Log in or Sign up
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Taps: 13 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1400 Ramada Dr
phone: (805) 238-2556
(Place added by: Todd)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I have been to this place several times over the last few months. Anyone who likes craft beer should definately stop by. They do a four beer taster for only five bucks, well worth it in my opinion. Each beer in the taster is about 8oz. To top that off you get to keep the pint glass. The place looks like any old bar but through a door is the brewery. If you are therre on a saturday than you can take a brewery tour for free. I did the tour and it is one of the best that I have been on. They also have some of their harder to find beers ot tap. I have tried Double Jack, Black Xantus, Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale and many others. So if you want to stop and check out an award winning brewery and sample some of their beer stop here.
12-11-2009 18:04:19 |
More by californiakulak
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
First stop of our last day up along the Central Coast, walk in and see a bar with ten taps, mugs, shirts, and other accesories for sale to the right of it, then some tables, and an outdoor patio on the other side, can see the brewery through the windows and walk upstairs to look around too, the bathroom is actually in the brewery pretty much, crazy how much equipment they pack into a small place, I ordered a snifter of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Double Barrel Ale for six dollars, my girlfriend and her friend got a sampler with four beers including Hemp Ale, Hefeweizen, Unfiltered Double Barrel, and Union Jack, for six dollars and it came with a free souvenir pint glass, other beer choices were Double Jack, Pale 31, their porter, Nectar IPA, and standard Double Barrel, sat down and had a bag of Rold Gold pretzels with the Firestone mustard for fifty cents, walked around a little bit and were on our way, the guy working the bar was pretty rude and in a hurry when nobody else was ordering, asked him one another question and got a very short answer, cool place and especially for this area, as you know Matt brews some great stuff, too bad I missed Slo-Lambic by a few days, I will revisit here when I am in the area again for sure, cool atmosphere with a lot of tourists, they do tours Saturdays too, recommended
09-02-2009 03:45:34 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
We decided to stop here for a growler on our way to Avila Beach. We didnt know the hours, so we got there an hour early. The woman working saw us waiting, and let us in early. That was very cool.
The outside looks incerdible. It is a very nice looking building. There were some hop vines growing by the door. Some barrels in by the road with Firestone Walker displayed on them. the inside looks good too. When you enter, the bar is dead ahead with some merch to the right. To the lest is a small room with some tables. A TV playing sports is on the wall. The door by the bar leading to the restrooms is right next to the bottling line. I didnt see anything going on, buy my wife did the last time she was there, and she said it was great.
The woman working was very cool. She knew her beer, and was fun to talk to. She gave out some free samples, and we bought some half pints of Double DBA. Good stuff. I still appreciate the fact that she let us in a half hour early. Also, I guess there was an event the night before, and they had some left over cheeze, so she let us pair some with the beers. That was very cool.
The beer selection was good. They had all their regular beers, along with Double Jack and Double DBA.
The specialty growlers were a bit pricy at $30 eac, but the beers are good. Also the halfr pint of Double DBA was $5.25. A bit much for 8 OZ I think, but the regular beers were decently priced at $2.50 a half pint, $5 a pint.
There is no food here. Thry do sell small bags of pretzles for 50 cents, and they have cheeze for sale.
Overall: Good place. i will probably stop by here every time I head to the coast. A growler on the beach is always great.
08-17-2009 22:18:59 |
More by OStrungT
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Being that I live in Paso and I like to drink good beer I have been here a time or two. Atmosphere is very welcoming. The frequents are very nice and have no problem sparking conversation with you.
Service is great but best on the weekends when miguel is there. He is a major figure for the company and its great to see someone like that pour a beer for you. Its nice to see Matt (head brewmaster) sweep through the room every once and awhile too.
Selection is good. However, my only peeve about this part is that I wished they had their specials more available on tap. My favorites from FW are they Parabola, Abacus, Velvet Merkin, Saucerful of Secrets, and the Oaktoberfest. These are always in small limted offerings and I hope this would change some day...
I dont expect to eat when I go into a taproom. I think it throws focus off. Pretzels and mustard is just fine for me. I understand parings are a very big thing in the industry but it shouldnt be done inside a brewery taproom...
Overall value is reasonable considering the beers you drink are the freshest you can get. This is a great place to experience the passion for the pale....
