Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyTaproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
BA SCORE
93
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93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles, California, 93446-3993
United States
phone: (805) 238-2556

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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 39
Photo of dutesanch
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great service from attractive waitresses. Only flaw was that most of the beers served were ones you can buy at any grocery store. Enjoyed the multiple rounds of 5oz taster pours anyway. Food is excellent.

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice place. My only negatives that the great beers that Firestone Walker puts out is not on tap at the "mother brewery". As I was driving in from Monterey, I took a detour to sample something I never tried before, I was a bit disappointed. I had an 8 oz pour of Parabola. it is a good beer but at my regular spot, I get the same beer in a 10.5 oz pour at a better price and an overall better selection of their unique beers. All in all, a cool place to visit. A good spot to buy a tee shirt but, check the section if you are planning to stop in just for a beer.

Photo of tprinzing
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries. For my birthday my family took me to the brewery for a tour and lunch. We all had a great time. I had Stickee Monkey, Anniversary 18, Double DBA, and Aggrestic. I took growlers home of Wookey Jack and Double Jack. I felt like the food was pretty good, but the beer is definitely the best part. It was a really fun day.

Photo of RogueOz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Firestone does a great job overall.The private tasting area available is separate to the main restaurant, although you can also sit at the bar in the main facility and do flights. Parking here can be a mess, especially in inclement weather, parking on the curb-less road and limited stalls on premises. The bottle sales area is much larger, which also seem to be the brewery tour gathering area, so it can be occasionally very crowded. This is the main brewing facility so the vibe here is much different to the Buelton facility, which is more storage than production. The menu is identical, and tap-list similar to Buelton. I attended a Feral release in Buelton that also coincided with the 14 Parabola release. They offered 4yr flights in this facility but not at Buelton on the day of the release. I'm not sure if this is always the case for such releases. I stop by here when I can. Price for food is a little more than most places but the food is of quality and freshness. Hope this helps. Cheers.

Photo of simplejj81
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Great beer and great prices on beer. Good food, expect to pay $12-$25 per person for food. I'd go back if i was ever in the area, but its not near much. Union Jack and their dark beers are outstanding.

Photo of Goalcam
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Beer menu is pretty good with some rarer beers available. The bar food menu is more limited than the restaurant and the negative is that the restaurant has short hours. I would certainly advise them to keep the restaurant open more throughout the day and definitely all day on the weekend. Tours and a nice little shop with the full beer selection are also available.

Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited on Cinco de Mayo in the evening. It is an impressive restaurant/brewpub as you walk in the door. Lots of brushed stainless steel and wood. I sat at the U shaped bar that was half full. Took about a minute for me to get a menu and some attention. The bartenders seemed preoccupied. This became worse as the night went on since the place closes at 9 pm. But they were nice.

The quality of the beers is excellent with a pretty good selection. I would expect more on tap given the number of beers this place produces, however it is still much better than most places. I had a 9 oz Parabola first. Naturally it was terrific on tap. Then I had Pale 31, Taproom Brown, Hammersmith IPA, and lastly Pivo Pils. The only one I would skip is the Taproom Brown.

Between the store and the brewpub left with a bottle of 2012 Parabola, 3 bottles of 2014 Sucaba, 2 bottles of Velvet Merlin, 1 bottle of the 16th Anniversary, and 1 bottle of the 14th Anniversary. They have an impressive walk in cooler adjacent to the store for your purchasing pleasure. My wallett was much lighter after this visit! However worth it given that I live in Florida.

The food was good but nothing to rave about. If you are in the Central California coast area then I would recommend visiting.

Photo of KMDouds
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Finally got to the Taproom on New Year's Eve 2013/2014- having passed by it on the 101 the last several years, it was this Beer Lover's near perfect lunch experience. In addition to the variety of Firestone Walker Brews available commercially, the Taproom made available a few non-distributed offerings including a recently awarded IPA- my personal favorite style.

Because my family and I travel from Long Beach to Monterey, CA at least once a year- we now have another compelling destination to break up the drive! Next time we'll hopefully set aside a few extra minutes to take the Brewery tour next door. This is a spectacular Company with a special trajectory- Bravo!

Photo of blindtiger24
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The taproom offers standard, delicious bar food as well as some interesting and creative entrees depending on your mood. Beer selection is pretty good, although if you want the speciality, barrel aged beers (parabola, abacus, etc.) you need to go across the street to the tasting room. Don't fret too much, you can still get classics like Double Jack and Wookey Jack in the taproom.

