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Seabright Brewery

519 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

By Rover as told to Whitney Wilde

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Woof! Ocean breeze! Garlic fries! Rich, malty brews! Seabright Brewery must be human-speak for “nose nirvana.”  Me and my two-legged friends enter the gate to the large patio and we are welcomed by Brewery owner, Charlie Meehan. You just know he loves dogs when you spot his dog-paw tattoo. Charlie has three dogs of his own (Patrick the Puggle, plus two Chocolate Labs: Paloma and Sienna), and canine customers are his favorites. “The dogs are a delight and are better behaved customers than some humans!” Charlie laughs.

I love leisurely hanging out on the patio at Seabright Brewery with the two-leggers. The sun always seems to shine here, but there are heaters when it is cold. Today, we chose a table next to the fountain of water cascading into a pool; such a happy sound. Lotsa pooches on the patio today and we all get plenty of attention from the two-leggers. Charlie tells us “people who haven’t brought their dogs, run around petting the dogs here on the patio.”

Our waiter, Luke, takes drink orders but there are many water bowls set out just for us dogs. Jason brews their beers, which change every season. Today my peeps can choose from Pelican Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Seabright Amber Ale, Double Wide IPA, Sacrilicious Red Ale, and a Barley Wine. The drinks arrive----the award-winning Oatmeal Stout smells kinda sweet like coffee and chocolate, and the Amber Ale is hoppy. They lap it up and make happy sounds like “yum” and “smooth.”

The two-leggers order Salmon Bites, a Classic Brewery Burger (which can be ordered with a beef or turkey patty, vegan veggie patty, Portabello mushroom, , or grilled chicken breast), and garlic fries. The food arrives… the burger is big and juicy, and it is everything I can do to stop myself from stealing the garlic fries. The Salmon Bites come with sesame-wasabi tarter sauce and it is my mom’s favorite. My friends are quiet while they happily wolf down their chow.

Seabright Brewery, here for 23 years, is two blocks from Seabright Beach (a great place to walk on-leash). It has a full bar, big screen TVs, specials every evening, and live music on Friday nights.

I give Seabright Brewery four paws and a tail wag for how friendly everyone is here. Last year, it won a Woofy Award for Best Place to Eat Dinner.

Woof, woof.


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