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Lengthwise Brewing Company
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 64
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
6720 Schirra Court
phone: (661) 836-2537
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Lengthwise Brewing is located on the outskirts of Bakersfield about 20 minutes from the airport in what appears to be more of a warehouse/business district than a place to find dining and beer. It is immediately off Ashe Rd on Schirra (there is a church on the corner). They have a decent-sized parking lot.
The building looks like a warehouse, and they have stacks of kegs as pillars in the entrance. Inside it is very open, with local sports represented, along with a pretty good collection of breweriana. I especially liked the growlers hanging from strings from the ceiling. The bar is in the middle of it all, and they have a small patio, plus a banquet room in the back where you can walk right by much of their brewing equipment which is very cool.
The beer selection here is pretty good. They have 6 Lengthwise beers, plus about 3 "import" draughts from Bud Light to Arrogant Bastard. I did not see what bottled beers were available, if any. The Lengthwise beers run the gamut from Golden Lager to Porter, and all of them were above average. They offer all of their available beers in a sampler.
Service here is pretty good, and they were more busy than expected for a late lunch crowd. Orders were placed at the bar and the food is brought out to the table.
As for the food, they have typical pub grub (sandwiches, appetizers, fish & chips, salads) and it was very tasty.
All in all I was pleasantly surprised to find a brewpub in Bakersfield and will definitely make it a point to visit when I am there. Some of their beers even make it "up the hill" to Tehachapi.
06-19-2006 20:59:02 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The brewpub was pretty easy to find. The server hooked me up with a Porter almost immediately. Service good and consistent. Atmosphere was cool. Classic Rock playing in the background. The crowd ranges from local oil workers, mechanics and businessmen. There is a motorcycle behind the bar on a pedestal. It looks like a showpiece being restored. The place itself was cozy, spacious, outdoor seating available and large L shaped bar. 6 beers on tap when I was there. I had a burger and it was good too. Overall, good place that always has good service.The place in Bakersfield! A pretty good place as well.
09-17-2008 15:23:51 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
Final stop of the great 2004 Sonoma County Beer Run (http://www.stoutguy.com/beer/trips/Sonoma/index.html)
Located on the long side of Bakersfield from the 5 in Bakersfield. (Damn long straight way drive through dust storms) The facility is their relatively new home which is more brewpub than the old straight microbrewery angle they pursued before.
Decent pub grub menu with a large space for the brewery and the longest bar on the whole trip with a nice stage behind the bartenders with a musician playing folk songs when we were there.
By the way, I'd highly recommend the stanky fries and the Centennial ale as a combination.
11-15-2004 06:35:29 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere - The building is part of an industrial park so its not much to look at from the outside. Inside is pretty cool at least to me. They have a garage bar beer room feel going on with old motorcycles behind the bar and and on top of a wall and old breweriana on the walls and rafters. Theres a large L shaped bar as you walk in to the right with some high top tables to the right and a bunch of regular tables to the left.
Quality/Selection - They had seven house brews on tap during my visit of mostly standard styles. The beers were mostly just ok some were good like their IPA and Raspberry Wheat ale.
Service - I stopped in during the week for lunch so they didn't have any servers on the floor so I had to order from the bar to get my food and drinks. The bartender was kind and quick with his service.
Food - Like I said I was here for lunch so me and the wife ordered some sandwiches. I got a panini that was on special for the day and I must say that it was very good and the wife also enjoyed her meal.
03-01-2011 00:01:28 |
More by armock
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was a decent little brewery with a good balance of beer style offerings, and we were happy to have found it. The pub has a great atmosphere, with lots of very interesting beer art on the walls, a ton of open space and seating, and a bright, welcoming feel. Very decent menu of food, as well, and this place won't bankrupt you after an afternoon. This place could easily accommodate large groups of people without ever feeling crowded. We were there on a Sunday, and it was quiet while we were there. The bartender was very informative, and very helpful. I'm telling you, if you unfortunately find yourself wandering around Bakersfield, CA, this place should be on your radar.
12-01-2011 02:18:56 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Suzanne and I found time to drop by this establishment when we were in town this weekend. Bakersfield in summer gives one an idea what hell must be like. While a friendly town it's plain boiling hot, this brew pub makes for a nice escape. It's big and airy and has a warehouse feel to it. The bar is large, and taps are abundant.
I had a nice conversation with the bartender who picked up that I was more than just someone in for a beer. We talked about "good" beer and how this area really is a macro bastion. He said they had made good in roads and have built a solid following. As of now they only bottle one of their beers ( Triple Hop Red) but Growlers are at the ready should you wish for another of their fine beers. I wanted to transport some beers home but had no cooler. The Barman offered ice and tried to find something that might keep the beer cold on the 4 hour hot ride home. In the end nothing was available but he did give me a taste of another beer. A very friendly place and one I suggest checking out if your passing through this town. P.S. Food menu looked more than adequate with hearty chili's and bbq offerings.
