Elves on Overtime!

Elves on Overtime!

We'll keep our Elves on Overtime edition short and sweet, but want to keep you in the loop on what's happening around these parts.


First, it's our duty to let you know that our beloved Quadimodo Belgian Quadruple has made a rare holiday appearance. Think four different specialty malts and Belgian Candi Sugar, then aged for two (2!) years. The end result is stone fruit and fig flavor in a delicious malty ale, 9.2% ABV and 34 IBUs. Perfect for a....wait for it....


Holiday Sing-Along! The annual Holiday Sing-Along is nearly upon us and is certain to cure any Grinch or Scrooge among us. The festivities start Sunday, Decemeber 16th at 5:00. We'll have the big holiday sound of the Santa Barbara Trombone Society kicking things off before we segue into the community effort of lifting song into the rafters. Always a special time.


Finally, don't neglect the many opportunities craft beer has to offer for gift giving. Sure there's our flagship beers and special Bourbon-barrel aged beers, which would make nice stocking stuffers, but there's also gift cards, growlers, hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts--both long and short sleeve--insulated pints, growler coozies, pint coozies, perhaps even an Island Nation membership for that certain someone. We've got a lot of things on the site www.islandbrewingcompany.com/store but why not shop with less stress with a beer in your hand while you peruse our merchandise room.


That's it for now. Hoping your holidays are merry and bright!


Starry Night Stout for the Gold!

Starry Night Stout for the Gold!

Starry Night Stout Claims Gold!

(Carpinteria, CA) – The results from the Tasting.com World Beer Championships at the Beverage Tasting Institute are in. A panel of expert judges at the Beverage Tasting Institute tasked with ranking Island Brewing Company’s Starry Night Stout awarded it 93 points out of a possible 100, for a Gold Medal and an exceptional ranking. The tasting notes pretty much say it all: “Ebony color. Aromas of German chocolate cake, leather, banana muffins, and clove with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long old-fashioned coffee, blackened herbs, salted caramel, and black toast finish. A bold and brawny export stout that offers fruit-laced, rich flavors.”


“We’re happy with the award,” says owner and founder Paul Wright. “There are so many great beers out there that to be recognized at this level in the company with long and established brands is a testament to all the hard work our team is putting in day in and out to brew the best beer possible.”


Foreign stouts are dark brown to black in color and are strong in alcohol ranging from 5.5-9%. Assertive flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate provide the majority of the character of this style, with many versions also featuring medium-to-high hop bitterness. Foreign, or export, stouts were first brewed as a higher gravity version of sweet or dry stouts. These beers were first brewed to withstand export to tropical markets, but today may be found nearly everywhere.


Island Brewing Company’s Starry Night Stout is no stranger to accolades, having previously won Gold at both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.


The Tastings.com World Beer Championships is America's oldest annual international beer competition and has been operated objectively for 25 years. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Beers are judged by Tastings.com trained staff joined by top beer professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The World Beer Championships distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through Tastings.com, a free consumer website with a hundred thousand unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.'



































A Brief Recap! A Brief look forward!

A Brief Recap! A Brief look forward!

There's the normal too-much-to-tell in these here parts, but we will try to distill just a bit of what is going on in the near future so you can keep the FOMO at bay. But first to the beers!

 Our taps are covering an amazing array of beer styles and flavors and are tasting better than ever. A brief recap may be in order. Currently we are serving:


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·  Our crisp and clean Island Blonde Kolsch Style Ale.

· The Paradise Pale Ale in all its American Pale Ale deliciousness.

·The one, the only, and the original Avocado Honey Ale.

·The Tropical Lager, a staple on these sunny days.

·The Hopliner IPA, featuring deep citrus flavors for a solid choice.

· The ever so refreshing HoneyWheat Ale

· The stalwart and steadfast hoppiness that is our Island IPA.

· Starry Night Stout, in all its deep roasted glory,

·Our Instigator Weizenbock

· The King Tide Double IPA

·The liquid gem that is our Russiand Imperial Stout the RISistance.

 We've got some barrel-aged releases in the wings too.

Thirsty yet? Us too. Fresh is best!


 Naturally, we have some events that pair well with any of the above beers.


First up, the family fun that is our Pumpkin Carving Contest. Oct. 30 it's BYOP for a night of pumpkin slicing, dicing, and prizes, 5:30-7:30. We are continually amazed with the creativity that goes into sculpting these gourds, and this year will be no exception.


