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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

46 Reviews
Reviews: 46
Visits: 123
Avg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles, California, 93446-3993
United States
phone: (805) 238-2556 | map
www.firestonebeer.com

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Reviews: 46 | Visits: 123
Reviews by drewone:
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of brewaddict
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The Taproom is a solid brewpub experience. The decor is industrial with a lot of stainless steel and natural wood. The bar area has a number of TV screens for sporting events. The staff is friendly and prompt. The food is good. I've only eaten here a few times, so I'm not familiar with all of the options. The pizza was OK. The seared Ahi Tuna (dinner menu) was very good. The Bratwurst Mac and Cheese (lunch menu) was phenomenal. Especially paired with the Nitro Merlin Milk Stout. A great salty sweet combo!

The beer selections are mostly your standard FW options. Besides that, they do offer one seasonal, one nitro, one Library, and one Barrelworks beer on tap. This is rotating, so it just depends on what is in season. You do typically get a better selection of nonstandard offerings at the visitors center located across the street.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

It's a bit tough for me to show my full opinion through these review categories so I'll elaborate here.

Firestone in general and definitely the taproom come off as very upscale and elegant. Maybe a bit too much. It feels a bit stuck up, kinda like you could get in trouble for laughing a bit too loud. The food is all very good, but can be a bit pricey. The beer is also quite tasty, but I wish they would make their beverage menus more up to date and informative. When I stopped in 3 of the Taproom exclusives listed weren't available and the menu simply said to ask the server about which rotating beers were available with no pricing or size options in sight. When told what available was I was sad to learn that a couple of beers that were available in 3 oz pours in the visitors center that I wanted more of (Why only 3 oz pours? Why? So frustrating!) were not on tap here. Oh well...

Overall, it's a nice place with some very good beer, but it caters to a different demographic than I'm used to. Bring your $ and you will have a good time.

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Photo of dmk82
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dagubna
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of bsnone
4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great time, great patio, friendly staff, good food. They let our dog sit with us on the patio which was great!

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Photo of sheenisgod
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A very good stop for beer lovers! The place is not too far from San Francisco and offers a very good selection of beers, a good selection of food and a good atmosphere!

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great pizzas. Obviously amazing beers. Can buy older vintages of their reserve beers which is awesome

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Photo of Grebomm
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of trytoketchup
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of amano_h
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Before I start this review, a caveat to those that visit Firestone Walker Brewing Company in search of beers that end in -bola and -caba: if it is FW's BA assortments you seek, you're looking for the visitor center across the street from the taproom which closes at 4pm. If you have no interest in food and are instead all about the booze, I suggest you visit Firestone Walker's Barrelworks in Buellton instead (where they have older vintages of aforementioned beers plus whatever Barrelworks offerings currently in season)

My visit to the Firestone Walker Taproom made the trek from LA to SF so much more relaxing than it should have been; never minding the god awful stretch on the 46 between Lost Hills and Paso Robles, and the fact that crossing over to the brewery past the freeway bypass on the 101 could be less confusing.

First of all, don't be like me and get paranoid about parking as soon as you pull up to Ramada Dr. and park almost a quarter mile away from the brewpub; there actually is a small lot-ish area close to the brewpub where you can and your designated driver can park your vehicle. The brewpub itself feels much like a bierhof or a beer hall; the main serving area is somewhat enclosed into a giant square with tables on the outer edges of the area; there's a small souvenir area where you can get FW's awesome Bear/Lion paraphernalia to the right of the area; you can also grab bottles to go by the counter at the far right corner of the serving area.

I fortunately had no issue getting the wait staff's attention while eating/drinking here, but I can definitely see how this place might get packed during the evening. I ordered the fish and chips and paired it with Easy Jack as was the recommendation per the bartender and I wasn't disappointed -- actually pretty much nothing could have soiled my meal as I promptly followed my Easy Jack with Parabojava which I can still taste on the tip of my tongue just thinking about it.

I'd definitely recommend this place if you're very particular about beer but quite flexible about food; the food here may leave you a little wanting if you're expecting gourmet style meals.

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Photo of The_Woodling
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mschantz
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Fantastic spot that serves not only the base FW beers but seasonal limited release offerings and the occasional Barrelworks offering. I was lucky enough to hit FW when the Bretta Weisse was on - love this beer. Given FW is best large scale regional brewery around, IMO the beers are world class. The food is great as well. My high end fish and chips (panko crusted Ahi) was fantastic. Definitely gonna be back.

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Photo of craft_shannie
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

typical layout/design for a taproom. we sat at the u-shaped bar. sucaba had just blown, unfortunately. ordered a flight consisting of unfiltered DBA, taproom brown, opal, velvet merkin, bretta weisse, before ordering pours of velvet merkin & bretta weisse. ordered appetizers (french fries assortment & pretzel) which were very good. service was OK.. multiple requests for waters went unfulfilled; i guess we all helped out the water shortage that day.

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Photo of SFCraft
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of _morandi_
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SaulFox
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA
91 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.