Founded in 2013, Institution Ale Company is known for utilizing non-traditional ingredients such as vanilla, cocoa nibs, coffee and peppers. All their beer is brewed in a 3-vessel, 15-barrel, Premier Stainless brewing system. Everything from recipe development, ingredient selection, the brewing process and packaging are completed in house by the company's brew team to create handcrafted ales.
Institution Ale's flagship location is at 3841 Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo and the Santa Barbara outlet opened in 2019. "We love the architecture of the building, the retro style, the location being in the heart of State Street and the inviting all-glass store front," said Institution Ale Company co-founder Shaun Smith at the opening. "With this location, we are able to share all our beers with a new community. Beer is best when it's fresh. We are able to brew a beer and drive it 40 minutes up the road and put it on tap for everyone in Santa Barbara."
Institution Ale is open seven days a week. Enjoy a rotating selection of beers from the source and freshly baked thin crust pizzas and soft pretzels from their kitchen. Institution Ale offers indoor seating with 10 TVs, an outdoor patio area and extended back room area.
Beer is available to-go in 4-pack 16-oz cans, and 32 oz or 64 oz growlers/crowlers. Food is also available to-go. No reservations are required, it's alway first come, first served.