contest


You read that right. Today we move out of our comfort zone, and quite possibly yours too with the first ever Wii dance tournament. So bring your 'A' game and be prepared and win some $$. 7-9!

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Variance IPA release! Classic Irish Red meets West Ciast Hops!


Looking into our crystal ball, we can tell you that there's going to be a new variance on tap and in bottles Tuesday March 17th for St. Patrick's Day! A Red IPA clocking in at 6.2% abv and 55 ibu's. Classic Irish Red grain bill hopped up to West Coast regiments!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Big Island Release! Movie Night!


BIG ISLAND RELEASE: THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Barleywine with big malt and big hops returns in its unbridled and fabled glory. 9.9% abv, 91 IBU.


Side note: it's also movie night! Princess Bride! Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.