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Beer Ratings: 346
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
17605 Monterey Road
phone: (408) PUB-BREW
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
El Toro... the brewer of one of the beers I love no one talks about, their IPA. In a large modern building, I was told it was a renovated police station. I did a flight of beers which in all honesty disappointed me a little: not that they were bad but I didn't think they were nearly on par with their fantastic IPA. I also expected to like their DIPA even more but that was not the case. In all, the beers were average to good and there was a barrel aged beer as well to try. Worth a stop if you're in the area but somewhat remote from other alternatives in the area.
03-15-2013 22:37:21 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I stopped in here on Sunday around noon for lunch and a couple of pints. It was my first time stopping, but definitely won't be my last.
The pub was relatively empty for the entire time that I was there (roughly 11:45am through 2:15pm), but that gave me a good chance to talk with the bartender, who also happened to be the owner and brewmaster. Geno was very talkative and candid, though a bit temperamental. I liked him though, and after he presented me with my discounted bill I liked him even more.
I only sampled the El Toro IPA and Deuce Imperial IPA - both of which were very good - but I wish I could've sampled several of the others. Geno had around twenty draft beers to choose from, including two vintages of his barleywine ('04 and '08), an imperial stout, several fruit ales, and three variations of Poppy Jasper. The line-up was impressive to say the least.
Both of the beers I ordered were served in pint glasses at a proper temperature. The sandwich I ordered was very tasty, as were the fries that came with it.
As for aesthetics, the brewpub was decorated with a lot of local and beer-related memorabilia. Everything was kept very clean, and the arrangement was relaxed yet orderly.
My only complaint about this place are the beer prices (the food prices were reasonable). Pints start at $4.50 and go all the way up to $8, with most of the beers falling in the $6 range. Six packs go for a whopping $13.99!
I make frequent trips between San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, and Morgan Hill is right on the way. I'll definitely be stopping here again.
03-29-2010 04:04:10 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in downtown Morgan Hill and in an old bank El Toro has a clean, modern, and somewhat industrial style. Walking in through the patio and under hops vines you enter directly across from the bar. The bar is in the front and seating to the sides and directly ahead. I didn't go up stairs but my wife said there are games up there.
We were fortunate to have the best and most knowledgeable server, Amanda, I have ever had in over 350+ brewery visits. Amanda was great, her suggestions on what to try and how they should taste made the experience unforgettable.
We split 3 tasting flights of 6.
El Toro 500 Barley Wine
El Toro Oatmeal Stout
El Toro Imperial Stout
El Toro Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout
Deuce Imperial Ale
Extra Hoppy Jasper with Columbus Hops
w/ Simcoe Hops
Then we ended with El Toro Bravo IPA and my wife had the Blackberry Wheat.
I can't say any beer we tried missed the mark-they were all drinkable-and some like the Barley Wine, the Yos, and the Imperial Stout were incredible.
The food was good-we tried the wings and we split the club and the linguisa sandwiches. Also, because it was my birthday I received a free root beer float.
All of this food and beer for about $55!
This has be one the best Brewpubs in the bay area that I have visited-possibly the best in the south bay. I just wish it was closer to SC.
07-25-2007 14:09:53 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The service really lets this place down. It is sloppy, slow and inattentive, though at least not unfriendly. Our server took about 15 minutes to even acknowledge us and seemed put out that we were not ready to order food when he finally did show up, despite the fact that nobody had bothered to give us a beer menu when we sat down so we had no idea what to start with drink-wise, which was the real point of the visit.
Despite the poor start, however, it turned out to be a decent visit. The fish tacos were good, the chili was good, and the clam chowder was, well, not terrible. The chicken wings were strange, but still good.
The beer menu is simply too complicated. The sampler trays are set up by a star system - regular, premium, and super premium - but the stars are distributed without any coherence across the menu. The menu is laid out strangely and there is a bewildering selection. For example, the offer a "Supper hoppy" version of their signature amber ale, but you have to choose among four hops which were used to dry-hop the normal beer. They also seem determined to fill every single possible beer niche, from the lightest Mexican lager to dense stouts. It's too damned much work to figure out the menu, which is never a good thing.
Once you wade through the irritating menu, however, the beer is good. The El Torro IPA, their basic ipa, is actually provocative and delicious, with an unusual malty musk.
11-06-2011 22:57:54 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on my way home last week and then again a couple days later on my way out of town. On the first visit I got there just after the kitchen closed but I sampled about 10 different tasters and talked with the brewer Geno for about an hour and a half.
The place is very clean and nice, lots of tvs and a nice looking bar area. The tap selection was impressive as well. The brewer is a real nice guy and answered all my questions. We talked about beer of course but as time went on we bullshitted about having an engineering degree, about various airplanes, and then about growing hops and how people are killing the cascade hops outside with their cigarette butts.
I sampled the past 3 years of the Yo winter brew as well as some IPAs, a DIPA, a doppelbock, a RIS, and a black raspberry beer. At the end of night he made me a mixed 6 pack of some of their bottled beers and I went on my way to San Jose to meet another BA that had some russian river beer for me. I paid $23 plus tip for 10 samples and a mixed six pack. Not bad.
On the second visit I tried the various fruit beers they had to offer and picked the bartenders brain for a few minutes before heading out again.