We will host our first ever Halloween costume contest. Wednesday Oct. 31, 8:00. Our esteemed panel of judges will crown a winner-takes-all victor. In addition to bragging rights, he or she will be taking home a new Island Nation membership (or Island Nation renewal). That would be our frequent flier program that enables one to enjoy the big beer for the little beer price for one year! Get those costumes together!


The final pieces are falling into place on our first ever Tiki Party and Board Swap. Mark your calendar for Saturday Nov. 3rd. We'll host a board swap in the parking lot. Winter is coming and we know you've got a few boards (surf, skate, snow...kids wetsuits anyone?) that are looking for a new home, and there's a good chance you might go home with something magic too. 11-3 pm. Then we'll get moving and grooving with Aloha master Karlin Ladera and his tribe, 5-8 pm. We'll have deals on the above Tiki mugs which are going to look great in your life and there will be food and a Hawaiian shirt contest too. Stay tuned!


We've got another solid lineup of live music and entertainment:


·Friday, Oct. 26, it's The Youngsters, 6-9 pm..

·Saturday, Oct. 27, the 805 AllStarz, 6-9 pm.

· Sunday from 3-6 pm and we'll have yet another installation of our story telling series Stories on Tap, 7:00. Things will be getting scary!

·Saturday, Nov. 3, Karlin Ladera plays the Tiki Party 5-8 pm.

·Saturday, Oct. 10, The Rent Party Blues bands puts on their usual blues clinic, 6-9 pm.


If you want to look waaay out, Nov. 18 we'll be taking to the streets in the 5th Annua Tri brewery Volksmarch! Watch this space.

 Private Party Room

Finally, we don't want to be the ones to point out that we are rapidly approaching a festive part of the year, but that is indeed the case. Our private party rental room has been getting a lot of love from local business and organizations looking for off site team bonding. If you think there is the slightest possibility of needing our room for your holiday schenanigans, we need to hear from you pronto, because the schedule is filling up! Email Laurie@islandbrewingcompany.com for deets!

That's all for now!

Cheers and cheers!

The Island Brewing Team


September News and Brews!



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Greetings Craft Beer Enthusiasts!

It's been a busy blur of a summer here at Island Brewing Company and we thank you for being part of the magic. We've had some phenomenal music acts, engaging events both at the brewery and further afield, and we've got a whole lot more coming down the pike in September, so check out our calendar below. But first to the beers!

If you've been living under a rock, you may not know that our collaboration brew with Rincon Brewery and BrewLab resulted in a spot-on, thirst-quenching beer known aptly enough as the Tres Cervezerias Pilsner. Think Galaxy and Simcoe hops, a light body, low abv, and all day fun in the sun. We've still got a few kegs left for the sunny days ahead, so get on it if you don't know about it.

And on the other end of the stylistic spectrum, we have a very special beer coming up . That would be the return of the RISistance Russian Imperial Stout. This is the biggest beer we've ever brewed. Silky, smooth, chocolate forward. Last year's edition was 11.5%, so proceed accordingly. Seriously good stuff.

And is it too early to talk about Avocado Festival? We've got our Avo Honey IPA underway, so look for that sumptuous piece of craft beer magic in the not-so-distant future. Classic pine, citrus, and stone fruit flavors joining 60 lbs of Avocado Honey for truly a unique IPA with copper colored crushability.


September starts on the right foot, and keeps on going. We've got a calendar chock full of musical and non musical adventure. This Saturday, September 1, we'll have the local and much-loved Skamakazie in the brewery for the usual phenomenal time. We've also got Will Breman, King Bee, Rick Reeves, So Far So Near, Charlie Baker, Alice Austin, and Cabbage. Food trucks Phoevermore and WoodStock Farina will be here, then there's Tuesday Trivias, an always interesting talk from the good folks at Santa Barbara Creek Week, and at the end of the month, our third edition of Stories on Tap in which speakers regale with tales of adventure and misadventure. German club too! Details are over here:

The sunsets are getting good! We'd love to hear from you, so hit us up info@islandbrewingcompany.com. If you're not already following along on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, click the icons below and let's stay in touch!


That's it for now!


Thanks and thanks,

The Island Brewing Team



We're Hiring!

We're Hiring!

You read it here first: we're hiring! The crush of summer and its unrelenting thirst is nearly upon us. Here's what we are looking for!