Service was very friendly and attentive. Staff gave great recommendations both for the taproom and the Paso Robles area, including other restaurants and wineries.

Atmosphere is the biggest drawback. There's a cool bottling line going through the bar area, but aside from that it's no different than a standard sports bar or restaurant interior.

Photo of tastyville
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

This review is by no means a review on their beer. Their beer is still among my favorites. I remember when they didn't have that restaurant across from the brewery. I remember the taproom in the brewery was amazing. You used to be able to get tulips of Velvet Merkin on tap. I remember I tried to bribe one of the bartenders there to fill up a growler for me. I got turned down. The place was quaint, they didn't serve food and the bartenders cared about their beer and the customers. The place had high ceilings and a smaller floor plan with bench seeting and bistro tables. There were complimentary pretzels and peanuts. Well they have since closed this taproom to open up the pretty average eatery across the street. The bar is cool- they have a stainless conveyor belt with some of their beers along for the ride. The selection of beer is great, too. Sometimes they have their UDBA on cask which is amazing! The food reminds me of what I can get at TGIFs or Chili's. Not really the type of food I'd want to pair with their fine beer and pay that much for it. I used to live 7 minutes away. I counted. I loved going there but then they shut the small taproom down and opened up the pretty average restaurant. I just went to the bar anymore and it was kind of a bummer...

Photo of arnold931
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Nice location. It is in the middle of wine country. The taproom is like a regular bar/restaurant with a great beer selection. I was dragging my wife around California touring breweries, but she loved this place. They had a blueberry/fruit ale that she loved. I don't remember the name. Worth a visit.

Photo of mverity
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The place looks great; however, it' feels more like a restaurant with the beer as an after thought. The beer was excellent as I'm accustomed to from FW. Our server was okay, but not too knowledgable. Good variety of beer styles, and the wine list looked good as well. The food was crazy overpriced and not very good. I'd only go back to scoop up some take home beers or to grab a pint.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What I said on Yelp:

This was the first brewery I've been to at which every single beer was good if not spectacular. There always seems to be at least one beer here or there, if not many, that just don't do it for me---even at my favorite breweries. But FW really is on to something.

I came in with my cousins and wife, one who enjoys beer but is not a fiend like me, the other who was looking to get wasted, and my wife who was most likely hoping to see cider on the menu. I can't say they were as impressed as I was, but they all found several beers to enjoy. And yeah, we tried every beer they had.

Of course, I threw down a two ouncer of the Sucaba and the Parabola first, squeezing them in before I took a guided tour. Both beers are highly sought among beer geeks and have high ratings on BA, so I couldn't contain myself. I was highly impressed by the smoothness and balance, even if the alcohol content in both was more apparent than I would've expected. I am chalking that up to the freshness of these beers that most people cellar, so I no complaints.

After the tour, which showed their blind tasting area, brewing components, and the kegging and canning process, I returned to the room ready to run through their menu. Thankfully, the small pour option (2 or 4 ounces, I forget) allowed our crew to find what we loved. I was unfortunately pressured to drink up quickly so I didn't take notes or really get the chance to savor and assess each beer the way I'd like to, but I can say with assurance that I could regularly drink FW's DBA, their Union Jack, the Wookey Jack, the Double Jack, the Unfiltered DBA (better than the regular!), the Double DBA, the Parabola and the Sucaba. I'd be in here everyday if I lived in the area. But the real treat was the Parabajava, the breweries coffee-laden version of the Parabola. Not only was this a great beer, but also a treat for being available only at the taproom.

Finally, you can pick up some of their brews, as well as snifters and mini-snifters and other swag in the taproom, much of this stuff being a real catch. I had to splurge on some bottles to take home to New Mexico and spent above $60 for three bottles. Well worth it though.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a cool place but has a very corporate feel to it. It is absolutely huge and I can't imagine too many times where there would be a long wait for a table. The place is very clean and modern.

The beer selection was a tad disappointing. There was a list of brewpub only beers, but none were all that interesting. The disappointing part was the lack of any of the special release beers on tap. I was told that I just missed a Parabola vintage release, which only made it worse.

On the positive, the service was EXCELLENT. And they sell bottles of the most recent release of Parabola, Double DBA, and Sucaba for on-premises consumption or to go for basically retail price ($17) and they also had the most recent anniversary beer for sale fro $24, which is also retail.

The food was good but nothing to write home about.

