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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Taps: 13 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1400 Ramada Dr
phone: (805) 238-2556
(Place added by: Todd)
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| Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
What I said on Yelp:
This was the first brewery I've been to at which every single beer was good if not spectacular. There always seems to be at least one beer here or there, if not many, that just don't do it for me---even at my favorite breweries. But FW really is on to something.
I came in with my cousins and wife, one who enjoys beer but is not a fiend like me, the other who was looking to get wasted, and my wife who was most likely hoping to see cider on the menu. I can't say they were as impressed as I was, but they all found several beers to enjoy. And yeah, we tried every beer they had.
Of course, I threw down a two ouncer of the Sucaba and the Parabola first, squeezing them in before I took a guided tour. Both beers are highly sought among beer geeks and have high ratings on BA, so I couldn't contain myself. I was highly impressed by the smoothness and balance, even if the alcohol content in both was more apparent than I would've expected. I am chalking that up to the freshness of these beers that most people cellar, so I no complaints.
After the tour, which showed their blind tasting area, brewing components, and the kegging and canning process, I returned to the room ready to run through their menu. Thankfully, the small pour option (2 or 4 ounces, I forget) allowed our crew to find what we loved. I was unfortunately pressured to drink up quickly so I didn't take notes or really get the chance to savor and assess each beer the way I'd like to, but I can say with assurance that I could regularly drink FW's DBA, their Union Jack, the Wookey Jack, the Double Jack, the Unfiltered DBA (better than the regular!), the Double DBA, the Parabola and the Sucaba. I'd be in here everyday if I lived in the area. But the real treat was the Parabajava, the breweries coffee-laden version of the Parabola. Not only was this a great beer, but also a treat for being available only at the taproom.
Finally, you can pick up some of their brews, as well as snifters and mini-snifters and other swag in the taproom, much of this stuff being a real catch. I had to splurge on some bottles to take home to New Mexico and spent above $60 for three bottles. Well worth it though.
09-13-2013 20:18:46 |
More by ONovoMexicano
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Being that I live in Paso and I like to drink good beer I have been here a time or two. Atmosphere is very welcoming. The frequents are very nice and have no problem sparking conversation with you.
Service is great but best on the weekends when miguel is there. He is a major figure for the company and its great to see someone like that pour a beer for you. Its nice to see Matt (head brewmaster) sweep through the room every once and awhile too.
Selection is good. However, my only peeve about this part is that I wished they had their specials more available on tap. My favorites from FW are they Parabola, Abacus, Velvet Merkin, Saucerful of Secrets, and the Oaktoberfest. These are always in small limted offerings and I hope this would change some day...
I dont expect to eat when I go into a taproom. I think it throws focus off. Pretzels and mustard is just fine for me. I understand parings are a very big thing in the industry but it shouldnt be done inside a brewery taproom...
Overall value is reasonable considering the beers you drink are the freshest you can get. This is a great place to experience the passion for the pale....
06-22-2009 06:45:17 |
More by bargerking
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Pit stop on my way from LA to SF. I make the drive often and FW will be a growler-fill stop as often as possible.
$2.50 10oz. pours of the house stuff is a great deal IMO. Growler re-fills are $15 or $20 depending on what you get--reasonable.
I tried the Velvet Merkin (Oak aged doubled-up version of Velvet Merlin [?]). Very good. I wish it was a little less expensive ($6 for 11oz. pour) but I'm not gonna second guess the economics of selling one-off beers on site.
Really wish they had at least SOME food besides bags of rold-gold pretzels.
12-19-2011 20:09:04 |
More by adsomers
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
We ate at the restaurant taproom, which is a full pub/restaurant with bar.
The place itself is nice, having a bit of a pseudo-industrial-chic character that works well. It is fairly cavernous but decorated interestingly and enjoyable when busy. The lighting is good and nicely accents the bottles moving along the conveyor belts, as above the bar.
Beer quality is outstanding, especially the Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale.
Service is good, effective and pleasant.
Selection is very good, but Firestone Walker does keep to a rather small range of beers, which is ok because the quality is usually very high. It is nice that they have some good special beers in addition to the bottled range, and have the UDBA as a standard beer.
Food was great. Steaks, vegetables, kids' menus, all being very good and quite a bit above the usual brew pub standard. with good choices to be paired with the beers.
