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SLO Brewing Co.

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 41
Beer Avg: 3.38

Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.63%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1119 Garden Street
San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
United States
phone: (805) 543-1843

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @slobrewingco

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2005)
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-08-2014 03:25:50 | More by LakerLeith
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-16-2014 05:09:08 | More by boudeysbigbrew
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-05-2014 23:15:34 | More by Skunkdrool
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-13-2013 02:14:57 | More by GeorgeH
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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

We go to slo brew a lot.
Great, casual place to have a decent beer and watch sports. Best place in the downtown san luis area that brews their own beer. Central Coast brewing is really good but is located at the other end of town. Tap It brewery has the best IPA in the county but is a few miles from downtown.
Food is okay, fish and chips are decent.
Nitro IPA and the stout are pretty good.

07-30-2013 20:47:52 | More by bray
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I visited SLO over the Labor Day weekend. The bar/restaurant are located upstairs, with the first floor being a music venue and bar when there are shows in town. I actually visited this place twice over the weekend, once sitting at the bar and once at a table. It's a very modern spot with lots of wood and bricks. The brewery is located on the 2nd floor right next to the bar. The service both times was good with different waitresses. The quality of the beers on both days was good. The quality of the beers was good and the selection was pretty great with around 10-12 of their own beers on tap with a few guest taps from what I remember. Their food is good too, especially their tempura battered fries. Prices are reasonable, especially for the 6 beer taster flight at $10. I was able to make my own 6 beer flight the second day for the same price. Definitely recommended if you are in the area. I would love to come back, especially if there is a show in town I would like to see.

09-07-2012 09:04:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

I go to this place because they have a stage and a lot of great Punk rock bands come by. Seeing a punk show while drinking craft beer is pretty damn amazing.

This place has 2 floors. The bottom floor is where the bands play. There is a stage and a bar and a bunch of old show posters on the wall. The bar serves liquor and all the beers they have on tap.

The top floor is the restaraunt. They have tables, a bar, and 2 pool tables.

They have about 6 beers on tap. The standard, IPA, Pale, Wheet, Lager. The beers are decent. I dont think any of them are the best beers I have had in a while, but not bad either.

The food was good. We had a buffalo chicken pizza. The size was nice, and the price wasnt too bad. They have a varied menu.

The service was good both upstairs and downstairs during the show. Fast to take orders and to bring stuff out. The staff is friendly.

Overall: If I am in San Luis Obispo, I will be at this place. Good environment.

07-23-2011 15:23:37 | More by OStrungT
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $

This place is right off the main drag in SLO and I have visited here many times in the past, they have great bands play here all the time including a great local band named Still Time fronted by a former bartender of this place, the music is downstairs, while beer, dining areas, and pool tables are upstairs, unfortunately this past time we were here it was incredibly hot in there as it was during a freak heat wave and they have no AC, I had a strawberry blonde and IPA while I was here, cost me a whole four dollars because pints were two bucks during happy hour, cool atmosphere in here and I love how they mold music and beer together so well, it is nearly perfect, this place does get very crowded at night and has a younger crowd than other places in town, I will go back here and hopefully catch another show here in the near future, definitely worth checking out, while the beer is not the best you will ever have, you cannot find a much cooler place to hang out on a given night

09-15-2009 01:28:01 | More by Floydster
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $

This is a frequent hangout for the younger crowd of San Luis Obispo. Two of us decided to cruise over to DTB last night after a couple cheap pints from Frog & Peach. Pitchers are only $4 on Tuesday nights at DTB (<- totally worth it!) Have tons of other great deals as well.

Downtown Brew occupies an old two-story brick building just off of Higuera St. (where most of the other bars sit). During the day, the top floor acts as a sports bar and the bottom floor is typically closed. At night, the bottom floor transforms into a cool-looking nightclub (never been due to $10 cover), and the top floor acts as a typical college bar with music, TV's, dancing, and occasionally beer pong. The top floor is both spacious and nicely furnished. The mood is always upbeat and friendly.

DTB brews roughly a dozen different beers (though very few of them are listed on BA), and keeps almost all of them on-tap year-round. Six or seven of their brews are posterized around the establishment. The styles range from blueberry wheat to IPA to Belgian-style abbey. They even have an Irish stout and a winter warmer. I've tried 3 or 4 of them in passing and have had okay experiences at best. Last night we got Reggae Red which I thought was sub-par.

Overall, Downtown Brew is a fun place (especially at night) and worth a try if you're in the area.

08-13-2008 18:12:15 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

I had not intended to visit here today I had planned to be in Camarillo for the SoCal BA meeting. Long story short I had to work, but I ended up in Santa Maria today and San Luis isn't so far away so I made the trip to SLO. I had intended to stop at Spikes and see what was available but after parking and paying the parking meter I found that Spikes was closed for some reason. To salvage a disappointment I remembered that there was something new at the place where SLO Brewing used to be so I headed to here.

Pretty much everything is upstairs and pretty much the same as when it was SLO Brewing.

This is a medium sized brew-house and restaurant the placard on the wall says "Max Capacity 280." Windows on only the front of the place the rest of it is red brick with a hardwood floor and a tin roof with sky lights and ceiling fans. This place is dark and shadowy inside on this warm and bright day. Normal type bar with nothing very notable about it. Chalkboard signs tell you what is on tap and I do see that the new owner had the good sense to keep making the SLO blueberry ale without the SLO name.

Average service here the bartender is an obvious student at Cal Poly he is competent but not enthusiastic.

All the taps are house beers with eight selections available.

Good menu, I ordered the hand cut fries and I got an over generous portion I could never hope to finish with Parmesan cheese and fairly salty for $3.95, 50 cents more to add garlic.

I sampled two beers while there; the wheat was OK and the IPA very good.

More or less this is SLO Brewing under a new name; it is basically the same place.

08-12-2007 06:10:35 | More by Zorro
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SLO Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, CA
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.