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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
620 McMurray Rd
phone: (805) 686-1557
(Place added by: xlperro)
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
I stopped by here after briefly visiting the Brewery in Paso Robles. I decided to wait to drink and buy goods at this location, instead of the brewery, because of Barrelworks. At first I was a little confused, because Barrelworks is around a corner once you walk in the main building and it wasn't obvious. I initially sat down and the ordered a Parabola from the waitress only to get the reply "it's not on tap". I was a little frustrated because I had decided not to drink it at the main brewery and thought I was not going to get to try it. The only issue I had was the waitress didn't say, "you can get it just around the corner in Barrelworks", which I had to find out by myself. A small issue, but not handled the best.
I spent the rest of my time in Barrelworks, so I'll comment on that. The facility is beautiful, with a great feel to it. They have an amazing selection, they have several beers that they do not distribute and they are outstanding. Mostly Wild Ales and other Barrel aged yummies. Unfortunately, you are not able to get anything bigger than a sample and for $3 for a few ounces isn't cheap. I guess that is what you pay for exclusivity. They also have a very nice selection of bottles to take out also, example '10, '12, '13 Parabola, Anniversary 12-16 and '12 and '13 Sucaba. It was pretty amazing, although they are expensive. I would have given a 5 for selection if I could have had larger pours.
I didn't eat, but the service was very good. They have a great selection of merchandise in both the main area and Barrelworks.
Definitely worth going to if you are driving through or live even remotely close. Well done overall and amazing beer.
05-24-2013 18:40:57 |
More by drrone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited this afternoon following a holiday trip to the Central Coast. Hadn't been here in at least 5 years and many changes have occurred. Primarily, the actual brewery is now in Paso Robles. The Tap Room/Bar has been expanded into the former space occupied by the brewery. Lunch is served Friday - Sunday. The service was quite good. We had the burger and a specialty sandwich. Both were very, very good. While waiting we enjoyed some pretzels and spicy house mustard.
Beers on tap included the usual: Pale Ale, Union Jack, and Double Barrel Ale (DBA). I believe they also had an unfiltered DBA. The highlight was a special seasonal beer called Velvet Merkin. It is an oatmeal stout. Fantastic!!! Inquired about other offerings and was told that a keg of Saucerfull O' Secrets is soon to be tapped. But here's the best news - They still have a few bottles of the 12th Anniversery (even after I picked up a couple). Better hurry though, they're going fast.
01-03-2009 03:02:25 |
More by wethorseblanket
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited for dinner on Sunday, 05/25/08 at about 6:30pm.
My party of four arrived at the Taproom concerned, as the modest parking lot was full and cars were parked on both sides of the street just outside.
Upon entering, we discovered that the bar and adjacent bar seating area were packed to the gills with folks, but that there tables available in the restaurant proper for immediate seating.
We were seated in the restaurant proper, a cavernous, dimly-lit two story room of cinder block dominated by exposed HVAC ducts overhead, printed banners hung on the walls depicting painted, stylized scenes of wine country, a two story window with drawn blinds and an open kitchen. The tables are seperated into several areas by waist-high dividers cleverly made from barley sacks stretched on frames. These provide enough privacy that diners sitting directly on the other side cannot see or really hear you.
The atmosphere was busy and convivial, with the demographic skewing to younger diners and families with teen children. Besides the food, most every table was drinking Firestone Ales.
The service we received was frequent, personable and accurate. What more can you ask for?
The food was, in a word, outstanding. Between our party, we ordered four entrees: fish tacos (declared as "very good" by my girlfriend), smoked grilled free range Alaskan Sockeye salmon and asparagus (noted as "among the best I've ever had" by my friend) and the Sunday shrimp special: butterflied, breaded and deep fried Fijian jumbo shrimp with shoestring fries. My friend's wife declared them scrumptious.
I ordered their burger, ordered medium well, which I shared with my other three dining partners. After we had all eaten some, it was declared unanimously as the best of our four meals and I will even go so far as to say it is the best hamburger I have ever eaten. Sorry, Office Burger!
For libations, my friend and his wife ordered a pint each of Walker's Reserve (which they both enjoyed). I had a soda and a four beer taster, all of which were very good. My girlfriend had a soda.
The total bill for all this food was $97.00. Wow. What a bargain for such good and plentiful food and well-crafted beer.
This was a sublime dining and beer drinking experience and I can only say that I am intensely jealous of those who live within easy reach of this fine institution.
The only negative I have is that there are only four FW beers available at a time, which is really not much of a complaint since all of their beers I had that night were at the least flavorful and good drinking.
I will return any time I am even remotely near, and may even consider a special trip form time to time. Yes, I liked it that much.
