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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing CompanyTaproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

82 Ratings
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @firestonewalker

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Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of arnold931
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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%
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 +11.7%
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 -4.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -2.4%
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 +2.1%
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 -6.2%
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 +6.2%
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 -41.5%
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 +7.6%
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 -8.1%
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 -4.5%
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 -17.7%
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 -21.7%
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.

Photo of ocmpoma
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

visited on 26 Mar 2010:

Stopped in on our way back to San Diego from Monterey. Mostly because I wanted to see about the (un)Real ale, but also just to check out another beer spot.

The atmosphere was okay; a bar, some stools, tables in the adjacent room. Lots of large photos of beer and beer-realtedness on the walls. Ducking into part of the brewery in order to use the restroom was cool.

The service was standard, although it seemed just a hint standoffish... and the selection was good. We shared a tasting flight, and the two bartenders of course knew the beer well. I was disappointed by the limited bottle selection; I expected perhaps more of their harder-to-find stuff and less of their standards. Then again, they only had one cold case of bottles on display.

The food was definitely sub-standard, though, even for a taproom attached to the brewery. If the pizza they microwaved for us had been CPK or Boboli, it would have been much better. If we weren't looking down the barrel of LA traffic at rush hour, we probably would have left the pizza and gone to eat somewhere else.

Overall, I'm glad I stopped by, but more because I could check it off on the list than because I thought it was a great stop.

Photo of JBogan
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by the brewery/taproom on a weekday just after they opened which is noon. Besides myself there were only three other guests sitting at the stools, and a young guy tending the bar. They also have a room adjacent to the small bar with about a dozen tables.

Service was quick and friendly, and the bartender was very knowledgeable about their beers. The room the bar is in also doubles as a gift shop. Plenty of clothing and glassware with the Firestone logo available for purchase. Also available are jars of their DBA mustard, which I must say is probably the best mustard I've ever had. I had some on one of their large soft pretzels (served hot) and it was a perfect snack to enjoy with the various beers I tried.

Speaking of the beers, next to the bar is a chalkboard which lists what is on tap at the moment. Besides their "regular offerings which are easily found in stores, they also had about a half dozen other beers Firestone makes which I have never seen available elsewhere. Very nice!

There's a small door down a small hallway to the right of the bar which leads into the brewery itself. That's where the bathrooms are located, so when nature calls you get a quick and up close mini-tour of the brewery in action.

I've heard it can get very busy in there, but when I went it was nice and peaceful and quite enjoyable. If you like beer (and if you're reading this you probably do) and happen to be anywhere near Paso Robles this is a must stop.

Photo of microbrew52
4.4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We went to Paso for the wine but I had to stop by this brewery. The atmosphere is nothing special although the back room were the brewery operates is cool to see. The people behind the bar were very knowledgeable and didn't mind chatting it up with the patrons. The beer is great here which is what its all about. They had one special beer on cask that was over 11%! She did warn me before enjoying too much. You also gotta love those little paddles they use for serving the snifters. All in all, a place to go visit if you are also into trying the local wineries.

Photo of californiakulak
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have been to this place several times over the last few months. Anyone who likes craft beer should definately stop by. They do a four beer taster for only five bucks, well worth it in my opinion. Each beer in the taster is about 8oz. To top that off you get to keep the pint glass. The place looks like any old bar but through a door is the brewery. If you are therre on a saturday than you can take a brewery tour for free. I did the tour and it is one of the best that I have been on. They also have some of their harder to find beers ot tap. I have tried Double Jack, Black Xantus, Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale and many others. So if you want to stop and check out an award winning brewery and sample some of their beer stop here.

Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

First stop of our last day up along the Central Coast, walk in and see a bar with ten taps, mugs, shirts, and other accesories for sale to the right of it, then some tables, and an outdoor patio on the other side, can see the brewery through the windows and walk upstairs to look around too, the bathroom is actually in the brewery pretty much, crazy how much equipment they pack into a small place, I ordered a snifter of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Double Barrel Ale for six dollars, my girlfriend and her friend got a sampler with four beers including Hemp Ale, Hefeweizen, Unfiltered Double Barrel, and Union Jack, for six dollars and it came with a free souvenir pint glass, other beer choices were Double Jack, Pale 31, their porter, Nectar IPA, and standard Double Barrel, sat down and had a bag of Rold Gold pretzels with the Firestone mustard for fifty cents, walked around a little bit and were on our way, the guy working the bar was pretty rude and in a hurry when nobody else was ordering, asked him one another question and got a very short answer, cool place and especially for this area, as you know Matt brews some great stuff, too bad I missed Slo-Lambic by a few days, I will revisit here when I am in the area again for sure, cool atmosphere with a lot of tourists, they do tours Saturdays too, recommended

Photo of OStrungT
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

We decided to stop here for a growler on our way to Avila Beach. We didnt know the hours, so we got there an hour early. The woman working saw us waiting, and let us in early. That was very cool.

The outside looks incerdible. It is a very nice looking building. There were some hop vines growing by the door. Some barrels in by the road with Firestone Walker displayed on them. the inside looks good too. When you enter, the bar is dead ahead with some merch to the right. To the lest is a small room with some tables. A TV playing sports is on the wall. The door by the bar leading to the restrooms is right next to the bottling line. I didnt see anything going on, buy my wife did the last time she was there, and she said it was great.

The woman working was very cool. She knew her beer, and was fun to talk to. She gave out some free samples, and we bought some half pints of Double DBA. Good stuff. I still appreciate the fact that she let us in a half hour early. Also, I guess there was an event the night before, and they had some left over cheeze, so she let us pair some with the beers. That was very cool.

The beer selection was good. They had all their regular beers, along with Double Jack and Double DBA.

The specialty growlers were a bit pricy at $30 eac, but the beers are good. Also the halfr pint of Double DBA was $5.25. A bit much for 8 OZ I think, but the regular beers were decently priced at $2.50 a half pint, $5 a pint.

There is no food here. Thry do sell small bags of pretzles for 50 cents, and they have cheeze for sale.

Overall: Good place. i will probably stop by here every time I head to the coast. A growler on the beach is always great.

Photo of bargerking
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Being that I live in Paso and I like to drink good beer I have been here a time or two. Atmosphere is very welcoming. The frequents are very nice and have no problem sparking conversation with you.
Service is great but best on the weekends when miguel is there. He is a major figure for the company and its great to see someone like that pour a beer for you. Its nice to see Matt (head brewmaster) sweep through the room every once and awhile too.
Selection is good. However, my only peeve about this part is that I wished they had their specials more available on tap. My favorites from FW are they Parabola, Abacus, Velvet Merkin, Saucerful of Secrets, and the Oaktoberfest. These are always in small limted offerings and I hope this would change some day...
I dont expect to eat when I go into a taproom. I think it throws focus off. Pretzels and mustard is just fine for me. I understand parings are a very big thing in the industry but it shouldnt be done inside a brewery taproom...

Overall value is reasonable considering the beers you drink are the freshest you can get. This is a great place to experience the passion for the pale....

Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA
93 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.