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Mapping the Santa Cruz Brewery Trail

Santa Cruz is mostly famous for three things: The birthplace of continental United States surfing culture, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and 80s cult classic Lost Boys. Now we can add to the list “a destination for fans of craft brewers.” Over the last decade, the stretch of Route 1 cutting through Santa Cruz County has become an unofficial brewery trail with nearly a dozen craft beer makers setting up shop. You’ll find nine of those brewers along an easily (designated) drivable 14-mile stretch. We recommend making a weekend out of it and staying at a central location (check out our non-tourist guide to Santa Cruz for other opportunities). We’ve plotted the course and made recommendations for what to sample.

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