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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: 4.5 | 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: 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: 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: 3.5 | 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: 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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been coming here for quite some time (probably evidenced by all of my reviews), and I plan on continuing to do so.
This is yet another brewery that exists in a business park where you wouldn't really expect a brewery to exist. In this case, you're right next to the train tracks, just down the street from the Fullerton DMV.
You definitely get the feel that you're in the brewhouse itself, because you are. The mash and liquor tuns (as well as the kettle) off to your left with all of the fermenters in the back right. Straight ahead is the bar with the long list of beers available overhead.
These guys have tons of their beers on-tap at all times with new and creative stuff being brewed all the time. Of course, their most popular beer has become Knuckle Sandwich. I enjoy quite a few of their beers, but like anyone, they have a couple duds.
Aaron and his wife are very nice and hospitable people and are more than willing to chat with you or offer you samples if you're unsure about a beer.
The prices tend to be pretty cheap, especially for the samplers (I think it's $3.5 for 5 different 2 oz pours). Growlers and bottles are available for sale (to go), too.
Definitely worth a stop by and a couple beers, especially being just a couple miles down the street from the Bruery.
01-10-2011 22:06:08 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Visited dozens of times since they opened a couple years ago. Just now saw that I can tick this place on BA.
Atmosphere is interesting to say the least. You pull up to a quiet business park on a dark and dangerous corner with a stopsign where no one stops anyway. You might expect to see homeless people squatting in the corner or possibly a 70's Caddy with dark tinted windows and hydraulics but instead you find a food truck, a strange looking church, and a brewery with the sounds of Ted Nugent spilling out. Clientelle is an interesting mix between bros, hipsters, business men, and nursing mothers.
The beers consist of the hoppy ones and the rest. Hops are one thing they do right. Knuckle Sandwich is one of the few malty IPAs that I really enjoy. Soco IPA is the extreme opposite with plenty of hop flavor and severe cottonmouth. Dr Tongue was (and from the sounds of it will be again) a very nice hoppy brown ale. Oh, and the chili coffee stout (Black Phoenix) is quite good too.
Then there's the others. A few sour beers, a few bourbon beers, an APWA (often run through the "hoppinator"), and some interesting seasonals like a mint chocolate porter, a spring saison with various whacky ingredients, and a smoked wheat.
Aaron, Patricia, and the employees are always really nice and helpful, and they put up with hooligans that are always asking for favors.
01-29-2011 07:05:46 |
More by t0rin0
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $
Great place, knowledgable staff that is always willing to help. Believe me; Bootleggers has way more to offer than what you can find at your local distributer. When going to the tasting room, there is always around ten exclusive brews with great flavor and balance.
Five tasters for $4.50 cannot be beat. The food experience was a 3 because I went once and had THE BEST LAMB BURGER, but returned and had sub-par food from the same truck (different cook though).
The atmosphere is excellent and the staff takes the extra step to explain the brews and recommend bast on personal preferences. My girlfriend went with me and loved the beer and had a great time. *Note, she is not a beer drinker either, the pourers gave her light brews and tastes based on her preferences.
Overall, a must visit for anyone in Southern California.
12-04-2012 02:09:22 |
More by taxman714
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