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Bootlegger's Brewery

Bootlegger's BreweryBootlegger's Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 91
Beer Ratings: 2,339
Beer Avg: 3.72

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar ]

130 S Highland Ave
Fullerton, California, 92832
United States
phone: (714) 871-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bootleggersbrew

Notes:
Tasting Room Hours
Sun - Thurs 11am - 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 12pm

(Place added by: BeerBaronAaron on 06-28-2008)
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mjmadden

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $

Hit this place up after a stop at another local tasting room and it was a great find. Great selection to sample at a great price, the indoor/outdoor set up is great, and overall this is a place you must stop if you live in the area or are just passing through.

01-30-2014 03:56:36 | More by mjmadden
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abrethanson

California

3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Visited new tasting room on a late summer / early fall afternoon to catch a couple brews and football. Ended up being "Sport your own Stein" day so we came prepared and hit the 25 cents / ounce deal.

A: new tasting room located in Fullerton Downtown - definitely has a little of the typical Fullerton vibe - tatted up bros. Overall was very enjoyable and had a relaxed weekend afternoon vibe. Indoor / Outdoor space to take advantage of SoCal weather. Lots of games a plus - cornhole / giant jenga / foosball. Lots of tables to sit with plenty of umbrella or indoor shade. (1) TV if you want to catch a sport. Decor is minimalist (typical tap room) but they do fly the American flag which is a plus! Typical chalk board with beer list. Minimal crowd until brew tour showed up, but still chill.

Q: Bootleggers brews solid beer. The brews on tap were good to great. We sampled a few and drank a pint of a couple others. Jars are standard glassware - awesome. A lot of locals showing up to fill growlers.

S: Standard. One guy who was pleasant and served in timely manner.

S: All In-house taps. Standard year rounds and a couple seasonal and one off small batches (pumpkin cask and Golden Chaos fruit). I think there were 16 taps and plenty of variety to keep a rookie or geek happy.

F: they do not serve food but they usually have food trucks and I believe you can bring your own food.

Overall - Fun place we would frequent if we lived closer. In downtown Fullerton so you can walk to local restaurants, etc.

09-15-2013 00:03:22 | More by abrethanson
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mrcraft

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

I visited the old location on Super Bowl Sunday right before attending a friend's party. The brewery was in the mist of moving to their new location.

The location I visited was in a warehouse district. The inside was divided into a tasting area and brewing side. I thought they provided a nice area for people to congregate and enjoy their beers.

I went specifically to try Knuckle Sandwich from the tap. It didn't disappoint. It was delicious. I believe they had most of their lineup that day, but I had my fill of KS, and mozied on my way to the party.

I'll try to visit the new location when I'm in the area.

08-21-2013 23:29:03 | More by mrcraft
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hackedfly

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I visited the brewery before they moved to the new location. I say it is a vast improvement . Now they have a biergarten with alot of different brews to try. Prices have gone up a bit for the pint but it is still a steal since they change the selection pretty often. Highly Recommend and the Food Truck is a bonus. xoxo Bootlegger's.

06-30-2013 10:36:01 | More by hackedfly
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vince4953529

California

4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$

I've been to their old location dozen times. They moved to a new place just up the street not too long ago converged at Commonwealth, Sante Fe & Highland, which is pretty easy to find.
I have been to the new location just a few times and it got nice, airy environment. I come here at non-rush hours so most times at most just 3-4 people here. I could imagine the nightmarish crowds on a weekend night. Excellent service all their staffs are very friendly.
Probably my favourite local brewery aside from Bruery. Most notably they brew an excellent varieties of IPA's. All of their other styles are above-average and drinkable. I would come here repeatedly.

06-23-2013 18:23:35 | More by vince4953529
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claspada

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Open area outside with plenty of tables, giant Jenga game complete with hipsters, inside seating as well. Cash register style order system which big board offering plenty of their normal offerings as well as a few special release ones. Unfortunately none of them really hit the spot for me or really wowed me. The Mint Chocolate was particularly disappointing and watery with a root beer aftertaste. The workers were real friendly and enjoyed chatting with you and I really loved the cool outdoor atmosphere which allows you to meet new people and hang out, but I wish the beer would step it up a notch.

