Brewery Name: Highway 1 Brewing Company
Type of Brewery: Brewpub
Location: Pescadero, California
Facebook: Highway 1 Brewing
Background: The coastal highway is hundreds of miles of gorgeous sea cliffs, beaches, and forests along the Pacific Ocean. The drive is largely free of commercial zones, which keeps it extremely serene and truly beautiful. That, however, does mean a lot less in the way of food and drink options along the trip. Highway 1 Brewing Company is nestled in right between San Francisco and Santa Cruz (about an hour from each) in one of the most picturesque sections of the drive. I've passed by a few times, normally too early in the day or with somewhere else to be, but this time we made a point to stop in and enjoy the scenery and beer.
Growlers: Highway 1 offers a couple different size growler formats that you can purchase on premises, and you can get all of their house beers to go!
The Beers: There are four house taps available with a nice range of styles. It seems that they run fairly small batches, so the beers cycle in and out regularly. Here's what was pouring when we visited:
Vibe: Highway 1 has created a gloriously chill environment that fits its location perfectly. The exterior maintains a coastal beach house style aura that helps it blend nicely into the scenery, and inside is homey through and through. They set the bar up to take advantage of amazing views of the ocean and serve flights on pieces of driftwood.
The brewery section is open to the bar side of the venue, and there is additional space in more of a restaurant style set up in the front of the building. They proudly display that there is no wifi and make the crazy suggestion of talking to each other or simply sitting back and enjoying the view. Their space is also in a complete cellular dead zone so don’t plan on trying to get around the no-wifi situation. (sidenote, they do have a payphone outside which is impressive solely because of its rarity these days).
We had great service from the bartenders who were helped by one of the brewers who was there the day we stopped in. This is a place designed to be chill, and they definitely nail it.
Dogs: Dogs are welcomed in the outdoor beer garden, but not in the indoor section. The good news there is weather is pretty much a non-factor in this part of Cali, so outside is almost always viable!
Price ($ to $$$$$): $$$. Flights are available and standard pours come in at $7, so it's right about average for a California brewpub. The food menu is fair, and is a great option on the drive.
Food: Highway 1 has a pretty wide food menu with burgers, sandwiches, wings, and a slew of appetizers and desserts. We didn't partake in food on our stop, but the large kitchen and comprehensive menu point to all things good in the food department.
Final Thoughts: What a gorgeous place. If you are on the coastal highway, or a fan of places where you can turn-off from the world at the end of your day, this is the spot to go. Everything steers you toward relaxation, and, at least for me, a few minutes there and a good pour of their Stout had me forgetting all about everything else and staring out into the Pacific without a care in the world.
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