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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
130 S Highland Ave
phone: (714) 871-2337
Tasting Room Hours
Sun - Thurs 11am - 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 12pm
(Place added by: BeerBaronAaron on 06-28-2008)
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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Pros: Beer is good, service was good.
Cons: not a place i want to hang out at. This place is dirty! I'm ok with casual and kick back but this place needs to clean up the tasting room. Dog hair on the ground, cobwebs,, crust everywhere. I've been to over 30 breweries up and down the Cali coast and michigan, Illinois, Indiana and I have never felt like leaving beer until here. I'm a local from OC and I feel bad about writing this but they really should do something about the place. very dissappointed.
Sorry bootleggers :(
07-22-2012 00:33:52 |
More by karink
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
For those of you who don't know this brewery used to be located in the warehouse district of Fullerton. That location was very small and only had a half dozen tables or so but the atmosphere was great. I believe that they still have that but it's not open as a tap room anymore because of their new location and pilot brewery in downtown Fullerton.
The new location I was very impressed with but there are some huge issues. The first is parking, if you try and park in the front of the brewery there are only 4 or 5 parking spots. They are also very small parking spots so it's tough. There is parking located around the area and on their website is a list of locations that you can park. The second big issue that I found was the staff and cashier set up. I went there on a Saturday afternoon and found this place packed; a great sign for this company. Unfortunately, the line for the bar was out the front door of the building. When I finally got up to the bar I realized it's because they only had 2 cashiers open with 1 beer runner. This is a big issue because it took us 40 minutes to get our beers. I had a growler that I was planning on filling up after drinking our beers but there was no way that I was going to wait another 40 minutes! There still isn't any food made by the brewery but there was a food truck (kind of a food truck) in the back. It had really good food but I didn't want to rate it in my review because it can change too easily. The truck that was there when I was there was a BBQ trailer. Another issue that we encountered was that there were several tables in the back to sit at, unfortunately, there were glasses over 1/3 of the table. In total there were probably about 50 glasses left on the table from the last couple of groups that had been there. No one came around in the hour that we were there to clear any of the tables. It's kind of disgusting sitting next to that may glasses with old beer in them from earlier in the day. The area smelled like spoiled beer because of it. They need to get more staff working at this location or else they will have issues with returning customers. The last issue (not really an issue just a warning) is regarding the tables in the back area. This is discussed below in more detail but the short of it is if you sit on a table near the ends, the table flips over.
Other than the parking and staffing issue, the new facility is really nice. They don't have a large brewery area in this location, it's listed as a "pilot facility" for them to test recipes. The beers that they make are very good and I have been impressed with several. The new location has a big open air area in the back with a bunch of tables, but be warned, they will flip over if you don't sit right in the center. They actually went so far as to draw lines on the seats with instructions to sit within the lines if you are alone. They need to get these tables bolted down because it's a potential hazard and it's an easy fix!
Overall I won't be back any time soon to have a drink. If anything, I'll go there and buy growlers because their beer is pretty good, but the service was horrendous. They need to get familiar with the new location and staff it properly, after that I may be back but until then I'll drink their beer at my house.
04-07-2013 00:17:53 |
More by BeerEngineer
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
The offerings at Bootlegger's spartan taproom far exceed the few that are distributed in L.A. There were about 12 I had never heard of before, and about 2/3 of those were dynamite (still dreaming about the Tropical Thunder). They offer cheap tasting flights, full pints and growler pours. If you're on your way to or from The Bruery in Placentia, stop by Bootlegger's - it's just 4 miles away. Even if you're not, stop by anyway. It's worth it. Just remember to bundle up if it's evening time - the taproom is basically a warehouse with a big open door, so it can get frosty!
01-06-2013 23:29:51 |
More by Narfish
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 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Heard some buzz about this place while at a bar in Fullerton. Has a very non pretentious vibe. Great selection. Knuckle sandwich is a great IPA. People mainly hang out outside sitting or playing homemade jenga. Had a sort of Portland, OR atmosphere which isn't bad, just very eccentric. Would have loved to have spent more time there.
05-08-2013 04:56:55 |
More by Braz
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Visited new tasting room on a late summer / early fall afternoon to catch a couple brews and football. Ended up being "Sport your own Stein" day so we came prepared and hit the 25 cents / ounce deal.
A: new tasting room located in Fullerton Downtown - definitely has a little of the typical Fullerton vibe - tatted up bros. Overall was very enjoyable and had a relaxed weekend afternoon vibe. Indoor / Outdoor space to take advantage of SoCal weather. Lots of games a plus - cornhole / giant jenga / foosball. Lots of tables to sit with plenty of umbrella or indoor shade. (1) TV if you want to catch a sport. Decor is minimalist (typical tap room) but they do fly the American flag which is a plus! Typical chalk board with beer list. Minimal crowd until brew tour showed up, but still chill.
Q: Bootleggers brews solid beer. The brews on tap were good to great. We sampled a few and drank a pint of a couple others. Jars are standard glassware - awesome. A lot of locals showing up to fill growlers.
S: Standard. One guy who was pleasant and served in timely manner.
S: All In-house taps. Standard year rounds and a couple seasonal and one off small batches (pumpkin cask and Golden Chaos fruit). I think there were 16 taps and plenty of variety to keep a rookie or geek happy.
F: they do not serve food but they usually have food trucks and I believe you can bring your own food.
Overall - Fun place we would frequent if we lived closer. In downtown Fullerton so you can walk to local restaurants, etc.
09-15-2013 00:03:22 |
More by abrethanson
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: 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: 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 | 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
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