Thursday, April 10, 2014

Institution Ale Company (Camarillo)


Another brewery?

Yes, yet another one.

It wasn't on my to-do/go list on our way to Santa Barbara a couple of weekends ago.  When Lilly asked if I had anything interesting bookmarked along the way however, I came across a few options.  Most businesses were gonna be closed or were slightly off our direct path to Santa Barbara.  All, but one.

Allow me to introduce you to an instant favorite brewery of mine - Institution Ale Company.

These guys are not even a year old but the couple of beers we tried were spot-on.

Looking back, I wish I could have drank more.  But the day was young and we had 2 more breweries and a couple of bars to attack later that night, so we took it easy.

First up, was my breakfast of champions beer - an imperial pint of "Frantic," a coffee stout.  What a way to start the day, is all I'll say. Wow. So creamy velvety smooth with assertive coffee aroma and flavor.  One day, perhaps I'll get to try Frantic with vanilla bean.  Maybe even scoop a little ice cream into it to make a float of it why not!  Yummy! ;)

 Last but not least, Vice on Cherries, a Berliner Weise or sour wheat beer with added cherries.   Damn, another winner!  2 for 2.  And not just 2 for 2 as in 2 lousy singles with nobody on. I'm talking about 2 round-trippers with the bags full - in walk-off fashion
Sooo good.  Two styles of beer I especially adore done proper.

 Although these guys are over an hour away from home, I'm sure I'll return one day.  It will forever be a little pit-stop of mine on my way up the coast for any driving excursion in that general direction. 

    For such a small brewery in the middle of the boonies, they are producing high
quality beer.  Highly recommended!


  1. You should check out Island Brewing Company in Carpinteria on your next trip to the Santa Barbara area...

  2. It's on my to-do list next time up! Thanks! Anything in particular, I should try?

  3. All of em! For sure the Jubilee and Avocado Honey Ale...

  4. Noted! Thanks for the suggestion!