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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: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been to their old location dozen times. They moved to a new place just up the street not too long ago converged at Commonwealth, Sante Fe & Highland, which is pretty easy to find.
I have been to the new location just a few times and it got nice, airy environment. I come here at non-rush hours so most times at most just 3-4 people here. I could imagine the nightmarish crowds on a weekend night. Excellent service all their staffs are very friendly.
Probably my favourite local brewery aside from Bruery. Most notably they brew an excellent varieties of IPA's. All of their other styles are above-average and drinkable. I would come here repeatedly.
06-23-2013 18:23:35 |
More by vince4953529
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I visited the "tasting room" of Bootlegger's Brewery along with a couple of friends. We got four rounds of half-pints and all shared with each other, so we got to try twelve different beers. I was pleasantly surprised at how many different beers they had available on tap--more beers than I knew they brewed! This is particularly impressive given their small, compact brewery set up. Highlights for me included a Belgian beer brewed with plums, a white beer brewed with lemongrass, Knuckle Sandwich, and Black Phoenix. I was disappointed that they had sold out of Knuckle Sandwich bottles, but given that I was there for the last hour and a half of their open hours on a Saturday night, I can't complain or blame. We were also too late for the food truck(s) that had apparently been there earlier. It would be nice if they sold some sort of snacks (e.g., peanuts). I got a printed pint glass (two for five dollars is a good deal). I'll happily go back first change I get!
07-18-2011 20:22:50 |
More by PhiloPsych
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | 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: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Visited new tasting room on a late summer / early fall afternoon to catch a couple brews and football. Ended up being "Sport your own Stein" day so we came prepared and hit the 25 cents / ounce deal.
A: new tasting room located in Fullerton Downtown - definitely has a little of the typical Fullerton vibe - tatted up bros. Overall was very enjoyable and had a relaxed weekend afternoon vibe. Indoor / Outdoor space to take advantage of SoCal weather. Lots of games a plus - cornhole / giant jenga / foosball. Lots of tables to sit with plenty of umbrella or indoor shade. (1) TV if you want to catch a sport. Decor is minimalist (typical tap room) but they do fly the American flag which is a plus! Typical chalk board with beer list. Minimal crowd until brew tour showed up, but still chill.
Q: Bootleggers brews solid beer. The brews on tap were good to great. We sampled a few and drank a pint of a couple others. Jars are standard glassware - awesome. A lot of locals showing up to fill growlers.
S: Standard. One guy who was pleasant and served in timely manner.
S: All In-house taps. Standard year rounds and a couple seasonal and one off small batches (pumpkin cask and Golden Chaos fruit). I think there were 16 taps and plenty of variety to keep a rookie or geek happy.
F: they do not serve food but they usually have food trucks and I believe you can bring your own food.
Overall - Fun place we would frequent if we lived closer. In downtown Fullerton so you can walk to local restaurants, etc.
09-15-2013 00:03:22 |
More by abrethanson
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 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: 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: 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: 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
Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA
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