06-22-2009 06:45:17 |
More by bargerking
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5 | $$
Made a run up to Paso to check this place out with the roommate and a friend. Set up is you walk in and face the bar, merchandise off to your right and seating area off to your right. The brewery is accessible through the back.
There were nine beers on tap. The standard four (Pale 31, Double Barrel, Walker Reserve, and Union Jack) were present along with Nectar IPA, Red Nectar, the Unfiltered Double Barrel, a Bavarian Hefe and their barleywine Abacus. The standard four were also offered as a standard sample. Their special beers are rotated on two taps to three taps.
EDIT: They have changed their serving sizes and prices since I first did this review so here's the update: they now offer 10 oz or 20 oz pints (sorry don't remember the prices), Mugs, Samplers, and special pours (think Abacus, Double Jack, Double DBA, etc) are into like 8 oz snifters. I'm pretty sure Mugs and samplers are still $6 as well as the special pours. As stated earlier, the prices of the pints escape me at the moment.
Free pint glasses were received if you wanted to try get a sampler. Since the standard four are readily available in SLO (and we have all had them), the bartender let us make our own sampler which was pretty sweet so bonus service points there.
The seating area is rather dull and is basically just a big room with some tables and two small tvs. However it's a nice place to talk with your friends and the people who come in.
We were offered a tour of their brewery which was nice. Also got some free samples to see if we wanted a full pint or not (different from the sampler itself). Food is no where to be found aside from some pretzels you can buy for $0.50. Mustard is also available.
Overall it was a pleasant experience and was much enjoyed by everyone who went. We were told that they were going to be releasing another beer shortly so possibly be heading up there again sometime soon for that.
Did offer six packs and some 22's to go. EDIT: Growers were $15, $20 or $25 depending on the beer being filled. All of the normal line up can be growler filled as well as the Unfiltered DBA. I was able to fill some special releases (Double DBA) and heard Double Jack was being filled but cannot fill things such as Abacus or other barrel aged beers I'm guessing.
03-14-2009 23:34:49 |
More by Swimsum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$
Visited by Wisemen Nick, Peter, Justin, and unwiseman Crappler. (Since been visited multiple times by Nick and Justin. Review has been updated along the way.)
Atmosphere: Appeared pretty dull when we first entered, but after a while, we realized that this place is pretty cozy. The area is very small with very little decor. Probably half a dozen wood tables fill a small side room which is where we sat. Most of the people there appeared to be regulars, and while there was no background music to be had, the air was filled with friendly conversation. Cozy.
Quality: Establishment was very dull and empty in terms of decor, however all of the beers served to us were delicious, and the food (though meager) was pretty damn good too. Wish the pub glasses and snifters were for sale - both were very cool/classy.
Service: Upon arrival, we asked if any tours were still running. Renae (sp?) said that tours weren't being offered that day, but then offered to give us a private tour for free. I thought we'd just get to take a peek at the equipment and get a brief explanation, but we got the whole enchilada! She took us up the staircase and into the brewing area, led us down onto the main floor and showed us the entire process. It was very, very cool! She also offered us free samples of Velvet Merkin and gave us some free snacks (cheese and bread/crackers) later on. Miguel (the bartender) was also very friendly. EDIT (06-13-09): Renae is definitely the friendliest person at Firestone. Not to say that the other employees aren't friendly as well, but... well... actually, the other employees aren't very friendly. If you get Renae, lucky you!
Selection: Wish they had more of their special beers available. We got a round of Unfiltered DBA and a round of Velvet Merkin, but everything else could be found around SLO. The list included: Union Jack, Pale 31, Walker's Reserve, DBA, Unfiltered DBA, Velvet Merkin, Honey Blonde, Hemp Ale, and IPA Nectar. EDIT (06/13/09): No growler fills of any of the seasonal/small batch brews (like Velvet Merkin, Lil' Opal, Abacus, Parabola, Oaktoberfest, etc.), which fucking blows. The only "special" brews available for growler-fills are Unfiltered DBA and Firestone Honey Blonde. Yay...
Food: Not any food to be had other than pretzel sticks and mustard. We were fortunate to get a little bread and cheese later on, but food is essentially non-existent. With that said, the Firestone Double Barrel mustard was very good. EDIT (06-13-09): They now charge for pretzels. Lame.