07-20-2003 21:33:45 |
More by Mark
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here on the way to Fresno from LA. The place is brightly lit and very good looking inside decorated with growlers hanging from the ceiling. They have a bar that seats abou 10 to 15 people and about 20 tables. You order at the bar and seat yourself. The food was OK but not great. My wife has a burger that was over cooked and I had fish tacos that were not even as good as Rubios. Both of these were said to be good by the bartender. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
They were pouring about 6 or 7 of their own brews along with Wydmer's Apple Cyder, Stella Artois, and another macro. They also brew their own root beer and orange cream soda. Their beers are tasty but nothing to run out of your way for. Since it is really the only brewey in Bakersfield, it's not a bad place to stop and grab a pint or some grub. The menu had standard pub far as well as some more eccentric things like deep fried twinkies for dessert of a steak salad. We'll probably stop in again if we're in the area and hungry.
07-05-2005 19:14:18 |
More by BrewMaster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Tucked away in an industrial area--with the entrance on the side of the building--from the outside, Lengthwise Brewing Company looks like your typical little office building. But inside, a great casual atmosphere with wood tables and metal chairs. A sign by the door tells you to order with the bartender. A bit of an inconvenience.
I had the fish and chips and thought it was very good, if a bit pricey. Served in a red bucket on paper, it should be a a buck or two cheaper.
There beers were flawless. The nitrogen pumped porter was choclately and roasty. The red ale was just amazing, and the golden ale simple but delicious. We even took a growler to the hotel.
06-16-2009 02:42:46 |
More by hiikeeba
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here while driving between my parents' houses on a road-trip out west with my girlfriend. Lengthwise is located in a stripmall in a very industrial area, kind of an odd place for a brewpub, and outside it did not look like one at all.
Inside was an interesting vibe. Very impressive beer-themed artwork on the walls (the bartender told us it was the painter was one of the owner's in-laws), brewing equipment visible, and a ton of vintage motorcycles from around the world throughout the very spacious and somewhat industrial building. It reminded me of a very over-sized but well-decorated garage that would make most men jealous. Not too cozy, but definitely cool.
We sat down and ordered a couple samples, all of which were solid but not ridiculously impressive. I eventually decided on a pint of their summer seasonal, an APA (whose review I lost when my iPhone died as soon as I returned from the trip; thankfully I switched back to using a notebook a couple days later). This APA, whose name I forget (listed on my phone) is unfortunately not on BA, but reminded me of Odell's St. Lupulin. Beyond this, their selection was pretty standard: an IPA, brown, hefe, etc., plus a handful of guest brews that weren't terribly impressive.
We also ordered a plate of their garlic fries to munch on while drinking. They were pretty basic, but I don't feel I can comment too much on their food from our small sample.
Service was a little slow, but there was only one bartender and it was surprisingly busy for mid-afternoon. Still, I managed to corner him into a conversation about beer and the artwork when it slowed down a bit, and he was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit to Lengthwise. It was by no means one of my favorite breweries, but they had decent beer and an interesting atmosphere. Plus, Bakersfield isn't exactly known as the most beer-friendly town in California, so if you're passing through it's worth the visit.
09-01-2011 14:53:00 |
More by Phocion
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is located a bit off the beaten path. We drove 30 miles (each way) from a motorcycle trackday at buttonwillow raceway to visit. It was the only brewpub located on beerfly for the entire Bakersfield area, well unless you count BJ's which we drove past on the way.
They have 5 of their own regular beers on tap, and 1 seasonal rotation. They apparently had 1 semi-hidden Bud Light tap that I called them on. You can't please everyone all the time. There were no other guest beers :(
I sampled all the beers and found the Triple Hop Red Ale and Kern County Porter to be quite delicious, so I had a full pint of each. the rest were a bit on the lighter/summery side of the taste spectrum. Good, but not really my thing.
The sell to go in growlers, "Party Pigs" (2.25 gal), as well as 5gal, pony and full kegs. Several people stopped in while we were there and walked out with various beer to go. Not a surprise as they are really the only game in town.
The food was stellar, I had the Tri-Tip Steak sandwich. It wasn't what I expected, it was even better. My friend had the Rib Tips and they were excellent too. The hot-wing appetizer was a miss for me, but my friend liked it.
They also roast and sell their own coffee beans, which begged the question why not offer a coffee stout or coffee porter? They told me lack of demand, but I think they are missing an opportunity there.
One of the owners is a bike nut and is in the practice of ground up restorations of obscure classic motorcycles right there in the restaraunt/brewery. They allow you to walk around wherever you want and look at the brew equipment and the bikes in various stages of restoration.
We ended up speaking with one owner for about an hour regarding his bike restoration projects. He was eager to share his knowledge and that alone made the trip worthwhile, the food and beer were just icing on the cake. The other owner was at the Mammoth Lake Beer Festival.
The staff was super friendly, very helpful and extremely generous. For a Sat. night they were not very crowded, but I could tell a lot of the folks were regulars and their business must be primarily word of mouth due to the location.
Lengthwise is a must visit and worth seeking out if you happen to get stuck in Bakersfield for an evening or more.
08-07-2008 18:35:05 |
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Lengthwise Brewing Company in Bakersfield, CA