Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is proud to be an award winning, local, certified organic brewery. Just because they brew with organic grains and organic hops doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to love it!
Brewed in the traditional fashion by a family owned and operated brewery, these ales are not filtered, not pasteurized, not radiated, and not brewed with any genetically modified ingredients.
They travel the world studying beer, breweries, brewing, and bars. Because they brew on a 7bbl system, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing can take risks and brew whatever their hearts desire. This kind of makes them unique and definitely makes their seasonal beers interesting. It also makes them true beer lovers.
Founded in 2005, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is proud to produce an American made product that is putting people to work locally. With twelve employees, they are a small but efficient operation and we at Sea Spirit Ocean Safari is proud to team up with them. Cheers!
- Swift Street Amber Ale
Our Amber Ale is an all grain, Close fermented, lightly hopped, handcrafted ale. We blend organic caramel malts along with hand selected organic hops to give the amber a rich flavor and copper colour. The results are clear, this organic Amber Ale is a brewery favorite.
- Rail Trail IPA
Brewed in collaboration with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to benefit and support the building of the bike trail spanning down the existing rail road tracks.
This West Coast Style IPA showcases organic Cascade, Chinook, Azzaca and Centennial Hops. It’s a juicy hop punch that leaves you wanting more!
- The Boardwalk Blonde
The deep gold beauty of this double blonde ale illuminates with a smooth blend of organic, European-style malts and organic California grown hops featuring locally harvested honey. With aromas of wildflowers, smooth in body yet strong in character, seaside amusements don’t get any better than this.
Featured on the label is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s first bill board model, a local named Marilyn Matthews. In the 1950’s her glamourous image helped promote Santa Cruz all over California. Marilyn still lives in Santa Cruz and loves to visit the boardwalk. Here is to you Marilyn!
- Pacific IPA
Santa Cruz loves its HOPS almost as much as it loves organic strawberries. This India Pale is an aromatic beer that packs a punch. A whopping 7% alcohol content, drink a pint of this elyxir and you will be feeling a ‘hoppy’ buzz.
The focus here is on creating a subtle balance of malt and hops without over stimulating your palate. You will find this to be a highly drinkable India Pale Ale; the perfect thirst quenching ale.
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard has been making European-style, food-friendly, cellar-worthy wines since 1975. They are well-known for making Pinot Noir that can age beautifully for three decades.
Their basic philosophy is that wine should dance with food and make the food/wine experience more than a sum of the ingredients. This means making wines with moderate alcohol and oak so that the true characteristics of the grape varieties are expressed. You won’t find any high-alcohol, jammy, oaky wines in their cellar.
In 2008 they launched a second brand, Quinta Cruz, which features only varieties that originated on the Iberian Peninsula but are now grown here in California. These Portuguese and Spanish varieties include Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Souzao, Graciano, and Tinto Cão.
After more-or-less hiding away in the mountains for 32 years, the winery moved into the city of Santa Cruz in 2008 and opened the first tasting room in their long history. Currently they are located in an area where you can walk to many other tasting rooms nearby and are only a few blocks from the beach and Natural Bridges State Park.
Sea Spirit Ocean Safari is excited to feature a couple of our favorites on board for your tasting pleasure. Salud!
- 2016 Grenache Blanc
Vineyard: Clay Station VineyardAppellation: Borden Ranch – LodiWine: 100% Grenache Blanc – Alcohol: 12.5%Production: 153 cases CCOF Organically grown grapes
- 2013 Petite Sirah
Vineyard: Pierce RanchAppellation: San Antonio Valley, Southwestern Monterey CountyWine: 100% Petite Sirah (Durif) – Alcohol 14.0%Production: 581 cases100% whole berry fermentationFrench,Hungarian and American barrels for 18 monthsWine is unfined and unfiltered