Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
06-22-2012 05:24:49 | More by Offa
2.45/5 rDev -41.2%
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.
01-03-2012 04:20:47 | More by elNopalero
4.51/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
12-19-2011 20:09:04 | More by adsomers
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
06-22-2011 22:41:09 | More by jwhancher
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-16-2011 23:53:43 | More by Retsinis
3.45/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
03-24-2011 02:08:24 | More by BigB415
3.28/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
09-07-2010 17:36:45 | More by Arbitrator
2.9/5 rDev -30.5%
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.
04-10-2010 03:09:07 | More by ocmpoma
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-20-2010 04:20:18 | More by JBogan
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
12-31-2009 04:56:51 | More by microbrew52
Taproom by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA
93 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.