Island Brewing Company is expanding and you can be part of the adventure. We are on the lookout for a Part Time Assistant Tasting Room Manager. The successful candidate will have an uncommon knowledge and passion for craft beer that will resonate with our tasting room customers. We’re looking for someone with who can crush the following:

-Ensure customers have a positive experience at our tasting room

-Direct beertenders in daily procedures

-Multitask with grace under pressure

-Manage our loyalty program, the Island Nation Club

If this sounds like you and you’re also a team player with a commitment to helping others get the job done, we want to hear from you!

Do not delay, please email a resume and cover letter. Laurie@islandbrewingcompany.com




Island Brewing Company is expanding and you can be part of the adventure. We are on the lookout for a Part-time Seasonal Delivery Driver / Event Staff. The successful candidate will have an uncommon knowledge and passion for craft beer that will resonate with outside accounts. We’re looking for someone with who can crush the following duties:

- Fulfill account orders via a daily delivery route.

- Provide timely and accurate delivery to accounts of kegs, bottles,

-Merchandise/stock/rotate stock at outside accounts.

-Add to additional sales totals when the opportunity presents itself.

-Develop and maintain key partnerships with retailers and restaurants.


 If this sounds like you and you have a personable/sociable personality, a valid CA driving license, clean driving record, impeccable driving skills and a strong back( this is a physically demanding position – there will be much lifting of 55 and 165 lb kegs and 25 lb cases), we want to hear from you. Especially if you are detail orientated in invoicing, reconciling, loading, unloading, returning keg shells, and available for occasional weekend work during beer festivals and tastings. What, you’re also a team player with a commitment to helping others get the job done with a safety conscious attitude? Love to hear it!

Do not delay, please email a resume and cover letter. Laurie@islandbrewingcompany.com




Island Brewing Company is expanding and you can be part of the adventure. We are on the lookout for a Part-time Merchandise Clerk/ Rover. The successful candidate will have an uncommon knowledge and passion for craft beer that will resonate with our tasting room customers. We’re looking for someone with who can crush the following:

-Stocking, inventory god/goddess

-Retail savviness/ people person

-Mutli tasker who can keep our tasting room at its maximum level of feng-shui, collecting glasses and interacting with customers while exuding an uncommon positive vibe.

-Manage online sales

If this sounds like you and you’re also a team player with a commitment to helping others get the job done, we want to hear from you!

Do not delay, please email a resume and cover letter. Laurie@islandbrewingcompany.com

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New Beer Release! Hibiscus Sunrise Pilsner

New Beer Release! Hibiscus Sunrise Pilsner

Spring is in the air, and the masterminds here at Island Brewing Company have come up with a special, single batch brew, the Hibiscus Sunrise Pilsner. This delectable delight features three pounds of Gold Nugget Mandarin zest from fruit grown on Rincon Mountain, with five gallons of Hibiscus tea added for a refreshing 4.3% abv, 25 ibu easy drinking beer.

We joined many other breweries around the country who participated in the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew, and we had an all star cast of local women beer enthusiasts getting this one done. A portion of the funds from beer sales of the the Hibiscus Sunrise Pilsner will go to the Pink Boots Society, to help women beer professionals advance their careers in the brewing industry. Hibiscus Sunrise Pilsner will be available on draft, in cans, and growlers.

Get Used to It/ Get Prepared: Conversations with First Responders

Get Used to It/ Get Prepared: Conversations with First Responders

We’re hosting a community-minded discussion with a cross section of first responders on how to optimize your emergency plans, Wednesday, March 21 from 7-8:30 pm. Every time it rains, the burn scar from the Thomas Fire has us on edge. And while you might have evacuated multiple times already, there’s always room for improvement. The next three-to-five years is the time frame for our hillsides to return to normal. Firefighter Moses Romo will detail what to have in your emergency bag and shelter in place box, as well as offer practical details to make the next time you have to leave an organized, as-smooth-as-it-can-be affair.

We’ll also hear from emergency dispatcher Raquel Zick for her perspectives on coordinating a community in crisis, and a former paramedic Ryan Zick. Finally, we’ll also hear from each other, share what we’ve learned so far to be ahead of the game for the next evacuation. And we will additionally have a few beers, too, in the aim of optimal community building! Hope to see you then!

Low Tide Alert! Baltic Blackbird Porter!

Low Tide Alert! Baltic Blackbird Porter!

