Uniquely Californian

HANDCRAFTED, SMALL-BATCH ALES AND LAGERS SINCE 2006

Embracing Tradition with local flavor

Early American brewers adapted traditional European brewing techniques to the unique ingredients, climates, and tastes of the New World. At Telegraph Brewing Co., our beers are handcrafted in that same manner at our brewery in Santa Barbara, California. Making use of as many locally grown ingredients as we can, Telegraph's ales embody our philosophy that a local brewery should reflect the traditions of its region. Our goal is to produce uniquely American beer styles that are imbued with a spirit of invention and creativity, but always with a nod toward history.

Each of Telegraph's brews is carefully crafted in small batches in our traditional copper-clad brewery. We respectfully employ brewing techniques proven over the centuries while eschewing modern shortcuts that might make our lives easier but inevitably lead to less distinctive beers. However, just like you, Telegraph Brewing Co. isn't afraid of trying something new. That's something you'll discover on taking your first sip of our beer. We are proud to be a small part of California's rich brewing heritage and we hope that with each pint you can taste the perfect blend of the past and the future.

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Our Beers

Local, Traditional, Hand-made

These are the beers that define who we are and what we’re all about. Balanced. Complex and nuanced. Food-friendly. Unique. Explore our year-round line up of go-to beers and find your flavor.

California Ale
California Ale   Availability: Year round
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Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume: 6.2%; O.G.: 15° P / 1.059

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Brewer's Notes

Telegraph California Ale is our flagship beer and is our interpretation of the unique ales that were commonly brewed up and down the West Coast in the 19th century. It is an unfiltered medium-bodied beer, with a rich amber color and a rocky, white head. The beer is crafted using domestic American ingredients and fermented with a unique yeast strain that accentuates the hoppy spiciness, while also imparting fruity and subtly tart flavors. The aromas are spicy and earthy, reminiscent of the rich agricultural valleys surrounding Santa Barbara.

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Awards & Accolades
  • Gold Medal, 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Belgian- and French-Style Ale
  • Bronze Medal, 2013 Great American Beer Festival, Belgian- and French-Style Ale
  • Rated "A-", Beer Advocate Magazine, Issue #30
  • Named one of "27 of our Favorite Beers", Los Angeles Times, Sept. 2010
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Stock Porter Stock Porter
Stock Porter    Availability: Year round
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Porter

Alcohol by volume: 5.7%; O.G.: 14° P / 1.056

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Staying true to original porter brewing techniques, Telegraph Stock Porter is dark and complex, yet eminently drinkable, revealing a tantalizing combination of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate aromas married to a fruity, refreshing acidity. The name "Stock Porter" was the moniker 19th century pub keepers gave to the more expensive Porter that had been aged in their beer cellars, as opposed to "Mild Porter", which was a less complex, less expensive, and less characterful brew.

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Awards & Accolades
  • Rated "A-", Beer Advocate Magazine, Issue #30
  • Silver Medal Winner, 2008 Los Angeles International Beer Competition
  • Bronze Medal Winner , 2007 Los Angeles International Beer Competition

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White Ale White Ale
White Ale    Availability: Year round
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White Ale

Alcohol by volume: 4.5%; O.G.: 11° P / 1.044

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A classic, brewed with coriander, orange peel, and locally grown chamomile flowers. It is called "white ale" because of the pale, cloudy color. A light aroma of orange and a zesty mouthfeel ensure that Telegraph White Ale is the perfect accompaniment to long summer days and fresh, flavorful farmer's market cuisine.

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  • Named one of the "Top 25 Beers of 2010", Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Dec. 2010
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Los Padres Saison
Los Padres Saison    Availability: Year round
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Dry-hopped Saison

Alcohol by volume: 7.0%; O.G.: 15.4° P / 1.062

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An unfiltered, dry-hopped Belgian saison, our Los Padres Saison is a beer we're sure our fathers would be proud of. Redolent with grassy and fresh-grapefruit hop aromas, a pilsner malt bill balances the beer perfectly. A hint of clove and a peppery, spicy, dry finish make this a very satisfying confluence of old and new world flavors.