Overall this is a real nice place, can't comment on the food but the atmosphere is very enjoyable.
04-02-2008 04:28:12 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
On a road trip to South Bay this was my first stop. After the Celebrator write-up I just had to see for myself. Showed up lunch time on a Monday, only a couple other tables were sat in this huge restaurant/brew pub. The woman who was hostessing seemed very cold, somehow started the experience off on the wrong foot, but then the server redeemed the whole place, offering suggestions, being knowledgeable about the beer, the food, everything else.... The Blue Burger was excellent, got it w/ a bowl of avocado soup which was very tasty, and then split two samplers with my buddy. Tried 8 different beers, yet there were over 20 El Toro beers to pick from. I was ecstatic to see their Batch 500 on draught, a barley wine they brewed in 1999. Still had plenty of body and I was disappointed (still am!) that they were out of growlers at the location. It was $8 for a 4-sample tray of their specialty beers, and I believe $5 for 4 samples of their mainstay brews. I tried their '99 BW, a winter warmer from '02 called Yo (they offered '02, '03, and '05 vintages), the porter (delicious!) and their Russian Imperial Stout, also delicious. I would love to head back here on a weekend and see what kind of atmosphere they can come up w/ then!
Cheers to El Toro, and thank you for offering more than the amber and pale ales at the pub, the dark beers were much loved and much appreciated.
06-13-2007 20:23:47 |
More by clickpush
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Have stopped in here on several occasions. Huge place located right on the main drag of Morgan Hill.
Plenty of booths & tables downstairs. With games & such upstairs. The bar is very nice with actual pieces of Poppy Jasper, a local stone, in the bar itself. Nice touch. Big screen tv above the bar & flatscreens through out the place.
Food is average. Basic burgers, pizzas, sandwiches type fare. Have had a bbq pork sandwich, blue cheese burger, and a pizza. All ok.
The service is a little cold at the bar. Not bad or rude by any means. But you don't get welcomed with open arms & smiles either. At least on my trips here. Not an issue for me, but it is what it is & should be mentioned.
The beer selection & quality is what keeps me coming here & is what's really important. They have at least 17 taps of different brews, maybe more & 2 house made sodas. last time I was their they had 3 different dry hopped versions of their signature brew, Poppy Jasper, with 3 different kinds of hops. Very cool. The imperial stout is great. They had 3 vintages of Yo, their x-mas barley wine.
Go here for the beer. You won't be disappointed.
02-26-2008 17:55:49 |
More by bbothen
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
A spacious brewpub with lots of TV's and a sunny back patio. Modern, minimalist style. Long arcing bar downstairs with surrounding tables; upstairs is open in the middle and looks down on the bar.
The atmosphere doesn't do it for me at all, so I'll stick to the beer. The selection is huge-- there were at least 15 beers on tap, all brewed by El Toro. I did some tasters of their hoppy offerings, specifically the IPA, double IPA, "red IPA", and a couple dry-hopped Poppy Jaspers. All the IPAs were decent to good. The Poppy Jasper is available in 3 different single-hopped versions. In my opinion none of them really worked too well; Poppy Jasper is a nice amber with a good apricot-malt flavor that does not go too well with the high-alpha hop varieties they used, but it was interesting to taste the differences in hops. Overall a quality line-up of beer. Food is average or even a bit below-- they really focus on gut-busting fare.
Not my style of place at all --open, bright, a bit sterile, and bad music-- but the beer is good and worth a quick side trip if you're passing by on 101.
04-08-2009 05:00:06 |
More by bcm119
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A- This place had a nice brewpub atmosphere. It looked like they had actually put a lot of effort into the restaurant and it was definitely conducive to drinking.
Q- The quality of the beers was excellent. Living in Gilroy my whole life I have always been close but never known about this gem. I will certainly head up here more often.
S- The service actually seemed pretty slow. Granted there were tons of people at the bar, it took quite a while to get my order but I wasn't in a big hurry.
S- This is where this brewpub really had a chance to shine. It seemed like they had about 15 taps, most if not all was their own brew. This is by far the biggest selection of any brewpub in the area.
Overall I was only at the bar for a short time but you can bet I will be coming back. Definitely a must see if you are in the area.
08-25-2007 06:29:14 |
More by Lothore
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We stopped at El Toro last night after seeing a bumper sticker on the back of a truck in Santa Cruz, and then getting a suggestion from a coworker at our company the same day. Too much coincidence, so we had to go. We've toured this area a lot and had never been this far south, so we were up for the adventure.
Walking in we were pleasantly surprised that this was a big nice place with a lot of televisions. We were greeted by the owner/brewer and proceeded to make our way through the taps, sampling everything possible. Not a dog in the bunch! The beer is truly quality and shows the brewers dedication and experience.
We were very impressed by the various years of the Yo. It is rare that you can find such a lineage on tap, so get it while it lasts.
The food was very good and the wings were cooked perfectly with a crispy outside and tender juicy inside. We also had the dog tacos which are hot dogs wrapped in a tortilla and deep fried. Good stuff.
We will be coming back to this place at every chance, every time we are in town.
10-14-2008 17:56:34 |
More by beerjournl
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El Toro Brewing Co. in Morgan Hill, CA
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