April's Karma Tap - SBC Search & Rescue

If you have ever wondered what a local hero looks like, look no further than the passionate team of volunteers for the Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue.

Who are they?

Hopefully you will never need their services but it is good to know they have your back if you do. This group of very well-trained volunteers dates back to 1962 when three separate teams were formed in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Maria. This volunteer branch of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is composed entirely of unpaid citizens of Santa Barbara County. Team members generously donate their time, energy, and money to become proficient in many aspects of wilderness emergency rescue. Their areas of expertise include high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, downed aircraft, swift water rescues and other medical emergencies. The team is also highly trained in search operations for overdue hikers, mountain bikers, missing children and lost hunters. The team works very closely with our County Air Support Unit to provide these life saving services under varied and often difficult circumstances.

Since our Draughtsmen team is an active outdoor bunch we were really excited to have the opportunity to help support a group of local individuals that spend so much time, effort and money to help others in need. Thank you SBCSAR!

Our Love for Dogs - Our Feb Karma Tap Inspiration

If you know anything at all about the Draughtsmen team then you know that the important things in life can be whittled down to a few things – beer, family and friends (not always in that order). This month – the month of love – we wanted to give back to man’s best friends. At Draughtsmen, we are all dog owners and advocates. However, this post is particularly inspired by Sheila, the oldest and wisest of our dog friends.

Every dog has a story – especially when it is a rescue. Chris was looking for a dog and took the route of finding one that he knew needed a home. He roamed the kennels at the humane society, SB County animal center, and DAWG. He did not know what kind of dog specifically but figured he’d know when he saw it. On one search in the kennels, Chris noticed there was a cage separated from the others. Inside this cage was a dog named Betty.

“When I looked at her she stared right back and gave a small “woof” and a curious smile. I took her to the play area, and immediately I knew she was special. Instead of running around, sniffing where all the other dogs had been, Betty just walked right by my side. I sat down on a bench and she rested her head on my lap allowing me easy access to scratch behind her ears. She never stopped looking at me with those smiling curious eyes.” That was it. Betty was the one. However, after bringing her home Chris knew that name just did not fit. She was thought to have some Australian Shepherd in her so she became Sheila! This February 14th, Sheila will be 16 years old.

“I went looking for a dog and found a best friend.”

A little about DAWG, our February Beer Karma Tap Recipient – It is the only no-kill shelter in Santa Barbara since 1991. They have helped 7,600 dogs and counting. They have a state of the art vet clinic on-site and run by the generous support of donations and volunteers.

Our Good Beer Karma Tap Program

We are excited to introduce our "Good Beer Karma" Tap program which we will be kicking off on Tuesday, October 4th, during the Green Drinks Santa Barbara Bicycle Master Plan Update event from 6-8pm at our taproom. Join us for an evening of bike talk, learn about the Bicycle Master Plan, and enjoy a pint from our not-for-profit tap! The Burger Bus will be stationed at the brewery from 5-8pm, so come hungry.

Through the month of October, $1 of every pint purchased from our designated Good Beer Karma tap will go to SBBike, a local non-profit that promotes fun and safe bicycle riding in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. As avid bicycle enthusiasts, we are stoked to support this worthy cause!

Look for the red "Beer Karma" sign when ordering your next pint.