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Telegraph IPA
American-Style IPA   Availability: Year round
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India Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume: 6.6%

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Staying true to our passion for nuanced, uniquely Californian beers, Telegraph IPA offers generous hop flavor and aroma and a clean, dry finish. Loaded with Cascade, Centennial, Meridian, CTZ hops, it is bold, yet balanced, an IPA brewed on our own terms.

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Brewers know what season it is by looking what beers are in the tanks. Crisp pilsner? Must be summer. Rich, dark spiced ale? Definitely winter. Forget looking at the calendar, let your taste buds tell you what month it is.

Cerveza de Fiesta
Cerveza de Fiesta   Availability: Only during the summer months
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Czech-Style Pilsner

Alcohol by volume: 5%; O.G.: 12.6° P / 1.050

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Our classic, crisp pilsner is brewed every summer for Santa Barbara's Fiesta celebration. Telegraph is proud to brew our Cerveza de Fiesta right here in downtown Santa Barbara, for locals and visitors alike. This classic Czech Pilsner-style lager is crisp, satisfying, and refreshing. Noble hop aroma and a biscuit malt body have this beer finishing clean and dry. It is just the beer to pair with great food, old and new friends, and good times. Viva la Fiesta!

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Awards & Accolades
  • Rated “Outstanding”, Alström Bros, BeerAdvocate.com
  • Rated "A-", Beer Advocate Magazine, Issue #48
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Flotsam Lager
Flotsam Lager    Availability: At the beginning and end of each summer
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Dry-hopped Amber Lager

Alcohol by volume: 6%; O.G.: ?° P / ?

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Flotsam is a medium-bodied lager that pours a light amber color and displays a tight head. Dry-hopping with Meridian hops gives Flotsam a fresh aroma of lemon, dried apricot, and tropical fruit. The result is bright, flavorful, and refreshing.


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Handlebar Abbey
Handlebar Abbey    Availability: Year round
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Coffee Infused Belgian Ale

Alcohol by volume: 7.2%; O.G.: ?° P / ?

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Our Trappist-style Abbey Ale punctuates malty complexity with the bright aromas and low acidity of cold-pressed coffee from our friends at Handlebar Coffee Roasters in Santa Barbara.
This beer pours a rich mahogany color, has a huge aroma dominated by the stone-fruit esters of fresh coffee beans, and finishes dry.

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Prime Meridian
Prime Meridian    Availability: Only during the autumn months
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Hoppy Belgian-Style Ale

Alcohol by volume: 7.5%; O.G.: 15.8° P / 1.064

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Prime Meridian highlights the unique character of Meridian hops. Meridians produce bright tropical fruit aromas that gracefully compliment the flavor profile of our house yeast. The addition of Saaz and Cascade hops provide a dynamic overall hop complexity. With a dry, bitter finish, this beer is guaranteed to slake your thirst and gratify your taste buds.

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Rhinoceros Ale
Rhinoceros Ale    Availability: Limited availability
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Belgian-Style Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume: 10.0%; O.G.: 23° P / 1.092

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The rhinoceros may not be the king of the jungle, but he commands respect nonetheless. Powerful and distinctive, Telegraph Rhinoceros pays homage to one of the world's most majestic and endangered creatures. Brewed with a hefty dose of rye malt and balanced by a ridiculous amount of hops, our "rye wine" is truly a unique beast. Be careful... this rhino may seem mellow at first, but is known to charge unexpectedly!

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Awards & Accolades
  • Gold Medal, 2014 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition, Belgian and French Ale
  • Silver Medal, 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
  • Bronze Medal, 2012 World Beer Cup, Other Belgian-Style Ale
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Winter Ale
Winter Ale    Availability: Limited availability
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Spiced Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume: 7.7%; O.G.: 17.2° P / 1.069

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Inspired by Mexican hot chocolate, Telegraph Winter Ale warms even the coldest of nights with its hints of cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, and sweet Ancho chilies. Using generous amounts of chocolate and caramel malts, we brew this beer in limited quantities as a special treat for our friends and families and to celebrate the holidays. Be sure to enjoy it cool, rather than cold, to fully appreciate its complexity.