Just a quick note to let you know what we know about what is happening here at Island Brewing Company. For starters, this is a LOW TIDE ALERT, repeat, LOW TIDE ALERT, which means we are two-five gallon kegs away from the very, very last of the Baltic Blackbird Porter. This has proven to be a beer capable of getting one through a tumultuous winter. Its deep, delicious, roast will be missed. Get on it before it's gone!

What this means, of course, is that we have a bevy of phenomenal beers coming your way. As soon as the Baltic Blackbird bids adieu, an Imperial Amber will rise in its place, helping you to conquer all. We've kept the batch size low to maximize flavor concentration and wow at first sip factor. The end result is 8.5% abc, 20 IBU beauty that is likely to be your new go-to beer.

Friday, we also join many breweries around the country that are participating in the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew, a women empowering beer brewing extravaganza that will see our brew crew brew a Pilsner with Hibiscus and Tangerine. This should be ready to roll sometime around April 1st, no, really. Exciting times for women in the craft beer industry. Check out https://www.pinkbootssociety.org/pink-boots-brew/!

And while the timing is emerging, the barrel aging progresses. On the radar is a Jubilee aged in Scotch barrels, our beloved Big Island Barleywine, 2017 edition, emerging from Bourbon barrels, and a Jubilee aged in Grenache barrels. Watch this space.

We've got the new calendar up with bands, gatherings, and more: take a look at the month ahead over at the website. We've got an action packed line up that will be benefiting your general well being. We've also partnered up with United Blood Services for Pint for a Pint. Donate a pint of blood and get a $1 pint. Book your appointment here, and feel especially good about your naturally alturistic self the next time you're in for a beer!: :http://www.blood4life.org/index.cfm?group=op&step=2&opid=785087&opidh=4870E5D70EC0A3A3D6224A04D3CAA078&idt=43153.6400926

In regional craft beer news, the Central Coast Beer Week kicks off March 23 - April 1. The Central Coast Beer Fest takes place Friday March 24th in Atascadero at the Sunken Gardens from 12 -4. The week will be rife with tap takeovers far and wide. Check out https://www.centralcoastbrewersguild.com/home for all things local craft beer coming up.



Support a fallen firefighter: Stewart family fundraiser, Jan 6

Support a fallen firefighter: Stewart family fundraiser, Jan 6

The Thomas Fire brought an incredible display of what firefighters do. Stan Stewart was a dedicated member of the Los Padres Hot Shots for over 30 years, and worked tirelessly to protect the nation’s forests. He was a leader in the firefighting community and dedicated his life to training personnel and improving the safety of boots on the ground. Sadly, Stan lost a nine-year battle with cancer in November. We had this fundraiser on the schedule before the Thomas fire, and the experience and aftermath of it adds a tangible poignancy to all those who battle wildfires on our behalf.

January 6, we’ll be hosting the Santa Barbara County FireFighters Association in a fundraiser for Stan’s family as they face daunting medical bills. Please make a point to come by, do what you can, and thank a firefighter one of the best ways you can, by supporting the family of the fallen. We're fairly certain camaraderie with this crew will be through the roof. We'll have live music by the Surf Bumz, fantastic auction and raffle items, Tri-tip on the grill from Shalhoob Meat Company, and maybe even a fresh, craft beer with your name on it. See you then!

4th Annual Carpinterian Volksmarch

4th Annual Carpinterian Volksmarch

Find your walking shoes, it’s time to hit the streets in the 4th Annual Carpinteria Volksmarch. Sunday, November 19, we embrace the camaraderie that is only found walking from brewery to brewery to meadery to brewery, meeting new friends and old along the way. 

The idea is simple: embrace the old German tradition of the Volksmarch, or people walk, and hike a 2.3-mile route from brewery to brewery to cidery to brewery, all the while promoting fitness, fun, and supporting a worthwhile cause.

The Volksmarch starts at Island Brewing Company at 1:00 pm. From there, marchers can head either to The Apiary and BrewLAB, or to Rincon Brewery. After that, it’s a sprint to the finish back where live music from Paris Slim and Frank will await. Tickets will be $10 and proceeds will go to benefit Forrest Holt, a local four-year-old boy born with a rare blood disorder called Vascular Malformation. After having a major surgery in June, Forrest has been in recovery and undergoing kidney dialysis while awaiting a kidney transplant. With over 60 costly surgeries and procedures in the first four years of life, the road has not been easy for him or his family.https://www.facebook.com/ForrestHoltStrong/?ref=br_rs

So grab a friend or two, or three, grab a beer and let’s converge on what will be a beautiful day and a beautiful endeavor. In addition to the unique blend of roadside camaraderie found only when galavanting through town waving a beer flag on a non-competitive stroll, participants will receive a passport to be stamped at each location. On successful return to Island Brewing Company, participants will be granted a medal commemorating their efforts. Smiles will abound.

