Philosophy

Piglet eating grain at Orella Ranch.

cradle to cradle


We forage local herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables for our various recipes, including supporting our local beekeepers with the usage of choice honey.  We use almost entirely organic grains. All of our solid waste (spent grains, hops, yeast) are fed to local pigs or composted.

Eclectic


We don't have flagship beers, we rarely repeat recipes and we're not afraid to break the boundaries of the industry's 'norm'. All of this gives us the freedom as brewers to continue to learn more and push our limits.

Raw brewing ingredients.
Pulling aged beer from a barrel.

Hand-Crafted


Everything from our bar, walk-in cooler, patio, light fixtures and the original brewing system itself was designed and built by us. More than anything, we are still extremely excited to serve our local community with a place that is unique and entertaining.

Our Story

We excitedly opened our doors to the public on September 26th of 2014.

The Lost Coast

We started our project in late 2012, just three home-brewing friends, after a backpacking trip to the Lost Coast. We all shared a passion for creating unique libations and combined shared almost 15 years of brewing experience. On that fateful trip we discussed wanting to take our craft to the next level. 

Part of our goal was to create an eclectic, rootsy environment that reflected our passion. We are proud to have built our little brewery with our own hands using mostly salvaged materials. And in only our first year of operation we served well over 100 different beers. We continually seek to push the limits of flavor profiles and traditional techniques.

Steve, co-founder, in full brewLAB gear.
brewLAb represented at Surf 'N Suds.

We're happy to participate in, and contribute to, local festivals and events that revolve around brewing, environmentalism, and the promotion of local businesses within our community. We've also collaborated with local breweries and built lasting relationships with our fellow entrepreneurs.

Peter beneath the brewLAB entry sign, which he hand-cut from salvaged sheet metal.
Peter, co-founder, beneath the brewLAB entry sign.

Staying Rooted

It is vitally important to us that we are directly involved with the sourcing and production of our ingredients and raw materials. We use almost entirely organic grains and harvest local herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables for our various recipes, including supporting our local beekeepers with the usage of choice honey. All of our solid waste (spent grains, hops, yeast) are fed to local pigs, or composted.  A large majority of our waste water is re-used to water landscaping, and we continually seek ways to become better environmental stewards within an industry that has room to evolve.

The brewers' boots.
The brewers' boots.
Dave, long-time brewer, serving at an event.

Carpinteria, CA

We're often asked, why Carpinteria? We couldn't be any happier with calling this place home. In its 50 years of existence this sleepy coastal town has not lost its character, and after traveling the California coast top to bottom it remains (to us) one of the few small coastal gems in Southern California. At a population of only 14,500, our small town hosts three breweries: Island Brewing (the original Carpinteria watering hole), Rincon Brewery and brewLAB. We wouldn't be where we are today without their support and we're stoked to call them our neighbors and friends.

Carpinteria and the greater Santa Barbara area has been nothing short of amazing and we can't thank everyone in the community enough for supporting our vision and passion. As we grow our business from the ground up, we strive to stay true to our roots and not forget the foundation that created our establishment. After years of planning, designing, and building we excitedly opened our doors to the public on September 26th of 2014 and look forward to the new adventures of evolving and growing with the support of the community.

Cheers!

Much like any art, you can always learn more, try something different and find new ways to produce something special outside of your comfort zone.

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The Brewers

We're brewers by day and bartenders by night.

Come ask us any questions you like while we work the tasting room.

Steve

Co-Founder // Brewer

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Peter

Co-Founder // Brewer

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Dave

Brewer

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Cliff

Partner // Brewer

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