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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
| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Today's Bootlegger's is different from the one I first walked into about two years ago. Back then, tasters were free because they couldn't legally sell beer to drink on premise (only growler fills and bottles to go), fruit lambics were being aged in barrels, and Black Phoenix hadn't been created. Today, the crowds at Bootlegger's are larger, you can drink on premise, and there's usually a dozen beers on-tap at low prices.
The tasting area is not large. The description of being in a garage with some drinking buddies is accurate. There are a few surfaces around which you can place your mason jar full of beer. I like one of their promotions; I believe the first Friday of each month, you can bring in your favorite stein and get it filled for a discount (note to self: bring the maß!)
Sometimes you'll spot Aaron (the owner) and Patricia (his wife) in the tasting room pouring from one of the many taps. Usually about a dozen beers on-tap, but with a capacity to do 20. A wide variety of beers have poured from these taps, from staples like the Old World Hefeweizen, to newcomers like Knuckle Sandwich, to even sour fruit beer! Beer quality ranges from solid to outstanding, but more of them leans towards the tasty side of things. Pints go for as little as $4, and many of them stay under the $6 watermark.
If you're in north Orange County for the weekend, don't miss out on Bootlegger's. While you're at it, The Bruery is just down Orangethorpe...do both!
01-12-2011 20:12:03 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Let me start with the things I don't like about Bootlegger's:
-not close enough to my house
-open too few hours
Uh... I guess they could use a few extra chairs? The atmosphere is charming and you know you're in a brewery, but it does straddle the line between austere and uncomfortable.
Seriously, I love this place. Any time I'm with a bunch of beer buddies heading to The Bruery I try to convince them to change course a few miles, or at least leave a few minutes early to squeeze in a visit. (And everyone always has a great time.)
Their beers are really, really good. It's always a pleasure when they're pouring their lambics, but even when they're not there's always something good to drink. I love it that they pour half pints, too - I get to try more beers and still make it home safe. Cheap prices, cheap growler fills.
The owner's wife (hm... she is probably also the owner?) has been pouring every time I've been and she's a doll! So sweet and accommodating. And every time she brings me my tab I can't believe how little money I've spent.
01-24-2011 20:06:15 |
More by lisomiso
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited the brewery before they moved to the new location. I say it is a vast improvement . Now they have a biergarten with alot of different brews to try. Prices have gone up a bit for the pint but it is still a steal since they change the selection pretty often. Highly Recommend and the Food Truck is a bonus. xoxo Bootlegger's.
06-30-2013 10:36:01 |
More by hackedfly
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I visited the old location on Super Bowl Sunday right before attending a friend's party. The brewery was in the mist of moving to their new location.
The location I visited was in a warehouse district. The inside was divided into a tasting area and brewing side. I thought they provided a nice area for people to congregate and enjoy their beers.
I went specifically to try Knuckle Sandwich from the tap. It didn't disappoint. It was delicious. I believe they had most of their lineup that day, but I had my fill of KS, and mozied on my way to the party.
I'll try to visit the new location when I'm in the area.
08-21-2013 23:29:03 |
More by mrcraft
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped in here on a recent trip to Cali with womencantsail, tOrinO, and fbm115. Upon pulling up a train came blowing by on the train tracks startling the crap out of me. The location was easy to spot once you got to it. Upon walking in the large open bay door you could tell that you were in a microbrewery right off the bat. There was a nice little sitting area off to the right upon getting up to the 'bar'. There was a really nice selection of their brews on at the time that were printed up on a chalkboard hanging above the bar. As stated before the prices are really cheap here for their beer. You CANNOT beat the $3.50 sampler. All of the brews here were good or decent as you can tell by my reviews of the ones I tried. All of the staff was very nice and knowledgeable about the brews they had there (which I love to see) and would even give suggestions on which order to do their sampler in as to not kill your palate from the start. A cool spot to hang out and have some cheap brew. I will probably go back to try some of the brews I missed trying on this past trip next time I am around.
01-11-2011 17:24:37 |
More by thagr81us
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I've been here about 10 times since my first visit in May '10. Just a mile or so northeast of the 5/Euclid, and being not that far from The Bruery makes this a common 2nd stop for me when I'm up there.
The location is quite small, in an industrial district a stone's throw from the Fullerton train tracks. The tasting room is located right in the brewery itself, with tanks and brewing equipment everywhere.
The majority of the time, Leo is the one working there, jovial and always willing to talk about the beer in hand. The standard house beers are solid, but I really like the sour experimentation they do, lots of test batches which are fun to try out. Certainly a good stop in the area, especially with easily the cheapest sour prices around.
01-13-2011 23:56:17 |
More by Halcyondays
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Open area outside with plenty of tables, giant Jenga game complete with hipsters, inside seating as well. Cash register style order system which big board offering plenty of their normal offerings as well as a few special release ones. Unfortunately none of them really hit the spot for me or really wowed me. The Mint Chocolate was particularly disappointing and watery with a root beer aftertaste. The workers were real friendly and enjoyed chatting with you and I really loved the cool outdoor atmosphere which allows you to meet new people and hang out, but I wish the beer would step it up a notch.
06-18-2013 22:06:50 |
More by claspada
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
Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA
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