Seeking Beertender!

Seeking Beertender!

Whew! It's been quite a summer. You people are thirsty! We're looking for a beertender!

Island Brewing Company has been brewing award winning craft beer in Carpinteria since 2001. We are seeking an uncanny combination of enthusiasm, beer-savviness, and stratospheric customer service in our tasting room for a bartender position. The candidate will come pre-wired with a sense of humor and a passion for craft beer.

Responsibilities include:
-Treating customers with utmost courtesy and care.
-Setting up tasting room and patio for the day
-Maintaining neat, orderly, and clean work and customer environment
-Stocking kegs, bottles, growlers, and merchandise
-Daily heavy lifting of 5-gallon (50lb) and 15.5-gallon (150 lbs)
-Learning and operating POS system
-Accurate cash and credit card transactions
-Being intimately familiar with Island Brewing Company beers and company history.
-Knowledge of the brewing process
-Cleaning tasting room, restrooms, and patio at the end of the night
-Grace under pressure; problem solving and thinking on your feet.
-Running cash register reports and daily reconciliation.
The ideal candidate has an understanding of craft beer culture, history and its current trajectory. We're looking for someone who has previous bartending experience and a positive professional attitude that can work as a team player. Nights, weekends, and some holidays may be required as work load and staffing dictate. Most of our current bar staff are Cicerone certified; a preference will be given to the candidate possessing this credential. 

Email Laurie@islandbrewingcompnay.com

New Bar Sneak Peek/ SurfnSuds Beer Festival

New Bar Sneak Peek/ SurfnSuds Beer Festival

It's starting to feel like we are half way through summer, but it's also starting to feel like we still have the big half to go. We've got an August chock full of happenings; new beers, the Surf'n'Suds Beer Fest, a bevy of bands, singers, and food trucks, read on!

The beer festival in our back yard Surf'n'Suds is slated for liftoff August 12. The fifth annual edition will see over 70 craft breweries, wineries, and ciders on Linden field. Mega-sized beer pong, cornhole, food trucks, and live music will create an amazing day. Tickets sell out, so we included this link so you can be a part of the magic: https://nightout.com/events/carpinteria-surf-n-suds-beer-festival-2017/tickets.

We will also be releasing our collaboration brew with brewLab and Rincon Brewery. The appropriately titled 'Tres Cervezerias' is an XPA with delightful proportions: 5.4 % and 31 IBUs. Mosaic, Simcoe, and Galaxy hops mingling for a pale golden extraordinarily refreshing extra pale ale. Again, not to be missed.

What's flowing on draft here now? Great question. That would be the Blonde, Paradise Pale Ale, Avocado Honey Ale, IPA, Tropical Lager, Jubilee, our Variance the Hop Hefner (half IPA, half Hefeweizen), the King Tide, Hopliner IPA, and the Pacific Coast Hefeweizen. Bottle selections include the Blonde, Avocado Honey Ale, Paradise Pale Ale, IPA, Hopliner, King Tide, Big Island Barleywine, Starry Night Stout, Barrel Aged Jubilee, Bourbon Barrel Big Island, Barrel Aged Perpetual Saison, Bourbon Barrel Rigamarole, Barrel Aged Big Island from 2015, and the Bourbon Barrel Starry Night Stout. And finally the Tropical Lager and Hopliner are in cans.

As far as the rest of what we know about the future, in a nutshell we've got food Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, music and Trivia on Tuesdays, bands on Saturday, and Sunday. There's rumors of an Open Mic night coming up. Check out more details on August happenings on the Calendar section of our website: http://www.islandbrewingcompany.com/new-events/?view=calendar&month=August-2017 The new merchandise room is up and operational and there's no shopping experience quite like shopping with a beer in the hand. Here's a sneak peek at what the new bar is going to look like. We've never been closer! That's it for now. See you soon, if not sooner!