Photo of KristineT
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

We always love to stop in to Firestone Walker when visiting Paso Robles. As my husband says, you need an IPA after a day of wine tasting. We usually sit in the bar area of the new restaurant. But we have visited the tap room prior to the restaurant being built.

The decor is brewery chic with an industrial feel. Service is usually good. I live the sample size pours available and are served in petite snifters. Functional and classy. The value I listed as a bit pricey for the food, the quality is worth it. The beers are very affordable.

Put this place on your must stop list when traveling on Hwy 101 in central Ca.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Got here late about an hour before close. Place had a pristine modern feel... a cleanliness to it I generally don't like in brew pubs but for some reason seemed to work here. The selection was OK, but not on a level I had hoped for as far as out of season stuff. There were a few rarities, but nothing earth shattering that I had hoped for from a great brewery. Service was good. Will probably go here again but for the most part it would have been from the prestige of the beer alone anyway.

Photo of VegasBill
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

As I was going right by and as they have beers on tap that are not available elsewhere I had to stop. Atmosphere, well its hard
to describe, big with a nice bar. For beer I had the Pale 31, it was excellent and the Wookey Jack, a Gold Medal winner but not my style of beer, my fault for ordering it.
I did eat here and had the BBQ Smoked Brisket sandwich, again excellent.
The bar was not busy so service was good and I was even given some suggestions of places to go in SLO.
I wish this was closer for me as I would go out of my way to stop but its just to far away.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool setup, you have the big ass restaurant and bar area on one side of the street, you have the smaller tap room & gift shop on the other.

Tap room has I dunno, around a dozen taps, some real cool gems like Helldorado (awesome) were available. Lots of polished metal around the area, some neat spots away from the bar w/ small tables to sit at. Tomme from Lost Abbey came and sat a few feet away from us. I recall Largadeer was in between. Gift shop prices were all over the place, some stuff was inexpensive (festival trucker hat $10) some was expensive (oxford companion to beer $50). Service at the taproom was better than it was across the street, despite having less help and a bigger crowd. Props to the taproom girls. Even the thicker ones have it going on if you follow.

On the other side of the street, eh, less people, more bartenders, slower service. Food was good, good burgers, good fish, good steak, good everything. Televisions around the bar. Huge vaulted metal shed type walls and ceilings.

While its not quite Sierra Nevada or Stone in terms of a beer mecca destination type of amazing acreage or lot its on, I'm telling ya, this place is close, and definitely the best option within hundreds of miles.

Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

We ate at the restaurant taproom, which is a full pub/restaurant with bar.

The place itself is nice, having a bit of a pseudo-industrial-chic character that works well. It is fairly cavernous but decorated interestingly and enjoyable when busy. The lighting is good and nicely accents the bottles moving along the conveyor belts, as above the bar.

Beer quality is outstanding, especially the Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale.

Service is good, effective and pleasant.

Selection is very good, but Firestone Walker does keep to a rather small range of beers, which is ok because the quality is usually very high. It is nice that they have some good special beers in addition to the bottled range, and have the UDBA as a standard beer.

Food was great. Steaks, vegetables, kids' menus, all being very good and quite a bit above the usual brew pub standard. with good choices to be paired with the beers.

Photo of elNopalero
2.45/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I stopped here with a mixed group of beer drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts. It was my second visit at the brewery and I was eager to share the experience with others.

Skipped the food as the options didn’t excite. Picked up some swag in addition to a series of tasters and pints.

The waitstaff was off putting, something that I experienced and was dismayed to find out that others in my party had also felt. Its one thing if you are by yourself and you have a bad experience at a place you like, but it’s another thing when your friends also have that experience. Especially if it’s a special stop. I can’t place my finger on what it was exactly for me—perhaps the server’s inattentiveness, or the ignored requests, or even the automatic tip deduction from the bill. They keep busy, and I’m willing to overlook things in light of rush crowds but taken together it wasn’t an enjoyable visit—which is a real shame, since I’m such a huge fan of their beers and everyone I’ve ever met from FW at tastings, festivals and release parties from the top down have been nothing but friendly folks.

Photo of adsomers
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Pit stop on my way from LA to SF. I make the drive often and FW will be a growler-fill stop as often as possible.

$2.50 10oz. pours of the house stuff is a great deal IMO. Growler re-fills are $15 or $20 depending on what you get--reasonable.

I tried the Velvet Merkin (Oak aged doubled-up version of Velvet Merlin [?]). Very good. I wish it was a little less expensive ($6 for 11oz. pour) but I'm not gonna second guess the economics of selling one-off beers on site.