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The Obscura Series is our line of unique, limited-availability beers that represent the nexus of traditional and experimental brewing styles. Often using wild yeast strains, our progressive Obscura beers challenge the notions drinkers have about what beer really is. With complex, tart, earthy, funky aromas and flavors, these are beers brewed for connoisseurs of the different.

Reserve Wheat Ale
Reserve Wheat Ale    Availability: Limited availability
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German-Style Sour Ale

Alcohol by volume: 5.0%; O.G.: 12° P / 1.048

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This sour "wild ale" recalls the earliest rustic beers crafted centuries ago before brewers had an understanding of controlled fermentation. Brewed with the addition of locally grown lemon verbena herb, as well as lactobacillus and wild brettanomyces yeast, Telegraph Reserve Wheat is an all-together different beast from modern beer. Light, tart and extremely refreshing, this special brew is available in extremely limited quantities.

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Awards & Accolades
  • Gold Medal, 2014 Great American Beer Festival, German-Style Sour Ale
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Gypsy Ale Gypsy Ale
Gypsy Ale    Availability: Limited availability, released late summer/early fall.
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Ale

Alcohol by volume: 8.0%; O.G.: 17° P / 1.067

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Inspired by the exuberance of the Romani Gypsy culture, Telegraph Gypsy Ale celebrates the restless and adventurous spirit in all of us. We brew it with rye, unmalted wheat, and locally grown plums. Then we ferment it with Brettanomyces while listening to traditional Gypsy tunes. It's wild, it's unique, it's delicious. So go ahead, stray from that well-trodden ground you are following, grab a bottle, and dance along a crooked path. Opa!

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Awards & Accolades
  • Rated “Outstanding,” Alström Bros, BeerAdvocate.com
  • Rated "A-" , Beer Advocate Magazine, Issue #48

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Petit Obscura Petit Obscura
Petit Obscura    Availability: Limited
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Experimental Beer

Alcohol by volume: 3.7%; O.G.: 9° P / 1.035

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Telegraph Petit Obscura is a small beer brewed from the sour-mash second runnings of a batch of our Rhinoceros Rye Wine. Historically, a small beer was brewed as a way of utilizing the remaining sugars that are otherwise lost when making a big, high-gravity beer. With a crisp, fruity, white-wine-like character, our little obscure one is a light-bodied wild ale with a subtle complexity that transcends its humble origins.

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Awards & Accolades
  • Gold Medal, 2012 World Beer Cup, Experimental Beer
  • Silver Medal, 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Experimental Beer
  • Silver Medal, 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Experimental Beer
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Obscura Fortis Obscura Fortis
Obscura Fortis    Availability: Limited
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Barrel-aged Belgian-Style Ale

Alcohol by volume: 9%; O.G.: 19.5° P / 1.077

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Telegraph Obscura Fortis is a barrel-aged Belgian strong ale. Full-bodied for an American wild ale, with bold acidity. Toasted oak aromas blend perfectly with the sweet-tart lactobacillus character. Complex fruit flavors dominated by stone fruit.

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Obscura Vulpine Obscura Vulpine
Obscura Vulpine    Availability: Limited
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Red ale, aged in used Syrah barrels

Alcohol by volume: 5.5%; O.G.: 14° P / 1.055

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"Vulpine" means "like a fox". Telegraph Obscura Vulpine is a red ale aged in used Syrah barrels, with a color reminiscent of a fox, hence the name. The aroma is a complex blend of oak and cherry esters. Tart, bright flavors dominate; long finish with lingering oak character.

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press & accolades

Major Awards and National Press
  • Telegraph California Ale included in “Here, here: 31 of our favorite beers” Los Angeles Times, August 2010

  • Telegraph White Ale named one of the “Top 25 Beers of 2010” by Wine Enthusiast magazine

  • Telegraph Stock Porter included as one of “Today’s Finest Porters” in the article “Porters Get Fresh” Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2013

  • Telegraph Reserve Wheat Ale named one of “The 25 beers you need to try before you die” in USA Today (April 7, 2015), calling it “the best wheat beer you’ll ever drink”