Island Brewing Company Scores Wins

Island Brewing Company Scores Wins

Island Brewing Company Scores Wins

CARPINTERIA, CA – The approach of summer and long sun drenched days also brings a flurry of international beer competitions in California. Island Brewing Company recently secured wins in both the Los Angeles International Beer Competition and the San Diego International Beer Competition. “The pace of expansion in craft beer continues to be extraordinary. There’s never been a better time to be a craft beer drinker,” says owner and founder Paul Wright. “So to be recognized in the crowded space that is craft beer is a win for our whole team and program.”

Using a certified panel of judges in a blind-tasting method, the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, judged April 22-23, awarded Island Brewing Company a Silver Medal for the Big Island Barleywine, and a Silver Medal for the Jubilee Ale in the Scotch Ale category, while the barrel-aged Perpetual Saison went on to earn an Honorable Mention.

The San Diego International Beer Competition , April 21-22, was open to all breweries regardless of size. Also judged through a blind tasting and Certified Beer Judge format, six months of bourbon barrel aging paid off for the Rigamorole, a Double Brown ale that went on to claim Bronze in the Wood and Barrel Aged Beer category. “It was our first win in the San Diego competition,” noted head brewer Ryan Morrill, " an area well-known for its outstanding beers. To pick up this award, as well as recognition in LA is an affirmation of the hard work our team puts in. Everyday, in every beer."


For more information contact mark@islandbrewingcompany.com 

Heads up: New Variance and Barrel Aged Saison  Coming Up!

Heads up: New Variance and Barrel Aged Saison Coming Up!

Hear ye hear ye beer enthusiasts far and wide! There's good news bubbling away at Island Brewing Company. This is to let you know that the next rotating IPA in the Variance series is indeed happening: This -- incredibly the 13th in our Variance series -- will be flowing bold and bright from our taps into your glass and gullet at the end of the month. This light bodied gem will highlight Hopsteiner's experimental hop #7270 and is destined to strike a special chord in your craft beer soul.

And yes, you are correct, naturally, there is more: The brain and brawn trust that are our brewers are also bringing you the labor of love that is our Barrel Aged Saison which will, beer gods willing, be on tap and in bottles Wednesday, March 15th. This beauty has been aging to perfection for the last eight months and is ready, set, go in the race to dazzle. Mark your calendars now for that little bit of specialness.

This winter has been one for the books: thanks for everyone for braving the elements and coming out. We've had a bevy of stellar musical acts, each seeming to out do the last. March is also looking pretty stacked with the likes of Riverside, the Excellent Tradesmen, Big Tweed and more. Cruise over to our Calendar section on the website for upcoming times and dates.

Has it already been a year? The answer is a resounding 'Yes.' So it is we are announcing the 3rd Annual Slow Bike Race. The idea again is to keep your balance while staying within the course and to travel as slowly as possible. There will be victory. There will be imbalance. There will be a beer or two. Saturday April 1st. Watch this space for details. Fun for the whole family. Kids division too!


And we probably forgot a bunch of other things, but stop by the brewery and we'll tell you the rest of them.



The Island Brewing Team

The BIG ISLAND: Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine Release

The BIG ISLAND: Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine Release

We release the beast: Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine. Lovingly aged in bourbon barrels for over one year, the hop bitterness usually found in our Big Island has subsided in favor of an assertive and evolving bourbon character. Toffee, vanilla, and graham cracker flavors round out the complexity. 100 ibus, 10.5% abv. More delicious engineering from the brain trust that are our brewers!

Island Brewing Company Claims Gold, Silver Medals

Island Brewing Company Claims Gold, Silver Medals

Island Brewing Company Claim Gold, Silver Medals

CARPINTERIA, CA –  Island Brewing Company claimed both a Gold and  Silver Medals at the Best of Craft Beer Awards,  judged in Bend, Oregon, January 28-29th. The competition features hundreds of craft breweries from throughout the nation, judged throughout a wide variety of beer styles.

 Island Brewing Company earned a Gold Medal for its Tropical Lager in the American-style Lagercategory, while the Jubilee went on to claim the Silver Medal in the Scotch Ale category. “The win for the Tropical Lager was great, but made even better because that entry was submitted in a can form, a packaging process that we have recently started, and a testament to the fresh is best philosophy that has driven our brewery from the start,” said owner and founder Paul Wright. “The Jubilee Ale is a local favorite, and no stranger to accolades in the Scotch Ale category, so we’re happy to see that beer still resonant with certified beer judges, and the daily friends that come to the brewery every day.”

Hear ye! Hear ye! Holiday miracle of our online store is happening! Other notable events for Dec. too!