05-26-2008 23:28:41 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Passing on through to Pismo Beach, I decided to pitch the idea of stopping at Firestone's Taproom to my friends. After passing up the exit and having to backtrack about 3 miles, we finally reached the place at 7pm on a Saturday night. The first thing you can tell when parking is that this place is packed. The parking lot isn't very big to begin with, but cars are parking in huge lines along the street outside the place. When you walk in, there are about 8 or 9 tables in the bar area, probably able to seat about 40-45 total. Luckily there was one table open when we got there. There is no table service in the bar area but the bartenders will try to get out to you as fast as they can. If they are busy you are better off going up to the bar to order. The atmosphere is very rural, a large majority seemed like regulars who knew the staff's name. We each ordered a sampler ($5), which comes with the Lager, Pale Ale, Double Barrel, and Reserve. You also get a free pint glass that is given to you when you leave if you order a sampler. As you are drinking you can also go pick up bowls of pretzels from the bar, and eat them with some of the really good Firestone Mustard they have too. After we had the samplers I went with the Nectar IPA which was outstanding. There are 8 taps I think in total- 5 of the Firestone taps (b/c you can get Double Barrel filtered or unfiltered), and then 3 or so of the Nectar Ale beers that are owned and brewed by Firestone. We left after a couple pints to get back on the road to our destination.
Monday morning when leaving Pismo Beach and heading back down south we decided to stop at the Taproom again for lunch. The service in the bar area was pretty good, though only about half the tables were filled. On the lunch menu you can find hot dogs, hamburgers, chili, salad, and a special for the day, which was a Kobe beef hot dog this day. The hot dogs are pretty big I might add, and everything is served with shoestring fries.
Great find for us overall. This will be a regular stop on future trips to the central coast.
05-29-2007 17:02:29 |
More by MiScusi
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Everything has been covered in previous critiques of this establishment. I'll add my impressions of the place for good measure. The location is cool because its off the beaten path of the wine riddled Buellton/Solvang and provides a sort of haven for those that want a good brew.
Firestone brews have grown on me. My first take of the double barrell was average. Come to this location and you can get the Double Barrell unfiltered and its a completely different experience that rocked!! Much more of the woody barrel and just more aggressive in every aspect. I was lucky enought that the 10th anniversary ale was still kicking and it was excellent as well. Picked up a case to go as they cannot open bottles for legal reasons. The service was good but be prepared they are tight with carding folks. If you looked like you were under 40 they were carding. No big deal just be ready. They have a few flat screen tv's in the bar section for sports viewing. Like others stated the lunch menu is bare bones but its enough to fill the void. Dinner menu is way overpriced. I got the fish and chips and it was very basic and just decent but they priced it near $20. My wife got the tomato basil soup and it was delicious. The bartenders were a father-son combo and they were excellent.
For wine drinkers they had a small seperate bar in the dining area for all their vinous products. DInner seating area is shutdown until 5pm which is the same time the dinner menu is available. It got really busy around 6:30pm and the barkeep said that was very normal. Tshirts and other schwag was available if you want some. I opted for a case of the 10th to go. Anyone up for a trade? in the cellar for now. Wait staff were a bunch of cute girls and the dinner side of this place had a nice darkened setting and looked very professional. This is the best place for good beer in the area and can easily eat up an entire day.
11-12-2006 19:34:19 |
More by DogFood11
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Buellton is a small city located in the central coast of California's wine country. Plenty of vineyards, grassy knolls and beautifull tree lined hills. Luckily for the beer drinkers there is the Firestone Walker Taproom.
The word 'taproom' makes one think that this is a small tasting room. Not at all. This is a large restaurant with a good sized bar. The bar is in the middle and there is a dining area on either side of the bar. The atmosphere is rustic without being too western. The wagon wheel at the front door might make one think of cowboys and hillbillies but the decor is pretty mild on the inside. A few wooden barrels and not too much junk on the walls. A very pleasing and friendly vibe to the overall feel of the taproom.
The place is very clean and well manicured. The servers were very pleasant and did a fine job. When I stopped by a few locals sat down next to me and we instantly had a good conversation going. I lucked out and talked with some great people.
The FWB has a full menu for lunch and dinner. A very large selection of mainly American style food. Steaks, salads, chili, burgers, fish, pizza cooked in a wooden oven and more. I found the food to be well prepared and definately worth the stop over on my road trip.
I had the FW Reserve(porter) and the unfiltered Double Barrel Ale. I think these are the breweries best beers in my opinion. They also brew the Nectar Ales which are available at the FWB Taproom. I think the tasters are a good choice for the first time visit.
If you are staying in Buellton or nearby this may be the only place for some quality beers. If you are road tripping on the 101 this is a great stop for a pint and some food. They also sell growlers for the road tripper on the 'go.'
