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[ Brewery, Bar ]
130 S Highland Ave
phone: (714) 871-2337
Tasting Room Hours
Sun - Thurs 11am - 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 12pm
(Place added by: BeerBaronAaron on 06-28-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Bootlegger's yesterday since I was in the general area. Located in a small industrial park, the space inside is pretty small with the brewery, a counter for growlers/tasters/merch, and some tables in the rest of the open space. It seems like a pretty cramped set-up but it works overall. The service was good even though there was only one dude working and he even threw in some free tasters so I didn't have to buy another flight to try 2 more beers. The quality of the beers from the taps was good and they all seemed fresh. The selection was pretty great with around 10 of their beers on tap with some good brewery only selections in addition to the normal offerings. I am glad I checked this place out and would definitely come back again in the future if I was in the area.
06-19-2012 05:00:54 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
The stock picture here is accurate, but only shows one side of the brewery. The other side is really where all the fun is! As you park and walk toward the building you will likely see a food truck parked in their driveway. Check the website ahead of time to see what trucks will be there on what days. This provides some great food options to go along with some tasty brews. When we visited (Th 3/15) they had the Viking Truck there, who specialized in sausages, corn dogs and other awesomeness. The Berserker sausage went very well with the Knuckle Sandwich DIPA.
As you walk through the (open) garage door you find a lively party amidst fermenters, wood barrels and a small bar. There is a TV and music playing. When we were there others had brought their own pot luck dinner and even other beers in bottles (from other breweries) and were having a tasting. Very chill and friendly crowd.
They sell various sized pours, growlers and have a few things in bombers (not Knuckle when I was there). This is a gem and should definitely be a stop if you're in DTF (Downtown Fullerton) anytime soon. Particularly interesting as a counterpoint if you've just come from Commonwealth Lounge (who always has Pliny on tap) as we did. That (latter) place is weeeeiiirrd.
03-25-2012 20:29:53 |
More by jraras
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Buried deep in an industrial neighborhood in Fullerton you will find Bootlegger's Brewery. No frills beer tasting is what it's all about here. The beer does the talking, and it's pretty convincing stuff.
Their draft selection is great, a lot of seasonal brews and one-offs to go along with their year-round beers.
It's great to see a small operation like this making it work in Southern California, it just goes to show that you don't need a shiny new 50bbl system to make good beer. Just a brewer that knows what they're doing.
Can't wait to make it back here for some of their barrel-aged beers!
02-02-2012 22:02:35 |
More by TheCrowsNest
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I've heard a lot about this brewery and finally got to visit during a recent trip to Orange County. It's basically a glorified garage/warehouse in a small industrial complex. Kind of tucked away off of the main street with nothing else around.
Inside there are some barrels and brewing equipment with a small counter for growlers, samples and glasses of beer. There is a small side room with a picnic table, the Joust arcade game and oversized jenga. Dark and industrial with a strong odor of old beer. My wife said it smelled like vomit. The weather is always nice so the doors are open making he place a bit more spacious.
There were only two people working there, serving beers and filling growlers at the counter. Both of them were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The place was pretty crowded but I never had to wait more than a minute or two for a beer.
I didn't notice many guest beers but they had a ton of their own beers on covering a wide range of styles. They offer pints, half pints or flights which is really nice if you are trying to sample as much as possible. Unfortunately, most if their beers were mediocre at best and really bland or gross at worst. It was great to drink Knuckle Sandwich at the source and they had a chocolate chili stout that was really good but I wasn't a big fan of the other beers I tried. They don't offer food but some cool trucks park in their lot in the evening.
Overall, I wasn't terribly impressed with the beers but it's a laid back place with good service that's worth checking out.
01-16-2012 08:41:46 |
More by corby112
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I just visited this brewery a few days ago for the 2nd time in search of Knuckle Sandwich. Unfortunately for me they had ran out of bottles of it and were not filling growlers. So I purchased a bottle of Black Phoenix Chipotle Stout and had a pint of Dr. Tongue on tap. Dr. Tongue was average at best and the stout was pretty good although I am not a fan of coffee stouts but still a good beer.
The atmosphere of this place needs to be changed in my opinion. I know they have only been around for a few years but it's time to upgrade the tasting room. There is barely anywhere to sit and I arrived only 15 minutes after they opened and had to stand and drink my beer. There are other local breweries that have only been around a few years (The Bruery) for example that seem to have the tasting room atmosphere down better. Hangar 24 also comes to mind as a brewery that understands that the ambiance of the brewery is very important.
Now the beer makes up for the atmosphere because Knuckle Sandwich is just so delicious. However getting your hands on some is the tough part but I managed to find some at a local bottle shop. I still need to try a lot of their beers but the Mint Chocolate Porter was good and the Rustic Rye IPA is a solid IPA as well.
The service is good and the line moves pretty quickly. They also have a good selection of beers on tap; I would say anywhere from 15 to 20.
Overall this brewery has really good beers and they will only get better. When you visit the brewery you won't be overwhelmed by any means but they are friendly there and make good brews so I recommend checking them out.
12-28-2011 22:03:12 |
More by Popp24
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I thought that I had reviewed from my notes but it turns out that I did not so I am taking the time to do it now.
Visited this place for the first time on Knuckle Sandwich release which was a Thursday. I showed up a bit after 4 which was when it opened and people were finally able to get the long awaited DIPA. There was a very small line and it moved at a great pace which does not typical happen on release days.
