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Are you a casual-to-serious beer drinker? Do you tire of the bad-beer doldrums? Do you find yourself lost in a labyrinth of never changing draughts? Does Firestone’s 805 fail to whet your appetite for high hops? Or does its persistent presence as a step-up from those boring, unmoving waters of Anheuser-Busch’s catalog of uninspiring lagers and make-believe Belgian ales leave you close to tears?

If you seek out new pints, if drinking the same brew twice seems more odious than facing the Minotaur, if you spit at the likes of another gulp of American light lager, this page is for you. Each week, “The Rotating Tap” will accumulate incoming craft beers from Isla Vista’s favorite sud-slingers. Here are some tap and craft lists for Feb. 23 through March 1.


In addition to Woodie’s standard lineup, (Bud Light, 805 and Shocktop), the pizza joint will offer the following throughout the week:

  • Bud Light
  • Shock Top
  • Firestone Walker 805 Blonde
  • Firestone  Walker Barrelworks Lil’ Opal
  • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
  • Ninkasi Tricerahops DIPA
  • Telegraph Los Padres Sasion
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  • Widmer BrrrBon
  • Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
  • Ballast Point Victory At Sea
  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk
  • Pizza Port Swami’s IPA
  • Pizza Port California Chronic

    Wednesday Pint Night: Saint Archer

  • White Ale
  • IPA
  • Pale Ale
  • India Black Lager

On Deck


  • Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale
  • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • Ballast Point Victory at Sea
  • Smog City Nothing Imperial Stout
  • Lost Abbey Judgment Day
  • Bell’s Brewing Two Hearted Ale

Keg N Bottle

While KNB may not tap their kegs, they certainly have a near religious devotion to craft beer. Here are five notable bombers from Bell’s Brewery, a Michigan craft-beer outlet. Bell’s brews rarely make it this far north, so stock up!

  • Expedition Stout
    Bell’s boasts this adventurous brew to be one of the first Russian Imperials made in the States. It’s up to you to decide if that means anything.
  • Cherry Stout
    This tart varietal gets its signature flavor from Montmorency cherries.
  • Special Double Cream Stout
    Believe it or not, this Cream stout doesn’t have an ounce of dairy. Can you also believe that Bell’s has a thing for stouts?
  • Two Hearted Ale
    We’re not sure why this American-style IPA has two hearts, but if its anything like Dr. Who, we struggle not to get a wee bit obsessed.
  • Kalamazoo Stout
    Have you ever heard of brewers licorice? This stout offers hints of the gelatin-free stuff along with dark chocolate and coffee.

Giovanni’s Pizza

Gio’s clearly is in the midst of a love affair with Firestone Walker. Local pitchers anyone?

  • Budlight
  • Budweiser
  • Shocktop
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack
  • Firestone Walker DBA
  • Firestone Walker 805
  • Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
  • Firestone Walker Pivo
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider
  • Goose Island IPA


Are we surprised that Dublin’s offers our favorite Irish brews? Nope. Are we upset about it? Certainly not. Smitties for life!

  • Redhook IPA
  • Magners Irish Cider
  • Smithwick’s Irish Ale
  • Killian’s Red Ale

Aladdin Café

Posting up in the previous Javan’s, this Mediterranean joint has an ace patio for enjoying a pitcher.

  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy
  • Shock Top
  • Stella Artois
  • Firestone Walker 805
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  • Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA
  • Ninkasi Total Domination IPA

 Sam’s To Go

Alongside the inexpensive, pitcher worthy standards:

  • Lagunitas Czech Style Pils
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  • Figueroa Mountain Pale Ale
  • Figueroa Mountain Lizard’s Mouth DIPA
  • Ballast Point Sculpin

Don’t see your favorite guzzling spot? Don’t worry. On The Menu is still in the process of welcoming the rest of I.V.’s drinkeries into the fold.