We paid $4 a pint. I don't think anything cost any more or less than that. Free samples to boot. EDIT (06-13-09): No longer the truth. I haven't seen any free samples since that first visit, and the new serving sizes are 10oz. nonic ($2.50) or 20oz. nonic ($5.00). If you ask, you can get a 25oz mug for $6.00.
12-15-2008 03:32:58 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped in here on Wednesday about noon and there were about 5 people there. It is off 101, exit on the right. Pay attention to directions or you may give up on it. Just follow the road...The taproom itself is nice. Upon walking in the bar is ahead with some stools, wall seating to the right, small patio outside and the major seating is to the right upon entrance. You might want to to get up and go to the bar. if you sit down and wait for service...you wont get it and this is typical Firestone. They dont have to cater I suppose. You must go to bar to get a adrink otherwise you can forget being waited on much like the Buellton location. Beer was DB, Union Jack, Pale, Porter,and Opal that was overpriced(majorly) and a few more. It was pricier than the Buellton location. My chief complaint is this. You find alot of their limited production brews/rare and wanted beers down along San Diego and LA. Very rare you find the special brews at the Firestone locations. Maybe they forgot about us who come or came on routine basis. Who helped them build their empire.
11/8/08-Visited here for the 12 release and service was exceptional. Still thik selection should be expanded to host more of their prized beers.
11-09-2008 02:16:30 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I went to the taproom last night to try the new Firestone 10. It is their blend of 10 separate brews combined to make a 10% ABV barleywine. It was very good. Anyway it had a good atmosphere. I was there on a Friday so there were a lot of people. They all seemed friendly and were having a good time, but I didn't talk to anyone except my girlfriend. They have a couple of TV's in the sitting area adjacent to the bar playing a baseball game. The interior is nice. It has large, round wooden tables set on top of oak barrels. There is a patio that was closed at the time due to rain. The ceiling over the bar area had nice wooden supports and rafters. There is a viewing window on the other side of the bar which shows the inside of the brewery, where you can see two large fermenting tanks and part of the bottling process. Also, if you use the restroom, you have to go back into the brewing area, which is neat.
The service was good even though it was busy. The women behind the counter was friendly and answered all of my questions.
The selection was all Firestone beers (except the seasonals which weren't in season). Also, they had a tap of Red Nectar beer as well. I'm not sure if they serve food, but I doubt it since they had lots of pretzels and mustard and no visible place where they would cook it. Also, I didn't see any of the other patrons with food other than the pretzels.
The prices were reasonable. I paid $5 for a snifter of their brand new beer, 10. After that I had a pint of the Walker's Reserve for $3.50. I also ordered two waters for $1 each.
It was a nice taproom with a good atmosphere and an expected brewery selection. The prices were also reasonable. A great place to get brewery-fresh beer, too, because the beer is brewed literally only a few yards away. Recommended, especially if you are a fan of Firestone beer.
10-15-2006 00:32:37 |
More by dblinkhorn
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
I stopped in a couple months ago on business and made some notes of the place while I enjoyed a couple pints. It's a great stop in the middle of Paso Robles wine country. The red, white, and blue painted wood keg was fantastic as I walked in the door. It was filled with pretzels. There isn't any food, however the place is fairly big for a tap room. I found the sole bartender to be very nice and courteous. A nice selection of their beers are on tap for $3.50 a 16oz pint and $5.00 for a mug. It was a pretty relaxed taproom with a group of old locals at a table enjoying a pint and a few women chatting with the bartender at the bar. Everyone seemed to know each other. I enjoyed staring up at the World Beer Cup plaques and unwinding amidst the wooden ambiance. It is extremely clean. The IPA I had there was delicious and I will definitely stop by again if I'm in the area. I saw a sign for some Friday events, unfortunately I was there on a Thursday. I would call the brewery ahead of time if I was there on an extended trip. It is a must stop location if you're in the area, and enjoy FW brews.
07-11-2006 23:24:03 |
More by poluti
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
When I moved to Paso Robles, I thought I'd spend some time at the FW Taproom. It's only 4 miles from my house, but I haven't been back since my initial trip. The place is warm and inviting enough, and the service is prompt and friendly. However, this place could be so much more. The lack of food really detracts from the enjoyment. It would also be nice to find some taproom specials that aren't widely available in stores or bars and restaurants. As the matter stands, FW beers are so widely available on tap in this county that the taproom has little to recommend it.
04-19-2006 02:38:45 |
More by mickeymac
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address