The atmosphere inside was off the charts. The place itself is pretty small and it was packed full of people with grins from ear to ear. I picked up my alotment grabbed a growler fill of Black Phoenix my personal favorite Bootlegger's beer and grabbed a pint of their Black strap porter to try before I hit the road since I live about 2 hours away. Everyone that worked there was insanely nice and the place is very well kept. Service was excellent and I highly suggest visiting this place on a friday night so you can try a handful of their tasty treats.
07-28-2011 19:37:48 |
More by DarthKostrizer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
By a considerable distance, I enjoy washing down a pint in an industrial warehouse tasting room more than a fancy dark oak decorated restaurant/bar.
Some breweries make brass and oak work better than others - Russian River is a good example. But in my experience, people sitting down at a restaurant table scarfing nachos and wings pretty seldom will lean over to the next group and comment about the quality of the head on their beers. Hell, you might get slapped for that.
Not happening at Bootleggers, the informal 'spit on the floor and call the cat a bastard' kinda place where I'm most comfortable. From the large folding table that acts as the community cO2 factory to the two seater tables close enough for folks to smell each others suds, Bootlegger's is about sharing the beer love.
The owners encourage this - I suspect it would be difficult to bring in an outside beer for consumption at Russian River (not to single them out, again, nice place). At Bootlegger's, no problem as long as you a) buy their beverages b) share with the owners.
So, I'm giving atmosphere a serious A plus. Their beers aren't in that rarefied stratosphere, but close - an overall B plus - A minus, which is as high as I rate any other brewery.
For me, the core of craft brewing is about challenging the status quo, taking risks with flavor combinations while being dedicated towards excellence in the basic styles.
I see this philosophy in Bootlegger beers like Black Phoenix, a well-assembled, well-brewed chocolate-chipotle stout. Even better than the basic BP is their much spicier Imperial version...and last week they released a nitro BP.
Sometimes the experiment flops (the nitro BP, IMO), but it always makes for an interesting visit. I enjoy being a lab rat for new craft brews.
With all the variety, the brewery makes it easy to shop through their beer board - which typically has 12 to 20 selections - a sip at a time by offering half pints. The pours are always generous, with short head beers brimmed to the top of the glass without exception. I like that in a tasting room.
And partnering with these beer explorations are the food trucks that come to Bootleggers, rolling restaurants that are always trying their asses off to be fast-food visionaries. You ain't lived until you've sampled fries covered with spicy Asian beef alongside a hopsy amber (Rocco Red).
Can improvements be made? I suppose. But if you're a person like me who'd rather lean back against a giant silver beer vat than a shiny brass bar rail, it's nothing really worth mentioning.
07-26-2011 20:16:25 |
More by Vanlingleipa
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I visited the "tasting room" of Bootlegger's Brewery along with a couple of friends. We got four rounds of half-pints and all shared with each other, so we got to try twelve different beers. I was pleasantly surprised at how many different beers they had available on tap--more beers than I knew they brewed! This is particularly impressive given their small, compact brewery set up. Highlights for me included a Belgian beer brewed with plums, a white beer brewed with lemongrass, Knuckle Sandwich, and Black Phoenix. I was disappointed that they had sold out of Knuckle Sandwich bottles, but given that I was there for the last hour and a half of their open hours on a Saturday night, I can't complain or blame. We were also too late for the food truck(s) that had apparently been there earlier. It would be nice if they sold some sort of snacks (e.g., peanuts). I got a printed pint glass (two for five dollars is a good deal). I'll happily go back first change I get!
07-18-2011 20:22:50 |
More by PhiloPsych
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm not going to lie. Bootlegger's Brewery is one of my favorite places to go for good beer. There are no pretensions there. Just people sitting/standing around, laughing, having a good time while the good folks are slinging some fine beers.
Going to the brewery gives you the chance to try many beers that are available only at the brewery (Dr. Tongue, Spring Ale, Lambic #3...). Of course, the only beer they have is their beer, but often they'll invite people to brew a beer on their system and get a tap just for that. Food is in the form of food trucks. The food trucks they have are usually pretty good. Watch out for the Tommy's truck...that was a bad case of heartburn haha.
Prices are reasonable. Bootleggers staff are friendly. Patricia, Aaron's wife, is often seen serving the beers. While standing in line one time, I met Aaron's parents and chatted it up with them. It really feels like a community brewery.
Love the place. Just wish it wasn't so far from me (it's about a 30 - 45 minute drive).
06-20-2011 03:57:43 |
More by UnknownKoger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by Bootlegger's Saturday night after Noble Ale Works. My forth visit to Bootlegger's. Heard they had SoCo ipa on tap. Thought I'd better go the first night before they tap out. Last time I drove to Bootleggers I went the day after they tapped SoCo and it was gone. Needless to say I was pretty bummed.
Everytime I visit Bootleggers I am greeted with smiles and great beer. My first visit in the evening. Seems to be a much larger crowd than the times I've visited when they just open the doors or Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere seems to be even more in the evening. A great crowd with familiar faces that evening. The guys from NBT was in the house drinking it up. It seems to me like a different crowd than my visit at Noble Ale Works. There was a food truck outside serving it up. I think it was ChompChomp. I wasnt there for the food. In the end I was happy to leave that evening with my growler of SoCo.
01-31-2011 17:31:20 |
More by dcgunman
Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA
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