12-30-2005 00:33:24 |
More by Rumrunner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
We went here for our anniversary dinner (yeah, my girlfriend is cool like that!). Located about 3.5 miles north of Solvang, it seems to be the happenin' place in Buellton.
Really big building - perhaps their old brewery? Nice looking bar area with lots of seating when you come in, and then the dining area off to the right past the bar. Slightly awkward layout in places with the reception desk facing the wrong way, and some of the partitions not extending far enough along the table-sides. Very spacious and a bit too quiet at times! Nevertheless, a very relaxed space - not dark, but dimmed a nice amount.
The service was very friendly and helpful - they seemed to know their beers and their food. Not always the fastest (likely due to our server working various tables all around the place), but not slow by any means whatsoever, and fully made up with the helpfulness.
As for the beer, they had (I think) 8 beers on tap. If memory serves me right, Firestone DBA, Pale Ale, Union Jack, Solace, Walker's Reserve, Humbolt Hemp Ale, Red Nectar, and something else I didn't recognize (& don't remember). It covers a nice variety of beer, though isn't a giant selection. But, it is actually more than I expected for a brewery's tasting room/restaurant. I had the Union Jack and Walker's Reserve, and the girlfriend had the Hemp Ale. Everything tasted great, and much better than the versions I'd already experienced from the bottle. (Also realized that the hemp ale I'd had before was probably skunked, because on tap it was actually good!)
The food was really excellent as well. They gave us some nice sourdough bread. We both started with the black bean & steak chili, which (with the addition of some Cholula) was amazing... very tender steak in there. She had the Taproom Burger with avocado, and claims it was one of the best burgers she's ever had. (I tried a bite and it was excellent, especially with the chipotle mayo.) I had the fish and chips. The fish was some very tasty halibut, the fries were seasoned/battered, and the slaw was very unique and tasty, made with red cabbage. We finished with the apple cobbler, which was more of a cross between apple cobbler and pie, which (again) was very tasty.
Awesome food, awesome beer, highly recommended!
08-05-2010 02:21:33 |
More by mithrascruor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on 6/12/11 for dinner on my way up to Prismo Beach down from Long Beach. After a relatively long travel day, I was ready for some beers and some food.
Place was relatively busy for a Sunday night. NBA Finals had just finished up. Parked up to a place at the bar. Bartender quickly came over and offered me a menu. Did the sample rack of FW's flagship beers. Ordered a pizza and a salad. The decor had a nice rustic look to it. Bathrooms appeared clean.
Food was good. Salad was excellent, pizza was decent. The bartender was very attentive to my needs. She seemed annoyed at a rambunctious group that had seemingly overstayed their welcome. Didn't bother me whatsoever. At closing time, the bartender didn't seem to rush me out the door even though I could tell she wanted the day to end. Good service IMO.
Got a couple of 22's to take home with me. Bartender gave me a FW as part of the sample tray I had ordered. Nice touch.
Glad to have stopped by. If I'm ever in CA in the area again, I'd definitely stop back in. Not really a destination place, but a quality establishment.
06-13-2011 23:01:35 |
More by jwhancher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
I am including the attached Barrelworks in this review, which definitely enhances the experience the Taproom has to offer. The Barrelworks has amazing beers to offer, many of which are not offered outside of the Barrelworks or the Brewery in Paso Robles. It's great to be able to try so many different barrel aged beers, from heavy barrel aged barleywines and stouts, to a dry stout aged in bourbon barrels for three years, to a few wild offerings. The barrelworks is definitely worth visiting. You can get a 3 oz. sampler of any of these beers for $3 or less.
As for the taproom, the food is good and the beer selection also good, though mostly limited to the more standard Firestone offerings (which are also great beers). The past two times of gone (most recently for the Parabola release event) I have gone to the barrelworks for a few samples and then the taproom for lunch, which has worked out great both times.
05-07-2013 19:16:09 |
More by henskejk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by with buddies for an after-round beer at La Purisma GC. Had to ask for directions from club pro, but easy to find, and easy access to northbound 101. The Firestone Walker standards were on tap, with the Velvet Mirkin seasonal a plus. They had FW XIII for sale $25 including the wooden box which is the best price I've seen (sans sales tax). We arrived during happy hour, the restaurant wasn't open yet. Had some pub grub. Took a look at the restaurant which all agreed was very nice, and all stated they would bring their spouses for a dinner here, which is a pretty high compliment for the atmosphere. The pub was certainly primarily catering to locales, the friendly barkeep seemed to know everybody's name. I had a 24 oz. pour of Union Jack IPA for $6.50, and the freshness and barrel aging shined through more than the Oregon purchased versions I've enjoyed in the past. I would have liked to see more adventurous taps (e.g. Abacus), but other than than a really pleasant stop, will be sure to come back again when in the area. Recommended.
12-23-2009 16:04:27 |
More by jdense
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