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Bootlegger's Brewery

Not Rated.
Bootlegger's BreweryBootlegger's Brewery
Based on:
57 Beers
2,840 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 32
Visits: 94
Avg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

Place added by: BeerBaronAaron on 06-28-2008

Tasting Room Hours
Sun - Thurs 11am - 10 pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 12pm
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Reviews: 32 | Visits: 94
Reviews by Vanlingleipa:
Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

By a considerable distance, I enjoy washing down a pint in an industrial warehouse tasting room more than a fancy dark oak decorated restaurant/bar.

Some breweries make brass and oak work better than others - Russian River is a good example. But in my experience, people sitting down at a restaurant table scarfing nachos and wings pretty seldom will lean over to the next group and comment about the quality of the head on their beers. Hell, you might get slapped for that.

Not happening at Bootleggers, the informal 'spit on the floor and call the cat a bastard' kinda place where I'm most comfortable. From the large folding table that acts as the community cO2 factory to the two seater tables close enough for folks to smell each others suds, Bootlegger's is about sharing the beer love.

The owners encourage this - I suspect it would be difficult to bring in an outside beer for consumption at Russian River (not to single them out, again, nice place). At Bootlegger's, no problem as long as you a) buy their beverages b) share with the owners.

So, I'm giving atmosphere a serious A plus. Their beers aren't in that rarefied stratosphere, but close - an overall B plus - A minus, which is as high as I rate any other brewery.

For me, the core of craft brewing is about challenging the status quo, taking risks with flavor combinations while being dedicated towards excellence in the basic styles.

I see this philosophy in Bootlegger beers like Black Phoenix, a well-assembled, well-brewed chocolate-chipotle stout. Even better than the basic BP is their much spicier Imperial version...and last week they released a nitro BP.

Sometimes the experiment flops (the nitro BP, IMO), but it always makes for an interesting visit. I enjoy being a lab rat for new craft brews.

With all the variety, the brewery makes it easy to shop through their beer board - which typically has 12 to 20 selections - a sip at a time by offering half pints. The pours are always generous, with short head beers brimmed to the top of the glass without exception. I like that in a tasting room.

And partnering with these beer explorations are the food trucks that come to Bootleggers, rolling restaurants that are always trying their asses off to be fast-food visionaries. You ain't lived until you've sampled fries covered with spicy Asian beef alongside a hopsy amber (Rocco Red).

Can improvements be made? I suppose. But if you're a person like me who'd rather lean back against a giant silver beer vat than a shiny brass bar rail, it's nothing really worth mentioning.

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More User Reviews:
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3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rwaynes
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Handsome_James
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A summer night feel with the beer selection and outdoor seating. Cornhole is always fun and there's a good pizza place next door that delivers over.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of fureousangel
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

They usually have a very good selection, super nice barbacks. The beer just lacks sometimes.

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Photo of ESEbrew
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of jwswigs
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of markgugs
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bsuedekum
4.15/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kingston213
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BreweryRun
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Catracho5
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in to score Knuckle Sandwich IIPA in bottles but it was already gone. Had a few beers and I do enjoy their Black Phoenix. The seating inside is limited, outside seating is more expansive, and there was only one person working the bar. There wasn't many people there but it was early Saturday. I think they need put a little bit more into the scenery, I've been to establishments that are aesthetically pleasing. But the beer, atmosphere, and service are great. It's worth a visit.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Did a flight although missed out on the vaunted Knuckle Sandwich. Beers were good but not great. Taproom was in a garage with plenty of room but it was early. No food available that I knew of, service was satisfactory. Probably would go back but only to try Knuckle Sandwich as competition is fierce in Cali.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Good beers, good place to pre game before a night out in Fullerton.

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Photo of Joe_Mahma
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sheenisgod
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bootleggers is definitely a cool place to hangout out and have a couple beers. In the last three weeks I've made a stop here about 4 or 5 times with friends. Really good selection of beers to choose from. Good service and friendly employees. Seating area is mostly outdoors since the benches inside usually get taken first. They have arcade games and a tv (usually showing sports) inside and oversized jenga outside. If you get hungry you can order for delivery from the pizza joint next door. It is also pet friendly so you can chill with your dog while you enjoy some nice beers. I can see myself being a regular here.

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Photo of DanielBarba
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of AlexM
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.