Really wish they had at least SOME food besides bags of rold-gold pretzels.

Photo of jwhancher
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Came by on 6/13/11 after a day trip to Big Sur on my way back from Long Beach. Was in the area so why not. Visited the restaurant yesterday and felt like closing the loop.

Walked into a display of a little overpriced Firestone merchant area. Looked at a beer tasting book. Would come in handy but at $5 a pop not reasonable IMO.

Beer list the same as the restaurant with what looked like one new addition. Was looking for Parabola but no dice. Woman behind the bar was very informative but after asking her if tours were available today on a Monday she gave me a long descriptive answer. A simple no would've sufficed.

Nice to see a Cicerone certificate displayed behind the bar. Didn't try the food. Noticed a couple of pizza options were unavailable.

Overall, a nice side trip. Didn't feel all that quaint, but was visiting by myself. Perhaps if the room felt a little smaller, I felt I could have struck up a conversation with a fellow beer nerd. Glad to have stopped by to check the place out. Would have loved to do the tour - maybe next time.

Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After an afternoon of wine tasting in Paso Robles with my wife, I insisted to make a trek down the street to Firestone Walker (as we were staying in the Paso Robles Inn just a few blocks away) as I had my fill of the local wine, and needed some great beer.

The tasting/tap room is fairly small, but clean and organized. The beers are listed to the right of the bar, close to all the swag for sale.

We shared a flight that come in these FW snifter glasses in a custom wooden paddle. Ended up buying 4 for those to take home for tastings, but sadly the paddle is not for sale, so I've been on the lookout to have one made ever since.

At the time, they had Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale on draft, Velvet Merkin/Merlin, Black Xantus, Union Jack, and the Robust porter.

Service was good as the place closed about an hour in a half after we got there, and was somewhat slow, and we sat at the bar. Didn't get a chance to try any food, perhaps next time. If your in Paso or a nearby area, (as there are very few options in the area ) it's worth a visit, but also its Firestone Walker, and at least 1 visit is in order.

Photo of BigB415
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I went to Firestone Walker on a rainy saturday afternoon on my drive down to San Diego from Northern California to take the 1:30 tour. You can see them from the highway and they are pretty easy to get to. I walked in to the bar and on my left was the dining area. This isn't a restaurant they just had light food like snacks. They do have a restaurant more south though but I didn't go. In the bar area you also have a small cooler with beers to go and a little gift shop with shirts, glasses, etc. I bought a standard pint glass. At the bar you have the usual options, a sampler, half pint, regular pint, flights. With the flight you can get a regular flight with all the regular Firestone beers or you can customize it. Each flight was $6 whether it was customized or not. They have all the Firestone flagship beers like DBA, union jack, etc and some nectar ales. When I asked if they had Black Xantus on tap the bartender looked at me like I was from another planet and then I had to clarify the kind of beer it is and he said no. Maybe I mispronounced Xantus and he didn't understand. Then I asked for a customized flight and before I could say what I want he pours me a regular flight, it made me a little frustrated that he didn't listen but I tried the flight and then I went back and got a sampler of the barleywine for $1.50 then I went on the tour which was free. The tour was a lot of fun and the person hosting the tour was very nice and very knowledgeable. She took us all over the factory and gave us the Firestone Walker history with pictures. The place ended up packed while I was there so people like going to get good beer on a rainy day in a town with not much to do. If you're in town or passing through check them out.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped here for an hour or so on our way to San Luis Obispo for a short getaway.

We came around 2pm on Sunday. The place was fairly empty, with no one at the bar, so we sat there and ordered food and beer.

The pretzel was soft and chewy; quite good, and I enjoyed the mustard. The three-cheese pizza was tasty. Both felt like something that was prepackaged and heated up, though neither was bad.

The taplist had the standard lineup as well as a brewery-only beer (Ibarra Buzz Coffee Porter), a couple of Nectar offerings. No anniversary beers on tap or sold to-go this late in the year; not that I really expected it. A 20oz pour was $5, 10oz was $2.50, and tasters were $1.50.

The service was humorously inefficient. At all times there were two to four people manning the bar, but they could not stay on top of 5-6 people in line. Even though we were seated at the bar with only one other person, it took 20 minutes to get a second round of beer. Granted, I didn't try too hard, aside from trying to catch their eye, but that was pretty hard. It seems like they haven't figured out a system to organize the bar yet.

Merchandise is sold all around the bar: caps, shirts, glasses, chilled beer to go. I didn't get anything.

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA
93 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.