Active Beers: 95
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Reviews by Vanlingleipa:
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-26-2011 20:16:25 | More by Vanlingleipa
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3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
They always have a multitude of choices pouring. Food trucks average 4 times a week. Cool games to play, especially the giant Jenga game. Staff is pretty chill. Some awesome hoppy offerings from the flagship Rustice Rye IPA to the famous Knuckle Sandwich DIPA. Other great ones include, Lupulin Thrill and Far Out IPAwhich are available on a rotating basis.
06-15-2014 13:50:47 | More by 2beerdogs
Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.