Great American Beer Fest

Great American Beer Fest 2014
Gold Medal
Reserve Wheat Ale

Great American Beer Fest

Great American Beer Fest 2011
Gold Medal
California Ale

World Beer Cup

World Beer Cup 2012
Gold Medal
Petit Obscura Ale

Great American Beer Fest

Great American Beer Fest 2012
Silver Medal
Petit Obscura Ale

Great American Beer Fest

Great American Beer Fest 2012
Silver Medal
Rhinoceros Ale

Great American Beer Fest

Great American Beer Fest 2011
Silver Medal
Petit Obscura Ale

Great American Beer Fest

Great American Beer Fest 2013
Bronze Medal California Ale

World Beer Cup

World Beer Cup 2012
Bronze Award
Rhinoceros Ale

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Our Team

We make the magic happen
Brian Thompson

President

Brian Thompson

Ever since brewing his first batch of homebrew in a college apartment near Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, Brian wanted to be in the beer business. And he didn’t let a stint as a magazine editor or several years as a financial analyst get in the way of that dream. Brian founded Telegraph in 2006 using those homebrew recipes as the foundation for what became California Ale, Golden Wheat Ale, and Stock Porter, our three original beers.

Peter Baer

Head Brewer

Peter Baer

Since joining Telegraph in 2010, Peter has worked his way up the ladder at Telegraph from keg cleaner to Head Brewer. His background as an athlete in high school and college is manifested now in his competitive spirit and his desire to constantly improve Telegraph’s brewing operations. Peter’s unwavering attention to sanitation nearly single-handedly keeps isopropyl alcohol manufacturers in business.

Patrick Ceriale

Brewer

Patrick Ceriale

Patrick grew up in Santa Barbara, but was living in San Diego brewing enormous batches of IPA when the call came that it was time to move home. Bringing his love of hops with the unique twist on California beers for which Telegraph is known means Patrick has an opportunity to create interesting new experimental brews. In addition to his regular brewing duties, Patrick leads the collaboration on our barrel program and Obscura series beers.

Chris Thompson

Assistant Brewer

Chris Thompson

Chris joined Telegraph after moving back to California from Eastern Europe where he witnessed an American-style beer invasion, with locally brewed West Coast-style IPAs pushing into the uncharted territory beyond Euro lagers and Baltic porters. Chris is the brewery’s unofficial artist-in-residence and crafts intricate ceramic sculpture when he isn’t crafting beer.

Trevor Scoggins

Sales Manager

Trevor Scoggins

Trevor is a Central Coast native, passionate about the people and small businesses that give Santa Barbara County its character. He compliments his sales experience with a thorough craft beer education he received from purchasing and managing a high-end specialty foods retailer before joining Telegraph. When he’s not sharing the Telegraph story, Trevor can be found splashing around in the ocean.

Joshua Shervinski, PE

Tasting Room Manager

Joshua Shervinski, PE

Born and raised in the northeast, Joshua spent his time pursuing his education in engineering, but after several years in the industry, he realized his true passion was beer. He now works as our Tasting Room Manager, as well as an assistant brewer throughout the week. When he's not endlessly talking about different styles of beer, he's most likely enjoying the plentiful hiking around Santa Barbara or paddling around in his kayak.

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Visit Telegraph

Tasting Room Hours

Tues through Thurs 3 – 9 pm
Fri and Sat 2 – 10 pm
Sun 1 – 7 pm

Address

418 N Salsipuedes St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-5018

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Visit us at our tasting room and enjoy tasting flights, goblets, and pints of ten brewery-fresh beers. Hang out and play darts, old-school video games, and Tiki Toss. We have growlers, bottles, and kegs to go. Follow us on social media for updates on beer releases, food trucks, and events. Cheers!

Goodland Orange Pale Ale    Availability: Year round
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Extra Pale Ale with Fruit

Alcohol by volume: 4.5%; O.G.: 11° P / 1.044

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Goodland Orange is bright, crisp, and refreshing. Fermented with whole pureed oranges from the fertile orchards in Goleta, CA, just up the coast from our brewery. Telegraph Goodland Orange Pale Ale exhibits a distinct citrus aroma, a light body, and a bright Cascade hop finish. This is the essence of California in a glass.

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