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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)
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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 | 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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Bootlegger's yesterday since I was in the general area. Located in a small industrial park, the space inside is pretty small with the brewery, a counter for growlers/tasters/merch, and some tables in the rest of the open space. It seems like a pretty cramped set-up but it works overall. The service was good even though there was only one dude working and he even threw in some free tasters so I didn't have to buy another flight to try 2 more beers. The quality of the beers from the taps was good and they all seemed fresh. The selection was pretty great with around 10 of their beers on tap with some good brewery only selections in addition to the normal offerings. I am glad I checked this place out and would definitely come back again in the future if I was in the area.
06-19-2012 05:00:54 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 | $
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: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Open area outside with plenty of tables, giant Jenga game complete with hipsters, inside seating as well. Cash register style order system which big board offering plenty of their normal offerings as well as a few special release ones. Unfortunately none of them really hit the spot for me or really wowed me. The Mint Chocolate was particularly disappointing and watery with a root beer aftertaste. The workers were real friendly and enjoyed chatting with you and I really loved the cool outdoor atmosphere which allows you to meet new people and hang out, but I wish the beer would step it up a notch.
06-18-2013 22:06:50 |
More by claspada
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I've been here about 10 times since my first visit in May '10. Just a mile or so northeast of the 5/Euclid, and being not that far from The Bruery makes this a common 2nd stop for me when I'm up there.
The location is quite small, in an industrial district a stone's throw from the Fullerton train tracks. The tasting room is located right in the brewery itself, with tanks and brewing equipment everywhere.
The majority of the time, Leo is the one working there, jovial and always willing to talk about the beer in hand. The standard house beers are solid, but I really like the sour experimentation they do, lots of test batches which are fun to try out. Certainly a good stop in the area, especially with easily the cheapest sour prices around.
01-13-2011 23:56:17 |
More by Halcyondays
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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: 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
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