Beer Garden Tasting Tour

Curated by Local Cicerone, Zachary Rosen, Event Promises Both Unique Palette Experience…and Sensory One

February 4, 2014

This event is SOLD OUT!

  • Please note, the Garden will be closing to general admission at Noon. The Garden will reopen at 1 PM for Beer Garden ticket holders only. Unfortunately, no tickets opened up for the waitlist.

Put on some walking shoes and explore the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden with a beer in hand! On Saturday, February 22, from 1 to 5 pm the Garden hosts "The Santa Barbara ^BEER Garden: A Tasting Tour"—a mini beer festival featuring seven local breweries chosen to complement the native plants and unique atmosphere of the Garden’s living displays including the wildflower Meadow, desert section, Mission Creek Dam, and redwood grove. Festival designer, beer columnist, and Cicerone, Zachary Rosen will be on-hand to help guests learn the art of abstract beer pairing in this amazing setting.

Featured Breweries:

  • Island Brewing Co
  • Pure Order Brewing Co
  • Santa Barbara Brewing Co
  • Surf Brewery
  • The Brewhouse
  • The Dudes Brewery
  • Telegraph Brewing Co
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing

      image Island Brewing Logo

"I first visited the Garden several years back and immediately fell in love with the place. I began dreaming of a festival where specific beers could be paired with each section of the Garden," said event organizer Zachary Rosen. “Then last year I was given the chance to test-drive the concept with a smaller, private event at the Garden for the Hutton Parker Foundation – and it was a huge success.”

The February 22 event represents the first public beer festival ever presented by the Garden. Dr. Steve Windhager, SBBG Executive Director (and beer lover!) hopes it will become an annual event. "Exploring the Garden's acres of native plant displays with an expertly paired beer in hand is my idea of a perfect walk," he said.

image of beer garden festivities at the Santa Barbara Botanic GardenGuests can purchase an online 'tasting tour ticket' at which includes a Garden logo beer glass, a program with tasting notes, and a map outlining the locations of the featured breweries and the libations being poured. Zachary Rosen and Dr. Steve Windhager will lead informal tours of the different stations during the event or visitors may wander the trails on their own. Food tickets for a selection of dishes prepared to complement some of the featured beers provided by Country Catering Company may be purchased at the event for an additional fee. Menu items include Honey Ale Battered Fish Tacos, Beer Simmered Bratwurst, and Braised Pork Sandwiches along with a Kona Coffee Ice Cream and Porter Beer Float for dessert. Live music will be provided by the Ventura-based acoustic trio, Waters Risin'.

Tickets are limited to just 200 guests and are only available online at or via phone by calling 805-682-4726 ext. 102. The cost is $50 for Non-SBBG Members; $35 for Members; and $20 for Designated Drivers. Parking at the Garden is limited and all guests are encouraged to carpool and use a designated driver. Taxi service will also be available. All guests must be 21 and over. The Garden will be closed to the general public on February 22 from Noon until 5:00pm to accommodate this special event. All proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s general operating fund.

To request interviews with festival organizer, Zachary Rosen or any of the breweries, or to request high-resolution photos, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869. A limited number of tickets are available for working media who are covering the event by advance arrangement.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road in Santa Barbara. As attendance is limited by our Conditional Use Permit, visitors are always encouraged to carpool or use public transportation via MTD’s bus number 22 on the weekends.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact:

SBBG Communications Coordinator
(805) 682-4726 ext. 132