06-18-2013 22:06:50 | More by claspada
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Braz

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Heard some buzz about this place while at a bar in Fullerton. Has a very non pretentious vibe. Great selection. Knuckle sandwich is a great IPA. People mainly hang out outside sitting or playing homemade jenga. Had a sort of Portland, OR atmosphere which isn't bad, just very eccentric. Would have loved to have spent more time there.

05-08-2013 04:56:55 | More by Braz
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BeerEngineer

California

3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$

For those of you who don't know this brewery used to be located in the warehouse district of Fullerton. That location was very small and only had a half dozen tables or so but the atmosphere was great. I believe that they still have that but it's not open as a tap room anymore because of their new location and pilot brewery in downtown Fullerton.

The new location I was very impressed with but there are some huge issues. The first is parking, if you try and park in the front of the brewery there are only 4 or 5 parking spots. They are also very small parking spots so it's tough. There is parking located around the area and on their website is a list of locations that you can park. The second big issue that I found was the staff and cashier set up. I went there on a Saturday afternoon and found this place packed; a great sign for this company. Unfortunately, the line for the bar was out the front door of the building. When I finally got up to the bar I realized it's because they only had 2 cashiers open with 1 beer runner. This is a big issue because it took us 40 minutes to get our beers. I had a growler that I was planning on filling up after drinking our beers but there was no way that I was going to wait another 40 minutes! There still isn't any food made by the brewery but there was a food truck (kind of a food truck) in the back. It had really good food but I didn't want to rate it in my review because it can change too easily. The truck that was there when I was there was a BBQ trailer. Another issue that we encountered was that there were several tables in the back to sit at, unfortunately, there were glasses over 1/3 of the table. In total there were probably about 50 glasses left on the table from the last couple of groups that had been there. No one came around in the hour that we were there to clear any of the tables. It's kind of disgusting sitting next to that may glasses with old beer in them from earlier in the day. The area smelled like spoiled beer because of it. They need to get more staff working at this location or else they will have issues with returning customers. The last issue (not really an issue just a warning) is regarding the tables in the back area. This is discussed below in more detail but the short of it is if you sit on a table near the ends, the table flips over.

Other than the parking and staffing issue, the new facility is really nice. They don't have a large brewery area in this location, it's listed as a "pilot facility" for them to test recipes. The beers that they make are very good and I have been impressed with several. The new location has a big open air area in the back with a bunch of tables, but be warned, they will flip over if you don't sit right in the center. They actually went so far as to draw lines on the seats with instructions to sit within the lines if you are alone. They need to get these tables bolted down because it's a potential hazard and it's an easy fix!

Overall I won't be back any time soon to have a drink. If anything, I'll go there and buy growlers because their beer is pretty good, but the service was horrendous. They need to get familiar with the new location and staff it properly, after that I may be back but until then I'll drink their beer at my house.

04-07-2013 00:17:53 | More by BeerEngineer
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Narfish

California

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $

The offerings at Bootlegger's spartan taproom far exceed the few that are distributed in L.A. There were about 12 I had never heard of before, and about 2/3 of those were dynamite (still dreaming about the Tropical Thunder). They offer cheap tasting flights, full pints and growler pours. If you're on your way to or from The Bruery in Placentia, stop by Bootlegger's - it's just 4 miles away. Even if you're not, stop by anyway. It's worth it. Just remember to bundle up if it's evening time - the taproom is basically a warehouse with a big open door, so it can get frosty!

01-06-2013 23:29:51 | More by Narfish
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taxman714

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $

Great place, knowledgable staff that is always willing to help. Believe me; Bootleggers has way more to offer than what you can find at your local distributer. When going to the tasting room, there is always around ten exclusive brews with great flavor and balance.

Five tasters for $4.50 cannot be beat. The food experience was a 3 because I went once and had THE BEST LAMB BURGER, but returned and had sub-par food from the same truck (different cook though).

The atmosphere is excellent and the staff takes the extra step to explain the brews and recommend bast on personal preferences. My girlfriend went with me and loved the beer and had a great time. *Note, she is not a beer drinker either, the pourers gave her light brews and tastes based on her preferences.

Overall, a must visit for anyone in Southern California.

12-04-2012 02:09:22 | More by taxman714
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Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.