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

We're ringing the holiday in with a bit of good news: our online store is up, open, and ready for you. Take the stress that comes with all that running around, standing in line at the post office, and sending gifts hither and yon out of the equation. Kick back, open a cold one, start clicking through the wonderland of gift ideas. We have gift cards, short sleeve shirts, growlers, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, pint glasses, Island Nation memberships, and more. Click here:http://www.islandbrewingcompany.com/store/ and let that stress melt away.

t's an amazing month here as well. We have the annual Holiday Parade coming up this Saturday, and our Holiday Sing-Along, complete with the Santa Barbara Trombone Choir, right around the corner. Check out the calendar for details:http://www.islandbrewingcompany.com/new-events/?view=calendar&month=December-2016

And later this month, look for our release of our Double Brown aged in Bourbon Barrels. Do. Not. Miss!

Platinum Medal and Two Golds at World Beer Championships

And we've moved back into the super stoked category of existence. Fresh off the Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal for our 15th Anniversary Ale, we recently learned of a couple of other awards at the World Championship of Beer in Chicago that were enough to make the team's collective day.

First of all, these guys can write. Here's what they had to say:

2015 Big Island Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine: Platinum Medal. 97 points. "Cloudy color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, caramelized nuts and yams, sweet and peppery spices and mint, and gingerbread pudding with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity body and a warming, very long vanilla custard, caramel frosted fruit cake, whisky soaked nuts, and pepper finish. A big, broad-shouldered bourbon-barrel behemoth of a beer."

15th Anniversary Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale: Gold Medal. 95 points. "Brown color. Attractive, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramel fudge, and latte with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long coconut custard, vanilla, and pepper finish. A lush, chewy, chocolatey bourbon-barrel aged stout in the classic BCS style.

2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Jubilee Scotch Ale: Gold Medal. 91 points. "Dark cloudy walnut color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate mousse, roasted nuts, and dark caramelized fruits with a chewy, bright, petillant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long rum raisin cake, figs, and pepper finish. A decadent, boozy bourbon-barrel aged treat."

We may have a few of these gems in our cooler. Only one way to make sure: see you soon if not sooner.

We're Hiring: Assistant Brewer

We’re hiring! We’re looking for a full time Assistant Brewer in our beach side brewery. The ideal candidate will have formal brewing experience, relevant work within a production brewery, and outstanding communication and problem solving skills in addition to a keen eye for detail and working well with others. We're now in our 15th year, continued expansion, and this year is looking like another exciting one.

Chief duties include:
-Assisting in all aspects of brewing, from staging grain, setting up hoses and valves, mash-in, rake-out, break down, and clean up. 
- Wort production.
-Raw material management.
-CIP of fermenters, brewhouse, and brite tanks.
-Filtering with plate and frame 40 x 40.
-Labelling, bottling, kegging, canning, and assisting with all other packaging.
-Maintaining clean and orderly work environment.

Additional duties include:
-Maintaining jockey boxes and taps for outside use.
-Cleaning in house draft lines.
-Keg cleaning.
-Maintaining keg fleet.
-Preventative maintenance and upkeep up tanks, pumps, compressors, and other machinery.
-Participate in critical assessment of beers, and aiding in developing recipes for occasional or seasonal beers.

The Assistant brewer will put a premium on working safely, have knowledge of safe handling practices for all brewing chemicals. The nature of the work is manual involving lifting of 5 and 15.5-gallon kegs (165 lbs.) and requires safe operational knowledge of both fork lift and pallet jack.

Important Skills and Abilities:

-Formal brewing experience
-Positive outlook and attitude.
-Ability to work unsupervised while maintaining safety and quality standards.
-Strong mechanical aptitude.
-Ability to multitask.
-Ability to work with other departments and work in a diverse team environment.
-Work occasional offshifts, weekends, and holidays.

Qualified Candidates will possess the following:

-Enjoy physically demanding work environment.

-Self motivation.

-Outgoing personality.

-Hard working mentality.

-Strict attention to detail.

-Strong knowledge of the brewing process.

-Ability to understand and follow SOPs.

-Working to high quality standards without direct supervision.

-Ability to lift 55 lbs to shoulder height repeatedly.

-Ability to maneuver beer kegs (165 lbs).

Benefits include:

-Hourly compensation.

-Paid holidays/vacation.

-Monthly beer stipend.

-Employee discounts on beer and merchandise.

Please send all resumes to Laurie@islandbrewingcompany.com

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