06-22-2012 05:24:49 |
More by Offa
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We went to Paso for the wine but I had to stop by this brewery. The atmosphere is nothing special although the back room were the brewery operates is cool to see. The people behind the bar were very knowledgeable and didn't mind chatting it up with the patrons. The beer is great here which is what its all about. They had one special beer on cask that was over 11%! She did warn me before enjoying too much. You also gotta love those little paddles they use for serving the snifters. All in all, a place to go visit if you are also into trying the local wineries.
12-31-2009 04:56:51 |
More by microbrew52
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
We decided to stop here for a growler on our way to Avila Beach. We didnt know the hours, so we got there an hour early. The woman working saw us waiting, and let us in early. That was very cool.
The outside looks incerdible. It is a very nice looking building. There were some hop vines growing by the door. Some barrels in by the road with Firestone Walker displayed on them. the inside looks good too. When you enter, the bar is dead ahead with some merch to the right. To the lest is a small room with some tables. A TV playing sports is on the wall. The door by the bar leading to the restrooms is right next to the bottling line. I didnt see anything going on, buy my wife did the last time she was there, and she said it was great.
The woman working was very cool. She knew her beer, and was fun to talk to. She gave out some free samples, and we bought some half pints of Double DBA. Good stuff. I still appreciate the fact that she let us in a half hour early. Also, I guess there was an event the night before, and they had some left over cheeze, so she let us pair some with the beers. That was very cool.
The beer selection was good. They had all their regular beers, along with Double Jack and Double DBA.
The specialty growlers were a bit pricy at $30 eac, but the beers are good. Also the halfr pint of Double DBA was $5.25. A bit much for 8 OZ I think, but the regular beers were decently priced at $2.50 a half pint, $5 a pint.
There is no food here. Thry do sell small bags of pretzles for 50 cents, and they have cheeze for sale.
Overall: Good place. i will probably stop by here every time I head to the coast. A growler on the beach is always great.
08-17-2009 22:18:59 |
More by OStrungT
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by the brewery/taproom on a weekday just after they opened which is noon. Besides myself there were only three other guests sitting at the stools, and a young guy tending the bar. They also have a room adjacent to the small bar with about a dozen tables.
Service was quick and friendly, and the bartender was very knowledgeable about their beers. The room the bar is in also doubles as a gift shop. Plenty of clothing and glassware with the Firestone logo available for purchase. Also available are jars of their DBA mustard, which I must say is probably the best mustard I've ever had. I had some on one of their large soft pretzels (served hot) and it was a perfect snack to enjoy with the various beers I tried.
Speaking of the beers, next to the bar is a chalkboard which lists what is on tap at the moment. Besides their "regular offerings which are easily found in stores, they also had about a half dozen other beers Firestone makes which I have never seen available elsewhere. Very nice!
There's a small door down a small hallway to the right of the bar which leads into the brewery itself. That's where the bathrooms are located, so when nature calls you get a quick and up close mini-tour of the brewery in action.
I've heard it can get very busy in there, but when I went it was nice and peaceful and quite enjoyable. If you like beer (and if you're reading this you probably do) and happen to be anywhere near Paso Robles this is a must stop.
02-20-2010 04:20:18 |
More by JBogan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
As I was going right by and as they have beers on tap that are not available elsewhere I had to stop. Atmosphere, well its hard
to describe, big with a nice bar. For beer I had the Pale 31, it was excellent and the Wookey Jack, a Gold Medal winner but not my style of beer, my fault for ordering it.
I did eat here and had the BBQ Smoked Brisket sandwich, again excellent.
The bar was not busy so service was good and I was even given some suggestions of places to go in SLO.
I wish this was closer for me as I would go out of my way to stop but its just to far away.
12-22-2012 21:06:19 |
More by VegasBill
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
We always love to stop in to Firestone Walker when visiting Paso Robles. As my husband says, you need an IPA after a day of wine tasting. We usually sit in the bar area of the new restaurant. But we have visited the tap room prior to the restaurant being built.
The decor is brewery chic with an industrial feel. Service is usually good. I live the sample size pours available and are served in petite snifters. Functional and classy. The value I listed as a bit pricey for the food, the quality is worth it. The beers are very affordable.
Put this place on your must stop list when traveling on Hwy 101 in central Ca.
07-14-2013 22:33:13 |
More by KristineT
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