After 12 years in business, Tonic Nightclub at 634 State Street closed in January 2018 and the space has been vacant ever since. Reliable sources tell me that M. Special brewery will be the next tenant of the 6,500-square-foot venue. I called M. Special and asked about the rumor and was told that there is no projected opening date and that remodeling is underway. M. Special opened a taproom at 6860 Cortona Drive #C in Goleta in September 2015 and was an immediate hit.
In addition to the popular taproom in The Goodland, M. Special is distributed between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo including SB and Ventura counties. You can find their bottles at most major retailers and independent markets such as Trader Joes, Von’s, Albertson’s, Whole Foods, Bev Mo, Lazy Acres, and most craft-centric bottle shops. M. Special is also on tap at various bars and restaurants up and down the coast of Central and Southern CA.
M. Special continues the brewery phenomenon across the South Coast. This year alone has seen the arrival of Captain Fatty’s on State Street, Shalhoob Beer Company, Modern Times Beer, Institution Ale, and more.